Author Archives: Bob Welbaum

The Truth About State Flowers

What is you state flower?  Ours in Ohio is the scarlet carnation.  But maybe the more pertinent question is where did your state flower come from? I just ran across an article entitled “State Flowers’ Dirty Little Secret” in the October 19, 2015 issue of The Christian Science Monitor Weekly.  Most states  choose native species

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For the Advancement of Science

On September 20, 1848, the American Association for the Advancement of Science was founded in Philadelphia.  (http://www.aaas.org/)  Its purpose was to “procure for the labors of scientific men increased facilities and a wider usefulness.” This was actually a new concept, the term “scientist” having been used in England for the first time in 1833.  Of course,

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The Story of Otto Weidt

When we think of the Holocaust, we tend to focus on the number dead.  But there were a surprising number of resisters.  They were brave individuals who normally get forgotten by the history books.  It’s our duty to make sure they’re remembered. I’m sure you’ve heard of Oskar Schlindler and Raoul Wallenberg. Their cases have been

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Can Dishwashing Improve Mental Health?

I receive a daily email from the publishers of Time magazine, and this article caught my eye.  It reports on a new study that claims dishwashing can improve mental health by lowering stress levels… if done “mindfully”.  According to the report —   In the study, researchers at Florida State University had 51 students wash

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Dental Giants

Next to dinosaurs, the saber-tooth tigers are the probably the most interesting prehistoric creatures.  I found some facts about them in the October 2015 issue of Smithsonian magazine. Young tigers grew their trademark fangs at the rate of six millimeters a month, almost twice as fast as human fignernails.  But it still took at least

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