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In 1994, the Surgeon General of the U.S. was fired for saying masturbation is “part of human sexuality, and perhaps should be taught.”

Minnie Joycelyn Elders (born Minnie Lee Jones; August 13, 1933) is an American pediatrician and public health administrator. She was a vice admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and the first African American appointed as Surgeon General of the United States. Elders is best known for her frank discussion of her views on …

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Patrick Stewart hated having pet fish in Picard’s ready room on TNG, considering it an affront to a show that valued the dignity of different species

And, dang, if that guy up on stage, the one strumming a guitar and singing mighty fine, doesn’t look just like that actor from Deliverance, The Onion Field, Taps, Beverly Hills Cop, RoboCop, Total Recall, Vision Quest, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Stargate SG-1and The Starter Wife. Star Trek fans will recall that Cox very …

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In the middle ages Christian priests would recite “hoc est corpus”, meaning “this is the body”, during mass when turning bread into the body of Christ. Since nobody spoke or understood Latin, this chant was garbled into “hocus pocus”, which we still use when performing magic tricks today.

Hocus-pocus What’s the origin of the phrase ‘Hocus-pocus’? From the early 17th century onwards ‘hocus pocus’ (now more often spelled as a single hyphenated word) has been used as an incantation by conjurers when performing tricks. Conjurers didn’t limit themselves to the phrase hocus pocus in their stage patter. The first [feature that juggling consists …

In the middle ages Christian priests would recite “hoc est corpus”, meaning “this is the body”, during mass when turning bread into the body of Christ. Since nobody spoke or understood Latin, this chant was garbled into “hocus pocus”, which we still use when performing magic tricks today. Read More »

In an attempt to reduce the cleaning cost, Amsterdam airport installed a pic of a fly in the urinals so guy can aim at it and avoid splashing the urine outside. It worked.

“Men evidently like to aim at targets,” said Richard Thaler of the University of Chicago, an irreverent pioneer in the increasingly influential field of behavioral economics. Mr. Thaler says the flies are his favorite example of a “nudge” — a harmless bit of engineering that manages to “attract people’s attention and alter their behavior in …

In an attempt to reduce the cleaning cost, Amsterdam airport installed a pic of a fly in the urinals so guy can aim at it and avoid splashing the urine outside. It worked. Read More »

For almost 300 years, the office of the pope was almost certainly a death sentence. 28 of the first 31 consecutive popes were violently murdered.

Pope Soter (Saint) (166-175), died a martyr [4] Pope Eleuterus (Saint) (175-189), died a martyr [4] Pope Victor I (Saint) 189-199, died a martyr [4] Pope Calixtus I (Saint) (217-222), died a martyr [4] Pope Urban I (Saint) 222-230, died a martyr [4] Pope Fabian (Saint) Elected 236-1-10 and died a martyr 250-1-20 during persecution …

For almost 300 years, the office of the pope was almost certainly a death sentence. 28 of the first 31 consecutive popes were violently murdered. Read More »

Unborn Babies in the Womb can Taste Flavours such as Garlic, Carrots, or Vanilla in their Amniotic Fluid, which Can Affect What They Will Enjoy Eating.

That fluid surrounding the baby is actually flavored by the foods and beverages the mother has eaten in the last few hours. “Things like vanilla, carrot, garlic, anise, mint — these are some of the flavors that have been shown to be transmitted to amniotic fluid or mother’s milk,” says Julie Mennella, who studies taste …

Unborn Babies in the Womb can Taste Flavours such as Garlic, Carrots, or Vanilla in their Amniotic Fluid, which Can Affect What They Will Enjoy Eating. Read More »