Category Archives: Science and Mathematics

The Stars “Fell” on That Fateful Morning

November 12, 1833 We know now that it was a meteor shower, but at the time they presumed it was the end of the world. The time was ‘just before dawn’. So, I have chosen 6:30 am local time in … Continue reading

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Yesterday in History XV

Golden Gate Bridge Opened (May 27, 1937) On this day in history: The Golden Gate Bridge opens in San Francisco. To those of us who have been around for a great number of years, this bridge is iconic. Ask anyone. … Continue reading

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After the Fifteenth Million “Tin Lizzie” was Assembled…

Ford Stopped Production of the Model-T (May 26, 1927) At the time, it seemed like a nonsense thing to do: sending the factory workers home with no promise of a future, but Henry Ford had a secret plan to start … Continue reading

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“What Hath God Wrought?”

Morse Code Demonstration (May 24, 1844) Sometimes, you just have to use your intuition and reasoning powers together to get the timing right… The U.S. Congress sits at night, to my understanding. Even if they sat during the day, a … Continue reading

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Is There a Thirteenth Sign of the Zodiac?

Ophiuchus (November 29 – December 17) This one has been bouncing around the internet for many years now, and was on Kate’s radar many years before that. It would seem to be a hidden zodiacal sign because it’s not exactly … Continue reading

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The Psychology of Colour

Blue and Yellow (in the Flag of Ukraine) This might seem an obvious thing, but nature has a way of demonstrating primary colours like blue and yellow (and in this case a clear blue sky over a field of yellow … Continue reading

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Imagine if You had Trouble Remembering Things

World Password Day 2022 I’m not trying to be clever here, but I may come across as a wiseacre (as they used to call it). Passwords have become the bane of everyone’s existence. Do you remember them all, or do … Continue reading

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Canadian Journalist Decodes Mysterious Links

Malcolm Gladwell (September 3, 1963) Well, he’s actually British born, but raised and educated in Canada. Malcolm Gladwell is a mixed blessing to us all. He seems to be able to go behind the scenes and discover what makes us … Continue reading

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Context: Is There a Magic Number for Groups?

The Rule of One Hundred and Fifty From “The Tipping Point”: Humans socialize in the largest groups of all primates because we are the only animals with brains large enough to handle the complexities of that social arrangement. [Robin] Dunbar … Continue reading

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Yesterday in History VI

William Herschel Discovers Uranus (March 13, 1781) I know that this event has spawned a great number of social media memes in recent years, but it was one of the most timely of finds in 1781. It was five years … Continue reading

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