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Believe It Or Not

The Science of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not opens at the Saint Louis Science Center October 1, and it attempts to answer the question can science make the unbelievable, believable? 

How did the Alton Giant, Robert Wadlow, grow to be 8 feet 11 inches tall?  You’ll find out!

You’ll see a calf with two faces, a megladon shark jaw, a Rolls Royce made of matchsticks, and a portrait of Einstein consisting of toast.  You’ll also see some of the world’s most amazing optical illusions and the kids will love crawling through a life-size model of the prehistoric snake, Tatanoboa.

I’ve visited Ripley’s Believe It Or Not in Branson and enjoyed it very much.  This exhibit sounds like it could be even better, so count me in!

The Science of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not is at the Saint Louis Science Center October 1 through January 3, 2016.  For more info visit

Eternity on the moon for 12K

San Francisco-based Elysium Space announced it will launch “symbolic portions” of ashes to the moon for $11,950.  The company said, “Families now have the historic opportunity to commemorate their departed loved ones every night through the everlasting splendor and soft illumination of the Earth’s closest companion: the Moon.”

Elysium doesn’t have its own rockets, so it has teamed up with robotics company Astrobotic Technology to hitch a ride, and plans its first lunar memorial launch later this year.

According to Popular Science, the ashes won’t be buried.  The capsules will sit on the moon’s surface, “like space litter.”

Socks and sandals?

Apparently wearing socks with sandals is in… but only if they don’t make you look like a grandpa.  The Huffington Post Fashion says socks and sandals are a smart idea for tricky transition weather, and are also a painless way to break in new sandals.  Website Bustle says the sandal has to be cool and functional with socks, and the socks have to be cute too with no worn out gym socks.

I think socks with sandals is a great idea.  I have ugly feet!

The internet might be listening

The internet could be listening to your private conversations.  There are more and more devices like Amazon’s Echo which is a digital assistant set up in a home or office to listen for various requests, such as for a song, a sports score or the weather.  In theory, these devices could be used to listen to your private conversations.

Amazon says Echo users don’t need to worry about the device eavesdropping on them because there are safeguards that let users know when it’s recording.

I already think the internet is reading my mind.  I don’t need it listening to me.

Office temperature tiff

Men and women who work in the same office often don’t agree on the ideal temperature of their surroundings.  Men tend to like a cold office while women prefer a little heat.  Cue the research study.

Researchers had their hands on the controls at an insurance office for a month.  When they warmed the place from 68 to 77 degrees, typos went down by 44 per cent and productivity skyrocketed by 150 per cent.  The study was overseen by Alan Hedge, professor of design and environmental analysis and director of Cornell University’s Human Factors and Ergonomics Laboratory.

So it appears that thawing out workers has a positive effect on the bottom line.  Plus, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates you can save about 11 per cent on summer power bills by raising the thermostat from 72 to 77 degrees.

12 American names popular for the first time

There are 12 names that are popular for the first time in the U.S. and they include Annabelle, Piper, Easton and Hudson.

Researchers reviewed the thousand most popular names for each gender in each year between 1900 and 2014 from the Social Security Administration.

These names have never cracked the top 100 names for that gender before 2012.  The names are Annabelle, Aria, Piper, Skylar, Mila, Paisley, Penelope, Easton, Hudson, Jace, Camden, and Lincoln.

I’m pretty sure Skylar’s popularity is due to “Breaking Bad”.

Def Leppard & The Donald

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell hopes the reports of Donald Trump introducing the band next month at the Iowa State Fair are untrue.  Campbell posted on his Facebook page, “I really, really, really hope that there’s no truth to this rumour.  Def Leppard have never been a political band, and if it were, I for one wouldn’t be associated with this clown.”

CNN reported last week that Trump would introduce the band on August 15th.

Friends bombshell

Jennifer Aniston is denying that she had an affair with Matt LeBlanc while they were shooting “Friends.”  LeBlanc’s dad said that his son told him he had a relationship with Aniston when she was married to Brad Pitt, and that the two would make out in a dressing room.  The actress’ rep denied the claim saying Jen never had a romantic or sexual relationship with Matt LeBlanc.

Dan Aykroyd will appear in “Ghostbusters” reboot

Dan Aykroyd, one of the original four Ghostbuster, will be in the all-female reboot.  He tweeted, “On GB set shooting my scene with funny beautiful Kristen Wiig Lady GB’s are adorable, hilarious and bad—”

The tweet has been removed but Dan’s reps confirmed the news.

Liquid Courage?

Psychologists studied 364 people to see how, and how much attitudes changed after a few drinks.  They identified four drunk personalities: The Hemingway, the Nutty Professor, the Mary Poppins and the Mr. Hyde.

The Hemingways are the lucky ones who change only slightly even after large quantities of alcohol.  About 4 in 10 people of both sexes fitted in this category.

Nutty Professors change dramatically and suddenly gain confidence after downing a few.  They’re usually introverted when sober.  One if five people in the study were Nutty Professors with more men than women.

The Mary Poppins group just got sweeter with each drink.  They’re also the more responsible type with fewer alcohol-related problems.  About 15% of the group fell into this category.

Mr. Hydes become increasingly disagreeable and dark when drinking.  I used to know a guy like this.  I would’ve introduced him to my grandmother when he was sober, but definitely not when drunk.  Mr. Hydes made up 23% of the drinkers with more women than men in the group.