Why should I walk my dog every day?

Walking with your dog strengthens the bond between you and your pet, and it is also the healthy thing to do. Dogs, like people, benefit from exercise to help control weight and to maintain a healthy heart, lungs, and muscles. They love going for a walk, running and jumping, and retrieving a ball or Frisbee. Aging pets must be kept as agile and fit as possible, but may not be motivated to exercise without encouragement. The pleasure of your company is one of your dog’s greatest motivations to exercise.

In addition to exercise, dogs also need social interaction, positive attention from their owner, and mental stimulation. Many of these needs can be met by simply taking your dog for a walk. Always remember to walk your dog on a secure leash (with identification tags) and pick up after your pet. During warm weather carry water for your pet, and always pause when your dog needs a rest.

Where does the water from my toilet go?

When you flush the toilet or wash your clothes, the used water, called wastewater, goes down the drain. This wastewater travels through a network of underground pipes known as the sewer system. The city system treats the wastewater to keep it clean. Both large objects, such as sticks, cans, rocks, and small debris, such as gravel and sand, are separated from the wastewater.

It is treated with oxygen, which allows micro-organisms to grow and eat small bits of organics. The wastewater is then recycled and clarified again. The wastewater is then disinfected with chlorine to kill harmful pathogens before being released into a nearby river, lake, or sea. In towns that do not have a sewer system, each house has its own septic system. Toilet water flows into a big underground tank where bacteria helps break down the waste. Then the water flows out into the soil, where it is absorbed.

How long will it take me to count to one billion?

Probably longer than your lifetime. Most of the numbers between one and one billion are long and challenging to pronounce. When you start counting the larger numbers like 482,051,341, you will likely start to slow down. If you allow just three seconds to say each number, which is probably faster than most people can count, and you take no breaks at all, it will take you three billion seconds to finish counting. How many years is that? More than 95 years! Here’s how you arrive at that figure: three billion seconds divided by 60 (seconds per minute) = 50,000,000 minutes; 50,000,000 minutes divided by 60 (minutes per hour) = 833,333.333 hours; 833,333.333 hours divided by 24 (hours per day) = 34,722.22 days; 34,722.22 days divided by 365 (days per year) = 95.1 years.

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Is it possible for the universe to collapse instead?

According to the Big Crunch theory, at some point all matter will reverse direction and crunch back into the single point from which it began. Another theory, called the Plateau theory, says that the expansion of the universe will slow to the point where it will nearly cease, at which time the universe will reach a plateau and remain essentially the same.

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Is it true that a salmon will always return to its birthplace?

Yes, the salmon is most famous for its life cycle. It is born in tiny streams far from the sea, where it spends the first part of its life in freshwater. In the springtime, it migrates down streams to rivers, sometimes traveling hundreds of miles, until it ends up in the open ocean, where it spends much of its adult life. Then, when it’s time to lay its eggs, the salmon makes the journey back to its birthplace to spawn and die. The salmon’s body is rich in oils that are picked up during its life in the ocean. The oil helps give the salmon the energy it needs to navigate the journey upriver.

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Why is the Statue of Liberty such an important symbol of the United States?

The Statue of Liberty stands for many of the nation’s most cherished ideals: freedom, equality, and democracy. Perhaps most importantly to the millions of immigrants for whom the statue was one of their first sights of the United States, it stands for the ideal of opportunity—the chance to begin a new life, in a new land. While their lives in the United States were frequently difficult, for millions of immigrants America offered the chance to escape from grinding poverty and abusive governments in other lands. Standing in the midst of New York Harbor, the point of entry into the United States for so many immigrants arriving on ships from other countries, the Statue of Liberty has been a powerful symbol of opportunity for more than 100 years.

 

A poem called “The New Colossus,” written by Emma Lazarus, was mounted on the statue’s pedestal in the early 1900s. Its famous lines include these words that Lazarus imagined Lady Liberty to be saying: Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore; Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

Why do the military say “Roger” then “Wilco” to confirm a radio message?

During the Second World War, the U.S. Navy used a phonetic alphabet to clarify radio messages. It began, Alpha, Baker, Charlie, Dog, and went on to include Roger for “R.” Because “R,” or “Roger,” is the first letter in received, it confirmed that the message was understood. On the other hand, “Wilco” is a standard military abbreviation for “will comply.”

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Interesting facts about English Language

1.    Symbols, “@#$%&!”, to represent an obscenity or swearword are called grawlixes.
2.    “queue” – The word “queue” is the only word in the English Language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed.
3.    “Dammit I’m mad” is the same spelt backwards
4.    “Set” of all the words in the English Language, the word “set” has the most definitions.
5.    “Bookkeeper” & “Bookkeeping” are only words in English language with three consecutive double letters.
6.    The least used letter in the alphabet is Q.
7.    The most commonly used word in English conversation is ‘I’
8.    The dot on top of the letter ‘i’ is called a tittle.
9.    There are only 4 words in the English language which end in ‘dous’ (they are: hazardous, horrendous, stupendous and tremendous)
10.    The oldest word in the English language is ‘town’.
11.    The word ‘Strengths’ is the longest word in the English language with just one vowel.
12.    The past tense for the English word ‘dare’ is ‘durst’.
13.    The word ‘testify’ derived from a time when men were required to swear on their testicles.
14.    The first English dictionary was written in 1755.
15.    The word old English word ‘juke’ meaning dancing lends its name to the juke box.
16.    The longest one syllable word in the English language is ‘screeched’.
17.    All pilots on international flights identify themselves in English regardless of their country of origin.
18.    The expression to ‘knuckle down’ originated from playing marbles (players used to put their knuckles to the ground for their best shots)
19.    The word ‘almost’ is the longest in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.

20.    The number 4 is the only number that has the same number of letters in it – FOUR
21.    Did you know the word ‘Underground’ is the only word that begins and ends with the letters ‘und’.
22.    The word ‘Uncopyrightable’ is the is the only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating any letter.
23.    The word ‘Typewriter’ is the longest word that can be typed using only the top row of a keyboard.
24.    Did you know the sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter in the English alphabet.
25.    The sentence “Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs” uses every letter of the alphabet and uses the least letters to do so!
26.    The word ‘Rhythm’ is the longest word without a vowel.
27.    “Dreamt” is the only word that ends in mt.
28.    Did you know there are only 3 sets of letters on a keyboard which are in alphabetical order – ‘F G H’, ‘J K L’, ‘O P’
29.    Did you know “Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis” is the Longest English word in the English dictionary it contains 45 letters.
30.    No words in the English language rhyme with “month”, “orange”, “silver” or “purple”.
31.    “Hungry” and “Angry” are the only words in the English language that end in “-gry.
32.    The only three words in the English language to have 2 consecutive u’s is vacuum, residuum, and continuum.
33.    In the English language there are only three words that have a letter that repeats six times. Degenerescence (six e’s), Indivisibility (six i’s), and nonannouncement (six n’s).
34.    The word “alphabet” is derived from the first two letters in the Greek alphabet: “alpha” and “beta”.
35.    Goddessship is the only word in the English language with a triple letter.
36.    There is a seven letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, “therein”: the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, here, ere, therein, herein.
37.    ‘Stewardesses’ is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
38.    The first letters of the months July through to November spell JASON (July August September October November).