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The Swastika in Buddhism Represents Universal Harmony

Today I found out that the  Swastika in Buddhism represents universal harmony, dharma, the balance of opposites, and, originally, eternity and good luck or “all is well”. Now of course in the western world the Swastika has a pretty bad reputation thanks to a certain German tree hugging vegetarian and his political party.  However, Hitler and his crazy gang weren’t […]

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Carrots Used to Be Purple Before the 17th Century

Multi-colored carrots

Today I found out, before the 17th century, almost all cultivated carrots were purple. The modern day orange carrot wasn’t cultivated until Dutch growers in the late 16th century took mutant strains of the purple carrot and gradually developed them into the sweet, plump, orange variety we have today.  Before this, pretty much all carrots were purple with mutated versions […]

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The Words Moron, Imbecile, and Idiot Mean Different Things

Today I found out the words moron, imbecile, and idiot mean different things.  In psychology, an idiot has the least intelligence on the IQ scale (this now is equivalent to someone who is mentally retarded or the more politically correct “mentally challenged”); an imbecile is not quite as dumb as an idiot and is now considered equivalent to moderate retardation; […]

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It’s “Daylight Saving Time” Not “Daylight Savings Time”

Motivator Daylight Saving Time

Today I found out it’s “daylight saving time”, not “daylight savings time”.   “Daylight saving time” uses the present participle “saving” as an adjective, as in “labor saving device”. Bonus Facts: Ben Franklin often gets credit for being the “genius” who came up with daylight saving time.  Interestingly though, the letter he proposed something like what we now call daylight […]

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What Happens When You Stick Your Head Into a Particle Accelerator

anatoli bugorski

Today I found out what happens when you stick your head into a particle accelerator. Exhibit A: Anatoli Petrovich Bugorski, a Russian scientist who has the distinction of being the only person to ever stick his head in a running particle accelerator.  Shockingly, he also managed to survive the ordeal and, all things considered, came out without too much damage. […]

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