Category Archives: Fun Facts

The Latest in Designer Food

I was catching up on newspaper reading recently when a headline caught my eye — Behold the ‘Impossible Whopper’. It seems the fast-food chain Burger King has a beefless sandwich. Although limited in availability now, the goal is to offer it in all outlets if well received (https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2019/04/16/burger-king-adopts-fake-meat.aspx). This headline especially jumped out at me

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How to Think Like a Billionaire

I just found an article I had to read — “6 things successful people like Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos do on weekends to make their Mondays more productive” by Benjamin Spall (https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/29/what-successful-people-like-bill-gates-and-jeff-bezos-do-on-weekends.html?). I’m sure we’d all like to be as successful as Bill Gates. So what is the secret? I’ll list them for you,

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The Secret to Aging Gracefully? Get a Pet

New data from the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging contains some information you’ve probably suspected — pets help you stay in good health as you age. This survey collected data from about 2,000 U.S. adults from ages 50 to 80. Fifty-five percent of respondents said they owned at least one pet, with dogs

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What Is The Appendix Good For?

All of my life, I have been taught that the appendix in our digestive system served no function. Perhaps it was useful a long time ago if our ancestors ate grass? But lately, like the last few thousand years, it’s been the poster organ for something that could do us more harm than good. But

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The passage of Time and Aging

Early in my life, time seemed to pass slowly, but now everything since about age 40 has been one big blur. I’ve always assumed it’s because I have lots of years with lots of memories, but recently I’ve read that the reason why time seems to go by faster and faster is not because of

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Don’t Sneeze With Your Eyes Open

Some topics simply can’t be ignored. Like why you close your eyes when you sneeze. No one knows for sure, but there are two theories. Remember that a sneeze is a forceful expulsion of germ-filled air from your nose and mouth. So the first reason to close your eyes is to protect those delicate organs

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What is Misophonia?

Almost everyone can be distracted by certain noises, like foot tapping. But for some people, these noises can cause them to feel like they’re going insane. This condition is called misophonia — intense emotion induced by highly specific sounds. These sounds are usually very ordinary, like mouth sounds, and the cause is unknown. “Chewing is

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Electrical Bacteria

The natural world never ceases to amaze me. This is especially true of the the single-celled organisms around us. For example, on March 5, 2019, scientists at Washington State University described the first collection of a type of bacteria that eats and breathes electricity. The site was the Heart Lake Geyser Basin area of Wyoming’s

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