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Your Birth Certificate Is Not a Bond. Really.

If you’re like most people, you read that title and scratched your head in confusion. “Rich,” you may have said, “what on earth are you talking about? Of course my birth certificate isn’t a bond. It’s a birth certificate.” And now you’re … Continue reading

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Grinding Grains, Then and Now

In many science and heritage museums, especially when there is a focus on archaeology or how our ancestors lived, there is the possibility to grind your own grain. You have two stones, throw some grains in it, and grind away … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Napoleon’s Body That Isn’t

This week we remember (especially in Europe) the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s ultimate battle (and defeat) at Waterloo, Belgium. Napoleon is a famous and infamous figure in Europe. He was both a brutal dictator—responsible for the death of thousands of … Continue reading

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An Awkward History of Kissing

Psychology Today is a magazine and website that aims to popularize psychology. It’s a good thing, too, as the more people get interested in this science topic, the better. The website also hosts a blog, where this article written by … Continue reading

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“Furthermore, I am of the opinion that Carthage should be destroyed”

Recently, at work, we were discussing some changes that really needed to be made to our IT architectural landscape (decommissioning of old spaghetti-like applications and implementing more modern tools). One of the biggest challenges would be to convince senior management … Continue reading

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Those UFO Files

You may have already heard the news, however, in case you haven’t, a massive amount of US Government UFO files—from Projects Blue Book, Sign, and Grudge—has recently gone live on the web. Fox News has reported on the information, citing an article at … Continue reading

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Rasputin’s Prophetic Death Letter

Writing my first episode of Skeptoid on the death of Rasputin was a great experience. The man lived a fascinating life and I loved uncovering the actual story of his death. One aspect of the writing process that frustrated me, … Continue reading

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A philosophical note on the outbreak of World War I, 100 years ago

This weekend we commemorate the start of hostilities 100 years ago in World War 1. Direct and indirect causes were, of course, already long in the making, and you can find a lot of information about it in the media. … Continue reading

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Is Science Close-Minded?

I’ve been frequently labelled “close-minded.” Usually the speaker (or writer) isn’t really targeting me. What they seem to mean is that “scientists are closed minded, and so are you people that worship them,” to only slightly paraphrase such sentiments. As you can … Continue reading

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The Face on Mars has a Peruvian Cousin

Some interesting links came in over the Skeptoid transom the other day, and they provide a good opportunity to apply a little healthy skepticism as well as learn about an interesting corner of the world. A web article published by … Continue reading

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