From Killer Fans to Jettisoning Jet Lag: This Week’s Curios


Every day of the year, CEO Justin Kitch writes a quirky fact, known as the Daily Curio, intended to tickle the brains of lifelong learners everywhere. This is a weekly digest.

Last week’s Curios covered the new law making Times Square illegal, legendary killer fans in Korea, and an innovative cure for jet lag.

Curio #776 | Hole-less Swiss cheese?
Sorry, cheese lovers. Swiss cheese holes are disappearing. Even if you’re not a turophile–yes, there’s a word for cheese addiction–you probably still know Swiss cheese by its iconic holes. Those holes are shrinking because today’s milk is too clean, thanks to the modernization of the cheese-making process. This news comes just as science finally figured out how the holes are formed…keep reading

Curio #775 | The terrifying sound of silence
Does silence make people relax? Possibly. But true silence would literally drive us crazy. The quietest place on earth is an anechoic chamber at Orfield Laboratories in Minnesota. It’s so quiet that the longest anyone has been able to bear it is 45 minutes. It’s so quiet the volume of the room is actually measured in negative decibels: -9.4 dBA. A typical quiet place, like a bedroom deep in the night, has an average noise level of about 30 decibels. With no sounds from their surroundings, people in the room quickly shift their attention to the deafening sounds of their own bodies: hearts beating, stomachs gurgling and….keep reading

Curio #774 | Illegal activity in Times Square
Times Square is in trouble. Thanks to an arcane definition change in 2012, the intersection of 7th Avenue and Broadway is now defined as a highway. 2012 is when Congress passed a law designed to transform how the nation’s roads are funded. As part of this act, they changed the definition —> Read More