Episode #592

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Clams

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Fiction

    The term, “OK,” originated with the 1840 presidential campaign of Martin van Buren, whose nickname was Old Kinderhook, and whose supporters formed the “OK club.” http://mentalfloss.com/article/50042/whats-real-origin-ok

  • Item #2 Science

    George Washington was America’s wealthiest president, worth over half a billion dollars at today’s value, and part of his wealth was from the country’s largest whiskey distillery at Mount Vernon. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/02/15/10-richest-presidents/5514567/ http://www.mountvernon.org/the-estate-gardens/distillery/

  • Item #3 Science

    In 1912 Teddy Roosevelt was shot in the chest during a public event, but insisted on completing his 90 minute speech before being taken to the hospital. http://www.history.com/news/shot-in-the-chest-100-years-ago-teddy-roosevelt-kept-on-talking

Skeptical Quote of the Week

“Man has opened the secrets of nature and mastered new powers. If he uses them wisely, he can reach new heights of civilization. If he uses them foolishly, they may destroy him. Man must create the moral and legal framework for the world which will insure that his new powers are used for good and not for evil.” — Harry S. Truman