Category Archives: Fun Facts

Staph Retreat?

You have probably heard how microbes become resistant to antibiotics.   At great expense, an antibiotic is developed, only to have germs (technical medical term) like staph become resistant in just a few years.  It’s happening so fast that it’s becoming uneconomical for drug companies to develop new medicines. I’ve just found an interesting NPR

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Autism in Early America

Many people consider autism to be a 20th-century disorder, but an article in the January-February 2016 issue of Smithsonian magazine presents surprising evidence that the condition is much older than that.  Entitled “Autism in Early America”, it outlines some possible early cases.  There was the Wild Boy of Aveyron, who walked naked out of a

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Are You Bored?

This is an obvious question with what seems to be an obvious answer — why do we get bored? Actually, it’s not that simple.  Researchers are studying how and why people get bored, and what the implications are.  For example, our economy would be much better off if everyone were fully engaged in their work.

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How Big Can Black Holes Grow?

If I were smart, I’d stay away from this one, because it gets complicated, but I just ran across this topic on the EarthSky News. The short answer to how big a black hole can get is 50 billion suns before the food that powers them crumbles into stars. (Like I said, it’s complicated.) The

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Happy Winter Solstice

It’s all downhill from here. The winter solstice   —  officially the first day of winter, although I have my own definition — is the shortest day and the longest night of the year.  Of course that’s in the Northern Hemisphere; in the Southern Hemisphere it’s just the reverse.  Depending upon your time zone, the

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Is It Christmas?

You never know what you’ll find on the Internet. The most unusual website I’ve ever found is It answers the question “Is it Christmas?” in a very direct way.  Be sure to check it on Christmas, although you will probably be disappointed.