Salt water is hypertonic to the ion concentration in lung cells. So if you swallow it, the fluid from your bloodstream will enter your lungs to compensate for the concentration difference.
GOOD news: way more people drown in fresh water than in salt water. BAD news: If you survive saltwater drowning, it’s easy to rehydrate by drinking lots of water. If you survive in fresh water however, there is a high chance that there already is tissue damage and you might not be able to recover. Fresh water is able to enter the bloodstream, causing blood cells to burst.
BONUS fact: You drown faster in fresh water. Bonus bonus fact: Children are more likely to drown in fresh water, adults in saltwater.
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Jack Daniel, the founder of Jack Daniel's Tennessee whiskey distillery, died from an infection sustained after kicking his safe and busting his toe, evidently, he was angry after not being able to remember the combination of the safe. #uselessknowledge#amazingfacts#jackdaniels
Out of what could have been a sad reminder of pollution and the plight of animals came a heart-warming story of rescue and the subsequent forging of a friendship between man and animal.
It was in 2011 when pensioner Joao Pereira de Souza, now in his 70s, came across a starving South American Magellanic penguin that was covered in oil and unable to survive without help. Souza took the penguin to his home and spent the week cleaning its oil-ridden feathers and nourishing it with food and water. During this period, a lasting friendship blossomed.
Dindim, the name given to the penguin, refused to be released and, instead, spent the next 11 months with the pensioner, laying on his lap, allowing him to shower him, feed him sardines, and pick him up. He does not allow anybody else but Souza to come so close, which led Souza to believe that the penguin loves him.
Dindim often ventures back out to sea for days, weeks, and even months, but spends the majority of his time with Souza - usually around 8 months of the year. Every year, Dindim travels to the penguin's known breeding grounds frequented by South American Magellanic penguins, which is usually much further south, around the Patagonia coasts of Chile and Agentina - around three to five thousand miles away. “ I’m flattered Dindim is happy to exchange his home with thousands of other penguins every year to find his way here to spend one-to-one time with me, it’s a very special relationship.
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The summer sun beat down mercilessly as the Gay Pride Parade made its way along Santa Monica Boulevard. Leading the lively parade in a white Cadillac convertible was a striking woman whose strong, chiseled face resembles Golda Meir's.
Evelyn Hooker, retired UCLA psychology professor, would seem an unlikely grand marshal. But as she smiled and waved to the crowd lined up five deep on both sides of the parade route, dozens of spectators rushed up to greet her by name and cheer her on.
Many others, however, were probably wondering how a woman who calls herself "hopelessly heterosexual" had come to occupy the place of honor at the Los Angeles gay community's biggest annual event.
Three decades earlier, Hooker published a paper in which she cautiously concluded that homosexuality was not a mental illness, as most psychiatrists assumed. Experts agree that it was the first careful, controlled scientific study of the mental health of gay people.
When the American Psychiatric Assn. decided to remove homosexuality from the second edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders in 1973, Hooker's study was a major piece of evidence used to attack the idea that homosexuality was a sickness--a psychopathological condition, in the jargon of psychiatry. "It was the reference point we always went back to," says Dr. Judd Marmor, a former APA president and a leading proponent of "de-pathologizing" homosexuality.