From the Perfect Rear End to the Perfect Grilled Cheese: 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 a new formula for non-melting ice cream, Natasha Wagner’s perfect rear end, and 6th century rhinoplasties.

Curio #888 | Nose jobs from the 6th century B.C.
With the nose so prominently featured on the human face, I guess it’s no surprise that people throughout history have tried to change theirs. Rhinoplasty, or plastic surgery on the nose, has been around since the 6th century BC! The first recorded rhinoplasty nose job occurred in India, and involved taking a flap of skin from the patient’s cheek to mold a new nose. But the procedure didn’t take off until the 16th century, thanks to syphilis. At that time… keep reading.

Curio #887 | Some holiday cheer for your waistline
The holiday season is in full swing, which means you are likely consuming an above average amount of food and drink. Nothing ruins holiday cheer like waistline anxiety, so here’s some good news: reports of holiday weight gain are greatly exaggerated. Media outlets have long reported the average person gains between 5 and 10 pounds from Thanksgiving to New Years. This turns out to be completely false! According to a recent study, the typical person… keep reading.

Curio #886 | Cars from the underground get a second life underwater
Ever wondered what happens to old subway and train cars when they are retired? Besides the .00001% that are made into tourist restaurants, it’s historically a challenge to dispose of thousands of 180-ton metal cars. Not anymore, thanks to the ingenuity of Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources. That US state’s “artificial reef” program has figured out —> Read More