Category Archives: Science

The Effects of Scurvy

Yar me maties, today I found out what be causing scurvy. Like most people, I already knew that scurvy is caused by a lack of vitamin C and that it was a major problem aboard ships out to sea for a good length of time and is still somewhat of a problem in places where people are malnourished.  But I […]

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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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Why Poop Is Brown

Today I found out why poop is brown. Poop is brown due to bile from your gall bladder being metabolized by the bacteria in your intestines.  This results in a byproduct called stercobilin, which, in turn, makes poop look brown-ish. Without this stercobilin, your poop would typically look grey-ish/white.  Because of this, a sure sign you are having problems with […]

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What Causes a Hangover

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Today I found out what causes a hangover. There are several things that contribute to hangovers, but one of the principal factors is simple dehydration.  Alcohol has a dehydrating effect by inhibiting the release of vasopressin, which is an anti-diuretic hormone.  So, in layman’s terms,  the result of alcohol inhibiting the vasopressin is that your body produces a lot more […]

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What a Watt Is

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Note: This is a guest article contributed by Suparna Kadam, co-founder of GreenRay, Inc. (bio at the bottom) If you’re interested in contributing to TIFO click here to read our article submission guidelines. Today I found out what a watt is. The evolving discussion over renewable energy technologies has a tendency to get a bit technical. Most of us who work in […]

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