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If the internal combustion engine is such a dirty creation, poisoning the environment and warming the planet, why is this 200-year-old technology currently powering 2 billion vehicles (cars, trucks, trains, ships) worldwide, representing 99.8% of global transportation? Answer: So far, there’s no alternative that matches all the benefits of the...
By David Lozell Martin — Let’s say there’s a 100-pound chimpanzee that has been lounging around for a few years, eating Twinkies (banana flavored), and getting zero exercise. You, meanwhile, are 200 pounds of well-toned muscle, eating a healthy diet, exercising daily. What would happen if you entered the ring with...
By David Martin — The classic line from the movie “Jaws” has become a clarion call for the world’s superrich: “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” More megayachts are being built now than ever before. Last year, 887 superyachts were sold, doubling the number sold in 2020. These floating palaces cost...
By David Martin — After the Mega Millions lottery topped $1 billion, the usual stories were trotted out about past lottery winners who had their lives ruined by hitting the jackpot. Should you be glad you didn’t win a billion bucks and end up like the following characters? The $16.2 million...
By David Martin — Last week’s Random Facts column discussed the reluctance of soldiers to kill an enemy, as covered by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, an Army Ranger and military historian, in his book, “On Killing.” Much of Grossman’s work is based on World War II studies by Army Brig....
By David Martin — Looking at all the horrible news coming out of our internet tubes lately, you’d think we humans have an inborn propensity for killing one another. A study of men in combat reaches the opposite conclusion: On their own, most men are reluctant or refuse to kill...
By David Martin — When we opened our internet tubes this week, a furry little piece of fluff came out that looked so cute we wanted to touch it — but a reader had warned us. Danger! The puss caterpillar might look like an inch-long piece of fur from a...
By Stefanie Jackson – Jaime Cole, who moved to the Eastern Shore from Arizona about a year ago, brings a fresh approach to her role as the new superintendent of Northampton County Public Schools. “We really want to focus on strengths and use the strengths of the community to make...
By David L. Martin — When we opened our internet tubes this week, a bunch of credit card bills came out. What a mess. How did people live, and shop, before credit cards? Brace yourself, young people, for the answer: People saved their money until they had enough to buy...
By David Martin –  This gas crisis is affecting everything. When we opened our internet tubes this week, nothing emerged because … wait for it … our search engine was out of gas. When the first wells began producing crude oil in the 1860s, that oil was distilled to produce kerosene....