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  • Lewis and Clark brought mercury chloride, a strong laxative,...
    on January 18, 2020 at 12:40 am

    Lewis and Clark brought mercury chloride, a strong laxative, with them on their expedition across the US. Because the mercury it contains passes right through the system, archaeologists have been able to find their trail by locating what’s left of their makeshift latrines and testing the mercury content. More than 100 years later, their footpaths are overgrown, but their poop remains. (Source, Source 2, Source 3) […]

  • Ambient-Mixer.com has a section dedicated to the background...
    on January 17, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    Ambient-Mixer.com has a section dedicated to the background sounds of fictional worlds, so you can study to the sounds of the Gryffindor common room, read in Belle’s library, or browse the Internet while you’re being chased by a hoard of Dothraki.(Source, Source 2) […]

  • Albert Einstein once said his 2nd-best idea (after the theory of...
    on January 17, 2020 at 12:40 am

    Albert Einstein once said his 2nd-best idea (after the theory of relativity) was soft-boiling an egg at the same time as he was cooking his soup, so he could get two meals and only have to wash one pot. (Source, Source 2) […]

  • In Goodfellas, the ‘Am I a clown? Do I amuse you?’ scene, where...
    on January 16, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    In Goodfellas, the ‘Am I a clown? Do I amuse you?’ scene, where Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) attacks Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) for calling him a ‘funny guy’, was Pesci’s idea. He’d once worked at a restaurant where he got a nasty reply after telling a real-life mobster he was funny, so he suggested it to director Martin Scorsese, and they filmed it without a script to get genuine reactions from the cast. (Source, Source 2) […]

  • Kids are more likely to cheat if they think they have a...
    on January 16, 2020 at 12:40 am

    Kids are more likely to cheat if they think they have a reputation for being smart. Studies show that when children are told they’re really smart for doing well on a test, they’re more likely to cheat in the future so that you’ll keep thinking they’re really smart. However, if you praise them by saying they ‘did really well this time’, they’re more likely to keep working hard so they can ‘do well’ again the next time. (Source, Source 2, Source 3) […]

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