New Zealand law permits each high school to possess up to one pound of uranium and one pound of thorium for conducting nuclear experiments. Don’t worry…. The law provides for a fine […]
Eastman Kodak research Harry Coover discovered Superglue years before he figured out what to do with it. At first, its stickiness infuriated him. Coover first came across cyanoacrylates (the chemical name for […]
Sometimes all you really need to make the next leap in science is a snack. Percy Spencer was an American engineer who, while working for Raytheon, walked in front of a magnetron, […]
Most of us take Albert Einstein’s name as synonymous with genius, but he didn’t always show such promise. Einstein did not speak until he was four and did not read until he […]
Mark Twain lost more than a half million dollars in his lifetime from the failed inventions in which he invested. The invention that cost Twain the most was one in which he […]
Thomas Edison, the inventor of the lightbulb, was afraid of the dark. Read more fun facts about Thomas Edison. Read more fun facts about inventions. Read more fun facts about phobias.
Nolan Bushnell, creator of the Atari Video Game System, is also the founder of the Chuck E. Cheese restaurant chain.
Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis, also known as Tree Bark Syndrome, is an inherited skin disorder characterized by eruptions of wart-like lesions that may occur anywhere on the body. One type of lesions are reddish […]
Oversensitivity to sunlight, painful skin redness and blisters when exposed to sunlight, garlic causing agonizing abdominal pain, receding gums giving the appearance of fangs – sounds familiar? It’s not hard to deduce […]
Students of history know that Alexander Hamilton was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr. What is not commonly known is that Burr shot Hamilton in the groin.
One gram of DNA can hold about 1×1014 MB of data. That’s the equivalent of 145 trillion CDs. The number of CDs required to hold this amount of information, lined up edge […]
Thomas Edison electrocuted an elephant in 1903 to prove Tesla’s AC current was dangerous. source
Nikola Tesla once “shook the poop out” of a constipated Mark Twain with an experiment. One famous legend surrounding the eccentric Tesla was that he had an earthquake machine in his Manhattan […]
According to legend, Ethiopian shepherds first realized the profound caffeinating effects of coffee when they noticed their goats started “dancing” after eating coffee berries. source
The average office desk is home to 20,000 germs per square inch. It harbors 400 times more germs than the toilet, which gets cleaned and disinfected regularly. source