Category Archives: Science

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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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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The 7-11 Double Big Gulp Holds 200% More Than the Average Adult Human’s Stomach

7-11 Big Gulp Progression

Today I found out that the 7-11 Double Big Gulp holds about twice the amount of fluid than the average adult human’s stomach. The average adult human’s stomach can hold comfortably about 32 ounces at any given time (edit: excepting we Americans who, judging from the comments, apparently can hold about 138 times that amount despite science’s official averages).  The […]

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