Category Archives: Fun Facts

How Did The Alligator Cross The Road?

No, this is not a joke. Animals of many species cross our highways, frequently with tragic results. There are over one million collisions between vehicles and large animals each year in this country. The predictable result is hundreds of deaths to both us and the animals, not to mention property damage running into the billions

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Do We Need Maple Syrup Alternatives?

There are some aspects of our lives that we always take for granted. For example, having maple syrup, which was first made by the Indigenous peoples of North America long before Europeans arrived. Its availability has made it a breakfast staple, as well as being an important part of the economies of the Northeastern United

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Floating Solar Parks? Seriously?

How does your energy generation go green when you have a limited amount of land, and much of that is below sea level? You can design a floating solar park! The obvious candidate for such an innovation is The Netherlands. And they’ve done it! Trust the Dutch to think outside the box. The Dutch company

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There Used To Be A Woman In Your Beer

Song of the Witches — from Shakespeare’s Macbeth Double, double toil and trouble;Fire burn and caldron bubble.Fillet of a fenny snake,In the caldron boil and bake;Eye of newt and toe of frog,Wool of bat and tongue of dog,Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing,For a charm of powerful trouble,Like a hell-broth boil and

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What You Don’t Want To Know About Plastic

Are you tired of hearing about the evils of plastic? I hope not, because there is some new research (and it’s not very good news). When large plastic items like food containers break down, they tend to form microplastics: Small pieces less than five millimeters long.  These pieces are so minute they end up everywhere. Consequently,

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Ghosts of Fukushima

Do you believe in ghosts? Recall the nuclear disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant in 2011 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fukushima_Daiichi_nuclear_disaster). Particularly hard-hit was the city of  Ishinomaki, with 3,097 deaths and 2,770 residents missing.  In 2016, Yuka Kudo, a graduate student in sociology at Tohoku Gakuin University, traveled to Ishinomaki and began asking taxi drivers,  “Did you

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Who’s Afraid of Tomatoes?

Tomatoes are an important part of our modern diet. From catsup to soup to sauce to salsa, they pop up in many places. A New World discovery, tomatoes originally grew as wild plants in the Andes Mountains. They were eaten by the Aztecs as early as 700 AD. Today they are grown in thousands of

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Why We Kiss

This is a bit late for Valentine’s Day, sorry, but it’s still news worth sharing. Have you ever wondered why we kiss? Logically, it doesn’t make sense; mouth-to-mouth contact is a great way to spread germs, which would seem more of a danger to the species than the pleasure of the contact. So there must

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