Tag archives for Fun Fact Friday

  1. Fun Fact Friday: Coffee In Space

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    Did you know that a coffee maker was recently launched into space? It’s true! Bound for the International Space Station (ISS), the SpaceX supply ship carries a variety of necessities for the orbiting astronauts. One of those items is the ISSpresso, a coffee maker specially made to operate in space. According to a NASA document, […]

  2. Fun Fact Friday: Boeing Patents Force Field

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    Did you know that Boeing was recently granted a patent for an invention very similar to the force field technology best known from science fiction franchises like Star Wars and Star Trek? It’s true! The description on the patent, which was originally filed in 2012, describes it as the following: “A method and system for […]

  3. Fun Fact Friday: Toilet Paper Orientation

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    Did you know that there’s finally a definitive answer to the long debated question of toilet paper orientation, as to whether it should go over or under? It’s true! Recently rediscovered, the 1891 patent tells the tale. In the patent drawing, sketched by toilet paper roll inventor Seth Wheeler, it is illustrated that the answer […]

  4. Fun Fact Friday: Digital Camouflage

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    Did you know that some military uniforms feature camouflage that looks like a pixellated computer image? It’s true! While the photo to the side might look like a mountainous landscape from an 8-bit Nintendo game, it’s actually a printed pattern that serves as a very effective woodland camouflage. According to Wikipedia, “Digital camouflage is a […]

  5. Fun Fact Friday: Chipotle Peppers

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    Did you know that chipotle peppers don’t grow on trees, or bushes, or anywhere? It’s true! Chipotle peppers have their dark color and smoky flavor for a very good reason. They’re actually smoked and overripe jalapeño peppers! While the plump and green peppers are picked early, the “runts” of the jalapeño litter are left behind, […]

  6. Fun Fact Friday: Dairy Cows Prefer Relaxing Music

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    Did you know that researchers in the United Kingdom have discovered that dairy cows produce more milk when listening to relaxing music? It’s true! According to this article from the BBC, “Psychologists at the University of Leicester, UK, played music of different tempos to herds of Friesian cattle. Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony and Simon & Garfunkel’s […]

  7. Fun Fact Friday: Bubble Wrap

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    Would you believe that bubble wrap, everyone’s favorite popping packing material, was originally marketed as wallpaper? It’s true! While bubble wrapping is now equally famous both for being fun to pop, and for having excellent cushioning qualities, its inventors had something very different in mind. According to Wikipedia:  “Bubble wrap was invented in 1957 by […]

  8. Fun Fact Friday: The Fax Machine

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    Did you know that the fax machine was originally invented in 1843? It’s true! Scottish inventor Alexander Bain received a patent for the concept in 1843. Only three short years later, he turned that concept into reality, when his Electric Printing Telegraph successfully reproduced graphics in laboratory experiments. According to Wikipedia: “He used a clock […]

  9. Fun Fact Friday: Nat King Cole

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    Everybody knows Nat King Cole’s “Christmas Song” (aka Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire), and some folks may know that he released three albums in Spanish, but did you know that he recorded one song sung entirely in Japanese? It’s true! Cole’s “Kareha” (commonly known in English as “Autumn Leaves”) was recorded, but never released, […]

  10. Fun Fact Friday: the Inverted Jenny Postage Stamp

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    Did you know that one of the most notable and sought after postage stamps  is actually a misprint, featuring an upside down plane? It’s true! An “Inverted Jenny”, as it’s known (because it features a Curtiss JN-4 aircraft) sold for nearly a million dollars in 2007. Its unintentionally humorous upside down biplane image is known […]

  11. Fun Fact Friday: Northern Leopard Frog

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    Did you know that the northern leopard frog uses its eyes to help with swallowing food? It’s true! The frog, also known as Rana pipiens, retracts its eyes and uses them to help push food down its throat. According to The Journal of Experimental Biology: “Eye retraction can occur bilaterally or unilaterally, and both swallowing […]

  12. Fun Fact Friday: Origin of Pumpkin Carving

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    Did you know that the Halloween tradition of pumpkin carving originated with completely a different vegetable? It’s true? The tradition reportedly began in Ireland, where they would actually carve faces into turnips, to represent spirits or goblins. According to Wikipedia, folklorist Jabez Allies described his recollection of the tradition as follows: “In my juvenile days […]