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  • An Istory of the Letter H
    on Sep 17, 2013 in Interesting Facts words
      The English language was never really created, but rather cobbled together from various sources. It is a Frankenstein creation, stealing a bit from French here, tacking it on with Latin there, sprinkling in some German and whatever else. If yo...
  • Singing Lightning: One Million Volts of Music
    on Sep 16, 2013 in Interesting Facts music physics
      I witnessed a curious spectacle over the weekend. Lightning that sings. Or more appropriately stated: LIGHTNING!!! THAT SINGS!!!! It was orchestrated by Arc Attack, a rock band of engineers and physicists whose lead instrument is two towering...
  • What Is The Edge Of The Solar System?
    on Sep 13, 2013 in Interesting Facts space
      The big news from NASA is that their space exploration mission Voyager 1 has now passed into interstellar space. That means it has gone beyond the border of our own solar system… beyond the influence of our sun. They have been anticipati...
  • Angkor Wat, the Overlooked WonderAngkor Wat is a massive temple in Cambodia, built in the 12th century. The central tower reaches 213 meters high, literally towering over the so-called “Great Pyramid” at only 146 meters.  Correction: The central tower reaches 213 feet ...
  • The Shiny Side of Tinfoil
    on Oct 23, 2012 in Interesting Facts cooking
      Let’s just set the record straight right from the get-go. “Tinfoil” is an obsolete term, as there has been no tin in the foil since about 1926. The foil is made almost entirely of aluminum, which should probably be your favou...
  • Enlightenment Through The Double-Blind Test
    on Jul 18, 2012 in Interesting Facts deception
      It seems no matter how enlightened we become, the level of hokum in the world stays the same. In the dark ages you could not fault a person for believing that leeches and blood-letting could cure all ailments. The education just wasn’t a...
  • Smaller Plate Makes For Smaller Belly
    on Jul 17, 2012 in Interesting Facts food psychology
      The Delbouf illusion shows us that the perceived size of things can be manipulated by changing the size of nearby things. A person of average height would look tiny standing beside the 8 foot 11 inch Robert Wadlow. Not only would they look sma...
  • Gears, Sprockets, and Cogs In The Machine  It was in Medieval times when a toothed wheel used in machinery came to be known as a gear. This was the very beginning, when they were made of wood, and very large compared the the fine workings of a pocket watch. The technical function of...
  • Boxers or Briefs, the Historical ChoiceThe choice between boxers or briefs is one that has only been available for about 80 years. For the century prior, about 1830 on, the prevalent underwear for men was the “Union Suit”, or something you might call long-johns. A full-body fl...
  • How Colours Change In The Sun
    on Apr 4, 2012 in Interesting Facts
    Have you ever seen a t-shirt that changes colour when it is in direct sunlight? Or perhaps new colours become visible? Maybe you have some of those fancy prescription glasses that become tinted sunglasses as you step outside. All that falls under the...
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