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Tom Tillotson, center, watches as Donna Kaye Erwin cast the first ballot for the nation's first primary in Dixville Notch, N.H., in 2008.

3 Tiny New Hampshire Towns Vote At Midnight. Do They Predict Anything?

They say when Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, it means six more weeks of winter.

When Dixville Notch, in the far northern reaches of New Hampshire, votes just after midnight Tuesday, will it be six more weeks (or more) of Trump?

As with Pennsylvania's non-predictive groundhog, not necessarily.

The town's 100 percent turnout is quite impressive, if you don't consider that it hit its 38-vote peak in 1988, according to The Boston Globe. (The Globe also reported that only ten will vote in the town this year.)

Emotion seemed to fuel plenty of sighs by Humphrey Bogart's character Rick (right) in the 1942 film classic <em>Casablanca, </em>and even Rick's good friend Sam, played by actor Dooley Wilson, couldn't console him.

Sorry, Bogie, A Sigh Is Not Just A Sigh

The sighs we notice usually accompany emotions like relief or discontent. But our brains are programmed to make us heave an unconscious sigh every five minutes or so — no matter how we feel.

"Sighing is vital to maintain lung function," says Jack Feldman, a brain scientist at UCLA. These periodic deep breaths reinflate tiny air sacs in the lungs that have gone flat. But the brain circuitry behind those reflexive sighs has been a mystery.

Local Headlines

Monday, February 8, 2016

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – SeaPort Airlines Inc., a passenger carrier based in Portland, Ore., that’s owned by John Beardsley, has filed  Chapter 11 bankruptcy, seeking  relief from more than 200 creditors who  collectively are owed as much as $10 million. Beardsley is the CEO of SeaPort and the owner of Aerodynamics Inc., the passenger carrier that […]

Monday, February 8, 2016

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Business and community leaders are invited to attend a press briefing Wednesday at which leaders of the YMCA of Youngstown will unveil detailed plans for the $5 million renovation of the Central Branch downtown. The event, which will take place at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Central Y’s second floor community gym, […]