Endlessly curious author Abby Norman (@abbymnorman) shares fascinating fodder to fuel your next trip down a Wikihole. Visitanchor.fm/letmegooglethat for more and follow the show on Twitter @letmeglglthat and Instagram @letmegooglethat
#OTD in 1901 Wilhelm Röntgen became the first person to win the Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of X-rays. The famous image he captured was of his wife's hand. Upon seeing her skeletal fingers, she gasped: "I have seen my death."
As long as humans have been living we’ve been dying. And as long as we’ve been confronting our mortality, we’ve been asking: what happens when we die? Part of that is telling ghost stories. Here's one of mine.
Using AI to model human brain processes could help us better understand conditions like depression — but does that mean robots can get depressed? And if they can't. . .should we program them to? For SCIENCE?
The MBTI personality test wasn't designed to measure aptitude — it actually measures *preference.* You might *prefer* introversion to experience the world, but that doesn't mean you're *incapable* or *lacking* extraverted qualities.
In 1962 a hunk of Russian space junk landed in the middle of a street in Wisconsin. What was the U.S. to do? This was Cold War-era Space Race time, so they weren't gonna call up the Soviet Union like: "It's 10 PM do you know where your Sputnik is?"
Whatever the reason for ya sneezin' (which may or may not sound like "AH-CHOO") there are also many ways to respond when someone sneezes: "bless you," "Gesundheit," or "SORRY" (in case it's not ragweed, but rather, a sign of your impending death)
The summer of 1816 was known as the Year Without a Summer in the northeast U.S. because even though it would be ~95°F during the day, at night temperatures dropped so low that Maine got A FOOT OF SNOW IN JUNE.
"Indelible pencils" or copying pencils were popular for a time in the 1870s because they made it possible to easily make copies of handwritten documents. Which would have been great — except they turned out to be poisonous.
Ben Franklin's famous kite experiment took place sometime between June 10th - 15th, 1752. But you probably learned many misconceptions about it in school:
1. Franklin didn't discover electricity.
2. His kite did not get struck by lightning.
The unique scent each dog leaves behind (heh) is sort of like a Tinder bio: it conveys to other dogs in the neighborhood how old they are, what their emotional state is, and whether or not they're DTF.
Since we spent all summer seeing that same sponsored post by Popsicle® in our feeds, here's the history of the "frozen confection of attractive appearance" which was *accidentally* invented by an 11-year-old boy in 1905.
Throwback to the episode we did about Jocelyn Bell Burnell who has AT LONG LAST finally been rewarded for her incredible contributions to science. In true GOAT fashion she's donating the money she's been awarded to a fund to help prevent men from taking credit for their female colleagues' discoveries...
(This is, obviously, a throwback to 7/11) If there's not one in your neighborhood, just wait: it's said that a new store opens somewhere in the world every 2 hours. While you wait, grab a Slurpee and listen to today's episode.
The mysterious Basel Papyrus contain 2,000 year old medical writings & the earliest known private letters between Christians. Incidentally, those letters also appear to include the earliest known review of fish sauce.
There's so much to love about Les Horribles Cernettes
1. A doo-wop parody girl group of CERN scientists
2. Songs had titles like "Collider" and "Daddy's Lab"
3. In 1992 this promo photo became the first pic uploaded to the internet.
In 2011 researchers snapped these photos of a red-crested tree rat — which was pretty impressive considering the critter is EXTINCT. Now reclassified as critically endangered, we've only ever seen ~3. The last sighting was over a century ago.
It wasn't Apollo 17's famous "Blue Marble" photo. Nor was the awe-inspiring "earthrise" shot taken by the Apollo 8 crew. No, our first glimpse of Earth from lunar orbit came on August 23rd, 1966 when NASA decided to risk their Moon-mapping mission to have Lunar Orbiter 1 crane its camera's lens away from the lunar surface to take a few photos of us instead.
Yes, Hawaii wants to ban some sunscreens that are hurting coral reefs. No, that does not mean you should stop wearing sunscreen. Humans, coral — we're all just trying to live through this goddamn summer, OK?
No, we aren't becoming a Peri Gilpin fan podcast...because there already IS one and it's SUPREME and you should go listen to it right now https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/two-degrees-of-peri-gilpin/id1361303490?mt=2 and be sure to follow the hilarious duo that hosts, Kendra & Ken!
In the wild west a "gentleman bandit" named Charles Boles was known for being polite, robbing stagecoaches on foot instead of horseback, never shooting a gun, rockin' a dapper aesthetic & the poems he left behind.
Is it fact or an .·:urban space legend:·. that you can't be an astronaut if you've ever smoked menthol cigarettes because it'll make your lungs explode? (Gif by our friend http://dissent.is on Instagram!)
Squeezing limes for margaritas? Beware phytophotodermatitis ("margarita burn"). Lime juice contains phytochemicals that make your skin hypersensitive to the sun's UV rays and have been known to cause second-degree burns.
Wobbegong sharks ("wobbies") are also known as carpet sharks because they literally just chill on the ocean floor like a rug. A rug with an extremely powerful jaw, lurking in the shadows . . . waiting.
Hey, it's fucking hot outside!! Heat-related illness can kill you. Or your kid. Or your pet. Or other mammals you know and love!!! On today's ep we're talking about heat exhaustion v. heat stroke — and what to do if it happens to you!
Some say the stained piece of linen is the burial cloth of Jesus, but even the modern science hasn't been able to definitively prove (or disprove) the shroud's story. And no, NASA didn't investigate it. Here's what really happened.
Guest host Johnathan Blade is diving deep into "computers before computers." Find him on YouTube Johnathanblade1 where he makes videos about “commercial tech-related content and film reviews, with a focus on mostly mobile editing.”
Explore a wealth of fun facts with guest host is Moxie LaBouche, former burlesque dancer who turned her creative powers toward podcasting as a way to vent the wealth of useless information that clogs up her brain, which she does on her podcast: This Is Your Brain on Facts!
Ever wondered how coupons work? The whole cycle — from when you hand your $1 coupon to the cashier to when the store gets reimbursed by the manufacturer — takes about a month. So what happens to that little piece of paper?