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August 14, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

How Much of a Pilot’s Training Is Emergency Landing Practices?

You can teach anyone to fly straight and level in about 10 seconds. Push the wheel or stick forward, and the ground gets bigger. Pull the wheel or stick back, and the sky gets bigger. Turn or push right, you turn right; turn or push left, you turn left. Congrats, you can fly straight and level. It takes about 10 brain cells to do this, so you can do everything else while you fly straight and level.

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July 31, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

With all the lawsuits going around where companies can’t be sexist when hiring employees how is Hooters able to only hire hot women?

Legally, it’s what’s called a “bona fide occupational qualification” that hooters waitresses must be female. The federal law that protects from employment discrimination says that you can refuse to hire someone based on their gender if their gender is that specific to the job. HOWEVER, Hooters has to be willing to hire male cooks, busboys, etc, because those jobs are “behind the scenes” and so are not protected by the Hooters = women thing. Basically, it works because Hooters’ entire brand is based on hiring women as waitresses. Doesn’t mean they can get away with never hiring men for OTHER jobs, and doesn’t mean any restaurant could get away with it.

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July 24, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers |

Why were so many Japanese pilots willing to conduct kamikaze missions?

The Japanese people were very, very patriotic. In addition, they firmly believed that the emperor was god on earth. He was a living god and whatever his decisions, they were from god himself. Between those beliefs and feelings, the opportunity to die for the preservation of the country was not even a question. They all knew that their country was in dire straits with a terrible enemy approaching their shores. As soldiers in the service of their living god, they were much more than willing to sacrifice their lives to save their country.

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July 17, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers |

Why does Korea have such a high suicide rate?

I’m teaching in Korea at the moment, which recently surpassed Japan in suicide rates. Korea has the highest suicide rate in the world, among the top 31 wealthiest nations now, and suicide is the number one cause of death for people under the age of 40 in the country. last time I checked, anyway (about 2 months ago). Japan and Korea certainly share some similarities.

The week or so after I arrived, a 10 year old girl at a school near my town got a decent grade on a report card. It wasn’t the best grade, it wasn’t the worst. Her mom was pissed and, as a punishment, took her to the barber shop to get her hair cut way shorter than usual. A few days later the girl jumped from the 17th story of her apartment building. She left a bunch of notes written to her friends in crayon that said “Life is too difficult.”

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July 10, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers |

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What is so great about Mister Rogers?

I grew up poor raised by strict immigrant parents who never hesitated popping me in the mouth for what they considered a “look.” I also never received much affection from my parents (I was 22 when my dad first told me he loved me). My earliest memories of receiving affection was this nice old white man on television telling me I was special. There was this man I had never met, telling me he loved me and that I was special just the way I was.
Every morning for half an hour, I was the king of the world who could do anything. A half hour, then it was back to getting yelled at and feeling like a worthless piece of shit.

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July 3, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers |

How do I disarm a landmine after stepping on it?

You mean after you hear that soft “click” that mine manufacturers built in out of courtesy so that a soldier knows he’ll die soon and can say his last prayer, or, even better, be saved by his mates?

Sounds too good to be true? That’s because it is.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians commonly refer to such landmines as HSE mines – Hollywood Special Effect mines.

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June 26, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

What were Aztec sacrifices ritual actually like?

They were religious events first. The Aztecs believed that their gods got their sustenance from human sacrifice; and one of the basic duties of Religion is caring for your gods. The most important of these sacrifices were carried out during the 18 monthly festivals of the Solar Year. One of these, to give you an example, was the Tlacaxipehualiztli, the Festival of the Flaying of Men, celebrated at spring equinox before the rainy season, one of the most brutal and complex. We know about it thanks to the notes of the Spanish monk Bernardino de Sahagun, who in the 16th century interviewed old Aztec men who were still alive in pre-spanish Mexico and recounted how this festival was held in the Aztec capital:

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June 5, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

What do police officers think about the “Never talk to a police officer, EVER” video.

I have seen the “Never talk to a police officer, EVER” video.  While every single thing the lawyer said is true, his examples are not very realistic or common. 

It is your right to refuse to answer questions from a police officer who stops you (this DOES NOT apply to identifying yourself).  However, refusing to talk to a police officer, especially when you haven’t done anything illegal, does not help you at the moment. 

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May 29, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers |

Why is wrestling the most important skill to have in MMA?

Joe Rogan on wrestling:

“We said it a million times but it bears repeating. Wrestling is the greatest skill to have in MMA because wrestling dictates where the fight takes place.

On top of that, amateur wrestling training is so unbelievably grueling that the guys who get through it are the guys who rise to the top are the elite of the elite when it comes to mental toughness. That is a huge part of fighting. Mental toughness and focus and the ability to work hard to achieve goals under exceedingly insurmountable circumstances.”

Other Commentator: “You must embrace the grind as they say.”

Rogan: “That’s a nice way of putting it but they go through hell. That’s not a grind you know….Amateur wrestling practice is a constant exercise in over training, dehydration, and maintaining your momentum and maintaining your motivation in incredibly uncomfortable moments.”

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May 15, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

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What’s it like to have an extremely high IQ?

Years ago, aged eighteen, I joined MENSA. I left after a year, having seen ample evidence to support the old description of MENSA as “The society for people impressed by their own intelligence”. In truth, the whole organisation was creepy. Anyway, when I applied they sent me an IQ test which you sent in to be scored. If you scored highly enough they asked you to attend a monitored exam. I scored 158 on the test at home and 159 when I went to London to be tested.

I have never encountered anything, either at school, university or at work that has been intellectually difficult for me. I got an English degree and a law degree and barely worked to get either. My memory has always served me well. I quickly see patterns that others don’t seem to notice (that’s your IQ test sewn up right there) and just find concepts come easier to me than to a lot of other people. I do get bored with most subjects quite quickly but, so far, so good.

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