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The Appendix…Good Or Evil?

September 23, 2015

The appendix gets a bad press.    It is usually treated as a body part that lost its function millions of years ago. All it seems to do is occasionally get infected and cause appendicitis. Far from being an organ of evil, it serves a very useful function – by acting as a safe house […]


Around The World In 175 Days…Really

September 22, 2015

In 1924, four Douglas World Cruisers and eight American crewmen set out from Seattle to attempt the first around-the-world flight. 175 days later three of the aircraft completed the flight. Nine years later, another American did it in only 7 days! The trip took 175 days, covering over 27,553 miles. On April 6, 1924, the four […]


Garde a l’eau!

September 21, 2015

The assumption that Crapper invented the flushing toilet in untrue. The device was created by Sir John Harington, a courtier of Elizabeth I, who had a ‘john’ built at the palace. It was developed by Alexander Cummins, whose device allowed a modicum of water to remain in the bowl to prevent seepage from the sewers. […]


What was the Age of Discovery?

September 20, 2015

The Age of Discovery was a period of European global exploration that started in the early 15th century with the first Portuguese discoveries in the Atlantic archipelagos and Africa, as well as the discovery of the Americas by Castile in 1492, and the Portuguese discovery of the ocean route to the East in 1498, and […]


Olive Oil Can Be Used For Most Everything

September 19, 2015

Traditionally, olive oil, a yellow to greenish vegetable oil, was produced by crushing olives in mortars or beam presses. Modern processing involves mixing a ground olive paste with water, and extracting the oil using a centrifuge. The olive tree is native to the Mediterranean basin, where olive oil has been used for millennia as lighting […]


Blowing Up The Moon…A Bad Idea….Really

September 18, 2015

At the height of the space race, the U.S. considered detonating an atom bomb on the moon as a display of America’s Cold War muscle. The secret project, innocuously titled ‘A Study of Lunar Research Flights’ and nicknamed ‘Project A119,’ was never carried out. Military officials apparently abandoned the idea because of the danger to […]


Moon Facts

September 17, 2015

The Moon (or Luna) is the Earth’s only natural satellite and was formed 4.6 billion years ago around some 30–50 million years after the formation of the solar system. The dark side of the moon is a myth:  In reality both sides of the Moon see the same amount of sunlight however only one face […]


“Nunna daul Tsuny” “on the trail where they cried”

September 16, 2015

Feathers mean a lot to Native American Tribes.  A feather isn’t just something that falls out of a bird, it means much more.  The feather symbolizes trust, honor, strength, wisdom, power, freedom and many more things. To be given one of these is to be hand picked out of the rest of the men in the […]


How Did The Football Get It’s Shape?

September 15, 2015

 The football was never truly designed, it just sort of happened. The football that bounces erratically all over a field and can fly through air in a perfect spiral is not, in fact, the product of high design. At least not initially. Rather, it’s the result of a leaky sphere and some lazy inflaters. Initially, football […]


Bizzarre Insects….Somehow Beautiful…Really

September 14, 2015

There are more than one million different species of insect on the planet—that we know of—which accounts for over half the world’s living organisms.  Here are ten insects stranger than anything science fiction could ever dream up: The Puss Moth Caterpillar:  The caterpillars are bright green and will often have a row of white spots on […]


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