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Inspirations: Strawberry Fields Forever

Strawberry Fields Forever written by John Lennon was inspired by Lennon’s memories of playing in the garden of a Salvation Army house named “Strawberry Field” near his childhood home in Woolton, a suburb of Liverpool. The house opened on 7 July 1936. The original house was later demolished and replaced with a smaller purpose-built home […]

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The Fax Machine was Invented Before the Telephone

Scottish inventor Alexander Bain worked on chemical mechanical facsimile type devices and in 1846 was able to reproduce graphic signs in laboratory experiments. Frederick Bakewell made several improvements on Bain's design and demonstrated the telefax machine. The Pantelegraph, was invented by the Italian physicist Giovanni Caselli. He introduced the first commercial telefax service between Paris […]

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Swearing: The Natural Pain Killer

Scientists from Keele University in the UK found that swearing can have a powerful painkilling effect, particularly for people who do not normally use profanities.   The study involved student volunteers who placed their hands in a bucket of ice cold water while swearing repeatedly. They then repeated the exercise but, instead of swearing, used […]

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Philematology – The Science of Kissing

Philematology is the study of kissing.  Anthropologists estimate that kissing is practiced by more than 90% of cultures in the world and by many animal species as well.  Scientist Sheril Kirshenbaum (The Science of Kissing), theorizes that humans’ earliest kisses were “delivered via the nose, the kind of “nuzzle-sniff” popular in Eskimo culture. Nose kisses […]

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Rousseau’s Jungles

Henri Rousseau is known for his scenes of exotic jungles and animals. In fact, Rousseau never left France. His paintings were based on images adapted from printed sources, and from visits to the Paris Natural History Museum, and the Jardin des Plantes, a botanical garden and zoo.

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Biology: Humans Have More Than 5 Senses

Humans have more than five senses. Although definitions vary, the actual number ranges from 9 to more than 20. In addition to sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing, which were the senses identified by Aristotle, other senses include temperature (thermoception), kinesthetic sense (proprioception), pain (nociception), balance (equilibrioception) and acceleration (kinesthesioception). What constitutes a sense is a […]

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Caravaggio’s Unruly Life

Revolutionary Baroque painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was infamous for his unruly life.  He was known for brawling and was arrested and imprisoned numerous times. In May of 1606, Caravaggio killed (possibly by accident) a man named Ranuccio Tomassoni.  Wanted for murder, he fled Rome for Naples. In 1610, believing he would be pardoned for […]

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The Koala’s Fingerprints

The koala is one of the few mammals (other than primates) that has fingerprints. Koala fingerprints are so similar to human fingerprints  that even with an electron microscope, it can be quite difficult to distinguish between the two. Source: Natural Science.com,  Wikipedia

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Syndromes: Foreign Accent Synrome

  Foreign accent syndrome (FAS) is speech disorder that causes a sudden change to speech so that a person speaks with a “foreign” accent.  The condition is usually occurs after damage to the brain caused by a stroke or traumatic brain injury. Other reported causes include multiple sclerosis and conversion disorder. In some cases no […]