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Apr 1, 2020
It's Census Day—make it count
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It's Census Day, and we're marking the once-in-a-decade head count with this populous pic of nesting king penguins in Antarctica. You're probably wondering: Shouldn't this crowd of penguins be social distancing right now? A smart observation, but the new coronavirus actually hasn't been observed in Antarctica at all (it's the only continent with no cases), nor have birds been shown to spread it. So, we're giving these avian gatherers a pass, but we encourage you to stay safe at home. With care and patience, we'll get back to enjoying each other's company just like these feathered friends.
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Quick fact:Beginning in 1890, a Hollerith Machine tabulated results of the census by reading holes on paper punch cards. The Census Bureau used the machine until the 1950s, when it was replaced by computers.