From Suit Psychology to Soapy Cilantro: 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 why cilantro tastes like soap for some people, the psychology of suits, and the life-saving Plimsoll line.

Curio #755 | The whole honesty idea
The island of Canna, Scotland was recently hit with an unprecedented crime wave. As in, somebody stole something. Only four square miles, and with a population of just 26 people, crime isn’t normally a thing on Canna. But last month thieves stole six woolly hats, a few candy bars, coffee, biscuits, and batteries from a–the only, actually–store on the island. It was the first crime on Canna since…keep reading

Curio #754 | A life saving graphic
You’d be hard pressed to find a man who has saved more lives than Samuel Plimsoll. He’s the 19th century British merchant who fought for all commercial ships to have a line painted on its side to mark the maximum loading point. The invention of insurance in the 19th century created a perverse incentive for ship owners to purposely sink their ships for the insurance payout. The practice quickly became widespread, killing over 1000 merchant seamen per annum–enough that merchant vessels became known as “coffin ships.” Enter Samuel Plimsoll…keep reading

Curio #753 | Soap or cilantro?
When it comes to cilantro, people either love it or hate it. Anti-cilantroans often say it tastes like soap. Sounds crazy, but they just discovered a gene that makes cilantro taste like, well, soap. A genetic survey of nearly 30,000 people by genetics firm 23andMe has pinpointed the genetic variants that are linked to cilantro aversion. The strongest variant was…keep reading

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