Category Archives: Fun Facts

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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The Creator of Mad Magazine

 Harvey Kurtzman , the creator of Mad magazine, was born in Brooklyn on October 3, 1924. As a youngster Kurtzman began drawing comics.  He even sent some “very bad” drawings to Walt Disney.  It wasn’t until he saw college humor magazines that he realized that was the style that best suited his talents. Kurtzman started

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Why Do Airplanes Still Have Ashtrays?

Since about 2000, smoking has been banned on virtually all airline flights.  Yet if you’ve flown recently, you’ll notice there are still illuminated “No Smoking” signs, there is a sign on the bathroom door, and below that sign is an ashtray.  Why? Have you every heard the saying “There’s always someone who doesn’t get the

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The Secrets To A Happy Marriage?

If I were smart, I wouldn’t touch this topic.  I’ve never even been married myself, but I can’t resist.  So, as a public service, I’m going to share some recent information on having a happy marriage.  Here goes — The title is “Underrated Qualities To Look For In A Spouse, According To Experts” by Kelsey

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Happy Birthday to Railroads

According to The Writer’s Almanac, September 27, 1825 was the beginning of the first steam-powered passenger railway service in England — “It brought together the work of George Stephenson, builder of coal mine steam engines, and Edward Pease, who wanted to build a delivery system to bring coal to the market towns of Darlington and

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