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Urban Myths: Humans Use Only 10% of Their Brains

The idea that humans only make use of 10% of their brains is widely perpetuated in popular culture. This concept that large areas of the brain remain unused however is unfounded. While there are still numerous mysteries about how brain cells work together,  every part of the brain has a known function.   Possible origins […]

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Misconceptions: Sushi Does Not Mean “Raw Fish”

  It’s a common misconception that sushi literally means “raw fish”.  However the word actually refers to the vinegared rice used in the popular Japanese dish.    Sumeshi (sushi rice) is prepared with gently folded rice and a rice vinegar, salt, and sugar mixture.Traditionally, sushi is topped by raw fish, cooked seafood, fish roe, egg, […]

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The First Television Commercial

The first television advertisement was broadcast in the United States on July 1, 1941. The watchmaker Bulova paid $9 for a placement on New York station WNBT before a baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies. The 20-second spot displayed a picture of a clock superimposed on a map of the United States, […]

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Aquagenic Urticaria: Water Allergy

Aquagenic urticaria, also known as water urticaria and aquagenous urticaria, is a very rare skin disorder that causes a painful reaction to the body when in contact with water. The condition usually causes the skin to itch and burn after being exposed to water of any kind. The skin may develop hives which are itchy, […]

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Isms: Absurdism

Absurdism is a school of philosophical thought based on the belief that the universe is irrational and meaningless and that the search for order brings the individual into conflict with the universe. As a philosophy, it also explores the fundamental nature of the Absurd and how individuals, once becoming conscious of the Absurd, should react […]

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Carolyn Keene: Who Really Wrote Nancy Drew?

Carolyn Keene is the pseudonym of the author(s) of the Nancy Drew mystery stories and The Dana Girls mystery stories, both produced by the Stratemeyer Syndicate. First published in 1930, Mildred Wirt Benson and Harriet Adams (Stratemeyer’s daughter) are often credited as the primary writers of Nancy Drew books. They were initially paid $125 for […]

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English Language: Ough

English orthography is the alphabetic spelling system used by the English language. Like other alphabetic orthographies, it uses a set of habits to represent speech sounds in writing. In most other languages, these habits are regular enough so that they may be called rules. In standard English spelling, however, nearly every sound is spelled in […]

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Pablo Picasso’s Full Name

Pablo Picasso’s full name was Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso. He was named after various saints and relatives. The “Picasso” is actually from his mother, Maria Picasso y Lopez. His father is named Jose Ruiz Blasco. Read […]

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Smart Celebs: Dr. Mayim Bialik (aka) Amy Farrah Fowler

Mayim Bialik is best known for her portrayal of the young Bette Midler in 1989′s “Beaches” and went on to star in the popular sitcom “Blossom” from 1990-1994.   Bialik plays neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler on the hit TV show The Big Bang Theory. Ironically, Bialik holds a real PhD in Neuroscience from UCLA, specializing […]