The French are good at a lot of things, you know? Bread, chocolate, art and literature, the Statue of Liberty (thanks, guys!), science (way to go Marie Curie!), the list goes on and on. Where would we be without our French brothers and sisters? Not drinking pasteurized milk, watching movies, scuba diving, driving around on… Continue reading French Vanilla and other French stuff.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could win a game-show just by walking up the stairs? Japanese game shows have a reputation for being a little on the bizarre side, and recently one came out with just that premise: just get up the stairs and you win. There’s just one catch: the stairs are coated… Continue reading Game shows aren’t rigged because they don’t have to be.
An enormous portion of the world we see is blue, between the sky above us and the oceans and lakes that cover the earth. It’s no wonder that most people love blue. But the thing about the ocean and sky is that the color can’t be bottled up—unlike flowers, rocks, and all the other things… Continue reading The Color Blue — Who Knew?
“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” —Benjamin Franklin I love a good sale, and it makes my day when I come across one I didn’t expect. But some sales aren’t good news for everyone. Like recently at a grocery store in Canada, there was a sale on frozen french fries, with bags of… Continue reading Poor Grant!
The original oranges from Southeast Asia were a tangerine-pomelo hybrid, and they were actually green. In fact, oranges in warmer regions like Vietnam and Thailand still stay green through maturity. (thanks, Readers Digest)
Red is the power color. Women with red lipstick get hit on more often than any other color. People using with red poker chips bet more. (Okay, maybe it’s not good to encourage even more gambling, but you get the idea.) Taekwondo competitors wear red win more bouts. Go figure. Do their red suits blind… Continue reading Code Red!
When you hear someone say “it’s the closest thing to paradise,” they’re usually talking about a tropical island. I get it. Who wouldn’t want to lounge on a white sand beach with warm turquoise water? But creative people are not great at doing nothing all day long, so although it might sound tempting, I have… Continue reading Creative People
Lech Walesa, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, once said: “I'm lazy. But it's the lazy people who invented the wheel and the bicycle because they didn't like walking or carrying things.” Call it laziness, creativity, or genius, whatever it is, I love finding tools that help me get things done in a smarter way. Such… Continue reading Lazy People Invent Things Because …
Following Rules -- Or Not.When I was a little girl I was a serious rule-follower. Something as small as a disappointed glance from an authority figure was enough to make my stomach churn. So when my first grade teacher got tired of wasted art supplies and made a rule that the kids needed to stop… Continue reading Following Rules — Or Not