One of the unique graduation gifts I received this summer was a copy of the Thomas J. Glover Pocket Ref, 4th ed (thanks Mark, Nikki, and Anya!). The Pocket Ref is an amazing collection of information. You can:
- Estimate vehicle speed based upon skid marks on various surfaces under various environmental conditions.
- Determine the compressive strength of different wood types at various moisture contents.
- Learn how to give artificial respiration or CPR to small animals.
- Interpret plastic recycling symbols.
- Read the Scoville Heat Scale for chili peppers.
- Identify cloud types based upon shape.
- Determine the correct names for animals based upon sex and age, as well as the proper term for a group (this requires a bullet list itself)
Did you know that a group of:
– buzzards is called a wake (very fitting)?
– ferrets is called a fesnyng?
– goldfish is called a troubling?
– penguins is called a rookery?
The Pocket Ref also contains a wealth of scales, conversions, interpretations, and formulas. There are many questions in life–many answers are found in the 800+ pages Mr Glover has compiled.