Fun fact 5/20/2016

Perfect pitch is a rare auditory phenomenon characterized by the ability of a person to identify or re-create a given musical note without the benefit of a reference tone. Studies show around one in ten thousand people have perfect pitch. Oliver Sacks; Schlaug; Jancke; Huang; Steinmetz (May 1995). “Letters: Musical Ability”. Science 268 (5211): 621-622.

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Fun fact 5/18/2016

Did you know that many astronauts crave spicy foods once in space? Scientists believe that this is because fluids shift from the lower to the upper parts of the body because of weightlessness. This creates nasal congestion. Because odor is essential to the sense of taste, a decrease in the perception of flavors would occur, hence […]

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Fun hypothesis 05/17/2016

M. Keith Chen with the Yale University School of Management has found that people in societies that speak “future-less” languages, or languages that do not as actively differentiate future and present tenses (Finnish, German, Japanese, Chinese, etc.), are more responsible with money and health. “Languages that grammatically associate the future and the present foster future-oriented behavior,” […]

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Fun fact 5/13/2016

Einstein failed his initial university entrance exam. In 1895, at the age of 17, Albert Einstein applied for early admission into the Swiss Federal Polytechnical School (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule or ETH). He passed the math and science sections of the entrance exam, but failed the rest (history, languages, geography, etc.)! Einstein had to go to a […]

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