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Hi everyone, ben here! I’m trying to experiment right now with a NEW MEDIUM:


we’re going to do our best, guys. I’m going to try to get better pens, and find some better paper as we go. So without much more rambling:

DARK MATTER: It’s not hocus pocus.

You Know What's AWEFUL for this? BALLPOINT PEN!

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oh snap, i forgot to write my weekly article about something or other.

So here’s the most important science thing you’ve never known why.


So people add salt to water on three occasions for three different reasons.

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An Introduction To canadian food

When the weather gets cold up here in the great white north, canadians do two things. We Put on our Toques (not “knit hat”. it’s called a toque)…

here i am, in quebec city, smoking a cuban cigar and wearing a toque. these are things you can do in Canada!

and THEN, we get ourselves some real skookum food and just give ‘er… and that’s how we make it through the winter.

What kind of Food do we eat in Canada? Well frankly, every kind. Canada has immigrant populations from around the world, and the different  cooking traditions are enthusiastically enjoyed! But. There are some dishes which are unique to our country. and they are RAD. Here are  9 canadian dishes that might be news to you, but which i enjoy eating. Especially when my body needs another layer of insulating fat.

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Twin paradox (part 3)

What we learned last time

Hey guys it’s so hot right now. So last time we learned something interesting. If you see a bus going past you on the street… and you watch the people in the bus, you’ll notice that they are AGEING slower than you are! Time is moving slower on the bus, than on the sidewalk… it seems.

Wow. So what’s the problem?

There is no problem with that conclusion. Except that… remember how in part 1, we noted that a person INSIDE the bus will think that everything OUTSIDE the bus is moving?

If I repeat the thought experiment from part 2, i’ll see that someone INSIDE the bus will see time passing slower OUTSIDE the bus.

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a quick note.
the podcast talked about an “atlatl” spear that some dude found in a glacier. there was a little mumbling about what it is, and then ryan told me to say something. Incidentally, i was trying to tell my cousin’s kid about them, she’s like 7, and she said she learned about it in school.

so for all of us who aren’t under 10. what’s an atlatl?

In short, it’s a stick that you use to throw a spear. You know how when you were a kid, your dad could throw a ball farther than you could? in part it was because his arm was longer. So the idea is that if you throw a spear at the end of a STICK rather than just from your hand, it’ll go farther/faster.

like this

Actually. you know those ball throwers that people use to help exercise their giant golden retrievers whose primary joy in life is to chase after a ball and then make them slimey? atl-atls work just like that but for spears.

NOTE. also, fishing rods.



Okay, i can’t get the survey plugin to work and it’s canada day.

so. Post your answers in the Comments part, and i’ll get back to you and if you get the second question right i’ll give you a prize.

QUESTION: if you’re standing on a skateboard pointing east and west, which way do you roll if you take into account the rotation of the earth?

Answer: what kind of question is this ben? the language is imprecise and stupid. also, it’s terrible. the answer is “you stay still”.

REAL QUIZ QUESTION: suppose the earth is a perfect sphere, and it’s rotating (towards the east). and you are standing in the northern hemisphere. and you’re standing still. and you put down your skateboard just to the north of you, pointing east-west. and then you step onto your skateboard. which direction do you roll on account of the world’s turning?

(note. the answer is either “east” or “west”, leave your answer and justification in the comments. smartass)


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