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Lies of Leaping Lemmings

2 Aug 2017

You’ve likely heard phrases like ‘don’t be a lemming’, or your run of the mill internet troll scream-typing about how we’re all following our governments ‘like lemmings, over the cliff to our doom!...

The History of Hysteria

31 Jul 2017

Today, when we say someone is hysterical, we mean that they are frenzied, frantic, or out of control. Until 1980, however, hysteria was a formally studied psychological disorder that could be found...

Whiskers on Humans

11 Jul 2017

Humans might not have hair as thick as chimpanzees covering their body, but our arm, leg and eyebrow hair all serves as reminders of our primate ancestry. So why don’t Homo sapiens have whiskers...

Corn flakes Were Created to Stop Masturbation

23 Jun 2017

Cornflakes might not be your favourite breakfast cereal, but it remains one of the cereals that is always at the breakfast buffet, and always in your mother’s pantry.  It might just be that your...

Ideas to Reanimate the Dead Are Dead Wrong

20 Jun 2017

Reviving the dead using stem cells and electrical impulses sounds more like a plot for a Hollywood sci-fi movie than a process grounded in reality. And yet, that is exactly what a Philadelphia bio...

7 Up: Originally an Antidepressant

17 Jun 2017

When 7 Up was originally placed on the market (In 1929), it was named Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda- a much less catchy, though more descriptive name. The ‘lithiated’ in the name came from...

Why is it called upper and lower case?

7 Jun 2017

When you spend hours proofreading and retyping essays, you get to wondering- why do we refer to large letters as upper case, and small as lower case? It’s actually a remnant of a past where...

Aromatherapy

31 May 2017

The term “aromatherapy” was first coined in 1937 by Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, a French chemist, whose badly burned arm was supposedly miraculously cured by the use of lavender oil. Jean Valnet...

King Tut’s Sweet Tooth

31 May 2017

Among the treasures discovered during the famous 1922 archaeological excavation of King Tutankhamun’s tomb was a jar of honey.  Archaeologists tasted it (brave souls those archeologists), and to...

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