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cable. If he did not brake soon enough, the mo mentum was so great that he would slam into a tree on the other side of the river. Milton E. Ballard Tucson, Arizona Praying Mantis A most interesting article by Edward S. Ross in your February 1984 issue. There is one point, however, where I can prove him wrong. He states that the mantis never takes its intended victim in flight. I noticed a large green mantis munching a bee held in its left arm. Bees started circling at high speed around the mantis. And then it happened .... With its right arm it struck out at lightning speed and had a bee in its right arm. It calmly turned its attention to bee number one, polished it off, and started on its new victim. J. J. Wiehahn Upington, South Africa West Texas On page 222 in the February 1984 issue, it states that "Turkey vultures like to sun themselves in the heat of the day." Any old turkey buzzard knows they are not sunning themselves, but are cooling themselves by facing into the wind, al lowing the heat to dissipate as the breeze blows over the exposed skin under their wings. Javon P. Stanley Dallas, Texas Turkey vultures, say ornithologists, do lift their wings to let the heat dissipateorto dry themselves in the sun after bathing. Silk Thank you for the beautiful and informative arti cle "Silk, the Queen of Textiles" (January 1984). Although the photograph on page 18 shows the fine skill required to embroider the cat on a sheer panel, I witnessed an even more amazing skill shown by a Chinese woman during the Chinese Exhibit at the Ontario Science Centre in Toron to. The artist was doing double-image embroi dery, which she had invented in 1980, whereby on one side of a panel she might embroider the image of a tiger, but on the other side it would ap pear as a monkey. It takes her one year to com plete one such double image. Maria Zaremba Agincourt, Ontario Letters shouldbe addressedto Members Forum, National Geographic Magazine, Box 37448, Washington, D. C. 20013, and should include sender's address and telephone number. Not all letters can be used. Those that are will often be edited and excerpted. Members Forum Whirlpool do-it-yourself manuals: The handyperson's dream. Whirlpool knows that more and more homeowners are getting into do-it-yourself repair. We know because about one-third of the more than 200,000 calls we receive annually on our toll-free 24-hour Cool-Line® service* are questions on do-it-yourself repair of home appliances. So far, our Cool-Line service consultants have done a great job. But because we want to do more, Whirlpool is now offering a series of do-it-yourself repair manuals that can make the work even easier. Full of illustrations and information, these manu als are designed to be a visual and written reference tool when making a repair. Our automatic washer manual, for example, carefully guides the consumer through 53 separate repair procedures for most Whirlpool automatic washers built over the last ten years. There is also a manual avail able for repairing our dryers. And soon to come, repair manuals for our refrigerators, dishwashers and ranges. All of our inexpensive manuals are available through Whirlpool dealers, parts distributors or Tech-Care® service com panies. Or can be obtained by writing to the Literature Department, Whirlpool Parts Distribution Center, LaPorte, Indiana 46350. *Call800-253-1301. In Alaska andHawaii, 800-253-1121 . In Michigan, 800-632-2243. Whirlpol Home Appliances Making your world a little easier.