Author Archives: Bob Welbaum

Why Do Newborn Babies Smell Good?

You’ve heard of the “new car smell”?  There is also a new baby smell, especially around the head area.  Many friends and family members have talked about how they love to smell newborn babies.  The experience is so universal that it makes you wonder, could there be a reason for it? Yes, there could.  The

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A Lesson From The Great Sausage Duel

Have you ever heard about The Great Sausage Duel of 1865?  It’s not completely obscure, with 426 hits on Google.  The incident is described in a 2014 article on the “Skulls in the Stars” website (https://skullsinthestars.com/2014/11/01/the-great-sausage-duel-of-1865/ ). The two protagonists are the Minister President of Prussia Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898) and Rudolf Virchow (1821-1902), who

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Happy Birthday Scotch Tape

On September 8, 1930, the 3M Company in St. Paul Minnesota began selling Scotch tape.  The product began with an employee, Richard Drew, who thought up a way to coat strips of cellophane with adhesive.  It started as “Cellophane Tape,”  but then during testing as a masking tape, a strip popped off an automobile at

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A Novel Way To Reduce Stress

Did you ever wish you were someone else?  There is new evidence that such wishes may be the key to reducing stress in your life. An article “To De-stress, Try Talking About Yourself in the Third Person” by Breena Kerr reports on some new research into this area. In a study recently published in the

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Happy Birthday — Supermarket

Picture grocery shopping about a hundred years ago.   A customer handed a list of wanted items to a clerk, who disappeared to find everything, then came back to calculate the bill.  There must be a better way. A former clerk named Clarence Saunders thought so, too.  On September 6, 1916, he opened the first self-service

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History Repeats Itself Again

I’ve been following the recent news about the so-called “Dreamer” program, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative that President Obama created by executive order late in his administration, and the actions the Trump administration are taking to undo the program.  As such, I ran across an item that suggests this is not the

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