How high can birds fly?

How high can birds fly?

  It turns out that migrating birds can reach some astounding heights. Normally, birds tend to fly around somewhere near the level of the engines on Chesley Sullenberger’s Airbus 320. Some birds,  like vultures and other predatory animals can rise to 10,000 feet or so to scan the area for any dehydrated cowboys...
What is a typical train hauling?

What is a typical train hauling?

“What the fuck is in all of those cars?” A simple question that, while shouted DIRECTLY INTO MY EAR, DANIEL,  is one I’ve found myself shouting into my own in ear in my mind. My mind’s ear. So what does a typical train carry? What the HELL is in all...
Where did Pig Latin come from?

Where did Pig Latin come from?

  I was never really good at Pig Latin. And by good I mean ‘gave a shit’. I was surprised that after a ton of googling research, I wasn’t much closer to finding the answer to the origin of Igpay Atinlay. Versions of the annoying game played by annoying little...
How do smoke detectors work?

How do smoke detectors work?

Most folks know there are a two of different types of Smoke Detectors available in your local hardware store: Optical This type of detector contains a light emitter, most likely an infrared LED, a lens that turns the source into a beam, and a light sensor that sits at an angle across...
Where did the "Shave and a Haircut" knock come from?

Where did the “Shave and a Haircut” knock come from?

If you say “Who framed Roger Rabbit”, then you are definitely a part of my generation. And a fart-knocker. PSYCH! This one is a little hard to pin down, as the history of idioms and life’s little pop-culture-what-nots tend to be. So I’m going to suss this out for all...
How do rear differentials work on automobiles?

How do rear differentials work on automobiles?

  I love this video. Take note, if you’re going to explain something that’s complex, start at the most simple version you can and work your way up. Your audience will love you for it AND and think you’re fucking brilliant. Use of Tinker Toys is always a plus.  ...
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Why didn't all GIs get a Thompson during WWII?

Why didn’t all GIs get a Thompson during WWII?

You’ve seen it before in the movies – WII infantry plinking away with their M1 Garands until the clip pops out, while some officer or other lucky bastard rapidly sends .45 rounds toward the enemy using his Thompson Submachine Gun. So the question is, Why weren’t more of these available? At face value, they seem...
What makes glass transparent?

What makes glass transparent?

This doesn’t get into refraction, reflection, etc. but it’s an incredibly satisfying answer.