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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 […]


Seeing Yellow

The colour yellow, when seen from a distance or when used with a dark background, is easiest to see, but when used alone, it is the most difficult color for eyes to process. Research has shown that people lose their tempers more often in yellow rooms and infants cry more when surrounded by yellow. (


Matisse’s Le Bateau

In 1961, Matisse’s Le Bateau (The Boat) hung upside-down for 47 days in the Museum of Modern Art, New York – none of the 116,000 visitors had noticed, including the art dealer Pierre Matisse, the artist’s own son.


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 […]


Van Gogh’s Red Vineyard

Vincent van Gogh was not a successful artist during his lifetime and sold only one painting while he was alive. “The Red Vineyard” created in 1888, was sold to impressionist painter Anna Boch for 400 francs a few months before his death. The painting was it was acquired by the famous Russian collector Sergei Shchukin, […]


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 […]



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 […]


Samoa Skips A Day To Shift Time Zone

Currently, the country of Samoa is the last to see the sun set every day. On December 30, 2011, Samoa (and neighbouring Tokelau islands) will shift its time zone forward by 24 hours in order to move in line with Australia and New Zealand.   Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi explained the change: “In […]


The Word “Set” Has 464 Possible Definitions

The English word that has the most definitions is “Set” which has 464 meanings in the Oxford English Dictionary. The word”Run” is a distant second, with 396. Other notable multiple meaning words  are “go” with 368, “take” with 343, “stand” with 334, “get” with 289, “turn” with 288, “put” with 268, “fall” with 264, and […]