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Psychic Bamboo

Bamboo is a powerful grass. Yes, like wheat, rye, and corn, bamboo is a type of grass. It grows fast, thrives in a wide variety of conditions and has hollow, flexible stems. And like all grass, it produces flowers. Grass flowers? You have almost certainly seen grass flowers though you might not realize it. Grasses are […]

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Left-Handed and Goofy-Footed Humans

Recently I heard that all polar bears are left-handed. Could that be true? What an amazing possibility! I started researching the internet on handedness. I learned that roughly 10% of human beings are left handed, 1% are ambidextrous and the rest are right-handed. That unlucky 10% face constant annoyances in a largely right-handed world. I learned that roughly 10% […]

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Biggest Christmas Gift Ever

Many people believe the Statue of Liberty was a gift from France to the United States, intended to commemorate the lasting friendship between the two nations. But the actual story is more complicated. At the young age of 21, French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi toured the mid-East and Egypt and was dazzled by the pyramids […]

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Talkin’ Turkey

The modern domesticated turkey descends from the wild turkey; which didn’t originate from Turkey at all, but Mexico. The turkey is believed to have been a sacred bird in ancient Mexican cultures (the Mayans, Aztecs and Toltecs referred to the turkey as the ‘Great Xolotl’, viewing them as ‘jewelled birds’). An ancient text called the […]

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Who Invented the First Robot?

One of the most prolific inventors of all time conceived the plans for a robotic knight. Some of his other groundbreaking ideas included an instrument to measure wind speed; a helicopter; a parachute; an armored car; a triple barrel cannon, a hydraulic power saw, scuba gear, scissors and a revolving bridge which could be packed […]

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What Time is It?

You’ve probably seen a sundial before. A sundial shows the time by displaying the position of the Sun’s shadow on a flat surface, providing of course that there is enough sun to cast a shadow. But if you live in Seattle, you might not want to depend on a sundial. According to the following weather […]

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Are we infested by Aliens?

Did you know that the latest scientific research shows the number of bacteria within the average healthy, human body out-number human cells by ten to one. That’s not a typo. Only 10% of the cells in your body are NOT microbes.

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How to Milk a Cow

When I was a child, I remember a farmer parking his truck in our sprawling housing complex, striding the lanes yelling “STRAAAAAW – berries!”  My mother always ran out and bought a few baskets from him. Using your voice is the original form of advertising, and it remained the main form well after the invention of […]

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The Game is Afoot!

Crime Scene It was a dark and stormy night when I realized that I was out of celery. How can a person make dinner without celery? But duty called; and I sacrificed my good hair day for a trip to the store. I was only gone half an hour, but returned to find that a […]

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Officer O’Smarty: He’s No Dummy

In 1993, the entire city of San Francisco voted about whether police officer Robert J. (Bob) Geary was allowed to carry his dummy while on patrol.  How did this come to a citywide vote, you may ask? In 1991 Geary was assigned to a program which encouraged officers to be “highly visible” and use “creative and ingenious […]

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