DID YOU KNOW...
ITíS IMPOSSIBLE TO DROWN IN QUICKSAND**.
1. What is the title of the 1988 Bill Murray Christmas movie ?
2. What is the opening line of Melville's Moby Dick ?
3. Which U.S. President was the first to die in office ?
4. Which first lady created the "Beautification of America" program ?
(Bonus; among other initiatives,what roadside icon did she target ?)
5. What body part did kidnappers send to the family of John Paul Getty III as proof they had him ?
6. On which quiz show does a contestant call "BANK" to keep the accumulated cash ?
7. Which country uses Shekels as it's currency ?
8. What was athlete Florence Griffith-Joyner's nick-name?
TRUTH OR CRAP ??
The legendary feuding families, the Hatfields and the McCoys, didn't even live in the same state.
2. "CALL ME ISHMAEL"
3. WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON
4. lady bird Johnson (billboards)
5. AN EAR
6. "the weakest link"
But they lived pretty close to each other....
A border stream called the Tug Fork separated the two families; the McCoys lived on the Kentucky side of the stream
and the Hatfields on the West Virginia side.
There is some disagreement over what started the whole thing; some accounts trace the families' troubles to
the American Civil War and other accounts tell of a stolen pig. Whatever the reason, the feud escalated when
Johnse Hatfield impregnated Roseanna McCoy and refused to marry her.
The feud was a bloody one with both clans suffering losses during the 1880's and 1890's.
Analysis of the composition of the "quicksand" showed that there are four key ingredients Ė
sand, obviously, water, clay and salt. Together these materials form a structure resembling a
house of cards, with large water-filled gaps between the sand particles, which are loosely glued
in place by the clay.
As long as itís left alone, the structure remains stable. But as soon as itís disturbed, by stepping on it,
the clay changes from a jelly-like consistency to a runny liquid. The effect is the same as stirring a
pot of yoghurt. Liquefying the clay makes the quicksand about one million times runnier, and the
whole house of cards comes tumbling down, with you inside it.
Very quickly, the sand sinks to the bottom and the water floats to the top. This is where the salt comes in.
When thereís enough salt present, as soon as the clay particles liquefy, electrical charges make them begin to
stick together to form bigger particles and these also settle with the sand.
The result is a very stodgy layer of sand and clay, which is twice as dense as the original quicksand and
packed tightly around the trapped body parts.
The best way out is to try to re-build the house cards around the trapped body parts. Making small
circles with each part of your body re-introduces water between the sand and clay particles,
reducing the density and making it easier for someone to heave you out.
Itís impossible to drown in quicksand Ė you should only sink half way.
The density of quicksand, at 2 grams per cubic centimeter, is twice the density of a human
(1 gram per cubic centimeter), so stuck you might be, but drown you wouldnít!
"Still, a man hears what he wants to hear, and disregards the rest"...
- Simon & Garfunkle