Alcohol, Swearing and the Poison Squad #StuffWeLearn
Alcohol makes people do stupid things. Fortunately, alcohol also makes people forget that they've done said stupid things. Or does it? Drinking doesn't actually stop you from remembering what happened, but rather, when you get "blackout drunk" the alcohol renders your brain temporarily incapable of creating memories. Basically, the record button is on, but there's no tape in the camera.
The word "pupil" comes from the latin for "doll" because of the small reflected version of yourself that you can see in someone's eyes if you're close enough.
Researchers found that you can keep your hand immersed in violently cold water for an extra forty seconds if you shout profanities while doing so, as opposed to shouting ordinary words.
The roaring 20s may have been raucous but the real party started a little earlier than that: From 1902 to 1907, a group of scientists looking for a rush would regularly eat dangerous food additives that were previously untested, like formaldehyde. They called themselves The Poison Squad (pictured above) and helped to start the FDA.
Have you ever wondered why a whip "cracks"? The motion created by flicking the whip travels down the length, shrinking in size but gaining speed until at the end, it actually breaks the sound barrier, creating a small sonic boom, much to the delight of rodeo crowds everywhere.