Q. Why was New York City’s original area code 212? A. Because it was easy to dial. When area codes were introduced to speed the calling of long-distance numbers, telephones had rotary dials. The nearest digit to the dialing stopper, and thus the digit that could be dialed the quickest, was 1. Next came 2,… Continue reading Did you know: Area Codes
Meet Dabbler. Brilliant idea. It’s a no brainer to sign up for this latest Brooklyn Brainery venture; for only $2/month, you get a new hobby every month without leaving your home. I have no doubt that each month will have just the right amount of digestible and awesome information, which will consist of “several billion… Continue reading
Sam’s new project, ACMEScience News Now launched today, and wow is it fascinating! I’m so proud! Here is the full first episode, in which we learn about crowdsourcing as a scientific tool. I love crowdsourcing* and really appreciated the perspective in this interview. "The crowd identifies things that are unexpected." - Paul Hines *look for… Continue reading
In no particular order… Yellow watermelon not only exists, but is delicious. The Jen Bokoff is not only a drink, but it is delicious. We are very creative with subject lines; we’ve only repeated ourselves a handful of times. Sometime Someday Somewhere was a good one, as was the more recent Sporific Sundays is a… Continue reading Top 5: Fun Things I’ve Learned From Sam Hansen (though there are many more)
Ever wondered what this island is? Learn the names and important historic bullet points in this handy NYC Island post authored by the Brooklyn Brainery. It’s pretty all inclusive, though Governors Island is mysteriously missing!
Fact: When a frog swallows food, it pulls its eyes into the roof of its mouth to help push food down its throat. THAT’S SO CRAZY. What an incredible mechanism for eating, right? It feels more advanced than what we do somehow. This and other amazing frog facts can be explored further at the American… Continue reading Chew with your eyes!