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Jacob Grey with his hands raised up in Pastor Andrew Hamblin's church.

Jacob Grey with his hands raised up in Pastor Andrew Hamblin's church. (View larger version)

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    Rattlesnakes

  • Rattlesnakes measure between one and eight feet long, depending on the various species. In the United States four major species of rattlesnake can be found which include the timber rattlesnake, pygmy rattler, the eastern diamondback and the western diamondback.

  • Regardless of species, all rattlesnakes have a similar coloring of brown, gray or tan with diamond-shaped patches. The rattlesnake's presentation serves as camouflage in its environment.

  • Rattlesnakes feed on rodents, ground birds and other small animals. The venom released during the rattlesnakes strike is stored in glands around its eyes.

  • Snake Bites

  • A bite from a copperhead or cottonmouth can result in symptoms such as immediate pain, alteration of skin color, shock, low blood pressure, nausea, and weakened pulse.

  • An estimated 5 million people suffer snakebites each year; as many as half of those bites deliver venom to the bite victim.

  • One study estimated that 20,000 people die annually due to snakebites, though the study said that number may be as high as 94,000 deaths.

  • Snakebites most often happen in poorer rural populations in South and Southeast Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa.

  • In the United States, venomous snakes bite roughly 7,000 to 8,000 people. About five dying from the encounter.

  • Not all bites from venomous snakes lead to envenomation; 20 percent of the time, a snake delivers a dry bite, administering no venom.
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  • Rattlesnakes feed on rodents, ground birds and other small animals. The venom released during the rattlesnakes strike is stored in glands around its eyes.

  • Harlan County, Kentucky

  • The United Census Bureau records that, as of 2011, the population of Harlan County, Kentucky was 29,060 with a median resident age of 40.5 years.

  • The United States Census Bureau records that there are 13,513 total housing units in Harlan County, Kentucky, and the county has a median household income of $26,914.

  • The United States Census Bureau records that 69.1% of Harlan citizens graduated high school and 31.1% of the population lives below the poverty level.

  • Kentucky Rain

  • The rainiest year on record in Kentucky was 1979 – 88.07 inches of rain was measured in Grayson County, which is roughly the amount of rain that falls in the tropics.

  • Marriage

  • In 2011, the state of Kentucky's divorce rate was over 30 percent higher than the national average.

  • In the United States between 2006 and 2010, men and women were getting married for the first time at older ages as compared to previous years: 25.8 years old for women and 28.3 years old for men.

  • During 2006-2010, the CDC estimated the probability of a first marriage lasting at least 20 years was 52% for women and 56% for men.

  • Fasting

  • Fasting is used to demonstrate many religious aspects such as faith, penitence, and reflection, and is also used as a form of protest.

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