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August 4, 2011

feeling trivial; maybe you can help
posted by soe 1:44 am

I try not to meld my work life and my real life, because, well, I’d rather not waste my time thinking about work when I don’t have to. However, every once in a while, I get to do something fun for work and then I like to share it.

Right now, I’m working on compiling some factoids that pertain to science. For instance, did you know that the 27 moons of Uranus are named after characters created by Shakespeare and Pope (Alexander, not The)? [Confidential to Karen: I said Venus earlier, but was not paying attention. Definitely not Venus, although Venutian makes a far superior word to … Uranian? Uranussian? Uranusian? Urani?]

Do you have a favorite science fact*? Care to share it in the comments? I can’t promise you fame or glory, but I can say that teachers and students will benefit from your knowledge. Or, at least that’s what I tell myself to get me through the day.

*Fact: A truth supported by testable evidence. Not something made up. But don’t worry if you don’t have a paper trail; I’m going to look it all up anyway, so include those Flying Spaghetti Monsters if you must.

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Tycho Brahe had his nose cut off in a duel over who was the better mathematician when in university. He lived he rest of his life with a metal nose.
Best part of this is when I tell my students and then we watch the video Kepler’s Laws. There are acted out parts, and the actor who plays Brahe has the metal nose, but they make no mention of it in the clip. None!

Comment by raidergirl3 08.05.11 @ 8:18 am

@raidergirl3: How interesting! Thank you!

Comment by soe 08.10.11 @ 1:14 am