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What does the medical term "stat" mean?

Stat, used as a directive to medical personnel during in an emergency situation, is from the Latin word statim, which means "instantly" or "immediately."

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    How fast can an average household cat run?

    The domesticated cat can run at about 30 mph for a short distance -- say, to the nearest bowl of tuna.

    What's the best way to remove the price sticker from the glass in a new picture frame?

    The answer is as close as your refrigerator. Scrape off as much of the sticker as you can, then cover any remaining residue with a thick coating of mayonnaise or salad dressing. Wait a few minutes for it to soak in, then wipe off the coating and the residue. Wash the glass, and your new frame is ready for your favorite photo.

    Why is heat lightning silent?

    Flashes of heat lightning are simply too far away for an observer to hear the accompanying thunder. These flashes are created by lightning bolts in thunderstorms that are more than ten miles away. It's called heat lightning because it is seen more frequently on hot summer nights when the sky overhead is clear.

    Can you freeze eggs?

    Yes, but never in their shells, because the content will expand and explode. Freeze liquid egg whites as is. To freeze whole eggs or just the yokes, add 1/2 teaspoon salt or 2 to 3 tablespoons sugar per 1 cup egg before freezing (choose salt or sugar depending on your ultimate use of the egg).

    When did the practice of naming hurricanes begin, and where did the word hurricane come from?

    Native Americans called these storms Hurakons, after "a great spirit who commanded the east wind." Spanish explorers adopted the word and then began giving hurricanes the names of patron saints on whose feast days the storms occurred. Later, hurricanes were identified by their longitude and latitude. A weatherman in Australia is credited with being the first to assign names to tropical storms. By World War II, meteorologists in the U.S. military named storms after their girlfriends and wives. The first storm in the Atlantic Ocean named for a man was Hurricane Bob.

    Why is Maine called "Down East"? It seems to me that it should be "Up East."

    Coastal schooners laden with goods for Portland and other Maine ports would leave Massachusetts keeping their compass headings generally east or northeast, hoping that the prevailing wind from the westerly quadrants would stay behind them. Hence, they sailed downwind in an easterly direction.

    How can I removed glued-on flowers from a tightly woven summer hat?

    Set your hair drier to medium-high heat and hold it a few inches away from where the flowers are attached with the glue. The heat will loosen the glue. After about 10 to 15 seconds, carefully peel off the softened glue. If any residue remains, depending on the fabric of the hat, you may be able to remove the stickiness by applying a little vegetable oil and rubbing it away.

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