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People have been predicting weather since long before we had Doppler radar, and many of these prediction strategies have survived as popular folk sayings.
If you’re a fan of pirate movies, you may be familiar with the term scurvy dog. It’s a curse, typically levied at a pirate who sank below even the already lowly standards of allowed piratical behavior. What does it mean? Well, “dog” is self evident, but scurvy? Learn more on this Moment of Science.
What happens if you throw your anchor overboard and there isn't enough chain to reach the bottom? Does the anchor haul you down with it?
A sextant is a hand-held gadget that looks like the outline of a large piece of pizza. It is essential for navigation since it helps determine degrees of latitude, telling sailors how far to the north or south of the equator they are located.