Question Your World

Monday, January 31, 2011

This Wednesday, cute and cuddly Punxsutawney Phil (officially known as "Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary") will emerge (well, actually, he will be pulled) from his burrow to predict how much longer...

Friday, January 28, 2011

Pilot Wings Pilot wings were described by the War Department as “The shield of the United States of America without stars in the shield at the center of the wings”.     Senior Pilot Wings The Senior Pilot wings look the same as the Pilot wings but with...

Monday, January 24, 2011

What do you think of cold weather?  Polar bears love it!  Their thick fur coat covers a layer of insulating fat, allowing them to be quite comfortable in the frigid Arctic. Why do you think polar bears walk at such a leisurely pace?      a...

Friday, January 21, 2011

Recently I discovered a scrapbook at the Virginia Aviation Museum. Glued inside a bound ledger of the “Southern Fire Insurance Company, Inc. of Lynchburg, VA”, were newspaper clippings spanning from the early 1920s to the late 1930s describing various advancements and events in the...

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

On August 1, 1945, over one hundred US B-29 Superfortresses flew over Japan at around 20,000 feet. At this height they dropped 500-pound containers, each holding leaflets that warned the Japanese civilians of the necessity of surrender. At around 4,000 feet the containers opened and released...

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Besides highly publicized science stories of 2010 (Gulf oil spill, Chilean miner rescue, bedbugs, etc.), there were some intriguing and somewhat odd science stories: 1. You think like a worm – The human brain’s center of deep thought is curiously similar to a clump of neurons...

Monday, December 27, 2010

Fruitcake facts: The average fruitcake weighs 2 pounds. Fruitcake has the same density as mahogany. Fruitcake has been around since Roman times. In the 18th century, fruitcake was outlawed in Europe. Almost 3000 pounds of fruitcake were delivered to Iraq in 2006....

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, is the Winter Solstice and usually considered the first day of winter. However, meteorological winter is already here! So what’s the deal? Well, the definition of winter depends on whom you ask. A meteorologist defines winter as the three coldest months of the...

Monday, December 13, 2010

It's snowing!  Snow showers are also predicted for Thursday and a winter storm might hit us this weekend.  Remember last December?  Now for the Question of the Week: What is the percent chance of a white Christmas in Richmond (in any given year)? Answer:...

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Do you remember the first time you were on an airplane? My first flight was when I was in 4th grade to visit relatives in Arizona. Many of us experienced our first flight on a commercial airliner, complete with cushioned seats, in flight movies, and a snack. But what do you think it would have felt...

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