# Tag: studies

## The Ones and Twos of Going Number 1 and Number 2

Did you ever complain while doing your math homework and ask, “Why do I need to learn this?” Probably someone responded by telling you that no matter what you choose to do […]

## Can Giraffes Swim?

If you are at all like us at Commonplace Fun Facts, you often lie awake at night, pondering things such as, “Why does walking with a cup of coffee cause it to […]

## Will You Choose Door #1 or Door #2? Understanding the Monty Hall Problem

The television game show Let’s Make a Deal hit the airwaves in 1962. One of the most popular features of the program involved the host, Monty Hall, giving the contestant the option […]

## How Many Licks Does it Take To Get to the Tootsie Roll Center of a Tootsie Pop?

In 1970, the world was asked the question, “How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?” The question was posed in an animated […]

## The Pink Poop Pandemic and the Breakfast Cereal That Caused It

What do monsters eat for breakfast? When Mary Shelley described Frankenstein’s monster, her words were remarkably descriptive. She did not, however, disclose what kind of breakfast cereal the freak of nature might […]

## There are More Trees on Earth Than Stars in the Milky Way

When it comes to incredibly-large numbers, it’s hard to outdo the stars in the sky. Take anything on earth and compare its numbers to the stars in the Milky Way, and it […]

## Piercing the Penguin Poop Projectile Predicament

If we at Commonplace ever find ourselves at a loss for something to write about, the Ig Nobel prizes are sure to be a goldmine of inspiration. One of the 2005 laureates […]

## The Colorful Connection Between Television and Black and White Dreams

Think of the most vivid dream you can remember. Was it in color? If so, there’s a good chance you did not spend much of your childhood sitting in front of a […]

## Feasting on the Buttered Toast Phenomenon

Drop a piece of buttered toast on the kitchen floor, and we all know what is going to happen. It will land buttered-side down, of course. At least, that’s what we expect, […]

## Cube-Shaped Wombat Poop and Other Scientific Breakthroughs

We at Commonplace Fun Facts are big fans of the Ig Nobel Prize and its mission to “first make people laugh, then make them think.” The list of 2019 laureates touched on […]

## If You Like Strong Coffee, You Might Be a Psychopath

If the findings of a recent study are accurate, the next time you order strong coffee, you might be asked if you want cream, sugar, or anti-psychotic medications to go with it. […]

## How Long is the Perfect “Power Nap”?

There is no denying the mental health aspect of a good nap. On those days when the mind is sluggish and the body can’t seem to shift out of first gear, a […]

## Can a Dinosaur Outrun a Human? Your Tax Dollars at Work

When you look at your paystub and see how much of your earnings ended up being sent to Washington, DC in taxes, you may occasionally wonder how the government uses your money. […]

## Happy Birthday! Now Let’s Pick Out Your Casket

Yet one more reason to dread the approach of your birthday: researchers have concluded an increased risk of dying on the anniversary of your birth. Annals of Epidemiology, Volume 22, Issue 8 […]