Asked in Hurricanes Typhoons and Cyclones, Tornadoes, Survival Tips

Where is the safest place to go during a tornado?

Generally speaking, you want to be as low to the ground as possible during severe tornado conditions. A basement is ideal, as particularly powerful tornadoes can tear buildings apart. If you don’t have access to an underground space, being near the center of the building is the next best plan, staying away from any windows, as flying debris is one of the greatest dangers during these storms. If your interior bathroom has a bathtub, that...
Kevin Stringer asked in Stock Market, Cloud Computing, Business & Finance, Technology, Oracle Database

What is Oracle's stock symbol?

The stock symbol for software and technology company Oracle Corporation is ORCL....
Asked in Astronomy, Space Shuttle, International Space Station, Space Travel and Exploration

How long does it take to get to the ISS?

According to NASA’s website and a video produced in 2013, it takes about 3 days from initial launch to reach the International Space Station. However, that same year, a Russian Soyuz vessel made the journey in under 6 hours....
Kevin Stringer asked in Fashion, Women's Clothing, Clothing

Why don't women's pants have pockets?

Because utility is not the primary concern when choosing clothing. Adding a pocket, or putting something in a pocket can change the look of a garment. The fashion industry is very competitive. If adding pockets gave a designer a market advantage over the others, they would quickly adopt them....
Kevin Stringer asked in Celebrities, Divorce, Relationships

What celebrities were divorced in 2019?

This has been a big year for celebrity divorces. The year's not finished yet, so this isn’t a complete list, but here are the big ones: Tom and Jennifer DeLonge - Tom, a musician best known for his work with Blink-182 and Angels & Airwaves, split with his wife, Jennifer, after 18 years of marriage, citing "irreconcilable differences." They have two children. Sarah and Todd Palin - Sarah, the former governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican candidate...
Kevin Stringer asked in US Government, US Congress, Politics and Government

Who was Elijah Cummings?

Elijah Cummings was an American politician and a member of the U.S. HOR for Maryland's 7th congressional district. He died October 17, 2019 from "complications concerning longstanding health challenges."...
Kevin Stringer asked in Charlize Theron, Movies, Nicole Kidman, Fox News

What is the Bombshell movie all about?

Based on the real scandal, 'Bombshell' is a revealing look inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time; Fox News, and the explosive story of the women who brought down the infamous man who created it,...
Kevin Stringer asked in Television and Video, Eyes, Health

Does sitting too close to a television hurt your eyes?

Yes and no. Your eyes might hurt, but they won't sustain permanent damage. This wasn't always the case. Prior to the 1950s, television sets emitted more radiation, and if you spent too much time in front of the set, you might have increased your risk of some eye problems. The technology has improved significantly since then, however, and modern televisions aren't dangerous. Most of us heard this myth from our parents, and the "you'll ruin your eyes!"...
Kevin Stringer asked in Tony Awards, GRAMMY Awards, Oscars, Emmy Awards

How many people have won EGOTs?

As of October 2019, 15 people have won EGOTs. That phrasing might be a little misleading. The EGOT isn’t a specific award; it’s an accomplishment. To say that someone “has” an EGOT simply means they’ve won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. Here’s a list of the 15 winners: Richard Rodgers Helen Hayes Rita Moreno John Gielgud Audrey Hepburn Marvin Hamlisch Jonathan Tunick Mel Brooks Mike Nichols Whoopi Goldberg Scott Rudin Robert Lopez John Legend Andrew Lloyd Webber Tim Rice The term "EGOT" was invented by Miami Vice actor Philip Michael Thomas, who...
Kevin Stringer asked in Microwave Ovens, Food & Cooking, Fruits and Vegetables

Why do some vegetables spark in the microwave?

Some vegetables contain iron, selenium, magnesium, and other minerals that conduct electricity. Microwaves have electric and magnetic fields, and minerals within the vegetables act as antennae for the electric fields. When there’s a difference between the electrical properties between two bits of material—say, the surface of one piece of kale and the surface of another nearby piece—it creates an arc of electricity, which we see as a spark. The electrical charge moves from the material with...
Kevin Stringer asked in Police and Law Enforcement, Nicknames, Definitions

Why are police officers called "cops"?

While it’s impossible to trace word origins definitively, the modern usage of "cop" seeps to derive from the word’s definition as a verb: "To get hold of; catch, capture," per Merriam-Webster. The noun evolved from the verb—police officers were "copping" criminals, and eventually, officers became "coppers," then simply “cops." There are other possible answers, but they’re not supported by any real evidence. One such theory: "Cop" is an acronym for "constable on patrol" or "citizen on...
Kevin Stringer asked in Hair, Horror, Health

Can hair turn white from fright?

Maybe, under the right conditions, but not for most people—and not overnight. When we’re talking about the effect of fear on the human body, we’re really talking about stress, and stress can certainly cause profound physiological changes. One study found that hormones created by stress can disrupt the process of cells called melanocytes, which produce pigment for hair and skin. Stress can cause hair loss in several ways; most commonly, it can prompt hair follicles to...
Kevin Stringer asked in Planet Mars, NASA, Space Travel and Exploration

Is anyone planning a manned mission to Mars?

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Kevin Stringer asked in ESPN, Television and Video, Sports, ESPN+

What is ESPN+?

ESPN+ is a premium streaming service that features original sports analysis, exclusive events, and additional ESPN programming. It airs thousands of live events from MLB, NHL, MLS, Serie A, FA Cup, UFC, Top Rank Boxing, and more. Subscribers also get access to premium ESPN articles, fantasy sports tools, and the entire 30 for 30 library. You can sign up for ESPN+ by clicking here....
Kevin Stringer asked in Traffic Lights and Signals, Cars & Vehicles, Transportation and Logistics

How do they plan traffic light patterns?

It’s actually pretty complex. Traffic light patterns vary considerably from country to country, although traffic lights in the United States typically follow the National Electrical Manufacturers Association TS-1 or TS-2 standards. So, let’s say you’re an engineer, and your job is to set up patterns for a city’s traffic lights. You want to keep vehicles moving wherever possible while allowing sufficient time for pedestrians to cross the street. It’s an important job—poorly timed traffic lights can...
Kevin Stringer asked in Animal Behavior, Animal Life, Ants

What happens to an ant when it's separated from its colony?

Typically, it finds its way home. The mechanisms it uses to do that depend on the exact species of ant. Some rely on pheromone trails as their primary means of navigation; if these ants get lost, they’ll wander around, looking for the trail of other ants. Some ants use visual landmarks when they’re far from their colonies. In one study, scientists led wood ants along a straight line next to a black wall to get a sugar...
Kevin Stringer asked in Traffic Violations and Tickets, Cars & Vehicles, Police and Law Enforcement

Do some types of cars get more traffic tickets than others?

If you’re hoping to avoid tickets, your best bet is to drive safely. With that said, yes, there’s some evidence to indicate that vehicle choice does correlate with the likelihood of receiving a traffic ticket. First, to dispel an old myth, red cars don’t receive a much greater proportional percentage of traffic tickets than cars of other colors. The misconception comes from the idea that drivers act more aggressively when driving red cars, or that police...
Kevin Stringer asked in US Military, Job Training and Career Qualifications, US Military Boot Camp

What is basic training really like?

Also known as "boot camp," basic training teaches the traditions and tactics necessary for military service. In films and television, basic training is often shown as extremely difficult and physically demanding; however, the actual experience differs significantly from portrayals in movies like Full Metal Jacket. While the physical components of basic training plans can be difficult, the goal of most camps is to get the recruit into the proper mindset for military service. This means teaching...
Kevin Stringer asked in Comics, DC Comics, Marvel Comics

Who are the weirdest superheroes?

That depends on how you define "weird." After all, The Guardians of the Galaxy film franchise features a talking space raccoon, and the Ant-Man franchise features a hero that comics fans once found ridiculous. Both were massive hits—weirdness is in the eye of the beholder. With that said, the two main comics companies, Marvel and DC Comics, have had plenty of oddball outliers over their combined 165 years of business, and some are inarguably...well, weird. Here...
Kevin Stringer asked in Music, Smartphone Apps, Spotify, Music Streaming Services

How much does Spotify pay musicians?

There’s no simple answer, as Spotify has a fairly complicated payment structure, but by delving into the site’s terms of service and looking at a few recent stats, we can get a good idea of how much (or how little) artists make. First, it’s important to recognize that a paid play (i.e., a play from a Spotify Premium user) pays differently than a free play. When a Spotify user listens to a song with the free...
Todd L Ross asked in Jobs, Job Search, Jobs & Education

What are some odd jobs that pay surprisingly well?

Horse Trainer/Exerciser Contrary to popular belief, other people outside of the jockeys actually help train and exercise the horses before their races. The main objective of a horse trainer is to make sure that the horses are properly prepared for the jockeys. According to Salary.com, the annual median salary is around $50K. This is the perfect career choice if you're a horse lover! Pet Food Taster Pet food tasters check the value of pet food by sampling it...
Kevin Stringer asked in Major League Baseball (MLB), Baseball, Sports

In baseball, what is a magic number?

When sports teams are vying for a spot in the playoffs, especially in baseball, you’ll often hear discussion about your favorite team’s "Magic Number", but not much explanation of what that statistic actually represents. According to MLB.com, "a team’s magic number represents the combination of wins needed by that team and losses by its closest competitor to clinch a given goal. Every time a team wins, its magic number decreases by one. Similarly, every time that...
Asked in US Presidents, US Constitution, US Government, US Congress

What is impeachment?

Impeachment is the process used by a legislative body to bring charges of wrongdoing against a public official. Basically, it is the indictment of an appointed or elected public officer on serious criminal charges. The legal basis for impeachment is stated in Article II, Section 4 of the United States Constitution: "The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery,...
Asked in Credit and Debt Counseling, Personal Finance, Debt and Bankruptcy, Debt Consolidation

Should you get credit counseling?

If you are living paycheck to paycheck, worried about debt collectors, or can't seem to develop a workable budget, you may be considering a consumer credit counseling service. Your creditors may be willing to accept reduced payments if you enter a debt repayment plan with a reputable credit counseling service. Choosing whether or not to use one of these services and choosing which agency to work with can be difficult, so here are some tips...
Kevin Stringer asked in Law & Legal Issues, Traffic Violations and Tickets, Cars & Vehicles

What's the best way to get out of a traffic ticket?

The only safe way to avoid a traffic ticket is to avoid breaking the law in the first place, but if you’re asking this question, you’re past that point. In the United States, an average of 125,000 people receive speeding tickets each day. A single speeding offense can increase a driver’s insurance premiums by 25 percent, depending on the nature of the offense and other factors, so it’s no wonder that drivers look for ways...