Day: May 9, 2022

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History People Science

Egg Palatability

After World War II, Dr. Hugh Cott of Cambridge University conducted a series of egg-tasting experiments to determine the palatability of eggs from various species of birds. He assembled a panel of three egg tasters, who were served the eggs scrambled and then rated them on a 10-point scale. Over a six-year period (1946-1951) they […]

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Science

Ears of Corn Have an Even Number of Rows

Ears of corn almost always have an even number of rows. When they don’t, it’s often been considered weird enough to make news. A story is told of one slave owner who cynically promised his slaves their freedom if they could find an odd-rowed ear of corn, figuring they would never find such a thing. […]

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History Science

Cockroach Milk

Diploptera punctata, aka the Pacific Beetle Cockroach, is the only known viviparous cockroach, which means that, like a mammal, its offspring grow inside its body before it gives birth to them. As the embryos develop, the mother cockroach nourishes them with a milk secretion. Researchers have found that this “cockroach milk” is one of the […]

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History Science Strange

Churks

In 1960, scientists with the poultry research branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture successfully created a chicken-turkey hybrid. They called the new bird a “churk.” Because of the difficulty of creating the hybrid, only three male churks were created. They all displayed mental and physical problems. They had only half the intelligence of either […]

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Bravo Smokes

Bravo Smokes were a nicotine-free cigarette — made out of cured lettuce leaves. They were invented by the chemist Puzant Torigian, who determined that lettuce leaves were the best tobacco substitute, after he also tested kale, grape, cabbage, kohlrabi, spinach, carrot, peanut, tomato leaves, and sugar beet tops. Bravo Smokes went on the market in […]

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History Strange

Boy Scout’s Left-Hand Handshake

By custom, instead of shaking each other’s right hand, Boy Scouts are supposed to greet fellow Scouts with “a warm left hand clasp.” Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts, claimed that he started this tradition after being told by an African chieftain that, “The men in my tribe greet the bravest with the […]

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Aging Odor

Aging Odor It’s widely believed that old people produce a characteristic, unpleasant body odor. Researchers refer to this as “aging odor” — although it’s more commonly known as “old people smell.” Scientific attempts to identify this odor have been mixed. Some Japanese researchers claim to have identified a volatile chemical (2-nonenal) produced by older people […]

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