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A Houdini Low Point

27 Oct 2023

National Magic Day is celebrated annually on October 31st in memory of Harry Houdini who passed away on that day in 1926.

Dressing to Look a Certain Way: Athletes and Jersey Numbers

12 Sep 2023

Why do athletes choose a certain jersey number? Sometimes it might just be a superstition. Maybe it's their birthday, like Sidney Crosby #87 born on 8/7/87.

A Farmer, Epsom Salt, Moses, and some Sweet Chemistry

6 Sep 2023

In 1618 a farmer in England noticed that he could lead his cows to water but could not make them drink. He tasted the well water himself and realized right away that there was some wisdom to the...

The Dark Side of Black Plastics

17 Aug 2023

I’m sitting here looking around my office for anything made of black plastic. The casing of my computer is in that category, so is my coffee machine, my printer, my cell phone stand, my stapler, a...

Where is the Map in our Mind?

30 Jun 2023

When I moved to Montreal, it took me a while to get oriented. After a few weeks of constantly checking Google Maps, I developed a mental image of key landmarks and how to navigate between them. I...

How to Have Twins with Different Fathers

16 Jun 2023

Yes, it is possible to have twins with different biological fathers. The scientific term for this anomaly is “heteropaternal superfecundation,” and it’s super cool. “Heteropaternal” signifies...

This Report Card is For Your Diet

9 Jun 2023

On my last day travelling in the Netherlands, I stepped into a corner store to pick up a smoothie, when I stopped to examine the 5-colour scale on the front of the package.


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