# 5 Things You Should Know – Part 152

Here are 5 things you should know.

## 1. There’s a free alternative to Wolfram Alpha called fxSolver for solving Math and Engineering problems.

It has a large library of equations to solve, plot and link together and each one can be customized and shared.

It’s not a behemoth knowledge engine like Wolfram, but it’s very useful for getting quick results by finding the right formula and solving it for any variable.

Once you download it, it sends a mass text message to all of your contacts with a message similar to “Hey, [Your contact name] invited you to join look!” And a link.

## 3. Standing on the left side of an escalator is considered rude.

Standers to the right, walkers to the left. Think of the left side of a fast lane on the road.

## 4. The one knot everyone should know.

The web is full of lists detailing the 5-9 knots everyone should know, but let’s get real unless you work with rope frequently you’re not going to remember the knots on those lists. But there is one simple, easy to remember knot that will suffice for 90% of your knot tying needs.

The Figure 8 knot.

Figure 8 is a stopper knot. Useful, but once you have it down, you can use it for so much more.

Need to tie two ropes together? Tie a loose Figure 8 near the end of one rope, and then thread the end of the second rope through that Figure 8 in reverse to form a Figure 8 Bend.

Need a tie the rope around an object? Tie a Figure 8 a bit further down, take the end around the object, and back through the Figure 8 in reverse to form a Figure 8 Follow Through.

Need to form a loop in the middle of your rope? Just fold the rope in half, and tie a Figure 8 using the doubled rope for a Figure 8 on a Bight.

So now you can tie a stopper knot, a bend, an end loop, and a midline loop. You can tie a rope to an object, or tie two ropes together. These aren’t the fastest knots to tie, but they are secure, easy to remember, and easy to check that you’ve tied them correctly.

If you’re willing to learn one more simple knot two half hitches you have all of the pieces you need for the Trucker’s Hitch, an incredibly useful combination of knots used to create a mechanical advantage to draw a rope tight to tie something to the top of your car, for example.

## 5. UPS is hiring literally everyone with a pulse right now for seasonal work.

If you’ve had any trouble finding work recently, now is the time to make some money.

https://www.jobs-ups.com/parttime-hourly-seasonal-jobs

• Rohan says:

That elevator one is not true in countries that drive on the left. You stand on the right in Australia, expect to get yelled at.

• mijk says:

• Jfo says:

Cool stuff!

• JohnT says:

Life saver for my engineering exams, thanks!