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10 Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

August 12, 2015 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

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Why is it that when we’re reading something and our minds zone out, that our eyes continue to follow the text as if we are still reading it?

There are several layers of processing going on. Reading requires input data, language processing, comprehension, and then putting all of those together. When you zone out you lose the last two, but that doesn’t necessarily cause you to change your visual field.

It’s somewhat akin to staring off into space. You’re not really paying attention to your visual field but it continues on just the same as a subconscious process.

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10 Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

August 6, 2015 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

70 Years ago the US dropped atomic bombs on Japan. How did the US justify this use of force?

This is the casualty estimate for an invasion of mainland Japan. Those are just our casualties…Based on the Battle of Okinawa, the Japanese military casualties would have been about 20% higher, and the civilian casualties would have been 2 to 3 times as high.

The most telling statement in that passage is this: “Nearly 500,000 Purple Heart medals (awarded for combat casualties) were manufactured in anticipation of the casualties resulting from the invasion of Japan; the number exceeded that of all American military casualties of the 65 years following the end of World War II, including the Korean and Vietnam Wars. In 2003, there were still 120,000 of these Purple Heart medals in stock.[60] There were so many left that combat units in Iraq and Afghanistan were able to keep Purple Hearts on hand for immediate award to soldiers wounded in the field.”

People can argue all day about the predicted numbers but the logistics experts make their decisions based on reality and their data showed they needed 500,000 purple hearts. Thats an incredible number of expected casualties.

Compare that to the top estimates for the casualties for both bombs: 246,000.

It was horrific, but clearly the right thing to do.

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10 Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

July 22, 2015 | 7 Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

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Why are US healthcare prices are so high?

This seemingly outrageous bill is an artifact of how healthcare is billed in the US. It’s incredibly dumb, but here’s why it’s so ridiculous on its face. The patient will almost certainly pay much less than what’s on the bill. Here are some things to keep in mind:

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10 Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

July 15, 2015 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

What makes the AK-47 one of the most reliable guns in the world? Why can’t other companies replicate this reliability? 

The tolerances(spaces between moving parts) in the AK are loose. There’s lots of room for gunk and dirt to get in there and the gun will still fire and cycle when the trigger is pulled. With loose tolerances, failure to properly clean and lube the weapon won’t hinder it from firing like the M-16 from the Vietnam era.

In addition the AK uses a gas piston technology rather than direct impingement. Both systems use the gas from the recently fired round to load the next round. With the AK the gas is directed to a piston rather than directly at the bolt carrier. This keeps the bolt cleaner and results in less jams. However, it creates additional movement not present in the direct method and therefore sacrifices accuracy.

Gun makers today sets accuracy very high on the "important list" so you cant have these clearings between all the parts because everything will not line up exactly the same between shots. For an AK and at its time this did not matter, as more often than not you were so close to your enemy that you could smell their breath. Today its a different age and you make weapons that are reliably accurate and light weight (AK is a heavy bastard) all these three things naturally contradicts each other.

So while the AK enjoys a legendary reputation, by today’s standards, it’s a pretty crappy weapon…yes, its reliable, but it can barely hit anything over 400m and it is much heavier than it looks.

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10 Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

July 8, 2015 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

 

What Is Heroin Like?

You are stuck out on a park bench in the middle of December. You have no place to go, no family or friends, you’ve gotten all the money, and stolen items out of them that you can. You’re cold, alone, you stink, but you don’t have the energy or means to take a shower. Then somehow you procure enough money to buy a bag (generally by hooking other people up and ripping them off a bit, overcharging, etc.) So you go to your dealers, buy a bag, find some spot that is relatively closed off. (There have been exceptions to this, one time on a side walk I threw my coat over my upper body and did it with people a few feet from me.) You go through your ritual, get the shot prepared, spend 20 mins to an hour to find a vein that hasn’t collapsed or shrunken from the cold, on once you register, and see that blood come back into the brownish tube, you push the plunger in and hope beyond hope you didn’t miss. Then it happens. You start feeling warm, not actually warm but the kind of warm where you’re cold and someone gives you the most comfortable blanket you’ve ever felt, and inside, underneath that brown blanket you realize “Hey, my life’s not so bad.” Every worry you’ve ever had is gone, seemingly never to return. “Ahh, this is nice.” You think to yourself. “I’m just going to take a quick nap, then get up and go shower at the Y.M.C.A, and then go apply at that job downtown I used to go to college for, what was that? Civil engineering maybe? Alright, twenty minutes then I’ll get up.”

8 HOURS LATER:

You are stuck out on a park bench in the middle of December. You have no place to go, no family or friends…

Rinse and repeat. Everyday, for the rest of your life. That is what heroin is like.

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The Recap

July 5, 2015 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers, The Dumping Grounds |

funny pictures and videos of the day

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10 Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

July 1, 2015 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

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On D-day, why didn’t the Allies just bomb the beach from the sea with ships before storming with people?

 If you haven’t read D-Day, by Stephen E Ambrose, I’d really recommend it if you’re interested. All quotations are from Chapter 14 of the book.

They bombarded the crap out of the beaches. Several veteran soldiers have said the opening naval barrage on D day was one of the loudest things they had ever heard. One of the Allied airborne troopers tells it this way. “The Barrage coming in was quite terrific. You could feel the whole ground shaking toward the coast. Soon they lifted the barrage farther inland. They sounded so big, and being poor bloody infantry, we had never been under naval fire before and these damn great shells came sailing over, such a size that you automatically ducked, even in the pillbox, as one went over, and my radio operator was standing next to me, very perturbed about his, and finally he said, ‘blimey, sir, they’re firing jeeps'”

A total of 68 destroyers participated in the bombardment of the 5 beaches. Ambrose summarizes the reason why the success didn’t work in the following way. “In short, a tremendous tonnage of shells hit the beaches and batteries. The results, for the most part, were terribly disappointing. As anyone who has visited the normandy beaches will attest, this was not because of inaccurate fire, but rather the result of German skill in fortification building… They [the batteries] took many direct hits, dozens in some cases, but even the 14-inch shells failed to penetrate. The shells made pock marks, the knocked away some concrete, they exposed the steel reinforcing rods, but they did not penetrate.” However “Many of the German gunners inside were rendered deaf or knocked out by concussion” from being inside a concrete bunker.

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10 Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

June 24, 2015 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

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How does alcohol kill brain cells and does it actually affect your cognitive ability in the long run?

Alcohol is metabolized in the liver by alcohol dehydrogenase enzymes into a much, much more harmful molecule, acetaldehyde. Not only does this process produce a more harmful molecule, but it also eats through the body’s supply of NAD+, an important player in the Krebs cycle for generating energy. So your body has depleted its energy stores to create a deadly toxin.

Acetaldehyde then wreaks havoc in your body. It causes the liver to produce malondialdehyde, a highly reactive molecule that basically floats around your body throwing high-energy, non spin paired electrons into DNA, neurons, and literally any and every tissue in your body. This causes damage, making it carcinogenic and neurotoxic, as well as hepatotoxic and harmful for the kidneys, heart, pancreas, reproductive system, digestive tract, …rest of the body… Then to top it all off, acetaldehyde consumes more NAD+ to finally be made into the less harmful molecule acetate.

With a great lack of NAD+ and many key enzymes that are busy metabolizing alcohol, harmful metabolites begin to accumulate in the body. Catalase that would normally break down H2O2 is too busy breaking down alcohol, so the H2O2 accumulates, creating more free radical electrons and damage. Your body battles this oxidative stress with antioxidants like vitamin B and C. Antioxidants are then depleted. More oxidative stress. More damage. Less energy. Less antioxidants. Damage to all tissues ensues.

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2885167/

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Animal Shelter Puts Dogs In Photo Booths To Help Them Get Adopted And It’s Working

June 17, 2015 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Animals, Answers |

Photographer Guinnevere Shuster of the Humane Society of Utah came up with a fantastic idea for helping dogs get adopted: the doggy photo booth. Her photos of the dogs do a much better job at capturing their personalities than standard snapshots, and the results have been impressive: 93.26% of the dogs are now finding new homes. The photo booth-style portraits are able to show multiple facets of a dog’s personality through four pictures of each puppy. Here are some of the portraits that have been shared so far:

Teton

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We think TETON might be part bat, part piggy and part Pittie or a character you might find in a children’s book. He makes adorable snorting noise while trying to shower you with kisses and hugs

 

Rusty

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“Look at this little love! Rusty the 13 year old Chihuahua came to The Humane Society of Utah with 13 year old Jasmine, and together they make the most adorable pair. We’d love for these two to get adopted together, so we need your help”

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10 Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

June 10, 2015 | 3 Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

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Why do we always reminisce about “The good ol’ days” as if the present is never up to par?

Nostalgia , everything seems better when you look back at it (Well, most things)

We tend to ignore or minimize our negative memories and look at the past through rose-tinted glasses. Sometimes it can be healthy, since it keeps us from getting too bitter or pessimistic.

It’s not too uncommon in our daily lives. You think about a toy, show, or place you loved when you were a kid, but when you find it, it’s underwhelming. Or you think to yourself, ‘Oh man, I haven’t thought about [person] in forever. Why did we ever break up?/ Why did we ever stop hanging out?’

The other side of it is that our grandparents grandparents complained about how the world was going to pot, ’90s kids’ complain about how the world is going to pot, and nearly everyone everyone in between also thinks that things are obviously worse than in the carefree days of their youth.

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