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Dry counties (counties where the sale of alcohol is banned) have a drunk driving fatality rate about 3.6 times higher than wet counties.

Dry county A study in Kentucky suggested that residents of dry counties have to drive farther from their homes to consume alcohol, thus increasing impaired driving exposure, although it found that a similar proportion of crashes in wet and dry counties are alcohol-related. Other researchers have pointed to the same phenomenon. Winn and Giacopassi observed …

Dry counties (counties where the sale of alcohol is banned) have a drunk driving fatality rate about 3.6 times higher than wet counties. Read More »

Female gladiators or “gladiatrices” existed in ancient Rome, but were rare because it was considered unwomanly. One gladiatrix of note was a woman who fought wild boars with a spear while topless, and who would squat to urinate in front of a stunned crowd.

Gladiatrix This article is about female Roman gladiators. For other uses, see Gladiatrix (disambiguation). The gladiatrix (plural gladiatrices) is the female equivalent of the gladiator of ancient Rome. Like their male counterparts, female gladiators fought each other, or wild animals, to entertain audiences at various games and festivals. Very little is known about them. They …

Female gladiators or “gladiatrices” existed in ancient Rome, but were rare because it was considered unwomanly. One gladiatrix of note was a woman who fought wild boars with a spear while topless, and who would squat to urinate in front of a stunned crowd. Read More »

Texas has it’s own separate electrical grid from the rest of the US. This was done for political purposes so that they didn’t have to deal with Federal regulations.

Texplainer: Why Does Texas Have Its Own Power Grid? This story was originally published in 2011. If you’re looking for the latest updates on the February 2021 winter storm, head over to our homepage or follow us on Twitter. Why does Texas have its own electric grid? Texas’ secessionist inclinations have at least one modern …

Texas has it’s own separate electrical grid from the rest of the US. This was done for political purposes so that they didn’t have to deal with Federal regulations. Read More »

The city of Doncaster has road gritters named “Gritsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Anti-Slip Machiney”, “David Plowie”, “Brad Grit”, “Gritney Spears”, and “Usain Salt”.

Doncaster’s new gritters named David Plowie and Gritsy Bitsy Doncaster Council Two road gritters have been named Gritsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Anti-Slip Machiney and David Plowie in a council-run online poll that saw a flurry of witty suggestions. Thousands voted in Doncaster Council’s contest including US singer Curtis Stigers with his offering of Grit …

The city of Doncaster has road gritters named “Gritsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Anti-Slip Machiney”, “David Plowie”, “Brad Grit”, “Gritney Spears”, and “Usain Salt”. Read More »

“Scotch” used to be a synonym for “thrifty” or “frugal” and when cellphane tape was invented, it was marketed in the great depression as “scotch tape” since it could extend the life of objects and save you money.

How Did Scotch Tape Appear and What Is the Story Behind Its Name? At present, we can state with certainty that everybody knows what scotch is. By the way, we are not going to speak about a famous Scottish drink, although some people might be disappointed. The topic of our article is adhesive tape, or, …

“Scotch” used to be a synonym for “thrifty” or “frugal” and when cellphane tape was invented, it was marketed in the great depression as “scotch tape” since it could extend the life of objects and save you money. Read More »

Witches are banned from flying above 150 meters in the landlocked African nation of Eswatini. Any witch caught flying their broomstick above the limit faces arrest and a hefty R500,000 fine according to the country’s civil aviation authority. There’s no penalty for flying below 150 meters.

In Swaziland, witches on broomsticks must fly low In Swaziland, the days when witches could enjoy the untethered freedom of flying high in the sky are, regrettably, over. According to the marketing and corporate affairs director of the Civil Aviation Authority, Sabelo Dlamini, “A witch on a broomstick should not fly above the [150-meter] limit.” …

Witches are banned from flying above 150 meters in the landlocked African nation of Eswatini. Any witch caught flying their broomstick above the limit faces arrest and a hefty R500,000 fine according to the country’s civil aviation authority. There’s no penalty for flying below 150 meters. Read More »

Women also competed as gladiators in ancient Rome and there is a marble relief dating to around the 2nd century A.D. depicting a bout between two women dubbed “Amazon” and “Achillia,” whom the inscription says fought to an honorable draw.

10 Things You May Not Know About Roman Gladiators 1. They weren’t always slaves. Not all gladiators were brought to the arena in chains. While most early combatants were conquered peoples and slaves who had committed crimes, grave inscriptions show that by the 1st century A.D. the demographics had started to change. Lured by the …

Women also competed as gladiators in ancient Rome and there is a marble relief dating to around the 2nd century A.D. depicting a bout between two women dubbed “Amazon” and “Achillia,” whom the inscription says fought to an honorable draw. Read More »

People in the US got free flights by buying money from the government. People would buy 1$ coins in bulk from the US mint (free shipping) and pay off their credit card bill with the coins. They would buy the coins with credit cards that awarded frequent flyer miles, thus getting them free miles.

How Frequent Fliers Exploit A Government Program To Get Free Trips We recently reported on the the government’s failed effort to persuade Americans to use dollar coins. But the coins have found at least one group of fans: Travel enthusiasts who buy thousands of dollar coins with credit cards that award frequent-flier miles for purchases. …

People in the US got free flights by buying money from the government. People would buy 1$ coins in bulk from the US mint (free shipping) and pay off their credit card bill with the coins. They would buy the coins with credit cards that awarded frequent flyer miles, thus getting them free miles. Read More »

Swearing emerges by age two and becomes adult-like by ages 11 or 12. By the time children enter school, they have a working vocabulary of 30-40 offensive words.

The Science of Swearing Why would a psychological scientist study swearing? Expertise in such an area has different practical significance inside and outside the community of psychological science. Outside the scientific community, expertise on taboo language is justification for frequent consultation about contemporary issues that are perennial: Is swearing harmful? Should children be allowed to …

Swearing emerges by age two and becomes adult-like by ages 11 or 12. By the time children enter school, they have a working vocabulary of 30-40 offensive words. Read More »

Slaveholders in the US knew that enslaved people were escaping to Mexico, the U.S. tried to get Mexico to sign a fugitive slave treaty, but Mexico refused to sign such a treaty, insisting that all enslaved people were free once they set foot on Mexican soil.

The Little-Known Underground Railroad That Ran South to Mexico The Underground Railroad ran south as well as north. For slaves in Texas, refuge in Canada must have seemed impossibly far away. Fortunately, slavery was also illegal in Mexico. Researchers estimate 5,000 to 10,000 people escaped from bondage into Mexico, says Maria Hammack, who is writing …

Slaveholders in the US knew that enslaved people were escaping to Mexico, the U.S. tried to get Mexico to sign a fugitive slave treaty, but Mexico refused to sign such a treaty, insisting that all enslaved people were free once they set foot on Mexican soil. Read More »