Saturday, July 1, 2017

Chasing the sun

Mental Floss tells of preparation for the Great American Eclipse on August 21.
Especially Hopkinsville, Kentucky, the town closest to the place where the total eclipse will last the longest.
The town, which expects visitors from across the U.S. as well as from as far as Germany, Brazil, and Japan, has hired a full-time eclipse coordinator. They've requested 85 National Guard and a handful of state police be on hand to help control traffic on the two-lane highways lacing the countryside. They've advised locals to avoid eating out on the days before the eclipse to ease the food crunch, and they've hired at least 50 food vendors to set up shop downtown (50 more vendors will be located at different spots around the county). Officials have encouraged locals to acquire temporary health and safety licenses to hawk snacks.

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