Canadians often take great pride in being “nice”, especially in contrast to our American neighbours (who presumably are “less nice”?). But is our self-perception true? Or is it just fake news? Bryor Snefjella, Daniel Schmidtke and Victor Kuperman decided to put that question to the test. They decided to compare the language Canadians and Americans use, to see what that tells about our collective character. The researchers took to Twitter and analyzed 40 million tweets to see how well stereotypes of Americans and Canadians stood up to reality. Before looking at what they found, let’s take a moment to consider what a stereotype is. TheRead More →

1. Each person’s tongue print is unique. 2. Despite what most people believe. The tongue is not the strongest muscle in the human body. 3. Sarcasm increases creativity. 4. Scientists claim most internet trolls are narcissistic, sadistic and psychopathic in nature. 5. In 1897, Bayer, who is the maker of Aspirin, once marketed the drug heroin., (Why I’m not surprised!) 6. Carbon monoxide can kill a person in less than 15 minutes. If someone has to sleep in the car, he/she should leave one of the car windows open 2–3 cm. The reason is that the air can be heavier, and oxygen levels will beRead More →

George Lucas himself wanted to make the Star Tours simulator to look and feel as authentic as possible and decided to donate real props from the original Star Wars trilogy. The C-3PO and R2-D2 figures in the simulator were loaned directly from George Lucas and are some of the real props used in the filming of the original Star Wars movies. The park really wanted to go all-out and make the simulator as real as possible, even while you’re standing in line.Read More →