October 15, 2012

Other NHLs Still Open For Business


The National Hockey League has locked their doors. No problem. Here's some other NHLs around the world to entertain us. 

National Historic Landmarks: This organization is a subsidiary of the U.S. National Park Service. This NHL preserves, protects and promotes some 2000 building and locales of historical significance. See, millions of Americans see a NHL every year. Interestingly, the NHL features landmarks of importance concerning baseball, cricket, football, basketball, tennis, track and rowing, but not hockey.

Nag Hammadi Library: From this NHL's own website: "The Nag Hammadi Library, a collection of thirteen ancient codices containing over fifty texts, was discovered in upper Egypt in 1945. This immensely important discovery includes a large number of primary Gnostic scriptures -- texts once thought to have been entirely destroyed during the early Christian struggle to define "orthodoxy" -- scriptures such as the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Philip, and the Gospel of Truth."

Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden: This NHL is a university with 9000 students and 850 staff, located in the Netherlands. This NHL offers undergraduate and graduate courses for both full and part time students.

National Harmonica League: This NHL is Britain's national harmonica club, but have global members from over 20 countries, including Canada and the United States. According to their mission statement "the NHL caters for all people with an interest in the harmonica, ranging from non-players to virtuose professionals, regardless of race, creed, or color, and regardless of tastes in music."

I think I just found the intermission musical act at next year's All Star game.

By the way, NHL is also short for two medical terms.

Non-Hodgkin's Lymphona is lymph nodes cancer. 81% of patients survive, including NHLers Mario Lemieux and Saku Koivu.

NHL is also short for NCL-1, HT2A and LIN-41, a protein domain 30 to 40 amino acids long and often repeated several times in a single protein.

I don't know exactly what that means, but it is easier than explaining why hockey allows fighting to a non hockey fan.

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