Episode #645

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: crickets

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Fiction

    The New Haven Colony, founded in 1638, was considered the most progressive in New England. Their charter guaranteed religious freedom, banned slavery, and established public education. https://listverse.com/2016/12/19/10-little-known-facts-about-early-america/

  • Item #2 Science

    Sweden attempted to establish themselves in the new world, creating New Sweden in Delaware, Southern New Jersey, and Eastern Pennsylvania. http://colonialswedes.net/History/History.html

  • Item #3 Science

    The deadliest war in America, in terms of per capita deaths, was King Philip’s war in New England in 1675-76, which saw the complete destruction of 12 settlements. http://www.history.com/topics/native-american-history/king-philips-war

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘Everyone is ignorant in some way or another. Ignorance is our deepest secret. And it is one of the scariest things out there, because those of us who are most ignorant are also the ones who often don’t know it or don’t want to admit it.’ Vera Nazarian, science fiction/fantasy writer