The turns in the racetrack at Daytona International Speedway bank at a 31º slope. Conventional road paving techniques won’t work at that angle. Here’s how it’s done:
Unlike repaving a street in your neighborhood, Daytona’s a banked surface designed to allow cars to reach speeds as high as 210 mph. This means crews have to carefully mill and grade each turn for the appropriate angle.
Once the appropriate angle is set, a large dump truck carrying asphalt transfers the crushed rock to a small buggy, which then transports the asphalt to the hydraulic crane. So far this process isn’t much different from how it’s normally done, but the next step involves a lot of engineering.
The asphalt is transferred from the crane to an ABG Titan 525 Paver, which lays it along the surface of the track. In order to achieve the angle the paver’s suspended from the track at a 31-degree angle by a Caterpillar D9 Bulldozer at the top of the track. This is followed by a Hamm DV-8 Double Steel Drum Roller, also suspended by a bulldozer. The Drum Roller uses its immense 40,000 pounds of weight to crush the material into a smooth surface. This is repeated numerous times until the surface is dense enough to support racing.
The original game of 'Monopoly' was circular.
One-fourth of the world's population lives on less than $200 a year.
Ninety million people survive on less than $75 a year.
'TYPEWRITER' is the longest word that can be made using the letters on only one row of the keyboard.
A snail can sleep for 3 years.
You share your birthday with at least 9 million other people in the world.
The average human eats 8 spiders in their lifetime whilst sleeping.
More people are killed by donkeys annually than are killed in plane crashes.
Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
The continents names all end with the same letter with which they start.
Shakespeare invented the word "assassination" and "bump."
According to tests made at the Institute for the Study of Animal Problems in Washington, D.C., dogs and cats, like people, are either right-handed or left-handed.
A giraffe can go without water longer than a camel can.
Crocodiles and alligators are surprisingly fast on land. Although they are rapid, they are not agile; so if you ever find yourself chased by one, run in a zigzag line.
Birds do not sleep in their nests. They may occasionally nap in them, but they sleep in other places.
Most elephants weigh less than the tongue of the blue whale.
Butterflies taste with their hind feet.
Mosquitoes are attracted to the colour blue twice as much as to any other colour.
If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death.
Every night, wasps bite into the stem of a plant, lock their mandibles (jaws) into position, stretch out at right angles to the stem, and, with legs dangling, fall asleep.
Ants stretch when they wake up. They also appear to yawn in a very human manner before taking up the tasks of the day.
Bees have 5 eyes. There are 3 small eyes on the top of a bee's head and 2 larger ones in front.
The outdoor temperature can be estimated to within several degrees by timing the chirps of a cricket. It is done this way: count the number of chirps in a 15-second period, and add 37 to the total. The result will be very close to the actual Fahrenheit temperature. This formula only works in warm weather.
In the United States, a pound of potato chips cost two hundred times more than a pound of potatoes.
A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continually from the bottom of the glass to the top.
Celery has negative calories. It takes more calories to eat than the celery has in it to begin with.
You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.
The two longest one-syllable words in the English language are 'screeched' and strengths'.
Barbie's measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33.
Barbie's full first name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
All of the clocks in Pulp Fiction are stuck on 4:20.
A coat hanger is 44 inches long if straightened.
'Dreamt' is the only English word that ends in the letters 'mt'.
The word 'byte' is a contraction of 'by eight.'
The word 'pixel' is a contraction of either 'picture cell' or 'picture element'.
Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey-decimal category.
Cat's urine glows under a black light.
The average ear of corn has eight hundred kernels arranged in sixteen rows.
The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.
Chrysler built B-29's engines that bombed Japan, Mitsubishi built Zeros that tried to shoot them down. Both companies now build cars in a joint plant call Diamond Star.
Almonds are members of the peach family.
If you add up the numbers 1-100 consecutively (1+2+3+4+5 etc) the total is 5050
The symbol on the 'pound' key (#) is called an octothorpe.
The maximum weight for a golf ball is 1.62 Oz.
Ethernet is a registered trademark of Xerox, UNIX is a registered trademark of AT&T.
The amount of storage space on a recordable CD is measured in minutes. 74 minutes is about 650 megabytes, 63 minutes is 550 megabytes.
Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.
Only 1/3 of the people that can twitch their ears can twitch only one at a time.
The volume of the Earth's moon is the same as the volume of the Pacific Ocean.
Ingrown toenails are hereditary.
On the cartoon show 'The Jetsons', Jane is 33 years old and her daughter Judy is 15.
Only humans and horses have hymens.
The word 'set' has more definitions than any other word in the English language.
Pulp Fiction cost $8 million to make - $5 million going to actor's salaries.
Spot, Data's cat on Star Trek: The Next Generation was played by six different cats.
'Underground' is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters 'und'.
A full seven percent of the entire Irish barley crop goes to the production of Guinness beer.
If you toss a penny 10000 times, it will not be heads 5000 times, but more like 4950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom.
There are only four words in the English language which end in 'dous'. These are tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
An ostrich's eye is bigger than it's brain.
Another from the "why didn't I think of that?" file:
The clearly marked and color-coded designations (Office, Bedroom, Bedroom #2, Kitchen, Storage, etc.) makes unloading go quickly for movers, and organizing many cardboard moving boxes much easier for later on. No doubt you could accomplish something similar with a handful of colored Sharpies, but it would take a lot of consistently careful writing to even approach the same effect—at a time when you are looking to make less work, not more—and the colored tapes really help make sorting a breeze.
Smart Move Tape Two Bedroom Kit
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