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Here are some weird (and creepy) facts in honor of Friday the 13th to make you think. Paraskevidekatriaphobics is the technical name for fear of Friday the 13th – The US Seal has 13 stars, bars, feathers in the eagle’s tail, 13 bars in one claw, 13 olive branches in the other – Tarot Card number 13 is the Death Card, depicting the Grim Reaper – Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy all have 13 letters in their name – The last Friday the 13th was 13 weeks ago. Have a safe weekend!
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If this news blows your mind and your roof off, don’t worry, at least we can help you with the roof. GFA is proud to announce that we have launched a new Roof Inspection Division. While we’re at it we might as well introduce Shannon Duhon our Roof Inspection Manager. With Mr. Duhon’s expertise leading the way, GFA now offers an extensive list of professional roof consulting services for all Commercial, Industrial and Residential structures. Whoop whoop, raise the roof, that’s good news isn’t it?
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ANOTHER FUN RIDDLE:
A man is in a certified concrete testing laboratory. He has no supplies whatsoever. There’s a concrete ceiling, a concrete floor and concrete walls. There are no windows, no doors – nothing. How does he get out?

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You could win a bar bet this weekend with this trivia, so pay attention… St. Patrick was born in 385 AD somewhere along the west coast of Britain. At age 16, he was captured and sold into slavery to a sheep farmer. He escaped when he was 22 and spent the next 12 years in a monastery. In his 30s he returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary. He died at Saul in 461 AD and is buried at Downpatrick. 34 million Americans have Irish ancestry, according to the 2003 US Census. That’s almost nine times the population of Ireland, which has 4.1 million people. The Irish flag is green, white and orange. The green symbolizes the people of the south, and orange, the people of the north. White represents the peace that brings them together as a nation. The name “lephrechaun” has several origins. It could be from the Irish Gaelic word “leipreachan,” which means “a kind of aqueous sprite.” Or, it could be from “leath bhrogan,” which means “shoemaker.” Happy St. Patty’s Day!
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Fall back, spring ahead… Daylight saving time, the brainchild of Benjamin Franklin during his wild & crazy 18th century Parisian days, seems to increase the number of productive daylight hours we have. The extra daylight hour we now enjoy, by altering our circadian rhythms by one hour, did not immediately gain acceptance during old Benjamin’s time. Instead, the practice was born of necessity during World War I and II. Germany realized that this precious commodity could better be used to serve the war effort, and instituted the first daylight saving laws in 1915. Those who refused to comply with the lights out curfew faced punishment. England followed suit in 1916, and, finally, the United States, in 1918. Now that’s a bright idea!
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TGIF… If it wasn’t for Leap Day, it would only be Thursday! You can thank your Egyptian friends for that since it was the ancient Egyptians who first figured out that the solar year and the man-made calendar year didn’t always match up. That’s because it actually takes the Earth a little longer than a year to travel around the Sun — 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds, to be exact. In the 16th century, the Gregorian calendar fine-tuned the calculations to include a leap day in years only divisible by four. (Ugh, that’s too much math!)
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Did you know that GFA offers Municipal Support Services? When a government entity needs help, GFA provides plan examiners, inspectors and building officials in all disciplines that are licensed in Florida. Our staff works with Building Departments to ensure code compliance of projects thus minimizing time. Our Municipal Support services include: School District Support, Plan Review, Code Consulting, Special Inspections, Threshold Inspections, and Peer Review.

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We would like to officially give a big welcome to Jeffrey Spevacek who has joined GFA as our Wind Mitigation Inspections Manager. Jeff was blown our way with a background that includes being a Certified LEED AP, Certified Mold Assessor, Mold Remediator, Lead Inspector, Lead Remediator, Home & Property Inspector, Insurance Adjuster and a Wind Mitigator. He has extensive experience in all aspects of the building industry. Welcome to the team, Jeff. Now we can really blow away the competition!
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