A Life Spent Wondering

How Does the Rear View Mirror Dimmer Work?

How Does the Rear View Mirror Dimmer Work?

So you're driving down the highway at night and listening to some tunes when all of the sudden someone comes up on your tail end. Next thing you know their headlights are blaring into the car, blinding you as they reflect off the rear view mirror. Thinking quickly, you flip the little switch under the mirror, tinting the reflection and preventing you from driving blindly. read more

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How Do Smoke Detectors Work?

How Do Smoke Detectors Work?

Smoke detectors, which have been commercially available since circa 1969, have proven to have a huge advantage in promising the safety of people if a fire breaks out in a house or building. But how do these detectors actually go about detecting smoke? read more

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Does Potassium Even Out Sodium Levels?

Does Potassium Even Out Sodium Levels?

Does potassium combat sodium in the body? This question arose a while back when I saw these little yogurt shots that boasted the promise that the potassium in them would "flush sodium" from the body. Being that Americans eat so much salt, this is definitely worth looking into. read more

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Why Are There Carpool Lanes?

Why Are There Carpool Lanes?

Formally known as High Occupancy Vehicle lanes (HOV), carpool lanes are the lanes on a highway reserved for cars with a driver and at least one passenger, emergency vehicles, and motorcycles. What's the point of having it, though? read more

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On Meteors

On Meteors

The past few months have been busy with meteor showers ranging from the Perseids in August, the Orionids in October, the Leonids in November, and the Gemenids which peak tonight (Dec. 13) and will continue into next weekend. With all the talk and Facebook events about the showers it's only be appropriate to talk a bit about meteors. read more

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Running Water and the Need to Pee

Running Water and the Need to Pee

"I can't pee", you say as a mother or father watches over and insists that you have do. After sitting on the toilet and arguing with your parents about wanting to just go to bed, they turn the faucet on in the bathroom and within seconds the urge to pee enters your mind as you hear the water shooting out and splashing into the sink. read more

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The Thanksgiving Turkey Isn't Making You Tired

The Thanksgiving Turkey Isn't Making You Tired

Thanksgiving, a day comprised of great family gatherings, stories you probably never want to be told, and grandmothers who drink too much. After thanksgiving dinner everyone sits back and unbuttons their pants to let their gut hang out. Soon enough people are feeling tired, but it's not caused but what you may have heard. read more

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Bologna's Odd Spelling

Bologna's Odd Spelling

Bologna is a famous lunch meat in America, whether you eat it on a sandwich or on a Lunchable cracker. In this country we pronounce the word as "baloney", and yet it is spelled in way that would not suggest we are saying it right. What's the reason for this? read more

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