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James Cameron Sets the Record Straight

Sure, Jack could’ve fit onto that same plank that Rose was floating on in the freezing North Atlantic. Now James Cameron himself responds to the meme and explains how that didn’t make any difference to the story. “It’s not a question of room; it’s a question of buoyancy.  Jack puts Rose on the raft, then he [...]

Thomas Edison’s Eccentric Job Interview Questions — A Cheat Sheet

© Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS Thomas Edison had an encyclopedic memory, and by the early 1920s, he had become increasingly frustrated by the fact that college graduates applying to work for him didn’t have a wealth of knowledge comparable to his own. To test the mental mettle of incoming job seekers, he administered to each a series of [...]

Why Do People Say “Holy Mackerel”?

Stephanie and her curious two-year-old want to know why we sometimes say “Holy Mackerel!” Unfortunately, the answer is about as clear as the tomato sauce Brits like to douse the fish in. Mackerel image via Shutterstock One thing most experts agree on is that the phrase is a euphemism for Holy Mary. Blurting “Holy Mackerel” instead of [...]

55 Two-Letter Combinations That Actually Count in ‘Words With Friends’

“THAT’s a word?” If you play Words With Friends and are frequently demoralized by opponents scoring very big points using very small words, this list will help you up your game. If you don’t play Words With Friends, perhaps you can work these into conversation. Aa – Noun of Hawaiian origin describing volcanic rock consisting of angular [...]

Drought solution – tow an iceberg ?

A novel idea is being reconsidered to aid drought-hit areas – tow an iceberg from the North Atlantic. A team of engineers has been examining the possi…

Five for Fighting

The following is an article from the book Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Salutes the Armed Forces.. In 1942 five brothers made a sacrifice that showed just how much a family could give to the war effort. PATRIOTIC FERVOR January 3, 1942: After ringing in the New Year, the five Sullivan brothers from Waterloo, Iowa, enlisted in the Navy. [...]

Turtles Use Earth’s Magnetic Fields as a Navigational System

Scientists Nathan Putman and Ken Lohmann have determined that turtles can navigate across entire oceans by using the earth’s magnetic fields to determine their longitude and latitude. To test this hypothesis, they used a special water tank that permitted them to alter the magnetic fields inside. They then placed the turtles in the tank to [...]

7 Animals Humans Brought to Extinction

When you’re a kid, you know the dinosaurs went extinct, but it seems weird that a creature alive today could suddenly be wiped off the earth tomorrow. I remember the first time I really realized what extinction meant when I went to the San Diego Zoo and saw a picture of the dodo bird on [...]

Should we let some endangered species die?

Marine biologist and blogger WhySharksMatter presents the latest in his award-winning “ethical debate” series, showcasing a “hot topic” from the environmental movement, presenting both sides, and asking readers to argue it out in the comments. Since his readership includes scientists, politicians, and leaders from the environmental movement, these discussions are always interesting, and this one [...]