Category Archives: Interesting stuff

Curiosity Corner: Give ’em something to talk about

Give ’em something to talk about!                                                                                                  CURIOSITY CORNER By Dr. Jerry D. Wilson Emeritus Professor of Physics Lander University   Trivia time. You gotta keep your trivia knowledge sharp. * Four states do not allow billboards: Maine, Vermont, Alaska … Continue reading

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Words: mixed up meanings

English has got to be one of the toughest languages to learn. Even our exceptions to the rules have exceptions. Here are some of my recent mental meanderings on mixed up meanings. Confusing homophones 1.                  This bimonthly publication comes out … Continue reading

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Eight Interesting Words

 How many words are in your vocabulary? The average high school graduate is said to know about 10,000 words. The average 4-year college graduate is said to know about 20,000 words. Do you have room for any more words in … Continue reading

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Which word in the English language has the most definitions?

The word SET has the most definitions of any word in the English language. SET has 464 definitions in the Oxford English Dictionary. Here’s how the others stack up: RUN – 396 (defs.)            GO – 368           TAKE … Continue reading

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History Mystery

This was recently sent to me. I wanted to pay it forward. History Mystery       Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.  John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.  Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.  … Continue reading

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Samuel Lander Movie

Let me know what you think. Prestantia Pictures is Paul (www.paulsfunkystuff.com) Cruthcer and me, Robert (rob’s megaphone) Stevenson. Paul and I work at Lander University; I am helping Paul, who is the mastermind behind this project,  tell the story of … Continue reading

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Curiosity Corner: Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship possible, but complicated by Dr. Jerry D. Wilson, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Lander University Question: Is it possible for a U.S. citizen to have dual citizenship with another country?  (Asked by a curious column reader.) Reply: Good question. … Continue reading

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Simple stir stick prevents superheated explosion

Simple stir stick prevents superheated explosion by Dr. Jerry D. Wilson, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Lander University Question: I recently read a story about a boy being burned while trying to boil water in a cup in a microwave oven. … Continue reading

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Curiosity Corner: Moon "phased" by changing positions

Moon “phased” by changing positions   by Dr. Jerry D. Wilson, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Lander University A couple of questions, one technical and the other better-rounded. Question: The moon goes through phases – new, first-quarter, full and third- (or … Continue reading

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Curiosity Corner: Moon “phased” by changing positions

Moon “phased” by changing positions   by Dr. Jerry D. Wilson, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Lander University A couple of questions, one technical and the other better-rounded. Question: The moon goes through phases – new, first-quarter, full and third- (or … Continue reading

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Curiosity Corner: Tumblin’ tumbleweeds

Tumblin’ tumbleweeds are a pain in the west.  by Dr. Jerry D. Wilson, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Lander University Here are a couple of “What is” questions. Question: What is tumbleweed? (Asked by some curious dude.) Reply: “Drifting along with … Continue reading

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Curiosity Corner: A touch of the grape may be good for the heart

  by Dr. Jerry D. Wilson, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Lander University A touch of the grape may be good for the heart    Question: I heard on the news that grape juice may help prevent heart attacks. How is … Continue reading

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Twelve Interesting Words

Twelve Interesting Words  How many words are in your vocabulary? The average high school graduate is said to know about 10,000 words. The average 4-year college graduate is said to know about 20,000 words. Do you have room for any more … Continue reading

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