An Archive of Growth?

In religion and politics, people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second hand, and without examination.

Mark Twain–

 

science

Meteors

There are over 20 million observable meteors per day. The largest found meteorite was found in Hoba, Namibia. It weighed 60 tons. The typical size of a meteor is about one…

Are you insinuating that I am a purveyor of terminological inexactitudes?

–Winston Churchill

 

books

J. R. R. VIKING AAAAAH

J. R. R. Tolkien was known to dress up as an axe-wielding Anglo-Saxon warrior and chase his astonished neighbour down the street. (Source: interestingliterature.com)

To hate a man because he was born in another country, because he speaks a different language, or because he takes a different view of this subject or that, is a great folly. Desist, I implore you, for we are all equally human…Let us have but one end in view, the welfare of humanity.

–John Comenius

 

feminism

antibodies for baby

Breast milk contains antibodies that help protect infants from common childhood illnesses such as diarrhoea and pneumonia, the two primary causes of child mortality worldwide. (Source: WHO)

God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through.

–Paul Valery

 

The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.

–Stephen Jay Gould

 

books

Age of Gender Enlightenment

In 1921, American novelist Edith Wharton was the first woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize for fiction. She won the award for her novel The Age of Innocence, a story set…

Say what you want about long dresses, but they cover a multitude of shins.

–Mae West

 

science

Hurricanes & Typhoons

According to expert Jeff Masters, 2016 saw the strongest storms ever observed in two regions. We also witnessed seven Category 5 storms, which is a huge number. Among typhoons that…

Given a choice between two theories, take the one which is funnier.

–Blore’s Razor

 

books

Fandom at work

The only fan letter Richard Dawkins has ever written was to Douglas Adams; to his delight, he got one back. (Source: interestingliterature.com)

Sacred cows make the best hamburgers.

–Mark Twain

 

books

tsundoku

The Japanese word ‘tsundoku’ means ‘buying a load of books and then not getting round to reading them’. (Source: interestingliterature.com)

If you’re not turned on to politics, politics will turn on you.

–Ralph Nader

 

science

Parts per million

The pre-industrial concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was 280 parts per million (ppm). As of December 2016, 404.93 ppm. (Source: National Wildlife Federation)

I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy – but that could change.

–Dan Quayle

 

Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.

–George Carlin

 

food

Cuppa

The first recorded reference to anyone in England having a cup of tea is in Samuel Pepys’ diary on 25 September 1660. (Source: interestingliterature.com)

You know everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.

–Will Rogers

 

blasphemy

Climate Change is Probaby Us

In its Fifth Assessment Report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of 1,300 independent scientific experts from countries all over the world under the auspices of the United…

Lots of people are willing to die for the person they love, which is a pity, for it is a much grander thing to live for that person.

–Jason Hurst

 

In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these.

–Paul Harvey

 

All of us learn to write in the second grade. Most of us go on to greater things.

–Bobby Knight

 

consent

Planned IUD

IUDs are more than 99% effective, and can work for up to 12 years (copper). (Source: Planned Parenthood)