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5 Things You Should Know – Part 201

Here are 5 things you should know.

1. freerice.com is a fun trivia website that donates rice to the hungry for each correctly answered question.

2. The gap between a truck and the vehicle in front of them is not a space for your car. It’s the reaction and braking distance for the trucker. It’s extremely dangerous to encroach on this space, especially in traffic.

Reaction distance is the time it takes for someone to see a threat, recognize the threat, process the threat, then take their foot off the accelerator and start braking.

Breaking distance is the distance it takes for the truck to stop.

Putting your vehicle in this space is a really dangerous thing to do, especially at highway speeds.

3. At least 1 in 6 males have been sexually assaulted or abused. For confidential (and anonymous) help and resources visit 1in6.org

The social stigma and silence around male sexual abuse and assault results in a lack of awareness and understanding about the effects of these experiences, and what men need to move forward.

Many things qualify as “unwanted sexual experiences,” even if at first a boy or man was grateful for the attention. It could include an experience that a man may not be ready to label as “sexual abuse” or “sexual assault,” or even understand how it might have been.

Healing can begin when a man recognizes the possible connection between those experiences and common consequences – consequences that can include rocky relationships, lost jobs, self-destructive behaviors, depression, and even violence.

1in6.org can help.

4. Side windows in most cars do not block UVA light as well as windshields. All glass blocks UVB and UVC, you won’t get a tan while driving. But UVA causes skin aging. You may age disproportionately on the side exposed to the side window when driving.

The effect is most pronounced in truck drivers, but all drivers of cars with weak UVA protection inside windows are affected. Many cars at different price ranges have weak UVA protection:
To see whether car windows are protective, Boxer Wachler took a UV-A light meter to a number of Los Angeles car dealers on a cloudless May day in 2014.

He tested 29 cars from 15 different manufacturers, made between 1990 and 2014.

On average, car windshields blocked about 96 percent of UV-A rays. The protection afforded by individual cars ranged from 95 to 98 percent.

But side door windows were far less dependable. The percentage of UV-A rays blocked varied from 44 percent to 96 percent. Only four of the 29 cars had windows that blocked more than 90 percent of UV-A rays.

“It had no correlation at all with the cost of the car, high-end car or low-end car,” said Boxer Wachler.

Be protective!

5. Google Docs has a dictation function. You’ll have to clean it up afterward, but still quicker than typing.


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