Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Answers to questions nobody is asking

Can't complain.
Why is your car thermometer so bad at telling the temperature?

The real reason is its placement. Most are at the front of the car behind the car’s grille (which is normally between the two headlights). This makes the reading a lot less accurate, especially on hot, sunny days because it also picks up on the heat radiated from the road. Measurements are most accurate when you’re traveling at quick speeds and at times when the sun isn’t hitting the road, like at night and during cloudy weather. It can still be helpful in measuring below-freezing or freezing temperatures during cold weather, but it’s important to note that it isn’t that precise.


By the early 20th century, what happened in hospitals was increasingly about medical procedures and efficient workflow, not the ostensible healthiness of the environment in itself. These changes made the limitations of the earlier “therapeutic” hospital designs glaringly apparent. In order to provide a window in every room, buildings could not be wider than two rooms deep; this inevitably required multiple long narrow wings. Such rambling structures were expensive to build, prohibitively expensive to heat, light, and supply with water, and inefficient and labor-intensive to operate. Food reached the patients cold after being trucked from a distant central kitchen; patients requiring operations were wheeled through numerous buildings to the surgical suite. Hospital designers thus began to arrange practitioners, spaces, and equipment into a more effective layout. Catchwords changed from “light” and “air” to “efficiency” and “flexibility.”

Why Are so Many Babies Born around 8:00 A.M.?

In the U.S., 32 percent of births are C-section surgeries, another 18 percent are the result of induced labors and 50 percent are “natural” (vaginal deliveries without induction). If we break down the data by the method of delivery, we see a distinct rhythm for each type of delivery method. Together, these three intersecting patterns create the overall minute-per-day pattern we see: fewer births at night, a huge spike in the morning and a broader afternoon bump. The C-section pattern looks entirely different. There is a huge spike first thing in the morning, another bump just before noon and a plateau in the early evening before the drop at night. There are very few C-section births at night. Roughly 10 times as many babies are born per minute during the early morning peak than the middle of the night.

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