Link of the Week – St. Elmo’s Fire

October 10, 2017

How about a fun little mix of science and history for this week’s link?  Here’s a post I wrote for History Undressed on St. Elmo’s Fire—the weather phenomenon, not the coming-of-age movie starring the Brat Pack. Check out why superstitious sailors not afraid of the hissing blue sparks shooting off masts.

Friday Fun Facts- Knives

October 6, 2017
  1. . A pen knife is so named because it was used for sharpening a quill to make a pen nib
  2.  French gangsters in the early 1900s used a weapon that functioned as a revolver, a knife, and brass knuckles.outdoorhub-7-horrible-handgun-designs-that-made-it-into-production-2015-02-19_20-53-13
  3. In 2000, a Mexican woman successfully performed a C-section on herself with a kitchen knife and 3 glasses of hard liquor, while her husband was drinking at a bar.
  4. King Tutankhamun’s dagger was made of meteoric
  5. A sharp knife actually causes less cuts. Since you don’t have to push down as hard, there’s less of a chance you let the blade slip.
  6. There’s no such thing as true stainless steel.
  7. Over 34,000 Swiss Army knives are made everyday!8849449713694_celum_74896_320Wx280H
  8. There are many places that end with “sex” in their name. (Sussex, Middlesex etc.) It comes from the Old English word seax meaning knife. Sexsmith used to be a common last name- meaning one who made knives.
  9. The most expensive knife is called “The Gem of The Orient”. It sold for $2.1 Million!! In total, it has 153 emeralds (10 carats) and nine diamonds (5 carats). The weight of the gold in the knife is 28 ounces.  It took ten years to produce such knife.ReKvaKK
  10. The Russians make knives out of sapphires with bone handles. It doesn’t show up on any metal detectors.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  11. There is a knife (the WASP knife) that once inside the victim, forces over 800 psi of CO2 inside the victim, creating a basketball sized air pocket and freezing the surrounding internal organs. WASP-Injection-Knife-500x478

Link of the Week – Picking a Lock

October 3, 2017

Because picking a lock is a skill. Useful information for all.

Watch the video or read the article. It’s more great fodder from The Art of Manliness.

Link of the Week – Reading Bourbon Labels

September 12, 2017

This week’s link comes from one of my favorite blogs, The Art of Manliness. And it’s a great link for anyone who likes bourbon. I, myself, went through

a spell of consuming copious amounts of Jim Beam in my youth. Good times…good times…

There are distinctions between the varying types of bourbons. This link, How to Read a Bourbon Label, gives the skinny on bourbon terminology and provides a guide for consumers when buying the next bottle of whiskey. Cheers!

Link of the Week – Clearing a Building

August 22, 2017

Whether for your own personal knowledge or for authors who write suspense, time travel, fantasy, sci-fi, military, and the like, today’s link is detailed post on how to clear your home or other structure of intruders. It’s from one of my favorite blogs, The Art of Manliness. The post talks about safety and gives you the best chances for survival, including how to hold your weapon, the best weapon of choice, how to utilize decor to your advantage, and the tactics used for clearing stairs, halls, corners, and rooms with closed doors.

Link of the Week – Daily Infographic

November 8, 2016

This is a fun site for all your infographic needs, Daily Infographic. They “scour the internet for data visualizations with the best content and design to bring our users facts and figures in the most easily consumed format.” In other words, they just want to make us smarter in an age where people love quick and easy pics. Whatever your heart desires in health, entertainment, food, surviving an apocalypse, just about anything you want or didn’t realize you needed to know. Oh, and they can help create an infographic should you need one.

Check them out.

Here’s a nifty infographic on blood stain analysis. Handy for writers and potential criminals.


Friday Fun Facts- Farting!

June 24, 2016

Now that’s a mouth full! So much alliteration in one line, it makes my head spin. Everybody does it. Some silent. Some will blow the house down. Some will curl its odoriferous tendrils around your unsuspecting nose until you are surrounded and helpless. Let’s learn some more about this gaseous expletive.

  1. Farting helps reduce blood pressure and is good for your health. (Unless you’re forced to smell other people’s farts!)
  2. A person will fart enough everyday to fill a balloon. Now that’s a lot of hot air.
  3. Farts burst forth from the body just under 7 miles per hour. (10 ft. per second)
  4. Most folks fart about 14 times a day on average.Funny-Fart-Meme-I-Dont-Always-Fart-In-My-Office-With-The-Door-Closed-Somebody-Immediately-Comes-In-To-Ask-A-Question-Picture
  5. Flatulence. (Sounds better than farting) It is caused by the trillions of bacteria that break down food during digestion. It manufactures a mix of nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, and sometimes methane.
  6. It’s the hydrogen sulfide that makes the stinky “rotten egg” smell.
  7. Guys may get more of a thrill and a chuckle out of farting, but female toots are way more lethal given a fart to fart ration. (Never in my wildest did I think I’d ever write that last sentence!!) Apparently, females have more of the stinky hydrogen sulfide in them.ds4vn
  8. ” Roman Emperor Claudius declared that “all Roman citizens should be allowed to pass gas whenever necessary,” which is an ancient variant of the modern maxim, “Wherever you be, let the wind blow free.” The ancient Japanese were said to have held “farting contests” to see who could break wind the loudest and longest. The Greek physician Hippocrates decreed that “Passing gas is necessary to well-being.” (I couldn’t bring myself to re-word this one so I pulled it directly off The Thunder Down Under‘s site.)
  9. Hitler had terrible gas.
  10. Old English= feortan, Today= fart
  11. Believe it or not- farting is a fetish. Yes, you read that right. Farting is a fetish. The correct term for this is eproctophilia.( Hmmmm,…………… I got nothin’)Funny-Fart-Meme-Girls-Did-You-Just-Fart-Because-You-Blew-Me-Away-Image
  12. Don’t try to hold in your farts too much. Why? It can cause a multitude of symptoms ranging from headaches to hemorrhoids.
  13. Remember I don’t make this stuff up! Sniffing farts can be healthy because it’s been found that sniffing small amounts of hydrogen sulfide can reverse mitochondrial damage and help avert strokes, dementia, heart attacks, and cancer. I want to know who did this research and how!!!!
  14. Dead people are busy farting and sometimes burping for up to 3 hours after they die, before rigor mortis sets in.
  15. Some people in China can make up to $50,000 a year smelling people’s farts and diagnosing digestive issues based on the smell.
  16. The Yanomami tribe in South America greet one another with loud friendly bursts.5dcccb4888fa0e5421968f1ffff87b2d43d96789f02ee3f6561f9672a33bbb33