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Summer Not-busters

Summer Not-busters

Making a movie is a difficult, time-consuming, and expensive propositions.  While some projects come together naturally, others seem to have tragedy, misfortune, and just plain bad luck heaped upon them.  Horror films are fertile ground for apparent curses and it a...
Typo Negative

Typo Negative

 On July 22, 1962, at 9:21 AM, NASA launched the Mariner I space probe to great fanfare.  Less than five minutes later, the mission was “forcefully aborted.”  According to NASA, ““The booster had performed satisfactorily until an unscheduled yaw-lift maneuver was...
Be a Sport

Be a Sport

Mutaz Barshim of Qatar and Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy had been friends for a decade since meeting at the world junior championships in Canada.  Their track & field careers had paralleled each other, including potentially devastating ankle injuries.  At the 2021...
Pow Wow and Chow Chow

Pow Wow and Chow Chow

Journey with me now to southeastern Pennsylvania, the area around present-day York and Lancaster, for this topic voted on by supporters at patreon.com/yourbrainonfacts, where you can get swag and bonus content and you totally should.  My name’s…   BEAUTIFUL...
Everybody Complains about the Weather

Everybody Complains about the Weather

In 2008, China began to assemble banks of artillery around Beijing, 6,781 artillery guns and 4,110 rocket launchers.  Thousands of civilians, many of them peasant farmers without military experience, were enlisted to man the gun.  The government was concerned about...
Project Pigeon and Acoustic Kitty

Project Pigeon and Acoustic Kitty

HOME Of all the lives risked in WWII, were those of thousands of dogs, used for everything from guard duty to pulling sleds.  And they almost had a particularly awful purpose on the ironically named Cat Island, if one Swiss expat had gotten his way.  William A Prestre...