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Is “Running In” still needed for new cars?

engine-running-inA decade or more ago it was common to see a hand-made sign on the back window of the car ahead saying “Running In”. The car was being driven more slowly than usual, and the sign told you that the driver wouldn’t mind you overtaking them. You don’t see the signs any more, but is [more...]

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Apr
30
2009
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What is Base Jumping?

Jumping from Perrine Bridge, Twin Falls Idaho (photo by Mister M - CC-BY)Base jumping is an extreme form of parachuting where, instead of jumping out of an aircraft, you jump from a fixed object such as a telecommunications tower, a cliff, a bridge, or a building. Base jumping is much more dangerous than regular skydiving, for several reasons: The limited height gives much less time to get [more...]

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Apr
30
2009
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What is the city of Palenque?

Palenque - courtesy Ruben Charles - CC-BYPalenque is an ancient Maya city in the Mexican state of Chiapas. It has some of the finest architecture, sculpture, roof comb and bas-reliefs the Maya ever produced. It was first occupied around 100 BC and flourished at its peak from about 600 to 700 AD. During the 8th century, the city came under increasing [more...]

Apr
29
2009
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Why vacation in South Carolina?

south carolina holiday - south carolina coastline - courtesy truello - CC-BYWhen you plan a South Carolina vacation, it can include everything from South Carolina beaches, golf vacations, palm tree shaded gardens and mountain solitude. Many people planning South Carolina vacations begin in Charleston. This city is home to the Charleston Harbor and is the center of much of South Carolina’s cultural life. Columbia, the state [more...]

Apr
29
2009
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What can I use as a replacement for a lost touch-screen stylus?

Photo by Roger Browne - CC-BYIt’s easy to lose the stylus from a touchscreen device such as a mobile phone, internet tablet or PDA. What can you use as a replacement? It needs to be pointed enough to activate a precise location on the screen, yet soft enough that it won’t scratch the screen. One possibility is to take some [more...]

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Apr
29
2009
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Why do cafes in France list two different prices for every drink?

Cafe in the south of France - photo by ktylerconk - CC-BYFrance is full of attractive cafés where you can sit and watch the world go by. They may be in a small town square, or on a busy avenue in Paris. They may look out on trees, or a crowded shopping area. But before you can really enjoy their relaxed charm, you need to know [more...]

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Apr
29
2009
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Why vacation in Rhode Island?

Rhose Island Holiday - Providence - courtesy yeowatzup - CC-BY Rhode Island is not just for the summer. Events, fairs, festivals, and concerts are taking place year round. For people who have not spent a lot of time in the Ocean State, the first images that one thinks of may be of Newport’s fabulous Gilded-Age mansions, 12-meter yachting, and its famed jazz, folk, and classical [more...]

Apr
28
2009
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Why vacation in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania Holiday - Liberty Bell - courtesy Tony the Misfit - CC-BYPennsylvania is called the Keystone State and was so named for its role in the Revolutionary War. It was the geographic center of the thirteen original colonies. Today it is the center of a great vacation experience. From Philadelphia, the birthplace of American Independence and home of the Liberty Bell to Pittsburgh, where two rivers [more...]

Apr
28
2009
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What is the difference between bird flu and swine flu?

In April 2009, residents of Mexico City began wearing face masks and even respiratory filters to keep from contracting a swine flu.You may remember that a few years ago there was much attention given to the bird or avian flu — it was seen a potential source of a worldwide pandemic. But now the pandemic threat isn’t a bird flu, but a swine flu. So the question naturally arises: What is the difference between them? The [more...]

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Apr
28
2009
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Why was it called the 1918 Spanish Flu, if it didn’t start in Spain?

Spanish Flu Death Chart 1918/1919 (PD)The first outbreak of the Spanish Flu was noted in March 1918 in the Fort Riley military base in Kansas, although it’s possible that it had broken out earlier in the Far East, or even the previous year in Tibet or Austria. However, it was August 1918 when a more virulent mutation of this swine [more...]

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