Fast Facts

Water weighs 62.4 pounds per cubic foot. When a vehicle stalls in water, the water's momentum is transferred to the car. For each foot the water rises, 500 pounds of lateral force is applied to the car. For each foot the water rises up the side of the car, the car displaces 1,500 pounds of water. In effect, the car weighs 1,500 pounds less for each foot the water rises. Most vehicles will float in just 2 feet of water.

Source: Tulsa World, p.A11, 10/6/2009 
 

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The Olympic Motto is Citius, Altius, Fortius.
This is Latin for Faster, Higher and Braver.

Source: World Almanac 1997, p.865. 
 

According to the International Olympic Committee, the five rings linked together represent the sporting friendship of all peoples. The rings also symbolize the five geographic areas of the world: Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas.

Source: World Almanac 1997, p.867. 
 

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The Summer Olympics will be in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil beginning August 5, 2016 and closing on August 21, 2016. For more information see the above web site.

Source: Summer Olympics web site.
 

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Spring - Begins March 20, 2013 (spring equinox) at 7:02 am EDT.
Summer - Begins June 21, 2013 (summer solstice) at 1:04 am EDT.
Fall - Begins September 22, 2013 (Autumnal equinox) at 4:44 pm EDT.
Winter - Begins December 21, 2013 (winter solstice) at 12:11 pm EST.

Source: Chase's Calendar of Events 2013, pp.614. 
 

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 In the Northern Hemisphere, spring begins on the vernal equinox (also called the spring equinox), when daylight length (the interval between sunrise and sunset) is the same everywhere in the world (approximately 12 hours and 8 minutes). (In the Southern Hemisphere the autumnal equinox occurs on this same day.)

In the Northern Hemisphere, autumn begins on the autumnal equinox, when daylight length is the same everywhere in the world, again approximately 12 hours and 8 minutes (In the Southern Hemisphere, the spring equinox occurs on this same day).

Source: Chase's Calendar of Events 1998, pp. 176, 489
 

In the Northern Hemisphere, between the equator and the Arctic Circle, the winter solstice indicates the beginning of winter and occurs when the sun rises and sets on the horizon farthest south for the year, and daylight length is at a minimum, ranging from 12 hours and 8 minutes at the equator, to no sunlight at all at the Arctic Circle. (In the Southern Hemisphere the summer stolsice occurs on this same day.)
In the Northern Hemisphere, between the equator and the Arctic Circle, the summer solstice occurs when the sun rises and sets farthest north on the horizon for the year, and the length of daylight is maximum, ranging from 12 hours, 8 minutes at the equator to 24 hours at the Arctic Circle. (In the Southern Hemisphere, the winter solstice occurs on this same day.)

Source: Chase's Calendar of Events 1998, pp. 332, 619. 
 

Currently, Arizona, Hawaii, the eastern time zone portion of Indiana, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa do not observe Daylight Saving Time.

Source: World Almanac and Book of Facts 2005, p. 387.  California Energy Commission web site.
 

Per the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Daylight Saving Time was extended to begin the second Sunday in March and end the first Sunday of November. This change went into effect in 2007.

2013, Begins 10 March, Ends 3 November
2014, Begins 9 March, Ends 2 November
2015, Begins 8 March, End 1 November

History of daylight savings time provided by U.S. Naval Observatory .

Source: Chase's Calendar of Events, 2013, pp. 614-616.
 

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The Winter Olympics will be in Sochi, Russia, beginning February 7-23, 2014. For more information see the above web site.

Source: Winter Olympics web site.
 

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