Quicksand may have managed to catch the speedy Yale graduate Flash Gordon, and overpower the vine-swinging Tarzan, but it will not get the best of you. Unless you’re cast in the next Hollywood action movie, you should be good to go. It is scientifically impossible to drown in quick sand.
Quicksand is made up of a combination of sand, water, clay and salt. These ingredients form a structure resembling a house of cards. When left alone everything is stable; however, when a person steps on it all hell breaks loose. Very quickly the composition changes due to the disturbance, and the quicksand becomes about one million times runnier.
Although you may drop down, your heart pounding at the thought of your imminent death, don’t panic. Due to the density of quicksand verse the density of a human, you only sink half way. That’s not to say you won’t be trapped for eternity, but don’t worry about drowning.
The popular Uno card game was invented near Cincinnati in 1971. It is played with a specially printed deck and is in the Crazy Eights family of card games. A game is won by accumulating 500 points through several hands. When a player is down to only one card, s/he yells “Uno!” to warn other players. Some Uno decks have special cards or themes. In all there are more than 135 different themed Uno decks.
The Uno World Championship is held annually in Moscow, Russia. Over 71 countries compete in the championship and it is regarded as one of the fiercest card game competitions. Players are known for displays of extreme endurance and concentration needed for long games. In 2011 the finals took over 5 hours to finish.
In May 2011, representatives of the Ku Klux Klan distanced themselves from the Westboro Church, denouncing them as "hatemongers"
The Westboro Baptist Church is known for its extreme stance against homosexuality, picketing funerals of American serviceman and desecrating the American flag. They are so hateful that even the Klu Klux Klan distanced themselves from the church, denouncing them as "hatemongers.” The church is an Independent Baptist church headed by Fred Phelps in Topeka, Kansas.
They are infamous for their slogans against those they deem as sinful such as: “God hates fags” (also the name of their website) and “Pray for more dead soldiers.” Civil rights organizations the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center monitor the Westboro Church and consider them a hate group.
In May 2011 President Obama honored fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. Three members of the Westboro Church showed up to protest, and were met by 70 counter-protesters. Among those counter-protesters were ten Klu Klux Klan members. Allegedly, the “imperial wizard” of a KKK chapter led those ten. He said it was a shame that the Westboro Church showed up to disrespect people’s funerals.
For Michael Phelps, one of the most successful Olympic athletes ever, daily training diet consists of 12,000 calories. Maybe for his next medal he should challenge Kobayashi! For Phelps, breakfast alone consists of 3 fried-egg sandwiches loaded with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions and mayonnaise, 1 five-egg omelet, 1 bowl of grits, 3 slices of French toast topped with powdered sugar and 3 chocolate-chip pancakes. Here is a normal eating schedule for Phelps:
- Breakfast is his highest caloric meal: 3 fried-egg sandwiches loaded with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions and mayonnaise. 1 five-egg omelet. 1 bowl of grits. 3 slices of French toast topped with powdered sugar. 3 chocolate-chip pancakes.
- Lunch: 1 pound of enriched pasta. 2 large ham and cheese sandwiches with mayo on white bread.
- Dinner: 1 pound of pasta with a whole pizza.
For an athlete like Phelps this kind of diet is necessary. A rule of thumb is—if you eat less calories than you burn, you lose weight. Phelps is a calorie-burning machine. If he doesn't supply his body with sufficient calories, then he won’t recover for his next workout and will begin to lose weight. Beware to those who are looking too closely at Phelps’s food choices. At his caloric demand level, it doesn’t matter too much what he eats, as long as he is able to keep up.
Jimi Hendrix had to learn to play guitar right-handed because his father believed playing left-handed was a sign of the Devil.
Jimi Hendrix loved smashing his guitar to pieces after a searing finale, or lighting it on fire. He made it his trademark to play a right-handed guitar with his left hand. Hendrix could play with either hand, a technique he found useful when sponsoring guitars in music stores where left-handed axes were scarce. He could probably credit his ambidexterity to his father’s sternness.
Hendrix was raised solely by his father ever since he came back from World War II when Hendrix was three. It was his father who taught him to play an acoustic guitar. And he taught him right-handed. Hendrix naturally played left-handed, much to the dismay of his father, who thought playing left-handed was a sign of the Devil!
Before beginning his successful career with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Hendrix was inspired by the Greenwich Village music scene in New York. He began using drugs like marijuana, cocaine and pep pills. On September 17, 1970 Hendrix took too many sleeping pills and thereafter died from choking on his own vomit.