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“I’m Popeye the Sailor Man, I’m Popeye the Sailor Man, I’m strong to the finish ’cause I eats me spinach, I’m Popeye the Sailor Man!” Toot, toot! We all know Popeye, Bluto, and Olive Oyl, but it might be surprising to know that their role during the Great Depression was far more than just entertainment. Funded by the U.S. government, the cartoon was created to promote spinach as an iron-rich supplement to meat. And it worked very well.

Public child shaming: cruel abuse or an effective means of punishment?

What happens to your body if you survive Ebola?

Is there a code hidden in the eye of the Mona Lisa?

 

The Hidden Kennedy: Rosemary Kennedy.

Unwilling to accept that anything could be truly wrong with his own flesh and blood, Joe Kennedy, with his wife’s complicity, subjected 23-year-old Rosemary to an experimental treatment that left her severely debilitated and institutionalized for the remaining six decades of her life.

How do jellyfish move so efficiently? Surely they can’t eat enough to have enough energy to push themselves through the water, and their bodies are so delicate, any force would tear them to bits. So how do they do it?

The art of camera angles: 6 photographers are given 6 different biographies of the same man, ranging from millionaire and hero to ex-convict. How do they unconsciously and consciously approach their subject?

Oh great, my pinkie toe just fell off. Yes, this is an actual thing called dactylolysis spontea, first recorded in 1867, where the body automatically and mysteriously amputates its own limbs.

Between approximately 250 and 271 A.D., an epidemic hit Egypt and the Roman Empire so hard that sources report “the end of the world,” with more than 5,000 deaths a day. This plague undoubtedly hastened the fall of the already weakening Roman Empire.

This pigeon has been trained to identify breast cancer.

In the Chinese city of Yiwu, 600 factories produce 60% of the world’s Christmas decorations, despite many of the workers not even knowing what Christmas is.

In my research on music and the brain, I came across people with anhedonia, a rare form of amusia where people are not only indifferent towards music, but actually physically dislike music, actively going out of their way to avoid hearing music. While most people experience high amounts of brain activity and releases of dopamine and other neurotransmitters linked with pleasure, those with anhedonia experience the opposite reaction.

After jazz pianist Edward Hardy moved into a nursing home, he placed an ad in the newspaper looking for musicians to play with. Nearly 80 people reached out, including three of his former band members whom he hadn’t seen in almost 35 years. Video at the link.

Disney has prohibited adult visitors (14 and older) from dressing up in costumes, along with other restrictions in a new policy.

Christopher Ullman is a professional whistler, and has won many championships with his skillful imitation of various birds and musical instruments.

 

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