Archive for January, 2018

300 Year-Old Wishlist For Science

According to Kottke.org –

17th-century scientist Robert Boyle, one of the world’s first chemists and creator of Boyle’s Law, wrote out a list of problems he hoped could be solved through science. Since the list was written more than 300 years ago, almost everything on it has been discovered, invented, or otherwise figured out in some fashion. Here are several of the items from Boyle’s list (in bold) and the corresponding scientific advances that have followed:

Read the details HERE.

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Tamales Are At Home In Mississippi [video]

TIL – A Truel Is A Duel Among Three Participants

According to wikipedia –

A truel is a neologism for a duel among three opponents, in which players can fire at one another in an attempt to eliminate them while surviving themselves.

Continue reading HERE.

The Time the Oxford English Dictionary Forgot a Word

From Mental Floss –

When the complete edition of what would become the Oxford English Dictionary debuted in 1928, it was lauded as a comprehensive collection of the English language, a glossary so vast—and so thorough—that no other reference book could ever exceed its detail or depth. In total, the project took seven decades to catalogue everything from A to Z, defining a total of 414,825 words. But in the eyes of its editor James Murray, the very first volume of the dictionary was something of an embarrassment: It was missing a word.

Continue reading HERE.

Baby Colobus Monkey at The Saint Louis Zoo [video]

Migingo Island – Population 131

Migingo Island, located in Lake Victoria, near the Kenya-Uganda border, has a population of 131 on half an acre, and is home to “ four pubs, a number of brothels, and a pharmacy” – according to wikipedia.

Here is a 2014 post about a similar island in the Caribbean – Santa Cruz del Islote.

 

Inside One of The US’s Last Pencil Factories

According to the NY Times –

A pencil is a little wonder-wand: a stick of wood that traces the tiniest motions of your hand as it moves across a surface. I am using one now, making weird little loops and slashes to write these words. As a tool, it is admirably sensitive. The lines it makes can be fat or thin, screams or whispers, blocks of concrete or blades of grass, all depending on changes of pressure so subtle that we would hardly notice them in any other context.

Even as other factories have chased higher profit margins overseas, General Pencil has stayed put, cranking out thousands upon thousands of writing instruments in the middle of Jersey City.

Continue reading HERE.

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