Mitt Romney: Why Won’t Plane Windows Roll Down?

In his latest gaffe, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney lamented the fact that airplane windows don’t roll down.

Romney’s wife Ann’s plane had to make an emergency landing Friday (Sept. 21) because of an electrical malfunction. Discussing the incident at a fundraiser the next day, he said: “When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly, there’s no — and you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open…”

Here’s why they don’t do that: Gravity tends to keep air molecules concentrated near the ground, so the atmosphere thins out as you go up. The air becomes so thin at 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) or so that airplane cabins must be pressurized above that altitude to prevent occupants from suffering from hypoxia, or lack of oxygen. Because temperature and pressure go hand-in-hand (i.e. low-pressure air feels cold), pressurization is also necessary to keep cabins sufficiently warm.

At 35,000 ft. (11,000 m), the typical altitude of a commercial jet, the air pressure drops to less than a quarter of its value at sea level, and the outside temperature drops below negative 60 degrees Fahrenheit (negative 51 degrees Celsius), according to The Engineering Toolbox. Exposed to such conditions, you would quickly die.

Update: Romney was joking. The New York Times’ Ashley Parker, who wrote the original report about the Beverly Hills fundraiser that quickly got spread around the Web, told New York Magazine today that Romney had been joking. Parker said that while her report didn’t explicitly indicate Romney was joking, “it was clear from the context” that he was. 

So, Romney was joking after all about wanting to have plane windows that roll down. Still, we gotta ask… Do you think he really WAS joking about it? Are you going to vote for him this November?

Source: Yahoo News

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Mom’s Embrace Pulls Baby Out Of Coma

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare. Baby Adam was born a healthy 7 lbs 3 oz, but the next day he began to have violent seizures. Soon, the newborn slipped into a coma. Doctors advised his parents to say goodbye, but now, a little more than year later, he’s taking his first steps.

Baby Adam had contracted meningitis caused by Group B streptococcal septicemia (GBS), a disease that often goes undetected in pregnant women and can be passed to newborns during labor or delivery. If babies survive the infection, they can be left with serious disabilities including vision and hearing loss and cerebral palsy.

Doctors prepared the family for the worst and a midwife said they should take final photographs. While their child struggled on life support, Charlotte Cheshire and her husband Chris were only able to stroke his arm or leg. Finally, a week after he was born, mom was allowed to hold him close against her skin. The baby blinked eyes open for the first time since becoming sick.

“The moment he opened his eyes was incredible,” says mom. “I knew that if he was waking up, he would survive.” Adds dad, “Adam is our miracle. He just refused to give up.”

Despite having suffered a full pelvic split during labor (where the bones of the pelvis separate) and being in great pain herself, for the next three days, Charlotte Cheshire sat holding Adam in her arms for 12 hours a day. “Kangaroo care,” or close skin-to-skin contact with a parent, can help regulate babies’ breathing and temperature. There have been other documented cases in which a seemingly lifeless baby has been revived by a mother’s embrace. After three weeks in the neonatal unit, an MRI showed that Adam’s brain injury had healed and he was allowed to go home.

Do you believe that a mother’s touch can really bring life? Were you inspired by Baby Adam’s story of survival? Share with us other true-to-life similar stories in the comment box below!

Source: Yahoo News

Image: Mirror