Black Ice: The Cold Dark Killer

Recently on December 1st, there was a large accident in Worcester, Massachusetts involving 70 cars. This accident was caused by black ice on the road. The plow trucks were not out early enough sanding and salting, which would have improved the road conditions. This made Rt. 290 vulnerable and dangerous.

These wrecks can be caused by the driver confusing black ice with wet pavement. Black ice is a form of slippery ice that is very common. A driver’s ability to negotiate a car is impacted by black ice causing the car to veer and slide across the road. Black ice is sometimes called clear ice. It is a thin layer of transparent ice. It takes 9 times longer to stop on black ice than regular ice. That’s crazy!

75% of car crashes are caused by wet roads, and wet roads happen when there is a snow storm or rain storm. If the weather is really cold, the wet pavement can turn into ice and lead to whirling and skidding across the road and having the car go out of control.

This happens because the plow trucks are not out early enough making the roads more safe. The plow trucks should be equipped and be proactive during this kind of weather.

The car accident in Worcester, Massachusetts on Rt.290 was not the only car crash that was caused by black ice. There are many other car accidents that are caused by these icy conditions.

Icy Road Safety stated there are about 6 million car crashes each year and about 15% of the accidents are caused by icy roads and snowy conditions. Cars should not be on the roads in these kind of elements. Most of the icy condition mishaps happen on the highway.

There are many solutions to this problem. People tried to remove the ice from the roads by using salt. It does help but I don’t see a huge difference. People are trying to come up with new ideas to stop the car accidents that are caused by black ice. One of the ideas is very interesting. A group of people are creating a product or machine, that looks like a sprinkler. It will be attached to plow trucks and the plow trucks will sprinkle this formula that is made up of salt water, water and many chemicals that will get rid of most of the black ice. It could of stopped the big accident on Rt. 290 in Worcester.

This product could help prevent many people getting into an awful car accident. This solution may get rid of most or even all black ice.

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History of Food: Pasta

The first form of food similar to pasta was in the writings of Horace where thin strips of dough were fried and served with spices in the 1st century B.C.E. A few centuries later, we see an ancient ancestor of modern day lasagna come out in the form of lagana. It was described to be consisted of sheets of dough with meat filling in between. In the second century, the dough started to be made with flour and water instead of juice from lettuce. Later, Arabs adopted a similar form of noodle in the 5th century and lead to the Italians making thin strip noodle pasta.

 

If we jump to the 15th century, dried pasta was very valued because it could be stored for very long periods of time.That’s why many exploring ships brought dried pasta to the New World. Believe it or not, tomato sauce was only invented in the 18th century! Before this, people would just eat pasta with their hands. Now, people eat it with forks because the tomato would get too messy without it.

 

Today, the average Italian eats about sixty pounds of pasta per year, while the average American eats about twenty pounds of pasta per year. Writings suggest it originated in Italy, but why is it popular in North America? It’s because Italian immigration to the Americas that we love pasta so much. Italians have also had a mass immigration to South Africa, making spaghetti and meatballs a major part of Italian cuisine.

 

Do you like pasta? How do you eat yours? Comment, if you want, I guess.

 

Angkor Wat: The World’s Largest Religious Monument

Angkor Wat, located in Siem Reap Province in Cambodia, is the world’s largest religious monument. “Angkor” comes from Sanskrit and means “city” while Wat is Khmer for “temple.” Cambodians are usually referred to as Khmer people and Thai are referred to as Siem. So, the name Siem Reap means “Thai Defeat,” but that’s another story. Angkor Wat also appears on the national flag of Cambodia.

Angkor Wat was originally built in the 12th century by king Suryavarman II as a Hindu temple. It was a dedication to Vishnu. Later, in the 16th century, Buddhism took over and Angkor Wat was converted to a Buddhist temple. The Buddhists tried to paint the giant wall mural depicting several scenes from Hinduism and in some parts, you can actually touch the carved stone on the mural.

Angkor Wat lies on an island 1km x 1.5km with a 1 km wide moat on all sides. There are two entrances: the front in the west and the back in the east. Angkor Wat, unlike most temples, faces to the west instead of the east to signify that Suryavarman was intending to be buried there. Inside the temple, there is a central point where you can see in all four directions, many intricate and sometimes unfinished carvings, and a big central tower which was the king’s tomb. The central has really steep stairs that you could be afraid of going up and down.

Overall, Angkor Wat is a great place and has a lot of extra history and details to it, and it is also a great tourist destination.

Hehe, It’s a Lizard!

I took this picture of a really cool lizard in Cambodia.

Gods Versus Demons

This picture was taken by the wall mural in Angkor Wat. If you look closely, the ones facing to the right are different from the ones facing to the left. The gods are facing to the right and the demons … Continue reading

Khmer BBQ

I took this picture in Cambodia of a Khmer hot pot barbecue. They give you all the raw ingredients and you cook them yourself.