Factoid of the Week: “Airplane boners” is a term colloquially describing erections on planes caused by changes in air pressure that affect blood pressure. This same phenomenon affects mountaineers climbing big mountains including the biggest mountain of them all: Everest.
Words of Wisdom: “There are many in this old world of ours who hold that things break about even for all of us. I have observed for example that we all get the same amount of ice. The rich get it in the summertime and the poor get it in the winter” – Bat Masterson
Factoid of the Week: Today, sunglasses serve as protective eyewear, effectively preventing bright sunlight from causing discomfort or damage to our eyes. Of course, they’re also a fashion accessory. But sunglasses were originally made out of smoky quartz in 12th century China, where they were used by judges to mask their emotions when they were questioning witnesses.
Factoid of the Week: Since the 1890s, pencils were painted yellow. American pencil makers wanted to tell people that the pencils they manufacture contain Chinese graphite. In China, yellow is associated with respect and royalty. Manufacturers painted pencils bright yellow in order to communicate this regal feeling and association with China.
Factoid of the Week: In antiquity, butter was used for fuel in lamps as a substitute for oil. The Butter Tower of Rouen Cathedral was erected in the early 16th century when Archbishop Georges d’Amboise authorized the burning of butter instead of oil, which was scarce at the time, during Lent.
Factoid of the Week: Mickey Mouse was originally named Mortimer Mouse, but Disney’s wife said the name Mortimer sounded too pompous, convincing Disney to change the adorable rodent’s name to Mickey. The name Mortimer was instead given to Mickey’s rival mouse in later episodes
Words of Wisdom: Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Factoid of the Week: Astronaut Alan Shepard brought a peanut with him to the moon. The commander of Apollo 14 was dining at a Santa Monica restaurant (Chez Jay’s) when the owner persuaded him to take one of the restaurant’s trademark peanuts with him to the moon in 1971. When Shepard returned the legume, he reportedly signed an affidavit that stated it had accompanied him to the moon.
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Factoid of the Week: Babies learn a lot of behaviors and sounds from watching the people around them, but scientists believe that all babies are born with the ability to smile, since even blind babies smile.