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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 […]


Why Is Bubble Gum Pink?

September 13, 2015

In 1928, Walter E. Diemer, an accountant for the Fleer Chewing Gum Company in Philadelphia, was experimenting with new gum recipes. One recipe was found to be less sticky than regular chewing gum, and stretched more easily. This gum became highly successful and was eventually named by the president of Fleer as Dubble Bubble because […]


Yes Harpies Are Real

September 12, 2015

Harpy Eagles are among the world’s largest and most powerful eagles. Their rear talons are about 3-4 inches long – the same size as a grizzly bear’s claws!  The harpy eagle is found primarily in South America, in countries like Brazil, Ecuador, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru, and northeast Argentina. The […]


Homo Naledi…The Missing Link…Some Say Maybe

September 11, 2015

Brace yourself: this discovery is huge. So huge that its profound implications will shake up our very own family tree. The University of Witwatersrand, in collaboration with National Geographic, is proud to announce a remarkable story of human heritage. The discovery of an early human ancestor that sits beautifully within our own genus of Homo. […]


Salar de Uyuni: The Largest Mirror in the World…Where Earth Touches Sky

September 10, 2015

Salar de Uyuni or the Uyuni Salt flats located in the dry desert region of Southern Bolivia. On regular sunny days it’s just a vast stretch of pure white nothingness. But just a little rainfall turns this place into the largest mirror in the world that seems to go on to infinity. Salar de Uyuni […]


Moby Dick…A Real Mean Whale

September 9, 2015

Most people nowadays would consider the idea of a vindictive whale taking revenge upon whalers as a ridiculous fiction. However, Herman Melville based his idea for Moby Dick on real events and a real whale named Mocha Dick. The event, which Melville read about, happened around 1820 when Mocha Dick hit and sunk an English […]


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