Who Designed The American Flag?

Betsy Ross (1752 – 1836) is widely credited with making the first American flag however, there is little historical evidence to prove that the story is true.   According to the traditional account, the original flag was made on July 4, 1776, when a small committee including George Washington and relative George Ross visited Betsy and […]


All 27 Moons of Uranus are Named After Shakespeare & Alexander Pope Characters

Uranus has 27 known moons. The names for these moons were all chosen from characters from the works of Shakespeare and Alexander Pope. The five main satellites are Miranda, Ariel, Umbriel, Titania and Oberon. The full list of moons are:   Alexander Pope The Rape of the Lock: Ariel, Umbriel, Belinda  William Shakespeare: A Midsummer […]


The Science of a New Year’s Resolution

It’s that time again – the infamous New Year’s Resolution. Whether it be to lose weight, pay off debts, be nicer to our mother-in-law, most of us have set goals for the coming year. Yet research shows that about 88% of all resolutions end in failure. Recent neuroscience studies explain why we tend to fail […]


Physics: E = mc<sup>2</sup> Explained

Most people have heard of Einstein’s famous equation: E = mc2.  But how many of us really understand on even a basic level what it means?   PBS’ NOVA explains “energy = mass times the speed of light squared” in “relatively” layman’s terms: “On the most basic level, the equation says that energy and mass […]


Brown Eggs vs. White Eggs: What’s The Difference?

Brown eggs are often marketed as healthier than white eggs. But is there any substance to this claim? The short answer is no. The colour of the eggshell is determined solely by the colour of the chicken laying the egg and the nutritional value of both eggs are almost identical.   So why the perceived […]


Inventions: Duct (Duck) Tape

Developed in 1942 during World War II by Permacel, formerly a division of Johnson & Johnson, duct tape, (aka duck tape), is a pressure sensitive tape often sealed with polyethylene.  The water resistant rubber-based adhesive tape was used used on ammunition cases and to repair military equipment (firearms, jeeps, aircraft) on the fly.   The […]



Movies: Fight Club’s Copyright Warning

After the copyright warning, there is another warning on the DVD. This warning is from Tyler Durden, and is only there for a second. “If you are reading this then this warning is for you. Every word you read of this is useless fine print is another second off your life. Don’t you have other […]


Picasso vs. Braque: Who Can Tell the Difference?

From 1909 – 1914, Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso worked closely together daily to develop Cubism. Both artists produced paintings of monochromatic color and complex patterns now called Analytic Cubism. By 1911 their styles were extremely similar and during this time, it was virtually  impossible to distinguish one from the other.


QUIXOTRY: Highest Scoring Scrabble Word

On October 12, 1996 in the basement of a Unitarian church on the town green in Lexington, Massachusetts , the record for the highest scoring word in a Scrabble game was scored. Michael Cresta’s word QUIXOTRY (meaning a rash and impractical act; a back formation originating from the name Don Quixote), used all seven letters […]