Category Archives: Fun Facts

Thinking Like A Honeybee

Consider the lowly honeybee. The typical worker bee lives about six weeks in summer and twenty weeks in winter. Most of this time is spent gathering nectar to make honey. But with a small body size and a short lifespan, each individual bee’s contribution is minuscule. According to beekeeper Marianne Gee in Ottawa, Canada, “a

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The Self-Driving Cruise?

You’ve heard of self-driving cars. What could come next? How about self-driving ships? In December, 2018, two vessels in the North Sea were sailing without crews. Don’t worry, they were under complete control, although from thousands of miles away. This is going to be a sea change in shipping (pardon the pun) in terms of

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Hiring the Autistic

In my career as a substitute teacher, I’ve worked with many special-needs students. So I’m always interested in positive stories about people with special needs. Like this one — In 2007, German businessman Dirk Müller-Remus learned one of his children had autism at the age of 14. As he adjusted to this knowledge, he visited

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How To Raise Resilient Kids

I’m no expert on child rearing. But being a substitute school teacher at all levels does give me an interest in the subject. So I’m always looking for good information about children’s behavior, and I’ve found something I think is worth passing on. Amy Morin, LCSW, a psychotherapist and the author of 13 Things Mentally Strong

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When We Have To Leave This Planet

Eventually, we’re going to have to leave this planet. Sometime, in the next billion or so years, our sun’s radiation output will make this planet uninhabitable (https://www.universetoday.com/25367/how-long-will-life-survive-on-earth/ ). What will we do? Fortunately, we have some time to consider our options. In the (comparative) short term, we could stay within our solar system. Perhaps we

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Pictures in the Stars

If you ever look heavenward, you know that people have found pictures in the stars for thousands of years.   I think most of us can recognize a few, like Orion the Hunter, with his three-star belt, and the Big Dipper (actually part of Ursa Major, the Great Bear). But I hadn’t realized how many constellations

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How To Fight a Lazy Husband

As #MeToo is proving, women are becoming empowered all over the world.  I have just read of another example, this time in Africa.  Although I hesitate to repeat this for fear of publicizing radical ideas, this story is too good to ignore.  So here goes (and I’ll start with a direct quote, so nobody thinks

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The Most Successful Ethnic Group?

For those of you who think the American Dream is dead, I have good news.  The most successful ethnic group in the country very well may be Nigerian-Americans. As more recent arrivals, their numbers are not large; in 2015 the Nigerian-American population was 376,000, according to the Rockefeller Foundation–Aspen Institute.  And they’ve had to battle

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