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...

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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...

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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!

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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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Can humans echolocate?

A few years ago I was at a dinner party at a cabin on Vancouver Island. The host, and my good friend, Dalton, told a story. He told us a story about riding his bike home on a tar black…

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Remembering what not to do

With a variety of global environmental crises upon us, this old newscast casts doubt on our ability to deal with messes effectively. Often, our attempt to manage a scenario results in another, more dangerous, scenario. I appreciate the reporter's final…

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The meanings of ‘animal’

Years ago I heard David Suzuki speak in Halifax. He was on book tour for his, then recent publication, The Sacred Balance. He told many stories that night and he spoke for several hours about the fundamental connectedness of life.…

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