Wednesday, July 23

 

Tuesday, July 22

The Debunker: Can Warm Summer Nights Cause “Heat Lightning”?

by Ken Jennings

Lord Almighty, I feel my temperature rising. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, July is the beginning of the “dog days” of summer, the hottest period of the year. But you know what’s cool on a hot day? Knowledge. Grab a tall glass of lemonade, settle down in a hammock under a shady tree, and let Jeopardy! wunderkind Ken Jennings set you straight on some shamefully persistent misinformation about hot stuff.

The Debunker: Can Warm Summer Nights Cause “Heat Lightning”?

You’re sitting on your porch on a warm, humid summer night. Without warning, off on the horizon, you see flashes of lightning. After a few minutes’ pause, the lightning continues. But the whole time, you haven’t felt a drop of rain—in fact, there’s not a cloud in the sky. Even weirder, none of the lightning was accompanied by thunder! This is clearly no ordinary lightning.

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Monday, July 21

Music Monday: Heat

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Right now, it's likely to be getting prett-ty warm around you. So today's Music Monday is Scott's tribute to heat. Consider it our way of warming you up to the Dog Days of Summer. Also we wanted to use that terrible pun.

The Style Council - Long Hot Summer

 

There aren't many songs that feel connected to both an era and a season, but just listen! How could this song be born anywhere but the summer of 1983?

Eh, so they're gonna be short, so what. It's too hot to do a lot of work. See you after the jump.

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Tuesday, July 15

The Debunker: Did Benjamin Franklin Invent the Franklin Stove?

by Ken Jennings

Lord Almighty, I feel my temperature rising. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, July is the beginning of the “dog days” of summer, the hottest period of the year. But you know what’s cool on a hot day? Knowledge. Grab a tall glass of lemonade, settle down in a hammock under a shady tree, and let Jeopardy! wunderkind Ken Jennings set you straight on some shamefully persistent misinformation about hot stuff.

The Debunker: Did Benjamin Franklin Invent the Franklin Stove?

Benjamin Franklin was certainly one of the great inventors of his time, and his lively intellect led to a series of innovations we still benefit from today: bifocals, the lightning rod, the flexible urinary catheter. Yes, every time an old person is able to finish their Sudoku while not getting struck by lightning and/or peeing his hospital bed, we have Ben Franklin to thank.

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Monday, July 14

Music Monday: Classy Vibes

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! If you were to break into Scott's house and look at his record collection, you'd maybe be shocked to see how many records feature the vibes. Today Scott's gathered some vibraphone hits he knows and loves and set them out on display. After you enjoy them, it'll be your turn to add a few! And don't worry, we're using the super-loose interpretation today. Xylophones, bells, marimba, whatever, today we're callin' 'em all vibes.

Roy Ayers - Liquid Love

 

Roy Ayers is one of those names you find almost instantly if you start getting into a certain type of music. He's not a household name like Miles Davis or John Coltrane, but he's got his only little soulful corner of the world and he maintains that corner expertly. It's just too bad that the "good vibrations" joke has been done to death, because Roy Ayers would be the perfect jazzman to use it on.

Got lots of vibein' to come after the jump. Hurry on in!

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Friday, July 11

 

Tuesday, July 08

The Debunker: Are Meteorites White-Hot When They Land?

by Ken Jennings

Lord Almighty, I feel my temperature rising. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, July is the beginning of the “dog days” of summer, the hottest period of the year. But you know what’s cool on a hot day? Knowledge. Grab a tall glass of lemonade, settle down in a hammock under a shady tree, and let Jeopardy! wunderkind Ken Jennings set you straight on some shamefully persistent misinformation about hot stuff.

The Debunker: Are Meteorites White-Hot When They Land?

First of all, let’s settle this “shooting stars” thing once and for all. Feel free to make a wish on a streak of light in the night sky, but what you’re seeing is, of course, not a star. It’s a meteoroid—a small chunk of a comet or an asteroid. When the meteoroid enters the atmosphere, friction produces a burst of light and heat, which we call a meteor. If the whole thing doesn’t burn up during its descent, a fragment of rock may fall to Earth, at which point it becomes a meteorite. Got it? The order is asteroid -> meteoroid -> meteor -> meteorite.

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Monday, July 07

Music Monday: Sour Milk: Novelty Songs You Gotta Share

by Scott Lydon

It's Music Monday! What's the best way to prove you're someone's friend? Why, by giving them horrible music, of course! Nothing shows your respect like the words "Wow, you've GOT to hear this crap!" Today Scott's showing his love for you by slapping down five of the WORST songs he knows. After you listen, feel free to repay him in kind.

Dr. Dave - Vanna, Pick Me A Letter

 

In one quick motion, David Kolin crossed the voice of Cheech Marin with the smooth skill of Alex Chilton and- well, churned out this mid-80s novelty hit about Wheel Of Fortune. At least he didn't go back to do "Jeopardy Gurls," right?

The terror only continues within. See you after the jump!

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Wednesday, July 02

 

Tuesday, July 01

The Debunker: Is Human Body Temperature 98.6°?

by Ken Jennings

Lord Almighty, I feel my temperature rising. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, July is the beginning of the “dog days” of summer, the hottest period of the year. But you know what’s cool on a hot day? Knowledge. Grab a tall glass of lemonade, settle down in a hammock under a shady tree, and let Jeopardy! wunderkind Ken Jennings set you straight on some shamefully persistent misinformation about hot stuff.

The Debunker: Is Human Body Temperature 98.6°?

My mom was a slave to the thermometer. A temperature of 98.6° meant that, even if I felt lousy, I was perfectly healthy and had to go to school. Anything higher meant a fever, so I could stay home and watch game shows and General Hospital. Anything lower meant I wasn’t holding the damn thing in my mouth right, and I got just one more chance before she’d go back to the medicine cabinet to get (ominous music sting!) the other thermometer.

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