Aug 212014

How Do Tornadoes Form?

Tornadoes are the most violent storms on Earth, with wind velocities that can exceed 200 miles per hour. How do these terrifying cyclones form? Meteorologist James Spann sheds light on the lifespan of tornadoes as they go from supercell thunderstorms to terrible twisters before eventually dissolving back into thin air.


How do tornadoes form? That is pretty easy to answer since there has been a large amount of study into the subject. They are usually the extreme result of a supercell thunderstorm. During the storm cold air and warm air combine in a set pattern: the cold air drops as the warm air rises. The warm air eventually twists into a spiral and forms the funnel cloud that we all associate with a tornado.

The formation of a tornado follows a clear set of steps. First there a change in wind direction and an increase in wind speed. This change occurs at an increasing altitude and creates an invisible horizontal spinning effect in the lower atmosphere. Next, rising air within the thunderstorm’s updraft tilts the rotating air from horizontal to vertical. Third, an area of rotation, 3-10 km wide is contained within a vast majority of the storm. This is where the strongest tornadoes form. Then a lower cloud base in the center of the storm becomes a rotating wall cloud. This area can be nearly rain-free. Lastly, a tornado develops and starts to wreak its destruction.

Once a tornado has formed, it follows a predictable life cycle. First, the mesocyclone(rotating air), along with the rear flank downdraft( RFD), starts moving towards the ground. A small funnel appears to build up at the bottom of a wall cloud. As the RFD reaches the ground, the surrounding dirt rises up, causing damage even to heavy objects. The funnel touches the ground immediately after the RFD, forming a tornado.

During the next stage the tornado’s main source of energy, the RFD, begins to cool. The distance the tornado covers, depends on the rate at which the RFD cools. If the RFD cannot further provide any more warm air to the tornado, it begins to die.

Lastly, with the tornado’s warm air supply cut, the vortex begins to weaken and shrivel away. As the tornado weakens, the mesocyclone also starts to dissipate, but a new mesocyclone can start very close to the dying one. Those are the basics of tornado formation and life.



Aug 202014

Rush Limbaugh comments on the Religion of Peace JV Team’s beheading of James Foley.


RUSH: So the JV team has beheaded an American reporter, a photojournalist, actually, James Foley, beheaded on videotape. Mr. Snerdley said that he looked at it. I did not. I haven’t. I saw Daniel Pearl, the video of that. I didn’t go look at this. They’re threatening to behead yet another American journalist, the JV team. Obama called ISIS the JV team. Yeah, within the past couple of weeks or something.

He found out about it on the way back to vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. He was in the air when he found out about it. He stayed in Martha’s Vineyard, although there’s a statement, media says breathlessly, “awaiting president’s statement on ISIS beheading of James Foley, coming up.”

Rush: The JV Team Beheads An American

More weak empty words!

David Cameron, the UK prime minister was also on vacation. He wasn’t at Martha’s Vineyard. He probably would like to be, but he wasn’t. He went back to work upon hearing this. So the president is making a statement.


Via BuzzFeed:

After delivering an ardent statement on the execution of James Foley by ISIS militants, President Obama’s motorcade returned to the golf course on Martha’s Vineyard.

“The president walked quietly into the cafeteria of the school, tieless but wearing a blue jacket,” read the latest White House press pool report. “Eric Schultz accompanied him. Obama stepped to a podium and delivered his remarks, then turned quietly and walked out of the room. The room was silent as he did.

“Afterward, the motorcade drove to the Vineyard Golf Club.”


Aug 202014

In 1910 Buick made a racing car with a 4-cylinder 622-cubic-inch (10.2-liter) engine. That’s more than the Viper or any other road car that’s mass-produced today. Still, the Buick Bug only had about 50 hp.

Get your road goggles on! Buick built only two 4-cylinder, 622-cubic-inch 60 Specials, and Jeremy Dimick of Flint’s Sloan Museum brought one down to the garage for a test drive!


Aug 202014

Maddie & Tae – Girl In A Country Song

This song and video pokes fun at the way women tend to be portrayed in country music today.


Maddie Marlow grew up in Sugar Land, Texas, performing in talent shows and writing songs. Meanwhile in Ada, Oklahoma, Tae Dye mastered the National Anthem by singing at her older brothers’ baseball tournaments and competition in festivals. At the age of 15, the pair met through their vocal coach — who had an operation in Houston, near Maddie, and in Dallas, two hours from Tae — during a showcase in North Texas.

“I heard Maddie’s voice and thought she was so good,” Tae recalls. While some girls would’ve seen her as the competition, I was just excited to have made a friend who had the same passion as I did!”

“Both of us have such a huge amount of respect for each other,” Maddie adds. “When we started harmonizing together that first time, we knew there was something special there.”

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Maddie & Tae - Girl In A Country Song


Aug 202014
Rubber Chicken Four old retired men are walking down a street in Yuma, Arizona. They turn a corner and see a sign that says, “Old Timers Bar – ALL drinks 10 cents.”

They look at each other and then go in, thinking this is too good to be true.

There’s a fully stocked bar, so each of the men orders a martini.

In no time the bartender serves up four iced martinis shaken, not stirred and says, “That’s 10 cents each, please.”

The four guys stare at the bartender for a moment, then at each other. They can’t believe their good luck. They pay the 40 cents, finish their martinis, and order another round.

Again, four excellent martinis are produced, with the bartender again saying,”That’s 40 cents, please.”

They pay the 40 cents, but their curiosity gets the better of them. They’ve each had two martinis and haven’t even spent a dollar yet.

Finally one of them says, “How can you afford to serve martinis as good as these for a dime apiece?”

“I’m a retired tailor from Phoenix ,” the bartender says, “and I always wanted to own a bar. Last year I hit the Lottery Jackpot for $125 million and decided to open this place. Every drink costs a dime. Wine, liquor, beer it’s all the same.”

“Wow! That’s some story!” one of the men says.

As the four of them sip at their martinis, they can’t help noticing seven other people at the end of the bar who don’t have any drinks in front of them and haven’t ordered anything the whole time they’ve been there.

Nodding at the seven at the end of the bar, one of the men asks the Bartender, “What’s with them?”

The bartender says, “They’re retired people from Florida.They’re waiting for Happy Hour when drinks are half-price, plus they all have coupons.”



Aug 192014

Wanna solve world hunger with magic? This video will teach you how to create chocolate out of nothing.



Writer, art director, and magician, Mariano Tomatis uses a clever trick to make it appear as if he is creating chocolate out of thin air. It’s clearly an optical illusion, but the concept behind the trick is mathematically interesting.

Share the confusion now with your friends!


Infinite Chocolate