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  • When Someone Is Really "Axe"-ing For It

    When Someone Is Really “Axe”-ing For It

    When Man first got off all fours and started picking things up, he learned to defend himself with whatever came to hand. He might have thrown a piece of wood, or a rock. Either by accident or experimentation, Man ended up tying a rock to a piece of wood, and he had the first axe, […] More

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  • The Wasp That Stings Underwater

    The Wasp That Stings Underwater

    They are the most dangerous marine creatures alive, responsible for more deaths than the combined victims of stonefish, sharks and crocodiles. They are sea wasps, or more commonly, the Box Jellyfish, which is found in the region of northern Australia and the Indo-Pacific. The Box Jellyfish has a slightly more defined body than other species, […] More

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  • Brain Bits


    Brain Bits

    The Roman Doctrine of Signatures stated that whereas the meat of the walnut had the shape of a human brain, it would be useful in treating any ailments having to do with the head. Later in Medieval times, they were thought to cause headaches, also because of their shape. The bigger the brain, the brighter? […] More

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  • A Mouse Tale

    A Mouse Tale

    Mickey Mouse is perhaps the most recognizable rodent in the world, despite the fact that he has undergone more than a few transformations. The zippy little mouse wearing red shorts, is the flagship character for Walt Disney Studios, having first been conceived and drawn into life by animator Ub Iwerks in 1928. Walt Disney himself […] More

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  • Dying To Move

    Dying To Move

    When the nation was young, and the land unsettled, people were pretty much buried where they died, whether it was in a city, along the trail, or on the family homestead. But all that changed in California, in the late 1800s. The Gold Rush, along with other prosperous opportunities had brought an influx of people […] More

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  • Divorce Details

    Divorce Details

    Generally when couples divorce, the details you get are the “dirty laundry” kind. Every last miniscule scrap of who did what to whom and why. But gosh, there is a larger picture here to Splitsville, and this is just some of what you may not know. The countries with the lowest rate of divorces, per […] More

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  • Don't Sweat It

    Don’t Sweat It

    That is, if you’re a woman. Because women’s bodies can regulate the way in which they sweat, better. That means they take longer to heat up to the sweating point, and accumulate, sweat less than men. Sweating is the human body’s way of cooling off. In hot weather, the capillaries in your skin expand, bringing […] More

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  • The Wondrous Waters Of Niagara Falls

    The Wondrous Waters Of Niagara Falls

    Most people tend to think of the horseshoe shaped phenomenon as Niagara Falls, when in fact the Falls is a grouping of three such sights including Horseshoe, American and Bridal Veil Falls. Technically speaking, the Falls themselves are not as deep as they appear, due to the rock formations at the bottom, which are the […] More

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  • The Tooth About Alligators

    The Tooth About Alligators

    When it comes to really big lizards, people often confuse the alligator with crocodiles. Two of the easiest ways to tell them apart, has to do with their location and their teeth. Alligators are a freshwater creature, and can be found in rivers and ponds, inland. Crocodiles prefer the brackish, dank semi-salt content of coast […] More

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  • They "Fonda" Their Name In a Movie

    They “Fonda” Their Name In a Movie

    Duran Duran, the UK band that changed members more often than they changed their socks, actually got their name from the highly overrated and thankfully underwatched Jane Fonda movie, “Barbarella”, which also happened to be the name of a favorite club in Birmingham. In this lamentable science fiction film, the character of Duran Duran, was […] More

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  • Dwarfed By Their Names

    Dwarfed By Their Names

    It was a kinder, gentler world, when Walt Disney Studios released the classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in 1937. And thank heavens for that trend. It meant that the creative geniuses at the studio, had to surrender some of their first names they came up with for the seven little woodsmen, including: Awful, […] More

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  • Dying For A Nap

    Dying For A Nap

    A night of interrupted sleep, is annoying. A couple of nights running, and your energy starts to lag. Continuous lack of sleep will then start breaking down your ability to concentrate, solve problems, and make decisions. Being cranky is one thing, but long-term sleep deprivation has proven to be a significant factor in health problems. […] More

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