Archive for April, 2014

April 14, 2014


 An astounding 16 billion jelly beans are made exclusively for Easter. That’s enough beans to fill a plastic egg the size of a nine story building.


April 12, 2014


 Colgate University considers 13 its lucky number. The school was founded in 1819 by 13 men with “13 dollars, 13 prayers and 13 articles.” The college’s address is 13 Oak Drive. Konosioni, the college’s senior honour society is composed of 13 male and 13 female members. Even its satirical newspaper, The Daily Rag, has a slogan “written by 13 writers with 13 stories after 13 beers”.


April 10, 2014


The “Pinky Promise” originally indicated that the person who breaks the promise must cut off their pinky finger.


April 5, 2014


 For a long time, scientists thought that our fingers wrinkled underwater because of osmosis — meaning the skin’s cells absorbed water, causing our fingertips to shrivel up. But new research suggests another explanation for why our digits get pruney when wet: The wrinkles help us to better grip objects underwater, in much the same way tire treads help cars stay on the road.

Scientists were tipped off recently when they discovered that severed fingers didn’t wrinkle underwater. This suggested the wrinkling mechanism was controlled by the nervous system, and was therefore some kind of evolutionary response.