Daily Tidbit: Interesting Literary Pick-Up Lines

Do you have a card in the Dewey decimal system? Because I gotta write down your number. Call me Ishmael, because I’m huntin’ you. I know I’m not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but one glance at you and I’m already interested. Charles Dickens might have given you Great Expectations, but I can meet them. Do you like Harry Potter? Because I … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Interesting Literary Pick-Up Lines

Daily Tidbit: Bicycle Face

In the 19th Century, experts warned woman and only woman about a disease called bicycle face, which meant getting stuck with an awkward face while biking. The condition was described as “Over-exertion, the upright positions on the wheel, and the unconscious effort to maintain one’s balance tends to produce a wearied and exhausted ‘bicycle face.’” The health problem was said to have been made up … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Bicycle Face

Daily Tidbit: Breathing, One Nostril at a Time

When we breathe through our nose, we always inhale more air in one nostril than the other. 85% of humans breathe out only one nostril. The pattern of switching from one nostril to the other happens in a cyclical fashion, with about four hours or so between each switch. Even more interesting is that your body and brain seems to be affected by which nostril … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Breathing, One Nostril at a Time

Daily Tidbit: Vending Machines and Sharks

Vending machines kill four times as many people as sharks per year. Between 1978 and 1995, at least 37 people have died as a result of shaking vending machines to free their snack, averaging 2-3 deaths per year. In contrast, there was only a total of 6 recorded shark attack fatalities in the U.S. over the past decade, averaging 0.6 deaths per year. Next time … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Vending Machines and Sharks

Daily Tibit: Otters Holding Hands

If you love otters, here’s one more reason to love them: They actually hold hands while they’re sleeping so they don’t drift apart. Pups, baby otters, who are too small to hold hands will ride on their mom. Some moms will wrap their pups in seaweed to keep them from floating away.  These devoted animals were once hunted nearly to extinction. To keep the herd … Continue reading Daily Tibit: Otters Holding Hands

Daily Tidbit: 2D/4D Ratio

The 2D/4D ratio is the measurement of the length of the index finger (2nd digit) divided by the length of the ring finger (4th digit). This ratio is used as a proxy in sex research for prenatal testosterone exposure in humans and several other species including rats. Higher prenatal testosterone levels correlate with a lower 2D/4D ratio (with individual differences), which means that women tend … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: 2D/4D Ratio

Daily Tidbit: Dogs vs. Cats

Whether you’re a dog lover or cat lover, here is one indisputable fact — dogs are smarter than cats. Before any uproar begins, I’d like to share two things with you: 1) dog brains contain more than twice the neurons in cat brains, which means they have greater cognitive capability, and 2) dogs are far more trainable than cats, which means they have greater learning … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Dogs vs. Cats