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Posted by Jason Ford on August 8, 2012
Look at these, errr, beautiful Hippos. Ok, they are ugly, but notice how they don’t have hair. How do they keep from getting sunburned? They live in the desert under direct sunlight so certainly their skin must get burned if they don’t find shade right? Au contraire. Listen and learn how evolution has made [...]
Posted by Jason Ford on July 25, 2012
If you aren’t familiar with what happens to Diet Coke when you add Mentos then watch the above video. Then listen to today’s episode to learn why this crazy phenomenon happens.
Posted by Jason Ford on July 19, 2012
Listen to today’s episode and learn about an incredibly famous actress from the 1930′s and 40′s who got paid extremely well given she never had a speaking role!
Posted by Jason Ford on July 18, 2012
Remember the episode about the $50,000 air cannon designed to ward off thunderstorms? That device turned out to be a total flop or more accurately scam. However, what if there was a device that did the opposite and instead created thunderstorms! A team of scientists say they have developed just such a machine. Here is [...]
Posted by Jason Ford on July 17, 2012
Ever seen an island rise up from the sea right before your eyes? Check out these pictures and see for yourself. Truly a moment you have to see to believe. The full story including the gentleman who captured the pictures and how the island formed are in today’s episode. Plus what happens if you get [...]
Posted by Jason Ford on July 16, 2012
What is a Body Man and what does it have to do with the fact that when President Obama was asked by the New York Times if he had an iPad he responded “I have an iReggie”. A Body Man is a prestigious, thankless, and invisible job, but almost every president in recent history has [...]
Posted by Jason Ford on July 12, 2012
The picture above is runway 27 today, but it won’t be long until it is labeled 28. Why the change? Runways are numbered based on their magnetic coordinates and with the magnetic north pole rapidly on the move this means the runway won’t have the same coordinates in a few years. Confused? Don’t be. Listen [...]
Posted by Jason Ford on July 11, 2012
Were the Dark Ages really a time of pseudo-science and alchemy? Perhaps not. It turns out that period actually had a scientist as pope for a brief moment in time! Too bad it didn’t last. Sylvester II as he was known helped advocate for arabic numerals (the numbers we use today) and the armillary sphere (i.e. the [...]
Posted by Jason Ford on July 10, 2012
What is the true cost of producing a penny? If you guessed more than a penny you would be correct! Find out all sorts of interesting facts about pennies in today’s episode including why we still make them even though it costs more than a penny to get them into your wallet. Conspiracy theories anyone?
Posted by Jason Ford on July 9, 2012