Episode #536

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Han Solo’s DL44

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Fiction

    The word ‘democracy’ (or some version of the word) appears in the Constitution 11 times.

  • Item #2 Science

    The Constitution does not require the Speaker of the House to be a member of Congress, so theoretically the House could elect anyone as their Speaker. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speaker_of_the_United_States_House_of_Representatives

  • Item #3 Science

    Thomas Jefferson and John Adams did not sign the Constitution. http://www.topsecretwriters.com/2011/11/10-weird-true-and-freaky-facts-about-the-constitution/

  • Item #4 Science

    The Constitution was “penned” by Jacob Shallus, A Pennsylvania General Assembly clerk, who remarkably misspelled ‘Pennsylvania’ in the document. – https://www.constitutionfacts.com/us-constitution-amendments/fascinating-facts/

Skeptical Quote of the Week

“…supernatural explanations always mean the end of inquiry: that’s the way God wants it, end of story. Science, on the other hand, is never satisfied: our studies of the universe will continue until humans go extinct.” ― Jerry A. Coyne, Why Evolution Is True