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11/30/2017

Interesting fact: Even Harvard University once changed its name from Harvard College. And look – it’s still standing.

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11/23/2017

Interesting fact: Scabies infections happen when a female mite burrows into your skin to live and deposit eggs and now I really wish I hadn’t looked that up.

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11/16/2017

Interesting fact: Slime is a non-Newtonian fluid because it does not behave as predicted by the big man’s laws. Same goes for gelatin, glue, quicksand and ketchup. 

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11/09/2017

Interesting fact: Hot chile burns calories by triggering a thermodynamic burn in the body, which speeds up metabolism, thereby enabling one to eat even more chile. 

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11/02/2017

Interesting fact: Fuel costs about 10 cents per mile. Total cost of driving a car is about 60 cents per mile. Preserving a friendship is priceless, so I recommend flying.

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10/26/2017

Interesting fact: Banana trees, biologically speaking, are not trees at all. They are actually giant herbs.

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10/19/2017

Interesting fact: Rob Horning asserted that the hipster might be the “embodiment of postmodernism as a spent force, revealing what happens when pastiche and irony exhaust themselves as aesthetics.” It says that on Wikipedia, but I saw it first. 

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10/12/2017

Interesting fact: Sweat is odorless until it combines with the bacteria found on your skin. So it’s not you who stinks. It’s the petri dish in your armpit.

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10/05/2017

Interesting fact: Doesn’t it feel like the pumpkin spice latte has been around forever? Nope. It’s only 14 years old. So stop ogling it.

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09/28/2017

Interesting fact: Macy’s invented wedding registries in the 1920s. Before that, people still got married for some reason, even without the incentive of a new toaster oven. 

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09/21/2017

Interesting fact: Gorilla aggression is conveyed by a stern, fixed stare. Gorilla indifference is conveyed by not returning your phone calls. 

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09/14/2017

Interesting fact: Emily Post’s Etiquette, 17th Edition says you can wear white after Labor Day. Coco Chanel wore white year-round. So as long as your hood isn’t pointed, I say wear white whenever you please. 

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09/07/2017

Interesting fact: We are as far from Halloween as Halloween is from Christmas. Hold off on the decorations, alright?

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08/31/2017

Interesting fact: Autocorrect turns “vaping” to “vapid” – the definition of which is, “offering nothing that is stimulating or challenging; insipid.” Back in my day, we had neither autocorrect nor vaping. 

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08/24/2017

Interesting fact: “The moon is made of a greene cheese” was a popular proverb in 16th- and 17th-century English literature. Proverbs are meant to teach us fundamental morals, so it’s possible I’m doing morality all wrong. 

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08/17/2017

Interesting fact: There are enough dogs in the Durango area named Chaco. It’s time for some Mesa Verdes and Chimney Rocks. Come on, people. 

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08/10/2017

Interesting fact: The word “washateria” came into the English language around 1937. No word on why “laundromat” is now the preferred term of the self-service laundry community. 

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08/03/2017

Interesting fact: George Washington had coonhounds named Drunkard, Taster, Tipler and Tipsy. Trump is the only other president, other than James K. Polk, without a pet.

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07/27/2017

Interesting fact: In Japan, earwigs are called “Chinpo-Basami” or “Chinpo-Kiri,” which translates to “penis cutter.” On second thought, they can stay in my garden.

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07/20/2017

Interesting fact: We all know what “deaf,” “blind” and “mute” mean, but is there a word for people who can’t smell? Of course there is. It’s “anosmic.” But if you read up on it, you’ll hypochondriac yourself into having chronic meningitis and neurosyphilis. 

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