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ALWAYS A HEADWIND. PHOTO: BETH KENNEDY


THE WIND


» Winds are named for the direction from which they come, not the direction they blow.


» Te fastest winds on Earth were recorded when tropical cy- clone Olivia struck Australia’s Barrow Island in 1996, gusting at a mind-blowing 253 mph (408 km/h).


» Changing temperatures cause differences in air pressure. Air moves from areas of higher pressure to areas of lower pressure, creating wind.


» In 1999, Michael Jackson bought the 1939 Oscar for Best Film, awarded to Gone With Te Wind, for $1.5 million. But, frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.


» Te Earth’s rotation causes global-scale winds, a phenomenon called the Coriolis effect.


» Te strongest observed winds on a planet in our solar system occur on Neptune and Saturn—up to 890 mph (1,430 km/h). Tat’s faster than the speed of sound!


» Te saying “three sheets to the wind” originates in sailing. Sheets are lines—not sails—that are attached to the corners of sails; when left loose to blow in the wind, a ship rocks drunk- enly. Te irony isn’t lost on boozy sailors.


» Te Chinook, Harmattan, Haboob, Mistral, Sirocco, Pam- pero, Bora, Oroshi, Papagayo and Zonda are all names for different regional winds.


» Te Scorpions’ 1990 power ballad, Wind of Change, became an anthem for the fall of communism. For a tune better suited to a windswept ride in an ‘84 Camaro, try the same band’s Rock You Like a Hurricane.


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