Q: On the back of a one-dollar bill, there is a Great Seal showing a pyramid with Latin expressions above and below. What do these mean? (Asked by a Latin-lacking reader.)
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In physics, we have a bunch of laws: Newton’s laws of motion, the law of reflection, and so on. However, a few more practical laws came across my screen the other day. I don’t know the source, but these are definitely by someone who knows a thing or two about life.
Every now and then, I devote a column to my pet peeves. It’s a great way to get them off my chest so I can be a kinder, gentler person. Maybe you and I will find that we have some peeves in common.
Question: Foods left in the freezer develop “freezer burn.” Why is this and is it safe to eat? (Asked by a curious culinary column-reader.)
Q: Actually, I have two questions, but I have a feeling there’s only one answer. (1) If a bee is flying around at only a few miles per hour in a car that is traveling 55 mph, why is he not pinned against the back window? (2) We are on the Earth traveling at about 700 mph at our latitude beca…
We’ve been dealing with this “nine” thing in prices, such as 29 cents instead of 30 cents, and gas being $2.499 instead of $2.50. You never have four pennies for exact change, so you almost always get a penny back. Meanwhile, they don’t make a coin for one-tenths of a penny, so getting exact…
Question: Why is it that the price of a gallon of gasoline has 0.009, or nine-tenths, of a cent added on? It’s like they think that people don’t know that it’s really another cent! (Asked by a curious penny saver.)
Question: A “mandatory evacuation was issued by the governor recently along the coast for Hurricane Dorian. Is it really mandatory? (Asked by a curious hurricane watcher.)
Question: Our body temperature is 98.6 F, so why do we feel so hot at lower temperatures, such as 80-85 F? We perspire to cool our body, but at these temperatures, one would think the body would be cool enough. Also, if we jump in a pool or ocean with a temperature of 85 F, the body feels a …