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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tornado facts • A tornado that struck Washington, D.C. on August 25, 1814, is credited with driving the British invaders out of the city and preventing them from carrying out further destruction. They had burned the White House and much of the city the day before. • Tornadoes have occurred on every continent, except for Antarctica. • About 1,000 tornadoes hit the United States every year. Most of these touch down in America’s Plains states, an area known as Tornado Alley, which is generally considered to be Oklahoma, Kansas, the Texas Panhandle, Nebraska, eastern South Dakota, and eastern Colorado. Tornadoes, however, can occur almost anywhere in the United States, including west of the Rockies and east of the Appalachians. • Supercell tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3:00 and 9:00 in the evening. • Current tornado warnings have a 13-minute average lead time and a 70% false alarm rate. • Tornadoes have been known to destroy houses, but leave light objects like plates, glasses, lamps, and even paper undisturbed on tables. • Tornadoes have also been known to pluck the feathers from chickens.

Memory

Smell or taste?

My daughter was telling me today that she took a memory test. The test told her how accurate her memory was and what type of memory she had. She said “The test said I had a numerical memory, and that it was overall 81% accurate. No, wait, it was 89%!”

Eighty percent of what we experience as taste is actually smell: It’s common knowledge that smell affects taste. Every child has held their nose to avoid tasting nasty food they were forced to eat by their parents. Such a behavior hinders odor molecules from reaching the smell cells in your nose, enabling you to skip the displeasure that comes with eating what you don’t like.

Instead of “the John,” I call my toilet “the Jim.” That way it sounds better when I say I go to the Jim first thing every morning. I wasn’t originally going to get a brain transplant, but then I changed my mind.

Q: Why was six scared of seven? A: Because seven “ate” nine.

Vol. 7–No. 8

Swimming with the skeletons

Russian vs American Inventions

Uttarakhand in India is famous for its scenic beauty, pleasant weather and multifarious trekking options. However, there is one such tourist spot that has made a name as a mysterious, strange place and that is the glacial lake in Roopkund. This lake is located in the Himalayas at a height of 5,029 meters, and has earned the name of ‘Skeleton Lake’, owing to the hundreds of skeletal remains that are revealed when the snow melts in the region. Archaeologists have come to the conclusion that these remains belong to pilgrims from 850 AD. Just so you know, there are no roads to this place yet, so one has to undertake a 3-4 day trek to reach the skeleton lake starting from Gwaldum in Chamoli district. The skeleton lake is covered with ice for most of the time during the year.

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