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By L. C. Tyler

Inventor of the Sorensen-Birtwistle Revised Scale of Girl-Rage, Chris has a gorgeous female friend (Virginia), likeable capability parents-in-law (Hugh and Daphne) and a vintage activities motor vehicle with a leather-covered equipment stick.

Impending matrimony and the car's leaking roof appear to be the single clouds at the horizon. yet his it seems that cozy international is became the other way up whilst Hugh dies abruptly and Daphne (after one Irish Cream too many) finds a few surprising details. in the meantime ...In an hotel, within the Danube Valley, within the 17th century, a undeniable cantankerous thinker turns out to have a few phrases of steering for our modern day hero. We subscribe to Virginia and Chris (and Rene) as they search to discover the reality approximately Hugh, themselves and the which means of lifestyles.

"A Very chronic Illusion" is a hilarious, highly artistic and thought-provoking novel approximately love, insanity and fact. 'Compelling and smart, i actually couldn't placed it down. A deceptively gentle learn. I laughed out loud' - Alison Joseph, writer of the "Sister Agnes Mysteries".

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The heat pulse from a nuclear blast is extremely hot, but it’s traveling at the speed of light. Might it pass too quickly to ignite a man’s uniform? Natick’s early precursor, Quartermaster Research and Development, actually looked into this. Operation Upshot-Knothole was a series of eleven experimental nuclear detonations at the Nevada Proving Grounds in the 1950s. The Upshot-Knothole scientists were mainly interested in the blastworthiness of building materials and tanks and bomb shelters, but they agreed to let the uniform guys truck over some pigs.

Courage doesn’t always carry a gun or a flag or even a stretcher. Courage is Navy flight surgeon Angus Rupert, flying blindfolded and upside down to test a vibrating suit that lets pilots fly by feel should they become blinded or disoriented. It’s Lieutenant Commander Charles “Swede” Momsen, saluting onlookers as he’s lowered into the Potomac to test the first-ever submarine escape lung, or Captain Herschel Flowers of the Army Medical Research Laboratory, injecting himself with cobra venom to test the possibility of building immunity.

Confronted with air, the surface of water pulls together powerfully enough to form a weak skin. The insect kingdom has water striders, but no gin striders. At the far high end of the surface-tension spectrum is mercury. § One of mercury’s qualifications for old-timey thermometerdom—along with staying liquid in extremes of cold and heat—is that it doesn’t wet the inside of the glass. No residue trail! So you can clearly read the temperature. Many of the things the military tends to spurt and dribble on itself—motor oil, aviation fuel, hexane—have far lower surface tension than water.

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