The Fermi Paradox

Featured Image: The beloved extraterrestrial from 1982 is quite relevant to our current search for intelligent life outside Earth.

Thursday, 23 May 2019, New York, NY – Some of you may have heard of the Fermi Paradox, the puzzling question of “Where are the aliens?”  It seems like a simple question, but despite decades of research and investment, we still haven’t found any evidence of alien life, and probably won’t for a very long time. Here are a few basics about the Fermi Paradox that you might not already know.

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Lost at sea for 438 days

Featured Image: Jose Salvador Alvarenga, pictured above, upon his arrival in the Marshall Islands after being lost at sea continuously for 438 days.

Thursday, 2 May 2019, Mexico City, Mexico – World records. There are all kinds of them and pretty much anyone can set one. Most importantly, people try to break world records that have already been set in the past. But one world record that nobody wants to break for sure, is the world record for the longest amount of time spent lost at sea. Jose Salvador Alvarenga, an El Salvador native and a fisherman working in Mexico, holds this world record – he was lost in a boat in the Pacific Ocean for a mind-boggling 438 days. That’s over a year! Even more staggering is the distance he ended up travelling – he floated, in a 25-foot-long fishing boat, from Mexico to the Marshall Islands, more than halfway across the Pacific Ocean.

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Prison Escape: Is it legal?

Featured Image: Prison. Turns out, it’s legal to escape it in Germany.

1 April 2019, London, UK – If you live in most countries, including the UK and the US, you can have at least ten years added to your sentence if you get put back into prison after having escaped. But not in Germany. Why? Because in Germany and a few other countries, you cannot be busted for escaping prison. It sounds ridiculous but it actually makes quite a lot of sense.

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How Hawaii became American

Featured Image: Mountains of Kauai

Saturday, 30 March 2019, San Francisco, CA – From kingdom, to republic, to territory, to state, the history of Hawaii is complex, and often fraught with outright stupidity that, in a perfect world, should not have even happened in the first place. We often think of that stupidity as being the annexation of Hawaii by the United States. A historical event described as awkward at best and genocide at worst, most of us think of Hawaii’s annexation as something that, under ideal circumstances, should not have even happened at all. But this post is not just about the annexation. The suffering of the Native Hawaiians from the 19th century onwards was not just caused by the United States. It was also, in part, a self inflicted wound.

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Habsburg Incest

Featured Image: Do you notice anything unusual about Charles’s family tree?

Saturday, 23 February 2019, Paris, France – The Habsburg Dynasty was one of the most influential royal houses in European history, originating in Austria and spreading to almost every European country. The Habsburgs may have been successful in achieving power and influence, but their one key failure is well-known: inbreeding. After hundreds of years, the Habsburg gene pool became progressively smaller and smaller until the royal line was eventually unsustainable. This is the story of Charles II of Spain, and even today is known within Spain as El Hechizado, or “the Bewitched”.

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Brexit

Featured image: British PM Theresa May suffered the biggest Commons defeat in British history when that body overwhelmingly voted to reject her exit plan.

Friday, 22 February 2019, London, United Kingdom – On 23 June 2016, a referendum was held to determine the future of the United Kingdom’s relationship with the European Union. The population was divided almost completely evenly on the issue, with 51.9% voting leave and 48.1% voting remain, an extremely narrow margin. The UK has not even left the European Union yet, but the fog of uncertainty floating over the country is already doing it damage.

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Fish Yogurt – Update

Featured Image: Russian President Vladimir Putin announces his interest in either dissolving or privatising the Russian State Yogurt Corporation, branded as YogCorp. For more information, check out our first blog post on fish yogurt.

Monday, 6 February 2018, Moscow, Russia – When you consider the stress of militarily invading other countries, suppressing the political opposition, cracking down on gay people, and dealing with an ongoing scandal of interfering with a foreign country’s democratic electionsone could say that Russian President Vladimir Putin has a pretty busy schedule. But for some reason, Putin has found time to make a surprise press release Sunday in regards to Russia’s failing fish yogurt industry. Specifically, Putin says he wants to work with the State Duma to eventually privatise or dissolve the российская государственная йогуртная корпорация (Rossiyskaya Gosudarstvennaya Yogurtnaya Korporatsiya, RGYK) (Russian State Yogurt Corporation), commonly known as YogCorp.

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