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Monday
Mar122018

water seeks its own level?

Even when frozen? When drilling a hole in the lake for ice fishing, as soon as one's auger is through the ice, the hole fills with water. This is becaue water always seeks its own level even if the top two feet are frozen.


Thursday
Jan112018

Square tires are real to Canadians?

Well, okay, they are not really 'square' but it feels and sounds like they are when you drive on them. "Thuck thump, thuck thump, thuck thump."

This phenomenon appears when the temperatures dip down to -30/-40 centigrade or Farenheit. It's all the same at that temperture--brutally cold. When vehicles are parked outside, the ultra cold tempertures harden the rubber tires and slightly deflates them (cold air takes up less space than warm air), resulting in a minor flattening of the tire where it sits on the ground. 

This creates a feeling of the tires being 'square'. 

Once the wheels start turning and grinding against the pavement, the tires heat up and soon all returns to normal. 

Thursday
Feb042016

...Bison don't smell?

I visited a bison farm and as is usual for me, asked a ton of questions which netted me this most interesting trivia. Thank you to Bev Taylor for patiently answering my sometimes oaff the wall questions!

Bev amazes me—since her husband passed away a while ago, she continues to run the bison farm near Two Hills, Alberta Canada, by herself. She loves her animals, describing them as curious, intelligent, and playful. When it’s a tough day, she says, she loves to go out and sit on the tractor or in her truck and watch her bison.Bev Taylor, Bison Farmer

 

 Did you know...

  • Bison don’t smell like cows? They don’t smell like much of anything. Although the cold winter weather may have masked some of the odor, I was assured they don’t smell bad at all—possibly due to the fact...
  • Bison lift their tails and squat when defecating, ensuring they get no mess on themselves. This could also account for the fact there are few flies around a bison herd.

These are yearling females--see how their horns curl?

  • The low Canadian dollar has made exporting bison meat to the European market more lucrative than selling to Canadians. Germany, in particular, is a very active market. (This increase in exporting might be why bison meat is harder to find in local Canadian stores and restaurants than a few years ago.)
  • Qualities that are looked for in good breeding stock are a strength and sturdiness with good length between the shoulder and hind end—as that is from where most of the meat comes.

 

Thursday
Oct082015

Did you know...

Collective nouns are fun. Herds, pods, flocks, murders, gaggles... Here are a couple more that I just learned.

Did you know:

  • a group of goats is a 'trip'?
  • A group of sea turtles is a 'bale'?
Saturday
Jan242015

...pistols aren't revolvers?

I’ve been doing a lot of research lately for my works in progress—an adult crime novel tentatively titled SHADOW RIDERS and a thriller novelette, W.olf.

For SHADOW RIDERS, I researched handguns.

Did you know…

…although both are handguns, pistols and revolvers are not the same things? For more handgun trivia visit the Criminal Minds at Work blog.

For W.olf I researched CT Scans…actually, I didn’t. It just so happened my doctor ordered one for me six months after the muses decided my W.olf character ought to have one.

Did you know…(Information obtained from the radiology staff at the Cold Lake Health Centre.)

…CT Scans (or CAT Scans) can’t detect neurological diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and epilepsy? MRIs are better used for diagnosing those types of problems. However, CT Scans can detect abnormalities in brain structure such as tumours and cysts. If a dye is used in conjunction with the test, it can also locate problems in the brain’s circulatory system, such as unhealthy arteries and veins as well as damage from strokes.

…the most common unwanted side effect of the dye used in CT Scans is hives? The most dangerous side effect (but very rare) is anaphylactic shock.

…when the dye is injected intravenously most people feel a hot flush move throughout their body? When the warmth hits the pelvic region, people often feel they’re peeing or about to (but they don’t).  Other common sensations include a weird taste and smell.

…a normal CT Scan of the head takes only about five minutes? With dye, the exam is a bit longer as one or two scans are usually taken before the dye is injected and then a couple are taken afterwards.

…unless dye is being used, there are no special preparations for the procedure? However, if dye is used, one is instructed to arrive for one’s appointment with an empty stomach—because nausea is a fairly common side effect of the dye and also because of the possibility of an allergic reaction to the dye. An empty stomach ensures one doesn’t aspirate if unconscious…or mess up the radiology room with vomit.

…you can keep your clothes on during a CT scan of the head? Other than removing metallic objects from the head area (such as earrings and hair clips), one can just crawl onto the table as is. I was even told to leave my shoes on.  There you go—easier than getting through airport security!

Brought to you by:

The BACKTRACKER Series...Crime fiction at its best. Cops vs Bikers on the Canadian prairie--and throw in a thirteen-year old girl