Why did the Titanic fail to avoid the iceberg?

August 11, 2016 at 2:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Because a simple key had been taken off the ship.

Second Officer David Blair was removed from the crew shortly before the ship got underway. Unfortunately, when he left the ship, he still had in his possession the key to the crow’s nest binoculars locker. As a result, the lookouts were forced to rely on their unenhanced vision during the voyage.

At one of the inquiries, testimony was given that it was firmly believed if the lookouts had had access to the binoculars they would have seen the iceberg in plenty of time for the ship to avoid hitting it.

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If you can’t remember where you put your keys, try asking the dog: “For the more forgetful among us, it would seem that dogs really are man’s best friend. A study has shown that pet dogs seem to be able to understand when we have misplaced something that is valuable to us. And they do what they can to try to help us find it – at least in the lab. The University of Portsmouth research is important because it had previously been argued that helpfulness was a uniquely human trait. Researcher Patricia Piotti began by writing in a notepad while a pet dog watched her. She then left the room and the dog watched while either the notepad or a stapler was hidden in one of three opaque tubs. When Ms Piotti, a vet, came back in, she pretended to search for the object, and in some cases, she spoke to the dog, asking questions such as ‘Where is it?’ and ‘Where has it gone?’. The animals spent more time looking at an opaque tub containing the notebook, suggesting they were trying to be helpful. Researchers suggest this shows dogs can work out the value of objects based on our need for them”

South Australian carpark where the woman was accidentally charged $1746.88: “A WOMAN has come forward to claim the $1747 she was accidentally charged to use a Glenelg carpark. Holdfast Bay Council revealed last month it was looking for a driver who was mistakenly charged $1746.88 to use its Partridge St East carpark on May 2. Holdfast Bay Mayor Stephen Patterson said the woman came forward yesterday and was refunded the money. “They confirmed that the amount was paid through a human ‘inputting’ error.” As cars enter the carpark, they are photographed and their number plates digitised. Drivers who stay more than two hours need to enter their numberplate at a pay station and choose a picture of their car. Care Park operates the carpark, and its accounts receivable officer Tanya Williamson said it appeared the woman accidentally chose a picture of her car from a visit two months before, instead of the same day”

NO DEODORANT FOR AMERICANS, BUT A $600K SUMMER HOME FOR AMERICAN COMMUNIST: “Bernie Sanders is a fan of bread lines and believes that Americans have too much deodorant to choose from. “You don’t necessarily need a choice of 23 underarm spray deodorants when children are hungry in this country.” But Bernie Sanders does need a $600K lakefront summer home to relax in so he can advocate for all those hungry kiddies. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is the proud new owner of a summer home in the Champlain Islands, Seven Days has confirmed. The Burlington resident last week plopped down nearly $600,000 on a lakefront camp in North Hero. Sanders’ new crib has four bedrooms and 500 feet of Lake Champlain beachfront on the east side of the island — facing Vermont, not New York. The Bern will keep his home in Burlington and use the new camp seasonally”

British taxman sends railway worker a demand for £14TRILLION in income tax: “A railway worker was stunned after the Government tried to charge him £14trillion in income tax – seven times the annual gross domestic product of Britain. Giles Hembrough discovered the eye-watering mistake when he opened an ominous brown envelope from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, HMRC. Writing in the letter HMRC said: ‘Although we are changing your tax code you may still not pay enough tax by 5 April 2017. ‘We think the amount you owe HMRC is £14,301,369,864,489.03. ‘We will let you know if this amount is right when we look at your tax return for the year.’ Mr Hembrough was shocked to see the bill. He said: ‘I have had lots of tax errors recently so I thought it was just an update. But despite the outrageous request Mr Hembrough has taken the mix-up in his stride. ‘I knew right away that it was a mistake,’ he added. A HMRC spokesman said: “When we let a customer down, we always apologise and put matters right. “These are not bills, but simply statements showing the customers current PAYE coding position.

Laziness is a sign of intelligence: Researchers say people who spend more time thinking are less physically active: “A new study reveals that intelligent people live a more sedentary lifestyle, as they rarely become bored and spend more time lost in their own thoughts. Researchers found that those who fill their day with physical activity are often ‘non-thinkers,’ and do so to stimulate their minds in order to escape their own thoughts. In the study, participants were sorted using a ‘Need for Cognition’ test. Based on this, half were deemed ‘thinkers’ and the others were ‘non-thinker’s. Participants were each given an ‘actigraphy device’ to wear over seven days. This allowed the team to monitor the 60 students’ movement and activity levels, and receive a stream of data to analyze. After the seven days, the team compiled the data and found the ‘thinkers’ were much less active than the ‘non-thinkers’.

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