20160523

CAN AN AIRCRAFT DOOR BE OPENED MID-FLIGHT?


British Airways' Captain Dave Thomas said that it would not be possible to open an aircraft door mid-flight.

'The exits on modern aircraft are normally referred to as "plug doors",' he explained.

'That means that with the use of clever door mechanisms, the doors themselves, when closed, are tapered like a bath plug so in effect they are bigger than the openings in which they sit.

'This stops them opening outwards and the pressure inside the cabin is equivalent to between two to three tons of pressure, which stops them opening inwards.'

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20160522

Police Diver


As if being a cop wasn’t stressful enough, these police divers are part of an elite group that spend most of their days underwater.

These cops search through murky waters for body parts, guns and discarded evidence, which makes for a pretty grim job. 

When a plane crashes into the ocean, it’s the police diving team that retrieves corpses and evidence to try to figure out what happened.

Police divers have said one of the worst aspects of the job is going into black waters where you can’t see a thing. You can only feel your way.

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20160520

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger saved a drowning man’s life by swimming out 100 yards and bringing him back to shore


In 2004, the famously fit Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, on vacation in Hawaii, helped a struggling swimmer on a boogie board make it safely to the beach.

Schwarzenegger, who's been on a 10-day getaway with his family at the Four Seasons Resort in Maui, was swimming toward his wife, Maria Shriver, when he noticed a man "in distress in the water" clutching a boogie board about 100 yards offshore, said Margita Thompson, the governor's spokeswoman in Sacramento.

"The governor could tell there was something wrong," Thompson said. "He asked him if he was all right. The man said he had cramps all over."

Schwarzenegger swam to the man and towed him to safety, she said.

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20160503

One plane was allowed to fly on 9/11


After flights were grounded on 9/11, one plane was allowed to fly.

It carried anti-venom from San Diego to Florida to save the life of a snake keeper suffering from a deadly taipan bite. 

20160424

Yuri Gagarin, the Soviet Union's first cosmonaut


Yuri Gagarin, the Soviet Union's first cosmonaut, had a small scar on his face caused by a fall from a second story window. 

How? He jumped. 

You see, while Yuri was at a resort at the Black Sea, at one point he was spending a little time with a nurse called Anna in his room when his wife arrived. 

Rather than face the music, Yuri tried escaping out the window. 

According to an eye witness of the leap, “He hit a curbstone with his forehead. It was not a good landing.” 

20160422

Illiterate Harriet Tubman


After escaping from slavery, an illiterate Harriet Tubman was spotted by a former master on a train. 

She decided to pick up a nearby newspaper and pretended to read it. 

The master ignored the black woman reading because he knew Tubman couldn’t read.

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20160420

Margarita Dermatitis? Man gets second-degree burns from lime juice, sun


A rare and painful skin reaction has left one man with second-degree burns a week before his wedding. To blame: lime juice.

The technical name for the skin reaction is Phytophoto dermatitis. It's a toxic reaction resulting from citric acid mixed with sunlight. It's often referred to as "Margarita Dermatitis" or "Lime Disease," not be confused with Lyme Disease.

It's more common in Florida, especially around summer holidays like Memorial Day Weekend, when lime juice is used for mixed drinks. That's what happened to soon-to-be newlyweds Alyse Golden and Aaron Peers.

Peers was squeezing limes to make margaritas in their backyard. He had no idea the lime juice on his hands was toxic under the sun. The next night the burns started to appear.

It wasn't until May 26 when he woke up to a huge blister on his hand. They rushed to the emergency room where he was diagnosed with second-degree burns, but the cause was still baffling to doctors.

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20160330

I-40 bridge disaster


The I-40 bridge disaster was a bridge collapse that occurred southeast of Webbers Falls, Oklahoma at 7:45 a.m. on May 26, 2002.

Joe Dedmon, captain of the towboat Robert Y. Love, experienced a blackout and lost control of the tow. 

This, in turn, caused the barges he was controlling to collide with a bridge pier. The result was a 580-foot (176.78 m) section of the Interstate 40 bridge plunging into Robert S. Kerr Reservoir on the Arkansas River. 

Fourteen people died and eleven others were injured when several automobiles and tractor-trailers fell from the bridge.

Rescue efforts were complicated when William James Clark (picture), impersonating a U.S. Army captain, was able to take command of the disaster scene for two days. 

Clark's efforts included directing FBI agents and appropriating vehicles and equipment for the rescue effort, before fleeing the scene. 

20160329

Standard Oil


In 1924, when Standard Oil was researching tetraethyl lead as a gasoline additive, 32 of 49 workers had to be hospitalized due to lead poisoning, and 5 of them died. 

A federal panel made entirely of industry scientists later concluded that there “no danger” from tetraethyl lead.

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20160326

1936 Olympics


During the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, 25,000 pigeons were released during the opening ceremony. 

When a cannon was fired, the pigeons begun to poop on the spectators watching the ceremony below.

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20160319

Burma Shave Signs


For those who never saw any of the Burma Shave signs, here is a quick lesson in our history of the 1930's ,40's and 50's.

Before there were interstates, when everyone drove the old 2 lane roads, Burma Shave signs would be posted all over the countryside in farmers' fields. 

They were small red signs with white letters. Five signs, about 100 feet apart, each containing 1 line of a 4 line couplet......and the obligatory 5th sign advertising Burma Shave, a popular shaving cream.

Here are more of the actual signs:

DON'T STICK YOUR ELBOW
OUT SO FAR
IT MAY GO HOME
IN ANOTHER CAR.
BURMA SHAVE

TRAINS DON'T WANDER
ALL OVER THE MAP
'CAUSE NOBODY SITS
IN THE ENGINEER'S LAP
Burma Shave

SHE KISSED THE HAIRBRUSH
BY MISTAKE
SHE THOUGHT IT WAS
HER HUSBAND JAKE
Burma Shave

DON'T LOSE YOUR HEAD
TO GAIN A MINUTE
YOU NEED YOUR HEAD
YOUR BRAINS ARE IN IT
Burma Shave

DROVE TOO LONG
DRIVER SNOOZING
WHAT HAPPENED NEXT
IS NOT AMUSING
Burma Shave

BROTHER SPEEDER
LET'S REHEARSE
ALL TOGETHER
GOOD MORNING, NURSE
Burma Shave

CAUTIOUS RIDER
TO HER RECKLESS DEAR
LET'S HAVE LESS BULL
AND A LITTLE MORE STEER
Burma Shave

SPEED WAS HIGH
WEATHER WAS NOT
TIRES WERE THIN
X MARKS THE SPOT
Burma Shave

THE MIDNIGHT RIDE
OF PAUL FOR BEER
LED TO A WARMER
HEMISPHERE
Burma Shave

AROUND THE CURVE
LICKETY-SPLIT
BEAUTIFUL CAR
WASN'T IT?
Burma Shave

NO MATTER THE PRICE
NO MATTER HOW NEW
THE BEST SAFETY DEVICE
IN THE CAR IS YOU
Burma Shave

A GUY WHO DRIVES
A CAR WIDE OPEN
IS NOT THINKIN'
HE'S JUST HOPIN'
Burma Shave

AT INTERSECTIONS
LOOK EACH WAY
A HARP SOUNDS NICE
BUT IT'S HARD TO PLAY
Burma Shave

BOTH HANDS ON THE WHEEL
EYES ON THE ROAD
THAT'S THE SKILLFUL
DRIVER'S CODE
Burma Shave

THE ONE WHO DRIVES
WHEN HE'S BEEN DRINKING
DEPENDS ON YOU
TO DO HIS THINKING
Burma Shave

CAR IN DITCH
DRIVER IN TREE
THE MOON WAS FULL
AND SO WAS HE.
Burma Shave

PASSING SCHOOL ZONE
TAKE IT SLOW
LET OUR LITTLE
SHAVERS GROW
Burma Shave

Do these bring back any old memories? If not, you're merely a child. If they do - then you're old as dirt..LIKE ME!

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The jump from the Golden Gate Bridge...


The jump from the Golden Gate Bridge is 250 feet. 

Trauma from the jump is dramatic and can cause ripped blood vessels, demolished central nervous systems, and a transected spinal cord. 

While a few have died from drowning and one from a shark attack, most die from the impact of the body on the water. 

President Kennedy's Last Words


"No, you certainly can't," when the wife of then-Governor John Connelly, remarked, "You certainly cannot say that the people of Dallas haven't given you a nice welcome, Mr. President."

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20160314

Potato Chips


The man who invented potato chips was George Crum, who was both African-American and Native American, and a chef employed as a chef at Moon Lake Lodge --an elegant resort in Saratoga Springs, New York. 

After getting complaints from a customer about thick, soggy fried potatoes, Crum wanted to teach the patron a lesson, so he sliced a new batch of potatoes as thin as he possibly could, and then fried them until they were hard and crunchy. 

Finally, to top them off, he added a generous heaping of salt. 

To Crum's surprise, the dish ended up being a hit with the patron and a new snack was born.

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20160307

Learning To Swim


Nearly 70% of African American children and 60% of Hispanic children do not know how to swim. 

African-American children drown at a rate nearly three times higher than white children.

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20160305

Strange Prison System


The prison system in Greenland runs with a uniquely open model. 

Prisoners must report to prison between 9:30pm and 6:30am each day, but may go to work, visit relatives and complete errands while in the community. 

They also may hunt with firearms if they are escorted by a prison guard. 

Prisoners have keys to their own cells, as this is regarded as a form of privacy. 

A failure to attend prison will result in 7 days in solitary confinement once the escapee returns. 

Prisoners are also subjected to drug testing, and a failed drug test will result in solitary confinement.

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20160302

The oldest restaurant in the world


Recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest restaurant still in operation, Sobrino de Botin, was first opened back in 1725.

At the time that the restaurant first opened (in the ground floor of an inn), it was actually up to the guests to bring their own meat and ingredients, which were then cooked in the eatery's facilities. 

After the original owners died childless, the restaurant passed to their nephew, which is when it got its current name, which translates to "Nephew of Botin," of course.

Today the restaurant covers four floors of seating, each with its own Spanish theme, from the brick cellar to the fancier Felipe IV room. 

The cuisine has stayed remarkably true to its Spanish roots, with the whole suckling pig, which is prepared in a brick oven, being the stand out dish.

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How did this car get up on the roof?


On the island of Gran Canaria, one of the Canary Islands off the coast of West Africa, police were called to the neighborhood of La Isleta to witness a strange sight. A small, white car, a Daewoo Matiz, had somehow appeared on the roof of a building.

The car had no plates, and both police and neighbors had questions. Where did the car come from? How did it get up on the roof? Could it fly? Why would someone fly a car up to the roof?

The police initially thought the car was stolen, local news reported, but they were eventually able to track down the owner, who had some answers to the question.

The car had belonged to a relative, and the current owner planned to strip it down for parts. 

The house on which the car was found belonged to the owner's mother, and he used a crane to hoist the car to the roof in order to work on it without making a mess on a public street.

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Children Abandoned


In 2008, Nebraska implemented a law to allow parents to drop off unwanted newborns at safe havens,

The law didn’t state an age limit, and nearly all the children abandoned were over ten years old - some were even 17.

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20160301

Thomas Andrews


Thomas Andrews was the chief naval architect for the R.M.S. Titanic and it was his honor to accompany the ship on its maiden voyage. 

Andrews was aware of the Titanic's vulnerability in ice-laden waters and originally called for the Titanic to be double-hulled and equipped with forty-six lifeboats, instead of the twenty it actually carried. 

He was overruled due to cost constraints. 

When the Titanic struck the iceberg on April 15, 1912, Andrews heroically helped many people into the lifeboats. 

He was last seen in the first-class smoking lounge, weeping. His body was never recovered.

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