A persistent meme of misconception It’s not what you know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know that ain’t so.” Mark Twain The Problem How do we know what is so and what ain’t so? Sometimes obsolete or debunked ideas still persist and circulate widely. Many people today still believe the misconception that… Continue reading Myth of the Tongue Map
With flavors of chocolate and red fruits, this Barolo [red wine] has a strong backbone of tannins. from LoveToKnow.com Some people can see better than others, with vision like eagles. Some people can hear better, detecting subtle sounds as a dolphin hears the sounds of small fish swimming. And some people are extra sensitive to… Continue reading Supertaster Test
How an explosion revealed a superpower “Well, it’s just a matter of taste,” you may say to a friend when disagreeing about the flavor of food. Now many scientific studies support this common experience: some people have a more acute sense of taste than others. We all live in different taste worlds. The wonderful and… Continue reading A Matter of Taste?
In 1880, Prince George of Wales, the future king of England, then in his teens, saw it during a sea voyage. As he wrote in his journal, “July 11th. At 4 a.m., the Flying Dutchman [the legendary ghost ship] crossed our bows. A strange red light as of a phantom ship all aglow… stood out… Continue reading What is a Fata Morgana?