Episode #686

News Items

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    A man once drunkenly stole a plane and landed it in the middle of Manhattan in front of a bar at which he was drinking. Two years later he did it again because others doubted he had done it the first time.

  • Item #2 Fiction

    The Manhattan iconic skyline is shorter in the middle because of the bedrock in that area.

  • Item #3 Science

    9/11 mastermind, Khalid Muhammad, sent the FBI on wild goose chases literally by telling them that geese in central park had explosives stuffed up their ass.

  • Item #4 Science

    In 1776 Manhattan caught on fire destroying 1/3 of the city including some 500 houses.

“Science is a paradigm about how we ought to gain knowledge, not the particular methods or institutions of science but the value system. Namely to seek to explain the world, to evaluate candidate explanations objectively, and to be cognizant of the tentativeness and uncertainty of our understanding at any time.” Stephen Pinker, The Better Angles of our Nature