Category Archives: Science

Why Chocolate is Bad for Dogs

Dog Eating Chocolate

Today I found out why chocolate is bad for dogs. Chocolate contains an alkaloid called “theobromine”.  Theobromine is in the same family as caffeine and is a type of stimulant (they both are mythylxanines).  Theobromine stimulates the central nervous system, cardiovascular system, and causes a slightly increases blood pressure. Dogs and certain other animals, such as horses and cats, cannot […]

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Astronauts on the International Space Station See Around 15 Sunrises & Sunsets Every Day


Today I found out that the astronauts and cosmonauts on the International Space Station witness around 15 sunrises and 15 sunsets every day. The International Space Station orbits about 354 kilometers (220 miles) above the Earth and travels at approximately  27,700 km/hr (17,211 mph), so it takes about 92 minutes to circle the Earth once. For this reason, every 45 […]

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


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

Ninja Kitty

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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