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We've already used GIFs to explain how things work:  like how a lock and key works, how zippers work, and how sewing machines work. But now we've got 17 more GIF explainers.  Ever wonder how a massive cruise ship is...
There's nothing like a great geometry puzzle to get the Internet into a frenzy.  Ed Southall, author of "Geometry Snacks," shared a photo of a pink triangle inside of a square and challenged people to figure out how much...
Our brains are incredibly powerful, but as we all know, they can be fooled with illusions of any sense.  You're likely more familiar with optical illusions, as they are frequently shared in social media circles.  But auditory illusions can...
At its core, boxing is a very simple sport: best your opponent by knocking them out or impressing the judges with your skill. Because of this, and because of the weight restrictions enforced through the divisions, the best boxers have...
As ancient civilizations go, the Egyptians are undoubtedly one of the most well-known and influential in the history of our world. Famed for their building prowess, beautiful picture writing, and cosmetic artistry, the footprints they left behind continue to...
What's the origin of your country's name? We've already revealed the literal translation of American states and Canadian provinces and how European countries got their name, but what about the literal translation for the names of all countries on the...
How to identify and protect yourself from fake news In today's post-truth era, the concept of "fake news" has taken center stage.  Agenda disagrees with the facts?  It's fake news.  Don't like what the other networks are saying about you? ...
Getting involved in trading is a tempting prospect but it can also be fairly daunting for newcomers to get to grips with. One of the first issues to learn about is the range of trading terminology that you might...
When you order an apple pie, you know what you’re going to get:  there’s going to be a pie, and there’s going to be some apple in that pie. However, some food names bear absolutely no relation to what they...
Product development can take years of research and careful planning.  Other times, product discovery and innovation happens completely randomly and by accident.  This is particularly true for the products below, which many of us probably take for granted. Here are...
What’s the difference between a comet, meteor, meteorite, and an asteroid? What's that in the sky?  Sometimes it's a bird, other times it's a plane... and yet other times it's a meteor.  But meteor terminology can be confusing, so let's...
Will taking Vitamin C protect against a cold?  The average U.S. adult catches between two and four cold viruses each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While more than 200 viral strains can cause the...

The Origin of the Meme Concept

What are memes, and where did they come from? The concept of the Meme was first coined by the British biologist Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book, The Selfish Gene. In this book, he conceptualized a gene as a replicator....
I found myself in a difficult situation the other day:  explaining the multiplication of two negative numbers to my 8 year old. Negative numbers are rather simple to illustrate when using temperature because there is a clearly visible "zero" Celsius...
With so many greats to choose from, narrowing down the best science fiction movies from the 80s was a challenge. Luckily, we managed to do exactly that, and below you can find some of the best science fiction movies...
All matter is made up of atoms, the basic unit of a chemical element. This is something we now take as a given, and one of the things you learn at the beginning of high school or secondary school...