Monday, February 28, 2005

Geological time scale

Anonymous asked:
What is the geological time scale?

The geological time scale is a representation of the history of the Earth from the beginning (4.5 billion years ago) to the present. The scale is divided into smaller divisions based on criteria such as major tectonic events. Check out:

Friday, February 25, 2005

Afghanistan Languages

Anonymous asked:
How many languages are spoken in Afghanistan?

Persian-speakers form the largest group, which is estimated to account for more than 50% of the population. This group is comprised of Tajik (25%), Hazara (20%), and tribes such as the Aimak and others. The second largest group is Pashtuns with 30%, followed by Uzbeks (9%) and Turkmen, and Baloch make up 8%. The remaining 4% is made up of over 30 minor languages, primarily Balochi and Pashai. Bilingualism is common in Afghanistan. A small number of ethnic minorities, primarily Sikhs and Hindus, speak Punjabi (

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Where's the zest?

Anonymous asked:
I've lost my motivation, rhythm, and zest for life. How do I find it again?

You haven't lost it hon. You've just stopped using it. Get up, get busy. Begin by doing something that you enjoy, like taking a long walk. It's still there; you just have to begin using it again.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

"Soap" Operas

Anonymous asked:
Why are soap operas called soap operas?

The term "soap opera" originated from the fact that when these serial dramas were aired on daytime radio, the commercials aired during the shows were largely aimed at housewives. Many of the products sold during these commercials were laundry and cleaning items. This specific type of radio drama came to be associated with these particular commercials, and this gave rise to the term "soap opera" — a melodramatic story that aired commercials for soap products (

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Where do I sit?

Anonymous asked:
What is the best seating arrangement for three interviewers and a single job applicant?

In a non-confrontational setting. You should all be seated at the same height and type of table. Try using a round table because it is more informal and less like you are interrogating. This is in contrast to a long table, where you are on one side and the applicant is on the other facing all of you.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Heroic Feat

Today's Daily Wondir isn't a Q&A per se, but rather a wondirful story we felt should be shared with the Wondir community.

Sugardaddy said:
Yesterday, I saw a man dive in front of an oncoming car to save a little boy's life. They both were unharmed and the overwhelming gratitude of the little boy's mom made me realize just how precious life really is. It also makes me realize that my problems really are just minor setbacks. In a strange way I'm grateful that I was there to witness it.

Thanks for sharing this story with us. WOW, that's amazing. Life is so very precious that we all take it for granted. No amount of money and no big house or how successful you are could ever replace your child and the love you have for that child. You should write this story in your local newspaper for everyone to read and maybe the hero would read it too.

How enlightening situations like this can be for all of us. It can really bring tears to your eyes at the lengths people will go to to help another, often putting their own life on the line. When I was 12 I also jumped in front of a car to save my three year old sister. I'm not sure why I did it. I just remember seeing my sister in danger. It is so good to know that there are good people out there in a society where every news report includes either unnecessary abuse or murder. I'm glad you posted this on here because it is food for thought for all.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Running on concrete

annee asked:
Is running on concrete really bad for your joints? If so, what can I do make it better?

It's bad for your joints because there's no give on concrete. If you have to jog on concrete get great shoes with shock absorbance. Otherwise, run on the grass or ground next to the concrete. This is the best solution.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Keeping in touch

Anonymous asked:
I always dream about family members who have died. Why?

It's their way of communicating with you. I hope your dreams are pleasant ones.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

The mysterious flame

Anonymous asked:
Why does flame travel upwards?

Because it is hot and heats the air. Hot air rises, initiating an upward flow of air, while air comes to the flame from the sides and bottom to replace it. All of the hot gases of the flame are caught in this upward flow of air. So, you have this continuous air flow powered by the flame.

Monday, February 14, 2005

If a tree falls...

Anonymous asked:
If a tree falls in the forest but there is no one around to hear it will it make a noise?

This comes down to the definition of noise. The tree falling will definitely cause sound waves to be produced. However, surely there is no noise unless these sound waves are received and interpreted by some auditory apparatus.

Friday, February 11, 2005

Running Hot and Cold

margiep asked:
I put new stems in a bathtub faucet (the type that have a diverter to the shower). The cold handle works fine but the hot water handle doesn't have as much turn as the cold. Is it not tight enough or too tight? I can't figure it out. Thank you.

rob walling
There could be several problems. Did it have the same problem before? If so, you might have a deeper seat on the hot side. Second, pull out the stem and make sure there is nothing blocking it. Third, make sure you are using the right stem. Fourth, when you pull the stem out grease it well and try loosening the packing nut. Crank it all the way open and work it back and forth until it works properly. Fifth, make sure that the sleeve or the wall plate is not obstructing the movement of the stem. And last, if all else fails take the stem back and get a new one, as it might be defective. Good luck.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

That's not what it?

Anonymous asked:
Why is memory not always accurate?

Because everyone perceives situations in a different way. Therefore, even if two people saw the same thing happen at the same time they could remember it differently.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Hail from Heaven

Anonymous asked:
Where does hail come from?

Hail is formed by updrafts in cumulonimbus clouds (storm clouds). Water droplets are taken up into the cloud, freeze, and fall to the lower part of the cloud. The frozen droplets melt and are taken back up into the cloud again. The cycle repeats until the droplets are too heavy to be lifted by the updraft. At this point the droplets fall from the cloud as hail.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Now that's Deep

Anonymous asked:
What is the deepest canyon in the United States?

Hell's Canyon in Idaho is 7,900 feet deep.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Save the Hair

Anonymous asked:
My father saves his hair after he cuts it himself. He thought it would be special for my daughter to get it, so he mailed a baggie full to her. How strange is this?

It used to be common for people to save hair from family members and make mementos out of them. Some would be woven into fancy displays and become family heirlooms. Some people carry locks of hair from a loved one in a locket. They become especially meaningful when the person is no longer living.

Friday, February 04, 2005

World's Largest Tsunami

Anonymous asked:
What is the biggest tsunami ever recorded in the history of the world?

The Lituya Bay wave is generally described as the largest tsunami ever recorded in modern times, and has been given the special name of mega-tsunami. It was caused by a massive landslide, triggered by an earthquake of magnitude 8.3. When the wave rushed across the bay it ran up the valley walls to a height of 576 m at its maximum (1720 ft) and over 100 m for the rest of the bay area.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Hold that Grudge

Anonymous asked:
Do cats hold grudges after you have vetrinary care for them?

Yes. My male cat (now he is neutered) still hates me after being fixed 2 years ago. He has a favorite pink blanket and I put it in the cat carrier to trick him into going in, then hauled him off to the vet where he had his little ****s removed. This has been about 2 years ago and while he loves my daughter he does not feel the same for me anymore. He never jumps in my lap and rarely purrs for me. I am nice to him all the time but he hasn't forgiven me yet lol.!

Adopting a Plan for Adopting a Pet

Anonymous asked:
Is it better to adopt by way of the classifieds, a shelter, the Humane Society or through online sites?

Ok there are positives and negatives to adopting dogs or cats in each of the ways you mentioned. That being said, no matter which option you choose to use, be sure to get as much information (health issues, aggression issues, etc. etc) about any animal you decide to adopt. Do your research on whatever breed of dog or cat you decide to adopt online so that you know what type of temperment, health issues, grooming needs, etc. etc. are associated with that breed. And if it is a mixed breed research both breeds. If you want a pure bred dog do a search for Rescue Organizations for that particular breed. There are thousands of adoptable pets out there that need a forever home, but you need to be sure that you get the right type of dog or cat that fits your lifestyle! Good Luck! LIvewithGrace!