From Psychopathic Yawns to a Shark’s Sixth Sense


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 psychopathic yawning tendencies, hot women at the office, and terrifying news about sharks.

Curio #811 | Only jerks don’t catch yawns
Contagious yawning–yawning when we see somebody else yawn–is related to our capacity for empathy. Many animals yawn, but only humans, chimps, baboons, and sometimes dogs can “catch” a yawn. So the next time your partner doesn’t yawn right back at you, that’s definitely a red flag. It could mean a lack of empathy. Or it could mean he or she is a… keep reading.

Curio #810 | NASA and Matt Damon find water on Mars
Whoa. NASA has detected salt water flowing on the surface of Mars. We’ve long known the Red Planet has ice at its poles, and potentially below the surface. But this is the first evidence of liquid H2O flowing on the surface of the planet. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has spotted… keep reading.

Curio #809 | Teenage girls are, like, totally Shakespearean
Move over Shakespeare. It turns out young women wield the powerful linguistic pen, not the poets and writers of the time. New research shows that girls in their teens and early 20’s are the vehicles for changing linguistic norms throughout history. Whether it’s “valley girl” talk or the current speech fad called “vocal fry,” young women… keep reading.

Curio #808 | Another Chicago River miracle
There are lots of impressive architectural feats in the city of Chicago: the Sears Tower, the John Hancock Building, and the new Aqua Tower are on every building buff’s list. But nothing compares to the architecture of the —> Read More