It's not every day that one gets unexpectedly bear hugged, repeatedly berated and verbally abused, and forced to get up close and personal with naked strangers. This is what you can expect if you visit Blackout—the scariest haunted house ever created.
All participants have to be 18 years or older because participants could be required to strip naked. Visitors are sensory deprived and verbally abused in dark spaces. But that is just the mild beginning. They encounter just about anything imaginable in a series of dark corridors—while walking through entirely alone. You are not allowed to take anybody with you.
Attendees are expected to do everything that they are told to do (no matter what) and to never speak unless told to do so. Before being allowed to enter, waivers are signed noting potential parts of the experience—complete darkness, strobe lights, crawling, stairs, loud noises, water, physical contact, and sexual and violent situations. Almost everything goes, without the participant having any say in it once the waiver is signed and they are inside.
If a guest feels that the experience is too intense to handle, a safety word can be used to end it all immediately. No refund is given.
The Kola Superdeep Borehole is designated as a Soviet Union science project, with no other objective than to see how deep a hole they could dig.
Drilling began on May 24, 1970 using a Uralmash-4E drilling rig.
The deepest borehole, SG-3, reached 40,230 feet below the surface in 1989 and is the deepest artificial point on Earth.
It was the longest borehole in existence until 2008 when it was surpassed by the 40,318 foot deep Al Shaheen oil well in Qatar, then again by the 40,502 foot deep Sakhalin-I Odoptu Op-11 Well off the coast of a Russian island.
The borehole got through the Baltic continental crust, which is about 22 miles deep. It reached rocks of Archaean age, more than 2.5 billion years old. Drilling stopped in 1992 where they reached temperatures of 356 degrees.
Ants are industrious little creatures, as anyone who has ever owned and ant farm can confirm. They create complex sets of tunnels apparently at random, while all seeming to be working toward a single goal.
Scientists have always been fascinated by the hive mentality of ants, so when a large abandoned ant nest was discovered in Brazil, they seized the opportunity to explore the ant world through a rather unique method.
The scientists spent ten days pouring over 10 tons of concrete into the surface air vents of the ant nest. After allowing the concrete to set for a month they then began excavating the ground around the nest to reveal the internal structure. What they discovered surprised them all.
The nest extended to a depth of 26 feet and covered an area of 500 square feet. The complex featured a design that provided good ventilation, and a network of tunnels that provided the shortest route between key locations from anywhere in the nest.
All in all, the scientists estimate that the ants would have excavated close on 40 tons of sand while they were building the nest with each ant knowing exactly what it needed to do.The researchers likened the building of the nest to the construction of the Great Wall of China.
The word 'butt,' was derived from the French and Italian word for "bottle," reffing to a unit of measurement for wine in Medieval England.
A butt was measured as approximately 475 to 480 liters. Technically speaking, therefore, a "buttload" of wine would be 126 gallons.
According to tradition, George, Duke of Clarence and brother of King Edward IV of England, was killed by being drowned in a butt of wine. The type of wine used was malmsey, and the event took place on February 1478.
Butts were also referred to as "pipes," occasionally. The terminology changed when new measurements were introduced in England in 1824.
Ever noticed the yellow-capped Coca-Cola bottles during March and April each year? The Coca-Cola in those bottles is made with a different, special recipe and they are especially made during the Jewish Passover.
It is the result of a burgeoning market in kosher for Passover soda. Jews are not allowed to eat products made from wheat, corn or other grains during the eight days of Passover. Most commercial sodas, with heavy doses of corn syrup and traces of alcohol from grain, are therefore forbidden.
In the 1930s, orthodox rabbi Tobias Geffen was given Coca-Cola's secret list of ingredients. He then managed to persuade the soft drink giant to create an alternative for Jews. The yellow cap bottles therefore contain real sugar rather than corn syrup.
"Because Coca-Cola has already been accepted by the general public in this country and Canada and because it has become an insurmountable problem to induce the great majority of Jews to refrain from partaking of this drink, I have tried earnestly to find a method of permitting it's usage," Geffen said.
Pepsi, Sprite, Sierra Mist and many other soft drinks are now also available in kosher form for Passover. Many consumers prefer the cane sugar variety and it is not only the devout who stock up during Passover.