Avoid pushing the engine up to redline.Be particularly careful if it's a high-performance car.Don't floor the gas pedal.If it's a manual transmission, shift gears before it redlines.Don't use cruise control. It's important for the engine to go through different RPMs.If possible, avoid short trips that don't allow the car's engine to warm up to normal operating temperature.Avoid towing as it can put a heavy load on the engine, and because the car's brakes and tires require increased stopping distance (see Now That's Interesting). … [Read more...] about Do You Have to ‘Break In’ a New Car?
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Stephanie Lurzel and her colleagues studied 104 Holstein-Friesian calves at a commercial dairy farm in Germany. From birth to Day 14, they stroked the necks of half the calves for three minutes a day and did not pet the other half of the group. By Day 90, the calves who had experienced neck rubs weighed more than the control group, pointing to the positive influence of gentle human interaction on animal weight gain. … [Read more...] about Study: Cows Grow Bigger, Give More Milk After Early Positive Human Interaction
"The data that I've seen seems to indicate that it doesn't really increase giving; it just spreads it out a little instead of having all holiday and end-of-year giving happen in the last week of December," he says. "My belief is that Giving Tuesday doesn't address the core challenge in nonprofit fundraising — getting in front of a donor at the moment they care about and are motivated about the nonprofit's cause. Any 'day of giving' is arbitrary, and there's really no reason why they should motivate donors. But compare that to the urgency you feel after a natural disaster ... or after reading about an abused animal — that is what motivates donors, not dates on a calendar." … [Read more...] about After Cyber Monday, People Open Their Wallets for Giving Tuesday