U.S. Retailer Loses Pool Slide Case:
Mass. Jury Awards Man $20.6 Million
Many water-related stories have been in the news in the past several weeks — including reports connected to the four questions below.
1. Earlier this month, a jury in Massachusetts awarded $20.6 million to a widower whose wife died as a result of injuries suffered on a swimming pool slide. Which U.S. retailer was the defendant in the case?
a. Target b. Home Depot c. Wal-Mart d. Toys “R” Us
2. The health department of one major Asian city recently reported that 20% of the city’s public pools contain extremely high levels of urea. Which city was it?
a. Beijing, China b. Shanghai, China c. Seoul, South Korea d. Bangkok, Thailand
3. Long-distance open-water swimmer Fran Crippen died one year ago during a 10-kilometer competition in the United Arab Emirates. Since then, there has been an ongoing debate about what should be the maximum allowable water temperature for such events. What does FINA, the sport’s governing body, recommend?
a. 31 degrees Celsius (87.8 Fahrenheit)
b. 29 degrees Celsius (84.2 Fahrenheit)
c. 27 degrees Celsius (80.6 Fahrenheit)
d. 25 degrees Celsius (77 Fahrenheit)
4. British royal Prince Harry — in the U.S. for specialized military training — became a hero to a young lady at a San Diego swimming pool, causing her to gush, “He is probably the most charming man I’ll ever meet.” What did Harry do to become her Prince Charming?
a. When the top of her bikini came off, Harry swam over to retrieve it and covered his eyes when he gave it to her.
b. When she suffered a cramp in one of her legs, Harry carried her out of the pool and gently lowered her onto a lounge chair.
c. After someone threw her into the pool fully clothed, Harry wrapped his own towel around her to keep her warm.
d. When a drunken man at the pool made an unwanted, lewd advance toward her, Harry used judo to throw him to the ground.
To find out how many you got right, see below.
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Here are the answers:
1. d. Toys “R” Us. To learn more, click here
2. b. Apparently, pool bathers are peeing up a storm in Shanghai, China. To learn more, click here
3. a. 31 degrees Celsius (87.8 Fahrenheit). To learn more, click here
4. c. After someone threw her into the pool fully clothed, Harry wrapped his own towel around her to keep her warm. Interestingly, the Sept. 14, 2011 edition of “Ripples” featured the following item: “Fully Clothed Prince Harry, Possibly Tipsy, Plunges into Nightclub Pool Two Times!” To learn more about Harry’s chivalrous deed in San Diego, click here
How did you do? Be sure to keep up on the latest water-related news, because another installment of “Test Your Knowledge” will be coming in the next WaterShapes EXTRA!