From Purr Therapy to Defeating Defeat Devices: 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 history of defeat devices, why cats really purr, and the trail of Lewis and Clark’s poop.

Curio #818 | How do wildfires get their names?
It’s been another rough fire season in the American West, thanks to the ongoing drought. Like major storms, wildfires are tracked by a unique name. But unlike with tropical storms, there aren’t official rules for wildfire naming. Well, there’s one rule… keep reading.

Curio #817 | TV + T = British MW!
The British really love their tea. And their TV. Together. TV programming is less varied in the UK than the US, as is the use of DVRs. As a result, millions more people watch the same shows at the same time. Which wouldn’t be an issue, except for what they do during and immediately afterwards: they have tea, of course! Millions of UK citizens… keep reading.

Curio #816 | Purrrrr therapy
Nobody’s exactly sure why cats purr. While the popular explanation is that cats purr when they are happy, it’s more complicated. Cats actually use purring as a general means of communication, and even as a source of self-healing. Cats purr when they are injured, scared, or just hungry. But the most recent discovery is that cats purr to… keep reading.

Curio #815 | How water balloons didn’t save soldiers’ lives
Water balloons were invented in 1950 by an Englishman named Edgar Ellington. Originally Ellington had set out to build a sock. Specifically a waterproof sock to help WWI soldiers prevent trench foot, a condition caused by standing too long in cold water —> Read More