If you sink up to your hips or higher, bend backward. The more you spread out your weight, the harder it will be to sink. Float on your back while you slowly and carefully extricate your legs. Once your legs are free you can inch yourself to safety by using your arms to slowly and smoothly propel yourself. If you are near the edge of the quicksand, you can roll to hard ground. ...Read more ›
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Did You Know: TYPEWRITER is the Longest Word That can be Made in the English Language Using the Letters From Only One Row of the Keyboard?
TYPEWRITER can be typed using only the top row of keys on the keyboard. The following ten-letter words with this feature all appear in W2: PEPPERROOT, PEPPERWORT, PERPETUITY, PEWTERWORT, PIROUETTER, PREREQUIRE, PRETORTURE, PROPRIETOR, REPERTOIRE, REPETITORY, TETTERWORT. These words have also been suggested: PROPRIETORY, PROTEROTYPE, RUPTUREWORT, PITUITOTROPE, UROPYOURETER. Chris Cole (Wordplay) gives TEETER ...Read more ›
Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA has been celebrated as the first compact disc pressed in the United States -- but there's a catch. Born in the USA might be better described as the first commercial CD pressed in the United States. Bruce's was the first CD (or more accurately, first U.S. CD) to roll off the manufacturing line at the Digital Audio Disc Corporation in 1984 along with the Edison CD Sampler, ...Read more ›
Did You Know: The Guinness Book of World Records Holds the Record for Being the Book Most Often Stolen from Public Libraries?
Guinness World Records, known until 2000 as The Guinness Book of Records (and in previous U.S. editions as The Guinness Book of World Records), is a reference book published annually, containing a collection of world records, both human achievements and the extremes of the natural world. The book itself holds a world record, as the best-selling copyrighted book series of all time. It is also one of the most ...Read more ›
Did You Know: In 10 minutes, a Hurricane Releases More Energy Than All of the World’s Nuclear Weapons Combined?
A single hurricane releases the energy (in the form of heat energy, and 10% of that converts to the form of mechanical energy (wind power)) equal to a 10-megaton thermonuclear bomb every 20 MINUTES. and therefore, ONE hurricane releases more energy than ALL the nuclear bombs ever created, ever. ...Read more ›
Did You Know: Because Metal was Scarce During World War II, all Oscars Given Out During the Academy Awards were Made of Wood?
The Oscars used to be made of bronze but now the statues are made out of britannia metal, a pewter-like alloy which is then plated in copper, nickel silver, and finally, 24-karat gold. However, due to a metal shortage in World War II, the Academy Awards used painted plaster instead for three years. When the war was over, the Academy invited everyone who won fake plaster Oscars to have them replaced with rea ...Read more ›
Did You Know: Your Stomach Must Produce a New Layer of Mucus Every Two Weeks or it Will Digest itself?
The stomach is made of protein, yet it houses the most powerful protein digesting enzymes known. How can it manufacture and contain these enzymes without serious damage to its own tissue? A microscopic examination of the stomach wall shows that its epithelial layer is not smooth. It is folded into thousands of tiny pits, called gastric pits, that penetrate into the surrounding muscle layers. On the surface, ...Read more ›
All the planets in the solar system rotate anticlockwise, except one. Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise. Venus (radius 3,760.4 miles) is similar to Earth (radius 3,963.19 miles) in size and structure but spins very slowly; a day on Venus is 243 Earth days long. ...Read more ›
Pure honey won’t mold, but may crystallize over time. Exposure to air and moisture can cause color to darken and flavor to intensify and may speed crystallization as well. Comb honey doesn’t store as well liquid honey so you should not expect it to last as long. ...Read more ›
According to a report you can burn more calories while you are asleep than by watching TV. There are many effortless ways of burning calories like, laughing, kissing, drinking more water and chewing gum. But in terms of total body rest, it is proved that when you are asleep you burn calories. The average person burns about 77 calories an hour while sleeping, but the actual number of calories burned by a spe ...Read more ›