A Victim Of His Own Invention

Sir Robert Watson-Watt was a Scottish physicist and a proponent of radio direction finding and radar technology. His ideas were credited for the defeat of more than a quarter of German U-boats and subsequently enabled the Royal Air Force to win the Battle of Britain in 1941. Several years later, he was pulled over by […]

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Gleanings From The Past #54

Not Lost in Translation A ludicrous story is told of a great naval function which took place during the reign of the last Napoleon and the Empress Eugénie. Several American vessels were present, and they were drawn up in line to salute the Empress’s yacht as it passed. The French sailors, of course, manned the […]

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Pun Of The Weak: Some Science Stuff

Biology — The science where multiplication and division have the same meaning. Chemistry — The science of interaction between people. Physics — A science that matters. Statistics — Where the truth lies. Astronomy — A science above your head. Bonus: Archeologist — Someone whose career lies in ruins — Anon. (read it in a newspaper […]

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4 Sleep Myths That May Be Hurting Your Sleep

This is a guest post by Sarah Cummings As children, we were lead to believe that bedtime stories were A Good Thing. Which, more often than not, they were. They led us into some wonderful dreamscapes, filled with princesses, talking animals, and rainbow-colored streets. The better the story, the sounder the sleep. Of course, sometimes […]

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Rickroll Acrostics In College Papers

If you have been on the Internet long enough, you may remember the Rickrolling meme which was popularized in 2008. Rickrolling is an Internet prank that involves the unexpected appearance of the music video the 1987 song “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley. The prank employs disguised hyperlinks that would take anyone clicking […]

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A Way To Glowing Health

This is a guest post by Joe Malone While reading The World as I Found It by Bruce Duffy (1987), a novel about the social and philosophical interactions between Wittgenstein, Russell, and Moore, I came upon the following, referencing Bertrand Russell and the married woman he was carrying on an affair with, Lady Ottoline Morrell: Then […]

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Learn Fun Facts’ Monthly Miscellany, January 2018

As if there’s not series on Learn Fun Facts, I decided to start another one. To tell you the truth, I’m still not sure what in the world should I should write here. So any suggestions are welcome. I suppose that I’ll just see how this series will develop. Random Ramblings What’s up with That? […]

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50 Random Fun Facts

1. Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, was the first owner of the phone number 888-888-8888. Unfortunately, he found it unusable since he received more than a hundred phone calls per day from kids playing with phones. 2. FORTY is the only number in the English language which letters are in alphabetical order. In Spanish, […]

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Reversed Footprints: The Odd Inverted Shoes

On November 20, 1973, Cecil Slemp filed a patent for his invention — a footwear with heels and toe positions reversed — and he got the patent on July 16, 1976. The reversed soles of the shoes enable the wearer to leave inverted footprints. 

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Gleanings From The Past #14

Rhyming [Nicolas Boileau-]Despréaux, in composing poetry, made his second verse before the first; and considered it as a very great secret in the art of [rhyming], which gave energy and meaning to the verse. Boileau used to relate, that he communicated this mystery to [Jean] Racine, adding, “and so I have taught Racine to [rhyme] with […]

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