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A simple plane reminds me of the joy of physics and making a bottle rocket

My first bottle rocket!

I never had a bottle rocket growing up. At least, not that I remember. And a couple of weeks ago, a few friends and I put Mentos in a bottle of diet coke and that was really exciting and it got me…

Civilization is paid for with taxes

Five historical misconceptions, demisconceptualized

I grew up in a subtly, vaguely, self identifying Norwegian household. We ate lefse and told stories about lutefisk and had a Norwegian version of the lord’s prayer installed in our kitchen. But, most poignantly, we believed Vikings had horns on their helmets. Turns out that’s probably bullshit. We were also pretty much wrong about…

Evolutionary tree sketch by Charles Darwin

What was right about “See the veil for what it is”

This post is part of a series of reflections on Dan Gardner’s Ottawa Citizen editorial, “See the veil for what it is.” There are some things that Dan Gardner got right and I thought it would be good to make note of them, before examining his many errors.

numbers in sequence

The odds of picking of 1st, 2nd and 3rd

I was recently watching a television show, The Mentalist, in which the protagonist, Patrick Jane, pulled a slick trick of picking the first, second and third place horses at a race track. He told a guy he would do it. Of course it was a trick. I love math!

Eggs (many eggs)

Twelve eggs every day

I knew this guy in Nelson. He ate twelve eggs every day. He said that everything we had ever heard about eggs being bad for us, was published by the meat and dairy…

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