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FUN FACTS ABOUT SHADOWS OF DECEMBER

Mother Earth

Time travel

Angels and Mankind

Layers of reality

Earth's future

Fun
Fact

Nestled in a State Park in north central Minnesota, the lake is the headwaters source of the mighty Mississippi River. The Ojibwe or Ojibwa (also named the Chippewa) people who lived in the area called the lake "Omashkoozo-zaaga'igan" or "Elk Lake". The name was changed by the Minnesota explorer Henry Schoolcraft to "Itasca", representing a combination of the Latin words veritas ("truth") and caput ("head").

Lake Itasca is a real place.

Much of the action in the book takes place in a small town named after and located near the lake. Jay interacts with long-deceased members of the Mdewakantonwan, another Native American tribe that was known to have frequented the area.

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Fact

Christmas in post-war America reflected a time of peace, productivity, and prosperity. A new American middle class arose as high wages and America’s domination of world trade provided an increased standard of living. Christmas was special and a variety of holiday foods unknown to previous generations was enjoyed by the masses. New toys of all types and price ranges were introduced.

Holiday spending averaged $250 per person in 1947.

Christmas trees were mostly natural in the late 1940s but artificial alternatives such as bristles, aluminum and flocked trees became available.

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Fact

Using molecular bioengineering techniques, scientists are now editing human genes. The vast majority of this work is focused on alleviating a medical condition and is known as gene therapy techniques. Most scientists, ethicists, policymakers and the public agree that modifying genes for reproduction purposes should be prohibited. Yet, in late 2019 a Chinese scientist announced that he had edited the genes of twin baby girls that were then brought to term.

Human genetic modification is happening today.

In the book, Jay is shown how the future human race has been genetically modified to adapt to the changed environment.

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