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Jul
16
answered Are there any flights which permits a Sikh to carry a kirpan?
Jun
18
comment Is it safe for a commercial flight to have Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan on its flight route?
I'm shocked, shocked, that you would make such charges.
Jun
18
answered Is it safe for a commercial flight to have Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan on its flight route?
Jun
9
comment I've been told one state in the US is the easternmost, westernmost and northernmost state. How to visit the points?
No, that's the argument that I can remember fighting when I was 8 years old. And it's still wrong. East and West are directions, independent of an arbitrary scale. There is no "split" when heading East or West. What if the 180 degree meridian ran through, oh, Beijing? It wouldn't change a thing. All you 8 year-olds who can't understand logic, please grow up (and stop downvoting my correct answer).
Jun
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Jun
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comment I've been told one state in the US is the easternmost, westernmost and northernmost state. How to visit the points?
Wrong. What counts is the minimal (continuous) bounding box that encloses all the real estate in question. If you split it at some arbitrary point (e.g., 180 degrees), it's no longer a continuous bounding box, but now two independent pieces. You would have the western Aleutians' box and the Rest of Alaska box, but you would not have an "Alaska" bounding box.
Jun
4
answered I've been told one state in the US is the easternmost, westernmost and northernmost state. How to visit the points?
Jun
4
comment Most radioactive places on earth
These were high grade (higher than normal U235 content) ore deposits moderated by groundwater. Since they were underground, direct radiation at the surface was likely fairly low (rock shields neutrons and gamma rays). However, radioactive fission products and other nuclear products may have made it to the surface. These ancient reactors were discovered by nuclear monitors puzzled as to why the U235 content was lower than normal in the mines' ore -- it was burned up.
Jun
4
comment Which airplane is the safest?
The Comet had rivets punched through the skin for the top navigator's window. A punched (as opposed to drilled) hole has a multitude of tiny cracks around just waiting for a few hundred pressurization cycles to start spreading.
May
19
comment Why is the food so bad on airplanes?
"Older aircraft didn’t fly as high". Utter nonsense (unless they're talking about really old unpressurized prop planes). Jets have always been pressurized to around 8 to 9 thousand feet (newer generations like the 787 are pressurized to 6 or 7 thousand feet). Cabin dryness does hurt taste and smell; the 787 can maintain more normal humidity levels. If you ever travel First Class, you'll find the food tastes great -- they serve crap to the peons to save money.
May
19
comment Why do airplanes at every airport disembark at the left (port) side?
"Port" is also "larboard", which is associated with the "loading board/bulwark". Note that ships originally had oar-like rudders slung off their right side (the "steer board" or starboard), and thus would not want to risk damaging them when tied up at a pier/wharf/quay -- so the left side is used in port. Also note that small boats, even in the US, have the steering wheel on the right side, even as cars have them on the left. On large ships, they're more-or-less in the center of the bridge.
May
13
comment Are there cultures in which walking in the nude in public is not frowned upon?
"Less prudent"? Do you mean "Less prudish"?
May
13
comment Are there any cultures in which the “thumbs up” hand gesture is offensive?
It's amazing that there aren't more international incidents caused by the use of a gesture that is perfectly innocuous in your culture, but horrific in another. Thumbs up/down, "OK", pointing at someone or yourself, rubbing fingers together ("money" in the US), even waving with your left hand. Best bet is to carefully read up on the subject before leaving your country. It almost makes one want to stay at home...
May
12
comment Where can I see this Darth Vader church?
Did it survive the 2011 earthquake?
Apr
24
comment Can you get sucked tight on a plane's toilet?
It's happened (not an airplane toilet, though, AFAIK). :) Always put some paper down first!
Apr
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Apr
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Apr
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answered Can you get sucked tight on a plane's toilet?