A fire-breathing science blogger with a keen interest in the wonders of everyday life. Harmless for the most part, although has been known to eat homeopaths and anti-vaccine activists and has little love for politicians.
You know someone’s thinking too hard when it takes them thirty years to make up their mind. But when it takes them thirty years to make up their mind and to top it off they make a bad decision — … Continue reading →
The year 1900 marks the birth of an organization that now plays a prominent role in British politics — the UK Labor Party. Their first manifesto is a curious document. Read about a quarter way down the page and you find … Continue reading →
It started out as a crazy stunt — a gag to keep commuters entertained. DJs at KDND-FMSacramento had lined up 20 volunteers for a water-drinking contest. Whoever drank the most water without urinating would take a Nintendo Wii home as … Continue reading →
Gerhard Schrader had been feeling sick for a while, but he didn’t realize how ill he was until he tried to drive home. There was something wrong with his eyes. He felt like he was going blind; he could hardly … Continue reading →
Summer in Hong Kong is often a time of high heat and torrential rain. It was no different in 1894, when colonial doctor Alexandre Yersin first arrived; a monsoon storm greeted his ship the day it docked. For Yersin, however, … Continue reading →
In October of 1924, about a fortnight before Halloween, 39-year old Lucena Samarano started coughing up blood. Her family grew worried; not only was Lucena six months pregnant, but her condition quickly deteriorated, and her sickness was not the first … Continue reading →