Odd Things I’ve Learned While Researching My Books

26 Oct

1. Rabies travels along nerves to the brain at a very specific and standardised speed. This means that the time it takes to affect people is dependent on where on the body they’re bitten. It takes longer to affect people if their bitten on the hand or the toe than if they’re bitten on the face.

2. Large fires can create their own weather in terms of wind, rain, and lightening. Together these are known as a fire storm. There’s even a type of cloud called a Pyrocumulonimbus that only occurs over such fires.

3. If someone has a tension pneumothorax, in an emergency you can save their life using a bottle, a tube and the outside of a biro. A Doctor once did this to someone on a flight from Asia to the UK using stuff he borrowed from the other passengers.  I hope these were washed before he returned them!

4. A tension pneumothorax is when some one has a burst lung and air becomes trapped between the lung and the body cavity. It can kill you if not sorted out soon enough (such as by doing number 3!)

5. In the official King James version of the bible, unicorns are mentioned nine times (don’t ask what I was looking for when I came across this one, sometimes you just get side-tracked!).  This has been edited out of the more recent interpretations, but you will find it in the older ones.  If you have a copy to hand, try looking at Isaiah 34:7.  If it mentions Unicorns you have an older copy.  If it doesn’t, it’s one of the newer versions where the reference to unicorns has been removed – presumably because, unlike in the 17th century when the King James edition first came out, we now know that unicorns don’t exist and it made a mockery of anyone claiming that the bible was the absolute word of God.  Yet, if it has been revised and edited to remove any awkward references….


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From the author of For Those In Peril On The Sea, a tale of post-apocalyptic survival in a world where zombie-like infected rule the land and all the last few human survivors can do is stay on their boats and try to survive. Now available in the UK. Click here or visit www.forthoseinperil.net to find out more.

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2 Responses to “Odd Things I’ve Learned While Researching My Books”

  1. ericjbaker 27/10/2012 at 01:38 #

    Hmmm. Next time I approach a rabid squirrel, I’m going to lead with my toe.

    You may have saved a life today! Well, you may have delayed the mouth foaming a bit, at least.

    • cmdrysdale 27/10/2012 at 11:13 #

      And there was me thinking this was all pretty useless information. But where rabid suqirrels are concerned, I’d advise you not only to lead with your foot, but wear steel-top-capped boots too!

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