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A cure for cancer in 1931

The pharmaceutical industry is not particularly interested in spreading this news – and you’ll understand why…. Nobel prizes In 1931, German physiologist Otto Heinrich Warburg received the Nobel Prize for Medicine for his discovery of the nature and mode of action of the respiratory enzyme. The official mention for the Prize doesn’t explain much. In reality, already in 1924, [...]

Bats Are Not Blind!

There are about 1,100 species of bats and they all can see! There are definitely other nocturnal animals with much better visual capabilities, but the bats vision is pretty good. Medium-sized and large bats Malayan Flying Foxes(from Pixabay)As a matter of fact, the medium-sized and large bats (megachiroptera) are nocturnal; they have big eyes and [...]

The Water In The Sink And The Coriolis Effect

The Coriolis Effect French physicist Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis was the first to explain it in his 1835 book Sur les équations du mouvement relatif des systèmes de corps (On the equations of relative motion of a system of bodies). If you have an education on sciences, you’ll remember it from your early physics or mechanics [...]

Sustainability

This is a common theme hiding behind some of the posts. It deserve a better place under the spotlight. So I decided to open a new category: sustainability. Twenty years ago, it was difficult to explain what it is and why it is important: only very few individuals were able to forecast its necessity and [...]

When Carrots Were Purple….

Carrots were originally purple According to Jack E. Staub’s Alluring Lettuces: And Other Seductive Vegetables for Your Garden, there is evidence of carrots being both red and yellow, as described by XI century Jewish Byzantine doctor Simeon Seth and XII century Arab agriculturist Ibn al-‘Awwam. But it looks like purple carrots were originally the most [...]

Thirteen

According to John Roach’s article on National Geographic: On average, about 800 – 900 million dollars are lost every Friday the thirteenth because people are so scared and superstitious they don’t want to go to work, take a flight, or even get out of their beds. Symptoms range from mild anxiety to full-blown panic attacks. The latter may [...]

Scotland Yard is not Scottish!

Scotland Yard is another name for England’s Metropolitan Police Service: the police force responsible for Greater London. But why the name Scotland Yard? The origin of the name hasn’t been recorded and, through time, different theories have been proposed. The one below sounds most plausible. The Scotland Yard area The Metropolitan Police Force was established [...]

Mostly Married

The man In 2004, Malaysian Kamarudin Mohamad married Khadijah Udin. Why is this so special? For quite a few reasons, indeed…. He was 72 and this was his 53rd marriage! Moreover, he married again his first wife, after being divorced from her for 50 years! Their first marriage lasted only one year. He said he [...]

Unacknowledged and deadly truth

After the Lovable forgery and The Great Impostor posts – where the pleasant side of impostors and their hoaxes is presented, it makes sense to show the reverse situations – i.e. when somebody guesses a particular tricky truth but nobody believes him. It is no surprise that misbelief evenly shares the spotlight with forgeries…. One [...]

The Great Impostor

This is the true and fascinating story of Ferdinand Waldo Demara, Jr. – also known as the Great Impostor. It is actually not one but many stories, because Demara perhaps has the most impressive CV that the world has ever known as an impersonator! Who is Ferdinand Waldo Demara Jr.? He was born on December [...]