Physicist Stephen Hawking may have been confined to a wheelchair for most of his life, but his physical disability never slowed down his mind or his wit.
Fingerprints at the scene of a crime often reveal the identity of the guilty party. Law enforcement officers in Australia or near a zoo should be wary of jumping to any conclusions, […]
In 2011, particle physicists were flabbergasted when they discovered that neutrinos could apparently travel faster than light, breaking the universal speed limit proposed by Einstein. Their result, alas, was later proven to […]
Henry VI (1421 – 1471) was King of England from 1422 to 1461 and again from 1470 to 1471, and disputed King of France from 1422 to 1453. Historians generally blame him […]
Those who use the metric system are accustomed to measuring temperature with the Celsius scale. Departing from the Fahrenheit system, with its arbitrary assignment of 32 degrees as the freezing point and […]
Is outer space a distant, mysterious place? Mysterious, perhaps, but it is a lot closer than you might suspect. Depending on just how you define “outer space,” it could be as close […]
NASA’s New Horizons zoomed past Pluto in July 2015. It not only captured some stunning pictures of the planet, (Yes, we at Commonplace still hold to the notion that it is, indeed, […]
If the thought of being around a dead person gives you goosebumps, you will find your time in your coffin to be more than a little unsettling. Goosebumps continue to form on […]
While the British military may lead the world in terms of equipping its tanks with tea brewing capabilities, its computer technology is lagging a couple of decades behind the rest of the […]
Although the blue whale holds the record for the largest heart of any creature on the planet, its heart consists of a mere 0.12 percent of its entire body mass. Most animals […]
Before you gulp down that glass of strawberry-flavored milk, you’d better make sure that you haven’t grabbed a beverage intended for a baby hippopotamus. The two milks may look identical, but the […]
Benjamin Franklin has earned a lasting place in history as a brilliant scientist, inventor, diplomat, and philosopher. Due to tragic circumstances, he was also compelled to become one of history’s first pro-vaccination […]
Thomas Edison: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Read more fun facts about Thomas Edison. Read more great quotes. Read more stories of success.
The next time you look around and begin to think that Planet Earth is getting a little crowded, you might want to look at the population explosion a lot closer to you. […]
Nikola Tesla invented many brilliant devices such as electric oscillators and the Tesla coil. He was also quite gifted at inventing ways to get out of debt. One of those methods led […]