It’s never the big, important things that stick in your memory. It’s always the weirdest details or most bizarre bits of information. I, for example, will always remember that the state bird of Utah is the California gull. Because that is ridiculous.
The answer, via the New England Aquarium: "Penguins can drink salt water, but the salt is removed from their bloodstream by a salt gland behind the eyes. Then they sneeze out the salt!"
Rumour is we recently passed a threshold where we have now found as many celestial objects as there are people who were ever born. Sounds weirdly true. But is it a myth or fact? I decided to investigate.
On 16 June 1963 the Soviet Union launched Vostok 6 with the formidable Valentina Tereshkova aboard, making her the first woman in space. On 16 June 2012 China launched Shenzhou 9 with Liu Yang, China's first woman astronaut, aboard as part of a three person crew.
Lightsabers. The weapon of a Jedi knight. An elegant weapon for a more civilized time. The most efficient limb-removal device in the galaxy. But who made them? How did George Lucas determine their colors? Are there other light-weapons in the Star Wars universe? Here are more than a dozen lightsaber facts only the…
For the costume nerds and those of us who can't help but go "Haven't I seen that before?" and take to Google, Recycled Movie Costumes is there for us.
What are happy numbers? Primarily, happy numbers are proof that mathematicians take joy in strange things. It seems they have been playing with numbers the way that more normal (cough) people play with action figures, and have decided that there are a whole category of numbers that are happy. And then there is the…
Sylvester McCoy didn't just wear the most question marks of any Doctor — he also played the role the longest. A British game show incorrectly claimed that David Tennant played the role for longer than McCoy, leading to a recount.
The "cat scare" is a subcategory of the well-known "jump scare" in horror and science fiction, when our heroes are looking for the Big Bad but find a screaming kitty instead. Do you know where these cat scares come from?