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What Is The Best Way To Survive In A Free-Falling Elevator

December 21st, 2013

What is the best way to survive in a free-falling elevator?

If possible, lie flat on the floor.


Since the “jump on impact” myth was always moronic (seriously?), the “laying flat on the floor” theory is meant to address the issue of spreading the force of impact over as much body surface as possible. This method isn’t without its issues of course:

  1. Your organs and tissue would take the brunt of the impact and even at relatively low speeds, this is still probably fatal.
  2. What’s stopping the floor of the elevator from becoming shards of metal, cable, plastic, etc… and impaling you or cutting you to shreds.
  3. You pretty much have to wait for the elevator car to reach terminal velocity before you can effectively lie on the floor (the human body can reach a terminal velocity from anywhere between 122-200mph depending on position). So let’s say that the elevator is high enough to go beyond its normal travel speed and reach its terminal velocity and let’s say that terminal velocity is around 100mph. You’re still going from 100mph to 0mph instantly. You’re still probably gonna smoosh.

What is the best way to survive in a free falling elevator

Reason For Asking:

Just curious – I was in a Target elevator and it seemed a little rickety. It was only one floor though. I think I’d be fine.

Source: Live Science: Survive Elevator Free Fall
Source: How Stuff Works: Survive Elevator Free Fall
Source: Wiki: Terminal Velocity

What Is A Dinosaur

December 19th, 2013

What is a dinosaur?

Dinosaurs were reptilian and most hatched from eggs. No dinosaurs could fly and none lived in the water. They lived during the Mesozoic Era which covered the triassic, jurassic and creteceous period (248 million years ago – 65 million years ago).


Some animals that WERE dinosaurs:

  • Tyrannosaurus Rex
  • Triceratops
  • Brachiosaurus
  • Velociraptor

Some animals that WERE NOT dinosaurs:

  • Dimetridon
  • Plesiosaurs
  • Pteranodon
  • Teratosaurus

What Is A Dinosaur

Reason For Asking:

I’m not sure if this was what everyone experience growing up, but I don’t think I was ever given a definition of ‘dinosaur’ clear enough to understand exactly what was a dinosaur and what wasn’t a dinosaur.

Source: Enchanted Learning: What Is A Dinosaur
Source: Wiki: What Is A Dinosaur

Who Is In Charge Of The Google Doodle

December 18th, 2013

Who is in charge of the Google Doodle?

A four person team led by Michael Lopez.


“…the drawings serve an unspoken purpose: They humanize a behemoth built on algorithms, servers and semantics, connecting users across the globe to the Google domain.” The Google Doodle was initially created by the main men themselves: Larry Page and Sergey Brin, but has expanded into its own important and characterizing segment of the company. The process for creating the Google Doodle wasn’t “formalized until 2003, according to original lead doodler Dennis Hwang.”
Check out all of the Google: Doodles

Who Is In Charge Of The Google Doodle

Reason For Asking:

I’ve seen the Google Doodle expand its territory over the years and was wondering how serious the company was in regards to this quirky addition to their search engine.

Source: Gizmodo: Who is in charge of the Google Doodle
Source: SFGate: Who is in charge of the Google Doodle

What Are The NYC Laws On An Open Container In Public

December 7th, 2013

What are the NYC laws on an open container in public?

It violates NYC Administrative Code 10-125 to have an open alcoholic beverage ( > %0.5 ABV) in any area where the ‘public may congregate’ (important)


Licenses for events such as block parties and for restaurants that have street seating are exempt but I’m sure that opens up another set of rules anyway. I guess to break down my question, is it illegal for me to sit on my stoop, away from the sidewalk, and drink a beer? The answer to that is ‘yes’. “The law defines it as an area “to which the public or a substantial group of persons has access, including, but not limited to a sidewalk, street or park.”” [brownstoner]. Apparently ‘private property’ does not denote ‘area where the public may NOT congregate’. This is obviously a grey area and can probably be contested to some extent but the laws seem to be quite broad and give both the officer a chance to interpret them one way and the drinker to interpret them another. Well, at least pretty much everyone in NYC does it.

What Are The NYC Laws On An Open Container In Public

Reason For Asking:

I sometimes enjoy a beer on my stoop but I generally hide it for fear of getting a summons.

Source: NYC Defense: Alcohol In Public
Source: Brownstoner: Alcohol In Public
Source: NY Times: Alcohol In Public

How Many Types Of Apples Are There

December 4th, 2013

How many types of apples are there?

More than 7500 known cultivars with ranging characteristics.


So an apple is basically an apple and minor differences have been cultivated to suit different purposes: eating, cooking, ciders, etc…. Below are the top 15 varieties that account for almost 90% of 2008 production (according to the U.S. Apple Association):

The site also has this nice ‘Apple Variety Guide‘ which highlights common aspects and differences between the top varietals.
Keep in mind this is less than a percent of all apple cultivars in the world so expect to see different types when you go to your local grocery store as many are probably too obscure to leave their immediate region.

How Many Types Of Apples Are There
[reasonI thought that there were different sub-species of apples. Also, since many probably don’t leave their region, it’s interesting to see the range in characteristics required and desired depending on the region, climate, etc….[/reason] Source: Wiki: Apple
Source: Wiki: Apple Cultivars
Source: US Apple Association: Apple Varieties
Source: NY Apple Country: Apple Cultivars

Does Seltzer Water Damage Teeth

December 2nd, 2013

Does seltzer water damage teeth?

The effects are negligible


Carbonated water has a negligible effect on bone and enamel by itself. All fizzy drinks are based off forced CO2, added in one way or another, and this gives the water a low pH (of around 3) relative to plain water but it’s really the additional components that can affect teeth. Club soda, for example, usually has added salt, sodium/potassium bicarbonate, or sodium/potassium citrate which can make the drink more acidic and more negatively affect the teeth. Soda, as another example, is chock full of sugars, citric acids and various other components that help your dentist put his kids through college. So ultimately, drinking seltzer/sparkling water will not really damage your teeth at all (although club soda may have more of an effect).

The Big Book Of British Smiles

Reason For Asking:

I drink a lot of seltzer water.

Source: Yahoo: Types Of Fizzy Drinks
Source: ZocDoc: Carbonated Water & Bones
Source: Take Part: Sparkling Water Bad?

What Sound Does A Giraffe Make

December 1st, 2013

What sound does a giraffe make?

Various low pitch sounds, many too low for the human ear to detect


The human ear can generally detect sound vibrations from 20Hz to 20kHz. The giraffe can make sounds in the infrasonic range which is lower than 20Hz. Adult giraffes can make a variety of sounds from ‘whooshy’ type sounds to coughs and barks depending on the situation. Young giraffes emit higher pitched sounds including moos, bleats and snorts. Despite all of this, giraffes tend to be non-vocal.

What Sounds Do Giraffes Make

Reason For Asking:

I’m trying to show my daughter what sounds various animals make.

Source: Hubpages: Giraffe Sounds

Are There Any English Words With Stresses On Two Syllables

November 25th, 2013

Are there any english words with stresses on two syllables?



“If you hear two stresses, you hear two words”

English Words With Two Syllables

Reason For Asking:

Just curious

Source: English Club: Word Stress Rules
Source: Rutgers: Tahitan Stress

How Much Does A Live Chicken Cost

November 24th, 2013

How much does a live chicken cost?

~$2.50 – ~$10


$2.50 to get a little chicken baby?! Jesus christ.

How Much Does A Live Chicken Cost

Reason For Asking:

Just curious.

Source: EFowl: Chickens

What Is The Point Of A Filibuster

November 23rd, 2013

What is the point of a filibuster?

To delay or prevent a vote on any given matter.


Derived from the Dutch term meaning ‘robber’, the filibuster, in the US, forces a debate into long hours as a member of senate invokes the policy of ‘unlimited debate’ to drone on and test his bladder skills while disallowing any progress to be made.

Senate rules permit a senator, or series of senators, to speak for as long as they wish and on any topic they choose, unless “three-fifths of the Senators duly chosen and sworn” (usually 60 out of 100 senators) brings debate to a close by invoking cloture under Senate Rule XXII.

Mitt Romney Pisses Himself During Filibuster

Reason For Asking:

I had understood what a filibuster was, literally, but it seemed like too much of a childish action to be taken as seriously as it is in the Senate.

Source: Wikipedia: Filibuster
Source: PolicyMic: Filibuster