Category Archives: Fun Facts

What Is The Secret To Feeling Younger?

Now that I’m into my seventh decade, the simple question of how to feel younger is taking on a renewed urgency.  So the article “This May Be the Secret to Feeling Younger and Living Longer” by Jamie Ducharme quickly caught my eye ( http://time.com/5363984/how-to-feel-younger-aging/? ).  The answer may be simpler than you think. We really have

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Why Songs Get Stuck In Your Head

It’s happened to all of us (especially Disney collectors!).   You hear a song, or maybe a couple of bars, and it’s stuck in your head forever.  At least it seems like forever.  And it doesn’t have to be the actual song; it could simply be a memory trigger, like a movie poster. Your nemesis is

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The Counterfeit Aretha Franklin

While the music world mourns the death of Aretha Franklin, I was reminded of a recent story about a woman who was lured into impersonating the Queen of Soul. Mary Jane Jones of West Petersburg, Virginia was blessed with a remarkable voice and cursed with a difficult life.  Married at 19, her first husband died

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Watch Out For Charity Fraud

I try to support as many charities as I can, particularly with regard to veterans.  But unfortunately, one always has to do some “due diligence” before donating. One of the best sources I’ve found for checking a charity is the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance ( https://www.give.org/ ).  Recently I’ve received an email from

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How to Remember Names

One of my great social frustrations is an inability to remember names.  So I was intrigued when I saw an article entitled “Why You Forget Names Immediately — And How To Remember Them” by Jamie Ducharme. Why is remembering names so difficult?  According to the article, there could be several reasons.  The first might be

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What Will We Eat in the Future?

The world’s population continues to grow.  We have an estimated 7.4 billion people now, and could reach as high as 11.2 billion by the year 2100 ( https://ourworldindata.org/world-population-growth ).  Which leads to a number of questions, especially “What will we eat?” Don’t worry, someone is working on that.  An article entitled “5 High-Tech Foods You’ll Be

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How To Get People To Tell The Truth

You may have heard of the legend of Diogenes of Sinope, who supposedly wandered around ancient Greece, carrying a lantern and searching for an honest man ( https://www.ancient.eu/Diogenes_of_Sinope/).  And the search continues today. So how do you make sure people are telling you the truth?  Science says it simply depends on how you ask the question.

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Arranged Marriage as a Game

It’s always interesting to watch what happens when cultures combine.  For example, arranged marriages are common in some parts of the world. If you were from Pakistan and wanted to explain how marriages usually happen, how would you go about it?  How about a board game? Nashra Balagamwala was from Pakistan originally and now works

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On Kitchen Gadgets

Have you ever heard of the Miracle Slicer?  I thought it was great until it took a chunk  out of a little finger (anyone for red cucumbers?). Cooking the right way is hard and it seems like there are so many gadgets marketed to make it easier.  But if you’re like me, all they do

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