Category Archives: Fun Facts

News From the World of Astronomy

Recently I’ve run across some interesting facts (at least to me) that put the scale of our world in fresh perspective. Astronomers Have Found The Most Distant Solar Object (Yet) We’ve found a new object in the Solar System. It’s small, lies more than 100 times our distance from the sun, and takes 1000 years

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It All Started With Marilyn

It’s a shame Twitter didn’t exist in the 1950s, because #MeToo would’ve started a lot earlier. As far back as January 1953, an issue of Motion Picture and Television Magazine included an interesting article entitled “Wolves I Have Known.”  Not only was the title eye-catching, but it was written by someone who was just getting

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How To Improve Memory

If you’re like me and have trouble remembering important things in your life, even when you write yourself notes, there is a scientific way to fix that. Draw a picture. According to a study published in the journal Experimental Aging Research, drawing forces your brain to process visual information.  This translates the meaning into an

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The Colors of Christmas

Have you ever wondered why red and green are considered Christmas colors? I didn’t until I read “How Red and Green Became the Colors of Christmas” by Rachel E. Greenspan ( http://time.com/5467060/red-green-christmas-colors/? ).  The article quotes Arielle Eckstut, author of The Secret Language of Color:“There is no definitive history, per se.” Eckstut discovered that holly, with

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When Animals Crack the Code

For those who need a lighthearted story — Rocco is an African grey parrot who had to be removed from an animal sanctuary because he swore too much.  But what really makes him special is his mastery of technology. He has learned to talk to Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa.  He interacts with Alexa up to

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Our Celestial Neighborhood

I’ve always been interested in astronomy, although it’s hard to observe the skies in a suburban environment due to the light pollution.  But even though I can’t see that much, I know there’s a lot more out there than literally meets the eye. Our local address is in the Milky Way galaxy, and you’ve probably

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How Do You Mend a Broken Heart?

Something interesting you may have noticed during the press coverage of the death of President George H.W. Bush — he died less than eight months after the death of his beloved wife Barbara.  You may also recall actress Debbie Reynolds dying a day after her daughter Carrie Fisher in 2016.  Is this unusual? Not really. 

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A Lesson in Cultural Diversity

What is the most culturally diverse city?  Some say it’s Amsterdam, with about 178 different cultures.   London  can make a strong claim for second, with approximately a third of its population foreign-born.   The  most diverse city in the U.S. would be Los Angeles, rated third in the world, with an estimated 86 languages spoken by

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