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1.. The Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is the world’s fourth largest building by volume. Completed in 1966, the VAB also holds the record of the largest one-story building in the world and the tallest building outside an urban center in the United States.
The VAB is so large, in fact, that it has its own weather. On humid days, rain clouds can form below the ceiling, requiring about 10,000 tons of air conditioning equipment to control the moisture. With this setup, the total volume of air in the building can be replaced in only one hour.
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2. When a male bee climaxes, their testicles explode then they die.
Strange as it is, this actually makes evolutionary sense: the snapped-off penis acts as a genital plug to prevent other drones from fertilizing the queen. Isn’t nature amazing!
3. The blue whale is a massive creature and is the largest living animal in the world; even larger than most dinosaurs.
The largest of the blue whales can measure in at over 100 ft in length and can weigh in excess of 180 tons at its largest.
In fact everything about the blue whale is large including its, arteries and its heart.
On average most blue whales grow to be around 70 – 90 ft in length, weigh around 100 – 150 tons.
In order to get blood through the blue whales large body it has massive arteries, which pump blood through the heart and into its major vital organs.
The arteries are so large in fact that a full size human could swim through them.
The aorta alone measures in at over 9 inches!
The blue whales heart can weigh in excess of 1,300 lbs.
In terms of size the blue whales heart is about the size of a small car.
At a rate of 8 – 10 beats per minute the blue whale’s heartbeat can be heard from over 2 miles away.
4. Hydrogen is a light, odorless gas, which, given enough time, turns into people.
Interesting concept: – Edward R. Harrison, a cosmologist at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He writes in the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society that yes, our universe may well have been created by intelligent beings in another universe. That assertion does nothing to explain how the whole thing began. It just moves the question back a step: Where did the universe inhabited by those intelligent beings come from? But Harrison’s idea would explain some very strange things about our universe, such as how exactly right for life it is.
The history of the Universe has been summed up thusly: “Hydrogen is a light, odorless gas, which, given enough time, turns into people.” When our universe began, it consisted mostly of hydrogen. That gas condensed into galaxies of stars, in whose cores heat and pressure fused atoms into heavier elements, including those necessary for life. Some of those stars exploded, spewing the heavier elements out into space. New stars and planets formed, including our own. On one of those planets, life appeared. Harrison contends that none of it could have happened unless all the physical constants (the speed of light, the charge and mass of the electron, and similar numbers) were just right. Reviewing the work of a long line of cosmologists, Harrison sums up what has come to be known as the Anthropic Principle: the Universe is the way it is because we exist. He explains: “In a universe containing luminous stars and chemical elements essential for the existence of organic life, the physical constants are necessarily precisely adjusted (or finely tuned). Slight deviations from the observed values could result in a starless and lifeless universe.”
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5. Humans rode bareback or mounted horses with a simple blanket after they first domesticated the animals, thousands of years after the dawn of agriculture. The leather saddle first straddled a horse’s back in China perhaps as far back as the third century B.C. But the saddle was only one step toward transforming the use of cavalry as a means of waging war. Climbing onto a horse while bearing weapons had long presented its own precarious hazards. Cambyses II, a Persian king in the sixth century B.C., died after stabbing himself as he vaulted onto a horse.
The stirrup – such an important innovation was that it allowed the rider immensely greater control in horsemanship: rider and animal became almost extensions of each other. It was possible to shoot arrows accurately while the horse dashed ahead at full gallop. A cavalryman could brace himself in the saddle and, with a lance positioned under his arm, use the tremendous force of the charging horse to strike a stunned enemy. The horse’s sheer mass and quickness became an implement of the cavalry’s weaponry—and a powerful intimidation factor.
Our friend Larry Machula from Saskatoon in Canada has developed this disease.
Larry was once a vibrant, exciting, entrepreneurial personality. Larger than life, but unfortunately was struck down with this devastating disease.
Larry took up the challenge and then in turn challenged many celebrities one of which was the Rolling Stones.
Bill Wyman of the rolling stones accepted.
I then accepted the challenge of my good friend Trish from the UK.
Here are the video’s in sequence.
Bill Wyman accepting the challenge
I was unable to download the video of Trish accepting her challenge for some reason. Anyhow here is my acceptance of the challenged from her.
I will now be sending my donation direct to http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-larry-ride-again/194167. We are trying to raise enough money to purchase a van for Larry so that he is more mobile and of course this van will be passed on to others that are in need of such a vehicle to give them better quality of life.
You are driving and about to hit something about to be hit.
I know about this one as I have hit a few Kangaroo’s in my time.
Jeff Payne a former professional race car driver and the CEO of the non-profit firm “Drivers edge” in Las Vegas.
The three biggest objects you are likely to hit on the road is another vehicle, debris, and wildlife.
Here is advised to either avoid the accident or minimize your damage.
a. ESP – Use it. Be ready for the unexpected especially when you sense the traffic is erratic. If the car in front slams on his brakes look to see if the right lane is clear and move over. At least maneuver your vehicle to minimize the impact.
Your brain should be predicting what the surrounding drivers will do. Especially if everyone is driving like mad men. If you are totally focused you will never be distracted. The same goes for motorcycles.
b. Embrace smooth and cool – The first instinct when something appears in front of us is to hit the brakes and swerve – No No No – not a good idea. sudden moves could cause you to overcorrect lose control and make the situation worse.
c Minimize the impact. – If you cannot avoid impact, alter it. If you are the only one in the car try to angle it so the front passenger side takes the hit. If you have someone else in the car angle it so you take the hit on your side.
d. Focus on the main event. – If you come upon an object in your lane do not fixate on it. Your eyes act as your guide, if something falls off the back of a truck and you stare at it, you will for sure hit it. Look for an escape route and that is where the car will go.
e. Hit the gas – The only time you will want to accelerate is when you are about to hit a large animal. If you slam your brakes on before, say hitting a deer the front end of your car will dip and this makes it more likely that the animal will fly up over your hood and come through the windshield. Speeding up before you hit will make the front end rise and confine it to the bumper.
Aim for the rear end. If an animal bolts it does not bolt backwards. You may miss it or at the most graze it. In that case not too much damage will be done.
The day when you need to get an oil change for your vehicle every 3,000 miles has gone. With the newer models, use of synthetic oils, can last at least 7,500 miles or more.
Go to checkyournumber.com for the recommended oil change interval for 2000 models and newer.
As probably half of America know that Oprah Winfrey is having a big promotion to plead, scare, shock and give awareness to the dangers of using your phone in the car while driving.
I am also pleading, scaring, and making you aware of the danger and stupidity of the use of phones in our vehicles while driving.
Why? I am a motorcycle rider and the biggest danger to us on the road is drivers that are using their phones in the car while they are driving.
The examples of this danger are when the vehicle, moving from their lane, on the highway, going at a speed of about 75 miles an hour and moving straight across in front of me. When I catch up to them, 99% of the time they are on the phone and had no idea what they did. I can tell you from my actions they soon know.
I don’t think we can even imagine or know how many fatalities there has been caused from someone on the phone while driving, not being aware of the vehicle beside them, and moving on top of them or in front of them. Trust me it is a very scary thing to have happen to you. I now make the assumption that all drivers on the highway are using phones, just like I make the assumption when I come to cross roads, the driver is not going to stop or doesn’t see me.
I have sat behind vehicles at the exit of a shopping mall. I have sat there for at least 2-3 minutes sometimes, thinking they must be waiting for traffic, not understanding why they have not moved out to the line of traffic when there is a gap on a busy highway. Nope, not the case, they are on the phone, quite oblivious that there is a line of traffic waiting behind them ,waiting to exit also.
I have been on my motorbike on the highway, going relatively speedy , look across at the vehicle next to me ,to see the driver with coffee in one hand, phone in the other and steering with their knee. Unbelievable. What can I say, they are an accident waiting to happen or a lethal weapon in my opinion.
I am so pleased that Oprah is making this her new cause as she will ultimately save many lives and prevent many, living the rest of their life with permanent disabilities.
I can yell obscenities and give sign language of my displeasure, give dirty looks and stand on my head, those drivers do not care in fact they often sign language me back.
The other thing is, that while I am doing this and getting myself all knotted up I am putting my own life in danger because while I am getting upset I am not focusing on my own riding, which is pretty essential while riding motorcycles.
Australia and New Zealand have stiff penalties for the use of phones in your vehicle while driving. You lose points off your driver’s license and you have a high financial cost. After so many points you lose your licence for what ever time the judge decides to give you.
Oprah will have much more influence in this country than I ever will, so I am saying “Thank-you” because you could be saving my life and many of my friends that ride motorcycles.
Eric Peters, Bottom Line Secrets
People are understandably worried about the gloomy economy and trying to avoid any unnecessary expenses. When it comes to your vehicle, there are some aspects of car maintenance that you might think you can skimp on to save money, but don’t. Cutting corners or postponing maintenance actually can cost you more money in the long run. What you should never skimp on…