Saturday, October 26, 2019

DYK: 10 facts based around Snow

From: Jill M.
Sent: October 24, 2019
To: undisclosed recipients
Subject: Fw: DYK: 10 facts based around Snow


1. Did you know that a German shepherd named Talero stayed next to the body of his owner for 23 days, after he had died in a snow storm. He prevented animals from attacking the body, and tried to keep his owner warm by sleeping by his side.
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2. Did you know that the Antarctic Snow Cruiser, a massive 55 foot, 75,000 pound land vehicle built by the United States for Antarctic exploration in the 1930s. It was abandoned in Antarctica, and is still either buried in snow or somewhere at the bottom of the ocean. Learn more.

3. Did you know that when it snowed for the first recorded time in Miami in 1977 a meteorologist initially thought it was a coke-drop that had gone wrong, until realizing that the flakes were snow. Learn more.

4. Did you know that in the 1930s artificial snow used for home decoration or in the movies was typically 100% pure asbestos? Exposure to asbestos is the only known cause of mesothelioma, a rare, aggressive form of cancer, but it can also cause lung cancer or a lung disease called asbestosis. Learn more.

5. Did you know that there’s a natural phenomenon that makes it so sometimes, when the conditions are just right, clumps of snow falling to the ground will roll into snow donuts? The snow has to achieve a certain elasticity, and the temperature has to be just right for the doughnut not to collapse on itself as it rolls into formation. Learn more.

6. Did you know that the Model T Ford offered superior strength despite its light weight? It also featured a generous ground clearance that could take the worst roads, over rocks, across bogs and through snow, which made it particularly enticing to rural drivers. Learn more.

7. Did you know that there is patch of snow in Scotland that has disappeared only a total of seven times in the last 300 years? Nicknamed the Sphinx it is said to be the most permanent and closely studied patch of snow in the British Isles. Learn more.

8. Did you know that even though Google's self-driving cars have logged over 700,000 miles, they have yet to overcome the navigational hurdles of snow, heavy rain, open parking lots, multilevel parking garages, construction zones, and when the sun is directly behind a traffic light? Read more.

9. Did you know that wolverines are being trained to find and rescue avalanche survivors, because they are naturally inclined to sniff out animals 20 feet below the snow and eat them? Learn more.

10. Did you know that a Swedish man survived for 2 months snowed in in his car by eating snow and maintaining his body temperature thanks to the “igloo effect.” The snow insulating his vehicle retained the warmth and 2 months is the upper limit for the amount of time the human body can survive without food. Learn more.

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