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Red Bull Stratos ~ Joe Kittinger’s parachute descent from the frontiers of space has been immortalised across the Internet. In 1960 Joe jumped from an altitude of 31.3 kilometers, setting a record that still stands. Now Felix Baumgartner and the Red Bull team are keen to extend this ceiling past 36.6 km. Let’s hope they get the legal wrangling sorted first!
Royal Mail ~ In the UK, these people are our postal services. Recently I sent a letter that took four days to travel ten miles. That’s 0.10 mph, with 0.03 mph given widely for a garden snail. By contrast a letter sent FedEx from Columbus, Ohio arrived within 48 hours, giving 85 mph plus. If I were the Queen I’d want my name taken off it…
Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale ~ Where the Beaufort scale for wind speed ends, the Saffir–Simpson hurricane scale takes over. A Category 1 hurricane has maximum sustained winds of above 74 mph, while Category 5 means a mind-boggling 157 mph or more. The fastest gusts of wind recorded were during Tropical Cyclone Oliva in 1996, at an almost unimaginable 253 mph.
Scale of the Universe 2 ~ You will notice the ‘two’ since in my view, the second version of this Internet staple has the edge over the first release. Plus I am linking to the site of its creators rather than the domain that arose subsequently for the same reason. Zoom as fast as you can handle from the extent of the known universe down to the Planck length and quantum foam…
Scamadviser.com ~ Many people even nowadays are nervous about using their plastic on the Internet. How do you know whether a website is legitimate or the goods, services and prices they are offering really are too good to be true? A smart start is to check the website out here; I am happy to say that Astrologywizard.com comes in at 100% trustworthy.
Scribd ~ Scribd bills itself as the largest social publishing and reading network. Users can upload and browse everything from existing books, down to individually authored material. When a search on astrology yields many classic works and over 20,000 matches, you are struck by the usefulness and benefit of this wonderful resource.
Seahenge ~ A henge is a roughly circular area enclosed by a boundary, mainly originating from at least 4,000 years ago and potentially, far earlier. Many people have encountered Stonehenge and in the British Isles, you will discover the concrete shadow of Woodhenge, a few miles away. Few though, will have stumbled over Seahenge, with a story that is equally gripping and tragic…
Seven Days A Week ~ This may not have occurred to you. Let’s face it, most people are too caught up in the business of working and providing for their families, to let philosophical or existential issues concern them, eating up lots of their time. But with five visible planets plus the Sun and Moon, there was a calendar system founded in antiquity, before Uranus was noted in 1781.
Shaadi Matrimonials ~ Shaadi means wedding and this website is huge for those linked to India. I was sad to find they have been using the zodiac sign keywords I wrote for Astrologywizard.com, verbatim and unauthorised in their membership profiles since 2006. When asked about this they spouted legalese and refused to credit me or pay me for my work. Would you trust them?
Shambo - the Temple Bull ~ Shambo, of the Hindu Skanda Vale Temple, was destroyed by representatives of the Welsh Assembly Government on July 26, 2007 after testing positive for bovine tuberculosis. This despite offers to isolate him, treat him or even to ship him to a cow sanctuary in India. Many here are left feeling, that was an awful thing to do.
Ship Of Fools ~ You’d imagine otherwise, but 60% of people in the UK identify as Christian according to the latest figures. Of the remainder, 33% either had no religion or wouldn’t say: leaving just 7% to Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism, Buddhism and all others. This website takes a wry look, at an institution rarely tasked by their flock. The Mystery Worshipper is a great touch…
Skydiving from the Edge of the World ~ I recommended this video before, when I used to help out on a site elsewhere, but was reminded recently to post it here. The year is 1960 and Joe Kittinger, a career officer in the US Air Force, takes a specially adapted helium balloon beyond the edge of space, then does something nobody has tried before or since. He jumps…
South Pole Live Camera ~ Our view of astrology will need to change once people are born away from our own small planet. Closer to home there are also difficulties, such as the failure of many house systems in polar regions. You can check out the South Pole right now, but remember there’s complete darkness from March to September!
Space Adventures ~ You can catch a ride on an aircraft to beyond 99% of the Earth’s atmosphere at 21 kilometres, but so far only this company has put paying passengers into orbital space. Just seven space tourists have enjoyed the ride at a cost of $20-35 million each, but now one seat is available on a trip around the Moon at $120-150 million…
Space Tourism ~ Featuring a subject soon to be in the news far more prominently than it is today, here’s the definitive low-down on the whole subject of space tourism, courtesy of our friends at Wikipedia. It’s interesting the flights you can enjoy to 21km (70,000 feet) and beyond aboard a MiG-29 fighter aircraft for instance, don’t even get a mention…
Stuff on My Cat ~ Featuring a subject soon to be in the news far more prominently than it is today, here’s the definitive low-down on the whole subject of space tourism, courtesy of our friends at Wikipedia. It’s interesting the flights you can enjoy to 21km (70,000 feet) and beyond aboard a MiG-29 fighter aircraft for instance, don’t even get a mention…