Brief Facts About the Shortest Presidential Term

shortest term as president Pedro Lascuráin Mexico less than one hour

Pedro Lascuráin held the highest governmental office in Mexico briefly. Very briefly. In fact, he holds the record for the shortest term in history as a nation’s president. Continue reading

A Classical Composition about Classic Caffeine Compulsion

Johann Sebastian Bach Coffee Cantata

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) is primarily known as a classical composer of Christian music. It was rare that he strayed from religious themes in his music, but when he did it was for a purpose. One such occasion was when he wrote “Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht” (“Be still, Stop Chattering”), a composition devoted to coffee addiction. Continue reading

Forget About Dog Years — What About Planetary Years?

Pluto discovered 1930 still not completed one full orbit

A planetary year is defined as the time it takes for that planet to make one complete orbit around the sun. Neptune was discovered on September 23, 1846. In terms of planetary years, it turned one year old on July 12, 2011, when it completed its first full orbit since its discovery. Continue reading

College Students Rejoice: Pizza For Every Meal

pizza 30% daily nutrition

In news that is sure to excite college students everywhere, a team of Scottish scientists announced the development of a pizza that is healthy enough to eat at every meal. Continue reading

If You Know Your Latin at Vatican ATM’s, Dominus Providebit

Vatican Automatic Teller Machines in Latin Institute for the Works of Religion

The Vatican Bank (officially known as the Institute for the Works of Religion) is the only bank in the world that allows the user to select “Latin” as the language of choice.

Dominus providebit — the Lord will provide.

 

This Is Why Teens Generally Don’t Get to Choose Their Names

Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined George Garrett
In 2008 19-year-old George Garratt legally changed his name to “Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined.” He said he wanted to “be unique.”

Not to be outdone, these guys went a step further a couple of years later. 

They still didn’t match the complexity of this fellow, whose given name at birth may have lacked comic book references but surpassed everyone else as measured by mouthfuls. 

Fartkontrol: Don’t Speed By This Warning

the Danish word fartkontrol means "speed check"

The next time you are in Denmark and see a traffic sign that says, “Fartkontrol”, don’t be so quick to hold your nose and snicker. It actually is warning you that the speed limit is highly enforced.