Category Archives: Science

The “Pull and Pray” Method Works About as Well as a Condom for Preventing Pregnancy

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Today I found out that the “Pull and Pray” method statistically is just about as effective as condoms for preventing pregnancy. Indeed, according to Dr. John Guillebaud in his book Contraception: Your Questions Answered, some of the lowest birth rates in history pop up around cultures whose primary method of contraception is the pull and pray method. This method, also […]

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Domestic Cats Can Fall From Any Height With a Remarkable Survival Rate

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Today I found out domestic cats fall from any height with a remarkable survival rate.  This is, of course, assuming they don’t suffocate- say, if you dropped them from 40,000 feet- and that they land on relatively flat ground (nothing pointy or the like). This one seems like it shouldn’t be true.  However, it turns out, a typical domestic cat’s […]

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The First Known Robot Was Created Around 400 BC and Was a Mechanical Bird

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Today I found out the first known robot was created around 400-350 BC by the mathematician Archytas and was an artificial bird. Archytas, who is known as the “father of mechanical engineering,” constructed his bird out of wood and used steam to power the movements of the robot.  This bird was then suspended from a pivot bar. In its best […]

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Why You Used to Have to Use #2 Pencils With Scantron Forms

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Today I found out why you used to have to use #2 pencils when using scantron forms. Now, you might be saying, “Used to? Don’t you still have to?”  It turns out, despite what pretty much all teachers will tell you, not really.  Modern scantron systems are quite high-tech, using image sensors and sophisticated image processing algorithms.  These algorithms can […]

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What Those Nasty White Chunks That Sometimes Come From Your Throat Are

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Today I Found Out what those foul smelling, small, white-ish, chunks that you can sometimes feel at the back of your throat when you swallow are. They’re called Tonsilloliths or Tonsil Stones. Although most people experience these little white balls  at the back of the throat that often get coughed up into the mouth, this widespread affliction is rarely talked […]

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