Physicists are familiar with the concept of Schrödinger’s Cat — a creature that can be described as being simultaneously dead and alive. Most of us can relate to having been served undercooked […]
Can It Really Rain Fish?
Welcome to the new era in which all of mankind lives under the benevolent rule of our undersea overlords. We are entering a new age in which our ocean-dwelling, scale-covered leaders will […]
Is Xmas an Attempt to Take Christ out of Christmas?
For all of the gift-giving, decorations, holiday music, delicious food, and festive traditions, there is no escaping the fact that the central element of Christmas is the recognition of the birth of […]
Wearing the Crown Brings Some Unusual Rights
Historically, royalty carries with it inherent aspects of sovereignty, power, and might. To wear the crown is to have the ability to yell, “Off with their heads!” and have the command carried […]
Something’s Fishy About Royal Rights
Under the law of the United Kingdom, the monarch owns all sturgeon and whales as part of the royal prerogative.
Stinky Communication Sounds Fishy
We all know that passing gas in public sends a message. Usually, that message is unwelcome. Among herring, however, communicating through flatulence may not be as fishy as it sounds.
You Take the Chicken; I’ll Have the Fish
On commercial airliner flights, the pilot and co-pilot never eat the same meal. This is for the safety of the craft: if the pilot is laid low by food poisoning, the co-pilot […]
Fish Got Your Tongue?
There’s something fishy going on in the Gulf of California. The fish know about it, but they aren’t talking. You could literally say that something has their tongues. Cymothoa exigua is a […]
Nice Catch, Ernest. Why Is That Fish Full of Holes?
Author Ernest Hemingway was an accomplished fisherman. He caught 7 marlins in one day — a world record at the time. Some of his techniques were not very sportsmanlike, however, such […]