Great Matters of Grey Matter

Great Matters of Grey Matter
by / on November 5, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Great Matters of Grey Matter

-Hawaii and Alaska have the same record high temperature of 100°F (38°C). Maine’s record high is 105°F (41°C). -Much as McDonald’s is the world’s largest toy distributor, Lego makes more tires than any other company, though they are just a few inches in diameter. -Harriet, who holds the record for […]

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by / on June 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Great Matters of Grey Matter-15

Courtney Koos was stung by a Portuguese man o’ war jellyfish her first time diving. Maine is the closest US state to Africa. President Harry S Truman fell in love with his future wife Bess in Sunday School at six years old. He was too shy to let her know […]

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by / on May 17, 2012 at 11:45 pm

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From 1900 to 1920, Tug of War was a sport at the summer Olympics. All roads lead to philosophy on Wikipedia: starting on most any page in the online encyclopedia and clicking the first link on the page that is not in italics and is outside of parentheses (and doing […]

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by / on April 13, 2012 at 11:45 pm

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Google takes its name from the word “googol”, pronounced the same as “Google”. The word googol refers to the number 10 to the 100th power. It was supposedly coined in 1938 by nine-year-old Milton Sirrota when his uncle, mathematician Edward Kasner, asked him for a good name for a really […]

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by / on February 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Great Matters of Grey Matter-10

The word gross (a dozen dozens) and the word grocer are related. “Grocer” used to mean “dealer in large quantities”. In many Asian countries, it is commonplace to use the Chinese character 正, which means something like “correct”, instead of tally marks. Notice that the character has five strokes. The […]

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by / on February 1, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Great Matters of Grey Matter-9

[President] James Garfield once published a proof of the pythagorean theorem. Albert Einstein’s second wife was also his first cousin maternally and his second cousin paternally. Lighters were invented before matches. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a page for preparing for the “Zombie Apocalypse” on their official […]

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by / on January 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Great Matters of Grey Matter-8

Martin van Buren is the only president whose first language was not English. His native language: Dutch. “The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority, they show disrespect to their elders…. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before […]

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by / on December 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm

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Most, but not all languages (including English) use relative directions like left, right, forwards and backwards. Most prominently, Guugu Yimithirr peoples use north, south, east, and west instead. According to psychology professor Richard Wiseman at University of Hertfordshire, people walked 10% faster in 2006 than in 1994. This supposedly correlates […]

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