The fastest moving land snail, the common garden snail, has a speed of 0.0313 mph.
Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
The study of ants is called Myrmecology
Americans drink about five billion bottles and cans of soda, and about a billion and a half pounds of coffee every year.
A study indicates that smokers are likely to die on average six and a half years earlier than non-smokers
Harvard University's original name was Cambridge. It only changed when John Harvard donated 400 books to the school.
For the blockbuster movie The Terminator, O.J. Simpson was considered to play the role of the Terminator, but producers did not choose him as they thought he would not be taken seriously
During his entire life, Vincent Van Gogh sold exactly one painting, Red Vineyard at Arles
General Robert E. Lee was not a slaveholder and never believed in slavery. He never believed in secession from the United States and strongly condemned it. He decided to lead the armies of the South because he wanted nothing to happen to his beloved Virginia.
When explorers first arrived in Venezuela, they were reminded of Venice. They named the country Little Venice, which translated into Spanish is Venezuela
8324. Animal Facts
The queen naked mole rat is the only one to have babies. She keeps the others sterile (incapable of having babies) using a special chemical in her urine.
A tree in metropolitan area will survive for approximately eight years
Because of Animal Crackers, many kids until they reach the age of ten, believe a bear is as tall as a giraffe.
The citric acid found in lemon juice is said to be able to dissolve a pearl
Humpback whales are capable of living up to 95 years
In a lifetime, on average a honey bee produces 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey
Basketball was invented by Canadian James Naismith in 1891
Research has indicated that a tie that is on too tight can increase the risk of glaucoma in men
Michael Keaton's original name is Michael Douglas.
More than 10% of the world's salt is used to de-ice American roads.
The safety pin was patented in 1849 by Walter Hunt. He sold the patent rights for $400.
B & D is an acronym for bondage and dominance, or bondage and discipline.
The skin of the average woman weighs 3 kilograms, while that of the average man weighs 5 kilograms
There are orange peels and raisins in A-1 Steak Sauce.
The most recycled product in the world is the automobile.
The giraffe has the highest blood pressure of any animal.
The tip of a 1/3 inch long hour-hand on a wristwatch travels at 0.00000275 mph
3000 children die every day in Africa because of malaria
The name 'Intel' stems from the company's former name, 'Integrated Electronics'.
A snake charmer in Bangladesh once found 3,500 poisonous cobras and their eggs hidden underneath the floors of two suburban homes
The eight most popular foods to cause food allergies are: milk, eggs, wheat, peanuts, soy, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish
The bubbles in Guiness beer sink to the bottom rather than float to the top as in other beers.
There were approximately 2,228 people on board the Titanic when it sank. Of this, only 706 people survived
There is a member of the spider family called the demodex folliculorum that lives at the root of people's eye lashes. It's harmless and normal.(so they claim). To look for them, grab a handful of your eyelashes and dunk them in warm water. They'll start swimming out. It is prevalent in nearly 100% of old people in the U.S.
A killer whale s heart beats 30 times a minute under water, 60 times a minute on the surface.
The worlds oldest piece of chewing gum is over 9000 years old.
The first drug to be sold in the form of a tablet is Aspirin
8353. Animal Facts
Many leeches produce a pain-killer so that you don't notice you have been bitten unless you actually see the leech.
Grapes are grown around the world more than any other fruit
There are places in Saskatchewan called Elbow, Eyebrow, and Drinkwater
Tobacco contains over 50 chemicals that can cause cancer
Watching television can act as a natural painkiller for children
The earth's rotation is slowing down at a rate of one second per century. The gravity from the sun and moon are creating tidal friction on the earth that are acting as brakes on planet's spin.
The dumbest domesticated animal is the turkey.
On average, the life span of an American dollar bill is eighteen months
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Rules to play Hang Gliding
Training and safety
Due to the poor safety record of early hang gliding pioneers, the sport has traditionally been considered unsafe. Advances in pilot training and glider construction have led to a much improved safety record. Modern hang gliders are very sturdy when constructed to HGMA[expand acronym], BHPA, DHV[expand acronym], or other certified standards using modern materials. Although lightweight they can be easily damaged, either through misuse or by continued operation in unsafe wind and weather conditions. All modern gliders have built in dive recovery mechanisms such as luff lines in kingposted gliders, or sprogs in topless gliders.
Pilots fly in a harness which supports their body. Several different types of harnesses exist. Pod harnesses are put on like a jacket and the leg portion is behind the pilot during launch. Once in the air the feet are tucked into the bottom of the harness. They are zipped up in the air with a rope and unzipped before landing with a separate rope. A cocoon harness is slipped over the head and lies in front of the legs during launch. After getting into the air the feet are tucked into it and the back is left open. A knee hanger harness is also slipped over the head but the knee part is wrapped around the knees before launch and just pick up the pilots leg automatically after launch. A supine or suprone harness is a seated harness. The shoulder straps are put on before launch and after take off the pilot slides back into the seat and flies in a seated position.
Pilots carry a parachute enclosed in the harness. In case of serious problems the parachute is manually deployed and carries both pilot and glider down to earth. Pilots also wear helmets and generally carry other safety items such as knives (for cutting their parachute bridle after impact or cutting their harness lines and straps in case of a tree or water landing), light ropes (for lowering from trees to haul up tools or climbing ropes), radios (for communication with other pilots or ground crew), and first aid equipment.
The accident rate from hang glider flying has been dramatically decreased by pilot training. Early hang glider pilots learned their sport through trial and error and gliders were sometimes home built. Training programs have been developed for todays pilot with emphasis on flight within safe limits, as well as the discipline to cease flying when weather conditions are unfavorable, for example excess wind or risk cloud suck.In the UK there is one death per 116,000 flights, a risk comparable to running a marathon or playing football for a year.