From Space Elevators to the Death of LOL: 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 space elevator, how simple math saved the NBA, and the death of LOL.

Curio #825 | An ancient version of Twitter
Kuskoy, a small village in Turkey, is one of the last places on Earth with a whistled language. For generations, Kuskoy residents have communicated with their neighbors–who are sometimes miles away across mountainous terrain–by whistling. They speak Turkish when close up, but use whistling to communicate at a distance–as far away as three miles! The language is not technically… keep reading.

Curio #824 | A good sign for traffic safety
Think government workers aren’t creative? Think again. US state agencies responsible for traffic signs–usually the DOT or DOV–have been coming up with some pretty clever signs to save lives. For example, nearly 15,000 bicycle + car accidents happen each year. A recent test replaced signs saying “Share the Road” with ones saying “Bicycle May Use Full Lane” causing 90% of drivers… keep reading.

Curio #823 | Playing games with your dental health
Pay a subscription for your toothbrush? That’s exactly what a new startup–in the hot “dental technology” space–wants you to do. The company, called Beam, is trying to capitalize on the benefits of regular brushing. People who brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes are significantly less likely to need costly dental surgery. Unfortunately, the average American only brushes once a day for around… keep reading.

Curio #822 | How simple math saved the NBA
As we learned last year, basketball was invented by James Naismith in the 1800s. Back then the game was incredibly slow. —> Read More