Category Archives: Fun Facts

On Pregnancy

I have been following the recent storyline about an unplanned pregnancy in the clever comic strip For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston (https://www.fborfw.com/) through our local newspaper. Of course, I have no idea what it’s like to be “with child.” All I know is the process ranges from sickness to discomfort to very

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Thank Sputnik for GPS

If you don’t believe good ideas can come from anywhere, here is some proof. On October 4, 1957 (when I was nine years old), the USSR launched Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite. To say this unexpected breakthrough shook up the U.S. scientific community would be an understatement. Two of those who took notice were

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Is The Secret To Staying Together Living Apart?

I’m certainly not an expert on relationships, so I’m always open to new ideas. But I was surprised to read “When living apart keeps you together” by Julia Sklar (https://www.curbed.com/2020/2/12/21133847/couples-living-apart-together-lat-benefits). Is this the secret to a healthy union? I have heard of couples separated because of work; a promising career sometimes comes before being together

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The Ultimate Oxymoron – A Living Funeral

Sometimes you have to read a headline twice to fully comprehend it. “‘Living Funerals’ Offer Wake-up Call Without Trauma” by Danae King (https://www.pressreader.com/usa/dayton-daily-news/20200206/281943134876311) is the most recent to catch my attention. Occasionally a funeral for someone believed deceased is a plot device in fiction; I recall the service the town gave Tom Sawyer and his

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How to Eat Healthier

If you’re wanting to eat healthier, but are having trouble resisting the allure of junk food, there is good news. A new study in the¬†Journal of Marketing Research says that being exposed to the scent of junk food for at least two minutes can help you make¬†healthier choices. It seems counter-intuitive, but this research suggests

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A Modern Good Samaritan

Suppose you were walking in your hometown and you came across a bundle of cash lying on the sidewalk. What would you think? For the past six or so years, residents of Blackhall Colliery, England haven’t known what to think. They have been finding neat packages of 20-pound notes, worth as much as $2,600, in

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The Hidden Trap in 2020

I’ve seen several warnings — when you write this year in a date, don’t abbreviate it. Sometimes it takes me a while to catch on, but now I understand. Simply writing “20” is an invitation to tampering. For example, you’ve just borrowed money. On the contract, you wrote the date as 1/8/20. If you miss

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