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Assumptions: The “Forbidden Fruit” is an Apple

The “forbidden fruit” mentioned in the Book of Genesis is commonly assumed to be an apple, and is often depicted in Western art, but the Bible never identifies what type of fruit it is. The fruit may have been depicted as an apple due to a dual meaning of  the Latin word malum, a noun […]

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Famous Last Words: Mohandas Gandhi

On 30 January 1948, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (also called Mahatma which in Sanskrit means “Great Soul”)  was shot while walking to a platform to address a prayer meeting. His assassin, Nathuram Godse,  a Hindu nationalist with links to the extremist Hindu Mahasabha,  held Gandhi responsible for weakening India by insisting upon a payment to Pakistan.Godse and […]

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The Science of Pop Rocks Candy

  Pop Rocks Candy is like other hard candy made from sugar, lactose (milk sugar) corn syrup, and flavouring. The trick to the “popping” lies in its carbon dioxide processing.  The ingredients are heated together and boiled. The hot sugar mixture is mixed with carbon dioxide gas at about 600 pounds per square inch (PSI). […]

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Astronauts Grow Taller In Space

While astronauts are in space they gain anywhere from 1-2 inches in height. This is because in microgravity (without the force of gravity),  the spinal column straightens out, and looses it normal curvature. Astronauts often have backaches, which, it is thought, are caused by relaxation of the muscles and ligaments of the back. Back on […]

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The Original 7Up Contained Lithium

7 Up was created by Charles Leiper Grigg, who launched his St. Louis-based company The Howdy Corporation in 1920. Grigg came up with the formula for a lemon-lime soft drink in 1929. The product, originally named “Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda”, was launched two weeks before the Wall Street Crash of 1929. It contained lithium citrate, […]

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The Casanova Pattern: The Link Between Finger Length & Testosterone

 Recent scientific studies have shown that the ratio between the index and ring finger may be linked to exposure to the male hormone testosterone in the womb. On average, men tend to have longer ring fingers and women longer index fingers. The higher the testosterone, the greater the length of the ring finger and the […]

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Epic Failures: Ford Edsel

Originally called the “E car” (experimental car), the Ford Edsel was eventually named after Edsel B. Ford, son of founder, Henry Ford and was manufactured and sold between 1958 and 1960.  The Edsel was introduced with considerable publicity on “E Day”—September 4, 1957 That and other promotional efforts were not enough to counter the adverse […]

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Politics & War: Doomsday Clock

The Doomsday Clock is a symbolic clock face, maintained since 1947 by the board of directors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at the University of Chicago. The clock was initially set to seven minutes to midnight (11:53pm) and has been adjusted 27 times since its inception. The closer the clock is to midnight, […]

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Unabomber: How Ted Kaczynski Got His Name

From 1978 to 1995 Ted Kaczynski, aka the “Unabomber”, sent 16 mail bombs to universities and airlines, killing three people and injuring 23. UNABOM (UNiversity and Airline BOMber) was the code name given to his case by the FBI which resulted in the media calling him the Unabomber.  U.S. Postal Inspectors, who initially investigated the […]