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5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Reindeer

stuffed toy reindeer with tinsel and gold balls

I don’t know about you, but I don’t give reindeer a millisecond of thought until I start singing about Rudolph. However, this is Rudolph time and I found an incredibly fascinating fact about reindeer two years ago that has stuck in my mind. So I looked up a few more[…]

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Ra Paulette Digs Shrines in the Wilderness

top opening of Ra Paulette cave

I love serendipitous moments. Discovering the work of Ra Paulette was one such moment. Last week, I received an email notification of a New Mexico retreat by a writer whose work I follow. At a cost of $6,000 US for five days, not including airfare, the retreat will be happening[…]

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Would You Make a Good Chicken Sexer?

two white baby chicks against blurred green background

I’m betting you haven’t given a moment’s thought to how you would determine the sex of a baby chick. Most of us haven’t. But then, we don’t run large commercial hatcheries. The owners of commercial hatcheries invest their money in females who lay eggs for commercial sale. They need to[…]

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13 Fascinating Facts about Lost Person Behaviour

Tree tops as seen from below

Did you know that there are forty-one different types of people who get lost in forty-one different ways? Lost Person Behaviour is the science of knowing where to search for someone based on which of the forty-one profiles applies. The profiles were developed from a huge database of statistics gathered[…]

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What to Do with 100,000 Newspapers

stack of newspapers

What would you do with 100,000 newspapers? If you were a Swedish immigrant named Elis F. Stenman, you would build a house, a paper house. Stenman was a mechanical engineer who, in the early 1900’s, designed the machines that make paper clips. He was an inventive, curious guy, always doing[…]

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Why the Dandelion Crayon is No More

dandelion crayon and others

“Who are we going to color the sun with?” “Why would you do this? Wrong, wrong, wrong!” Those were some of the plaintive and angry tweets when Crayola announced that it was retiring the Dandelion crayon. The dandelion crayon is the thirteenth colour to be retired by Crayola. The first[…]

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Disorienting Upside Down Houses of the World

example of upside down houses

Imagine your house upside down. You would enter through the attic and climb the stairs to the ground floor. The roof would be partially buried in the ground, while the foundation would become your roof. Many upside down houses are built on a 6% or 7% tilt so they look like[…]

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Catatumbo Lightning: Our Most Electrifying Wow Note

Catatumbo lightning in a purple and black sky

It is unlikely that many of us will get to witness Catatumbo lightning firsthand. That’s a shame because Catatumbo lightning is world-renowned. It flashes over the mouth of the Catatumbo River where it empties into Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela. What’s So Special About Catatumbo Lightning? NASA has named Lake Maracaibo lightning[…]

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! 25 Fascinating Facts

Dr. Seuss truffula trees

Beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss was born 113 years ago today in Springfield, Massachusetts. Enjoy these 25 fascinating facts about the man and his work. By Any Other Name 1.  Stripped of his job as editor when caught drinking gin in his Dartmouth dorm room during Prohibition, Theodor (Ted) Seuss[…]

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