FLATTMANN FILES “Quality Is No Accident”
February 2020 FROM THE DESK OF Grady Flattmann
‘Tis the season for foggy windows.
Why do car windows fog up? When it’s cold outside, the air inside the car is often warmer than outside, causing moisture to condense on the inside of the windows. This is especially true when it’s raining and the outside air is cooler than the dew point inside the car. When it’s warm outside, especially on stormy days, water can condense on the outside of the windows for the same reason — the outside temperature is below the dew point of the air inside the car. How do you fix fogged up windows fast? When it’s cold outside, you have two options. One is to turn on the heat to high (this captures moisture), then turn on the air conditioning and make sure to turn off the recirculation button. The second option is to turn on the defroster and blow warm air on the windshield to evaporate the moisture (also remember to turn off the recirculate feature). When it’s warm outside, turn on your wipers and lower the air conditioning (make it less cold). Remember to also turn off recirculate feature.
A LEAP ABOVE Celebrating Leap Day’s Unique and Storied History
that astronomers would discover that the calendar system was still about 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds short. It would last this way until 1582, when Pope Gregory XIII introduced a better method for calculating leap year. This method has become the system we use today, and it led to Feb. 29 being the standard leap day. Since then, we make up for lost time with one “free” day every four years. Folklore and superstitions surrounding leap day have
What would you do with one extra day? Every four years, we are confronted with that very question. The first leap day originated in 46 B.C. when Julius Caesar learned from the astronomer Sosigenes of Alexandria that the 355-day Roman calendar was about 10 and 1/4 days shorter than the solar calendar. He introduced the 365-day Julian calendar and added an intercalary day — leap day — every four years to cover the extra 1/4 day. It wouldn’t be for another 200 years
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