"The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous."

Carl Sagan, American scientist

An Important History Fact

On August 8th, 1960, "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" hit #1 on the USA Billboard Top 100.

The "sea swing" apparently used to exist? This 1910s photograph is from Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio, so it was actually a swing in a Great Lake (Erie). Still, pretty cool.

The 2nd Most Prolific Serial Killer In History Is Alive Today (And No One Knows Where He Is)

Pedro Lopez is a Colombian serial killer. He was sentenced in 1980 in Ecuador for killing 110 girls, but who claims to have raped and killed more than 300 girls across Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and potentially other countries. That would make him the second most prolific known serial killer in history.

He was released in 1994, rearrested an hour later as an illegal immigrant and handed over to Colombian authorities, who charged him with a 20-year-old murder. Lopez was released by Colombia in 1998 on $50 bail and some conditions. He absconded. At present, Lopez is wanted in connection to a 2002 murder, and his whereabouts are unknown.


"One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion."

Simone-Lucie-Ernestine-Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir, commonly known as Simone de Beauvoir. She did not consider herself a philosopher. Yet her ideas had great influence on feminist existentialism and feminist theory, and today de Beauvoir is considered one of the major philosophers of the 20th century.


"The life of a good book is far longer than the life of a man. Its author dies, and his generation dies, and his successors are born and die; the world he knew disappears, and new orders which he could not foresee are established on its ruins; law, religion, science, commerce, society, all are transformed into shapes which would astound him; but his book continues to live. Long after he and his epoch are dead, the book speaks with his voice."

Gilbert Highet, on Juvenal. Highet (1906 – 1978) was a Scottish-American classicist, academic, writer, intellectual, critic and literary historian. Juvenal (1st century - 2nd century CE) was a Roman poet who published at least five books of verses. They lived 1,800 years apart, proving the truth of Highet's quote.

The Mystery Mummy Head - Solved!

In 1915, American archaeologists working at the ancient Egyptian necropolis of Deir el-Bersha were surprised to blast into a limestone tomb, and be greeted by a mummy's head perched on a cedar coffin. The room, labeled Tomb 10A, turned out to be the final resting place for a governor named Djehutynakht and his wife. At some point in their 4,000 years of slumber, graverobbers broke in and ransacked the tomb. All their precious objects and jewelry were taken. But the heavy coffin, the head, and its limbless torso were left for the surprised archaeologists to find thousands of years later.

A recent DNA analysis of the head, with help from the FBI, revealed the head belonged to Djehutynakht himself. The analysis was done based on DNA extracted from a molar. Besides solving a hundred-year-old mystery, this is one of the first times viable DNA has been recovered from an ancient Egyptian mummy!

All the Earthquakes in the World (Since 1898)

Each is colored by magnitude. Can you decipher the outlines of the continents? Africa was the hardest, for me

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    By Lillian Audette

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