Category Archives: Fun Facts

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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What Is A Dementia Village?

We’re living longer and longer.  This is true of the entire Western world, where taking care of the elderly is becoming a major concern.  When I was in Japan a few years ago, I noticed all the elevators had places to sit.  This care is compounded by the decline in mental function among many.  According

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Happy Fall Equinox

Today is the official start of Fall (or Autumn), because it’s the Equinox.   Google says the Autumn Equinox comes at exactly 4:02 pm EDT on September 22nd.  Equinox, since it’s derived from the word “equal”, means daylight and nighttime are exactly the same.  But like everything in this world, it’s complicated. According to EarthSky, there

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Why Do Newborn Babies Smell Good?

You’ve heard of the “new car smell”?  There is also a new baby smell, especially around the head area.  Many friends and family members have talked about how they love to smell newborn babies.  The experience is so universal that it makes you wonder, could there be a reason for it? Yes, there could.  The

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Happy Birthday Scotch Tape

On September 8, 1930, the 3M Company in St. Paul Minnesota began selling Scotch tape.  The product began with an employee, Richard Drew, who thought up a way to coat strips of cellophane with adhesive.  It started as “Cellophane Tape,”  but then during testing as a masking tape, a strip popped off an automobile at

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A Novel Way To Reduce Stress

Did you ever wish you were someone else?  There is new evidence that such wishes may be the key to reducing stress in your life. An article “To De-stress, Try Talking About Yourself in the Third Person” by Breena Kerr reports on some new research into this area. In a study recently published in the

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Happy Birthday — Supermarket

Picture grocery shopping about a hundred years ago.   A customer handed a list of wanted items to a clerk, who disappeared to find everything, then came back to calculate the bill.  There must be a better way. A former clerk named Clarence Saunders thought so, too.  On September 6, 1916, he opened the first self-service

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