Friday, March 15, 2019

INTRO INTRO

The platypus - you have seen it on "Phineas and Ferb" most likely. And we can't blame scientists for initially thinking this animal was a hoax. It is funny-looking to say the least. Better to be overly-cautious than too naive, right? Anyway, it is a real animal. It's a mammal that lays eggs (only 2 mammals do that). It is good on land and on the water. They shoot out toxic stingers from their feet... I mean, it is a wonder of nature for sure, an oddball but real animal. Learn more about it on National Geographic.

The Okapi - Is it a zebra crossed with a donkey crossed with a giraffe crossed with a deer? Nope. But it is a species all by itself. Native of Africa, a quiet and solitary creature, they are hard to find. Perhaps that's why scientists thought it was a myth. You can find out more about it on the San Diego Zoo Website.


The maned wolf is not a fox, despite what it looks like. And it's not even a wolf, despite its name. It is a species by itself (again, one of those), a Chrysocyon. Native to South America, it is quite tall and slender (3 feet, 50 pounds), perfect for foraging its habitat and hunting. Learn more about them on Smithsonian's National Zoo Website.


The Amazonian Royal Flycatcher sounds like an official title and looks like a very pompous being. This bird lives in the Amazonian rain forest (duh) and uses its very colorful crown to attract mates and fight other males for territory. Learn more facts about them on Fact Zoo.

Find more incredible-looking real animals on these websites: My Modern Met and Animal Planet.

Bonus: one fantastic beast that is definitely not real: The Unicorn.


Friday, March 8, 2019


Vaccines are only dangerous if you have an allergy to one. My own daughter is allergic to the flu vaccine, and we know this because she had a severe allergic reaction to it when she got her first shot at six months old. That's the only vaccine she doesn't get. That doesn't mean all vaccines are dangerous or the risks are too

Monday, March 4, 2019

Published This is a roundup of interesting, cool, and weird* things reported in the past week:


  • Are treehoppers the world's weirdest insects? National Geographic.
  • Did you know these discoveries were made by women, not men? MSN.
  • Ohh, where dinosaurs used to roam: NASA via MSN.
  • Are dinosaurs still alive today? AMNH.
  • NASA launched the first spacecraft built to carry humans: NASA.



 * Yes, weird stuff happens virtually all the time. Doesn't mean aliens/ghosts/conspiracy did it.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019


Real ghost caught on camera!
CCTV catches ghost on camera.
Surveillance video of ghost.

I am sure you have seen those headlines and others. Almost every day there appears to be another ghost caught on camera. But, is there some kind of special material or mechanism that allows cameras to see what our naked eyes can't? 

Monday, February 25, 2019

Published Feb 25, 2019
This is a roundup of interesting, cool, and weird* things reported in the past week:

The Bramble Cay melomys.
Source: Ian Bell/Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection


  • Man-made climate changes causes first mammal extinction: Bloomberg.
  • The universe truly is infinite - 300,000 new galaxies discovered: Futurism.
  • New possible explanation for how the Stonehenge stones were move: Washington Post.
  • Extinct giant tortoise is not extinct after all: CNN Travel.


 * Yes, weird stuff happens virtually all the time. Doesn't mean aliens/ghosts/conspiracy did it.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Published Feb 18, 2019
This is a roundup of interesting, cool, and weird* things reported in the past week:

Bart Sadowski/Shutterstock




 * Yes, weird stuff happens virtually all the time. Doesn't mean aliens/ghosts/conspiracy did it.

Friday, February 15, 2019




On Fridays we feature amazing discoveries and facts, because, yes, the world is full of wonders that are real and natural-occurring (without divine or supernatural intervention).

This week we're looking at tiny, often annoying yet immensely useful and needed stingers: wasps.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019


As you may already know, Valentine's Day was named after a saint - well, technically 3 different people named Valentine. You know about the one that married couples in secret and illegally because the Roman Emperor Claudius II made it illegal for young

Monday, February 11, 2019

Feb 11, 2019

This is a roundup of interesting, cool, and weird* things reported in the past week:


(C) Wikimedia Commons


  • What are the tallest animals on earth? Business Insider.
  • Have you ever wondered? 9 everyday things astronauts can't do in outer space: BusinessInsider.
  • What are the odds? Fan bets $250 on The Rams, wins $100,000: Huffington Post.
  • Amazing pics of 4 new species of the deep ocean: Gizmodo.
  • The US had a secret plan to blow up the moon???? TheNextWeb.

* Yes, weird stuff happens virtually all the time. Doesn't mean aliens/ghosts/conspiracy did it.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Feb 6, 2019


Don't be fooled by their claims. Just because they claim to "guarantee the very best science" and that their products are "science proven". This is pretty vague, I would say. Scientifically proven to what?