Episode #894

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: overtones

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, was named after the city of her birth, Florence, Italy. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41557-022-01008-w

  • Item #2 Fiction

    When the Nazis were fleeing Italy during WWII, Hitler ordered all the bridges of Florence to be destroyed to slow the Allied advance. However, the private tasked with setting the charges on the Ponte Vecchio deliberately failed to make a proper connection, sparing the bridge.

  • Item #3 Science

    In 1527 anti-Medici rioters dropped a bench from a parapet, striking Michelangelo’s David and breaking off his left arm in three pieces. https://pontecommedia.wordpress.com/2010/08/15/davids-broken-arm/

Skeptical Quote of the Week.

“What we call rational grounds for our beliefs are often extremely irrational attempts to justify our instincts.” ― Thomas Henry Huxley