What types of fireworks are associated with most injuries?

Between June 16 and July 16, 2006:

  • Firecrackers were associated with the greatest number of estimated injuries at 1,300. There were 1,000 injuries associated with sparklers and 800 associated with rockets.
  • Sparklers accounted for one-third of the injuries to children less than 5 years of age.

Between 2000-2005, more than one-third of the fireworks-related deaths involved professional devices that were illegally sold to consumers.

Source: www.cdc.gov/ncipc/factsheets/

How should I set about growing a handlebar moustache?

The problem for most of our members when trying to answer this question is that it is many years since we started to grow our moustaches, and we find it hard to remember how we went about it. I think that at first I only grew the hair on my upper lip, then as it started to get longer I let the “growing area” spread outwards! But it is entirely up to you. The important thing is that you should feel “comfortable” with the way it looks (even if the itchiness is a bit uncomfortable!)

The biggest decision will come when the hair in the centre of the lip starts to grow long and begins to get messy whenever you are drinking soup. At that point some people trim it to keep it short in the centre. However, if you can survive the messy stage (that is when the hair is starting to grow but isn’t long enough to brush to the sides), it is worth letting it all grow so you can train the hair to grow out sideways in order to achieve a more traditional shape. More>

Source: www.handlebarclub.co.uk

What do I do when there is an alligator in my neighborhood?

In many cases, if left unmolested, alligators eventually will retreat to more preferred habitats away from people. However, if you encounter an animal that poses a threat to human safety:

DON’T – swim outside of posted swimming areas or in waters that might contain large alligators.
DO – swim with a partner within all marked swimming areas. These areas are specifically situated and designed to reduce potential alligator/human conflicts.
DON’T – swim at night or dusk when alligators most actively feed.
DO – use ordinary common care. Swim during daylight hours. Avoid areas with thick vegetation along shorelines; these areas provide good natural habitat for larger alligators.
DON’T – feed or entice alligators. Alligators overcome their natural shyness and become accustomed or attracted to humans when fed.
DO – inform others that feeding alligators is a violation of state law and that by feeding alligators, people create problems for others who want to use the water for recreational purposes.
DON’T – throw fish scraps into the water or leave trash on shore. Although you are not intentionally feeding alligators, the end result can be the same.
DO – dispose of fish scraps in garbage cans situated at most boat ramps or fish camps. DON’T – allow pets to swim in water known to contain large alligators or in designated swimming areas with humans. Dogs suffer many more attacks than humans, probably because dogs more closely resemble natural prey items of large alligators.
DO – swim your pets in areas not inhabited by large alligators. Keep your pet away from areas of heavy vegetation, and maintain your dog within command distance.

We have a separate page on alligators, and the Commissions document Living with Alligators, has more information.

Source: www.myfwc.com/critters/faq.htm#2

If a woman is menstruating, does that increase her risk of bear attack?

In August 1967 in Glacier National Park, 2 young women were killed by 2 different grizzly bears on the same night. One of the women was wearing cosmetics and was menstruating and using external pads. Some writers speculated that menstrual odors triggered the attack and bear-safety brochures now often warn women not to hike or camp in bear country during menstruation.

While also unlikely that 2 bears would attack on the same night without a common environmental event, the most important factor was probably the habituation of both bears to people and human-associated foods. A subsequent fatal attack at Glacier in 1976 involved a grizzly which entered a tent, dragging out and killing a young woman.

The woman was not menstruating or using cosmetics and the camp was sanitary. Two young male bears with a history of harassing campers were killed nearby a few hours later. In Yellowstone, 19 people were injured by bears between 1980-1994. Five victims were women; no evidence linked menstruation to any attack. More>

Source: www.mass.gov

Who pays for Princes William and Harry?

Both Prince William and Prince Harry receive a salary from the British Army. Any additional costs are met by The Prince of Wales or from their own private funds. If either Prince were to travel by air or train to an official engagement, these costs would be met from public funds.

Source: www.princeofwales.gov.uk/faqs/

Do you ever re-use chocolate?

We never use chocolate left over from other rentals. We are more than happy to leave you with any chocolate left at the end of your rental if suitable bowls are provided.

Source: www.chocolate-works.co.uk

What is the difference between the handmade Rambo III knife and the United Cutlery replica?

Gil Hibben designed the knife that was used by Sylvester Stallone playing John Rambo in the 1988 movie “Rambo III”. Gil Hibben licensed the knife design to United Cutlery to make replicas of the movie knife (which, by the way, was their biggest selling knife worldwide). The United Cutlery replicas were manufactured in Taiwan and are actually about 2 inches shorter and has a thinner blade than the knife that was used in the movie. Gil Hibben still makes a limited edition, serial numbered, full sized copy of the actual movie knife. Gil’s Rambo III knives are entirely handmade by Gil from 440C stainless steel and Makassar Ebony. The serialized limited editions handmade Rambo IIIs are limited to 350 knives.

Source: http://www.hibbenknives.com/faq.htm

On what novels or literary works were Kubrick’s films based?

The Killing — novel Clean Break by Lionel White.

Paths of Glory — novel by Humphrey Cobb.

Spartacus — novel by Howard Fast.

Lolita — novel by Vladimir Nabokov.

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb — novel Red Alert by Peter George.

2001: A Space Odyssey — short story The Sentinel by Arthur C. Clarke.

A Clockwork Orange — novel by Anthony Burgess.

Barry Lyndon — novel The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq., of the Kingdom of Ireland by William Makepeace Thackeray.

The Shining — novel by Stephen King.

Full Metal Jacket — novel The Short Timers by Gustav Hasford.

Eyes Wide Shut — novella Traumnovelle by Arthur Schnitzler.

See Bibliography for more information.

Source: www.kubrickfilms.warnerbros.com/faq/

Is The Brick Testament really created entirely out of LEGO?

Everything but the background sky is built out of LEGO brand building blocks. There are a few select instances where Rev. Smith has resorted to modifying LEGO pieces with a hobby knife or permanent ink marker, but by far the vast majority of everything you see in The Brick Testament are unaltered LEGO parts from sets that date from the 1960s up to the present day, artfully recombined to form the characters and settings that make up these Bible stories.

Source: www.thebricktestament.com

Can I drink before my tattoo?

We DO NOT recommend drinking before getting tattooed. Alcohol thins out your blood making you bleed more during the tattoo procedure which in turn pushes the ink out of your body leaving you with a faded looking tattoo that will need to be touched up. We will not tattoo you if you are noticeably intoxicated. Drunk people quite often become rude and obnoxious, move around a lot and tend to make poor decisions that they may regret in the future, like a tattoo they would not have gotten while sober.

Source: www.tattoocityskinart.com