Category Archives: Fun Facts

Have You Heard About Zipper Merge?

When you are driving and come to a construction zone that requires traffic to merge out of a lane, what do you do? I usually merge into the first available open space.  Frankly, it’s always bothered me when people speed down the soon-to-be-closed lane despite the signage, then merge at the last possible minute.  That

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Bill Gates Meet Walt Disney

A couple of days ago, I heard on the radio that Bill Gates is planning to build a futuristic community.   As soon as I arrived home, I started researching.  According to the article “Bill Gates Invests $80 Million to Build Arizona Smart City” by Matt McFarland (http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/13/technology/future/bill-gates-smart-city-arizona/index.html), it sounds wonderful  — The community in Belmont

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How Not To Cook A Turkey

Of all the Founding Fathers, I think the most fascinating is Benjamin Franklin.  He was our first humorist, and in his day the best writer in the Colonies.  He was also an inquisitive scientist, perhaps best known for his experiments with electricity.  But recently I ran across a Ben Franklin story that I’m sure he

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Happy Birthday — Numbered Highways

On November 11, 2016, this country started something we take for granted every day — it established a highway numbering system.  This was described so well by an entry in The Writer’s Almanac that I’m just going to quote it verbatim —   In the early days of automobile travel, the federal government wasn’t involved

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The Sun Is Not Going Away

Remember when I wrote about dihydrogen monoxide, that dangerous chemical that should be banned because it causes thousands of deaths every year (http://www.dhmo.org/truth/Dihydrogen-Monoxide.html)?  (News flash: it’s water.  Think about it, two hydrogen and one oxygen.) I have another one for you.  There are several videos on YouTube claiming that, because of a conjunction between Venus

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The Moral Dilemmas of Self-Driving Vehicles

If you could save five lives for the cost of one person’s life, would you?  What about saving five lives by murdering one person?  These are thought-provoking moral dilemmas explored in the podcast “Driverless Dilemma” on the National Public Radio show Radiolab, which was originally broadcast on September 26, 2017.   Most people say “yes” to

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