April 29, 2013

Hostage Standoff Facts

  • The Mount Marathon Race is a foot race up and down Mt. Marathon in Seward, Alaska. The course is renowned for its scenery and waterfalls as well as its difficult inclines and loose rock.

  • According to the Mount Marathon Race website, the oldest finisher of the race was 82 years old.

  • It’s estimated that over one in three women have experienced domestic violence.

  • Domestic violence impacts children as well as adults. Children who have witnessed violence are more likely to attempt suicide and to have substance abuse problems.

  • To become sober after being intoxicated, the body’s liver needs time to process alcohol. While food helps slow down the body’s absorption of alcohol, it doesn’t cause a person to sober up.

  • Hunters sometimes use a 45-70 Magnum gun to shoot Kodiak bears. A unique subspecies of the brown or grizzly bear, Kodiak bears are the largest bears in the world.

  • The Mount Marathon Race course takes runners about a mile and a half up the mountain and then back down.

  • People who have guns in their homes are overall at a greater risk of dying from a homicide in the residence.

  • An estimated fifty percent of people respond to aggressive drivers with road rage, often cutting off the offending driver and making obscene gestures.

  • The annual Mount Marathon Race is only one event in Seward’s Fourth of July celebration. Thousands of visitors come to enjoy the fireworks, parades, food vendors and contests.

  • Around one-third of traffic crashes—and about two-thirds of the resulting deaths—are the result of overly aggressive driving. Speeding and improper passing are just two examples of aggressive driving.

  • Heroin is derived from morphine, a naturally-occurring opiate obtained from the seedpod of certain varieties of poppy plants.

  • In the U.S., the average first-time user of heroin is about 21 years old. While meth and cocaine use have declined, the use of heroin and opiate painkillers is on the rise.

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