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Jamie Hyneman, co-host of Mythbusters, has a degree in Russian Linguistics!

Jamie Hyneman is known as The Walrus by co-host Adam Savage and other members of the MythBusters crew for his mustache. He has many job titles under his belt including certified dive master, boat captain, machinist, animal wrangler, pet store owner, wilderness survival expert, chef, and even a linguist.

He actually graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Russian Linguistics. He has since also received an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from Villanova University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and an honorary doctorate from the University of Twente in Enschede, Netherlands for his role in popularizing science and technology. He currently co-hosts MythBusters and is the CEO of the company M5 Industries, a special effects business.

He’s been married to Eileen Walsh, a science teacher, since 1984 and actually left home at the age of 14 to hitchhike across the United States. Hyneman has quite the diverse repertoire of skills under his belt and has found great success in science and technology.

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Cucumbers are fruits!

Cucumbers are part of the gourd family, but botanically speaking they are considered a fruit and not a vegetable. It actually originates from India, though it is now grown virtually worldwide. Cucumbers are mostly composed of water, but they have some wonderful health benefits.

A single cucumber has 10 percent of your daily vitamin C requirement. Fiber is an essential part of a healthy diet. Eating enough dietary fiber can help lower your cholesterol, combat high blood sugar and prevent digestive issues. Cucumbers have about 2 grams of fiber in each of them. They are also low in calories, so they are a great snack and especially great for trying to lose weight.


11 Shocking Facts About Steven Spielberg

Robin Williams often called Steven Spielberg during the filming of Schindler's List to cheer him up with various jokes.

If you’re familiar with Schindler’s List and Steven Spielberg (or even just have a vague knowledge of common Jewish last names) then you can understand why doing the movie was a difficult experience for him. 

If not, then it’s worth knowing that Steven Spielberg is a highly famous and influential Jewish filmmaker, and Schindler’s List is a 1993 film based on the story of Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who saved the lives of over a thousand refugees during the Holocaust. 

The shooting of the film was very emotional for Spielberg due to his roots and the antisemitism he faced as a child. There were some scenes in the film that, heavily based in reality, were so dark that he couldn’t watch while they were filmed. So dreary were things that Robin Williams took to calling Spielberg every two weeks to lift his spirits with various jokes, mainly because there wasn’t much humor on the set. 

On the subject of the filming, Spielberg later said “I was hit in the face with my personal life. My upbringing. My Jewishness... And Jewish life came pouring back into my heart. I cried all the time." 


The world's shiniest living thing is a fruit!

Pollia condensata is a fruit and it's the shiniest living thing in the world. The principle behind P. Condensata‘s gorgeous finish is basically the same as behind an iridescent beetle’s wings. The cells in the fruit’s husk contain layers of fibers that run parallel to one another, with each layer turned slightly relative to the one beneath it.

Each layer reflects some of the light that hits it, and the spiral structure makes the reflected light waves line up so that they intensify each other. The wavelength of the light may be different from cell to cell, but all of them reflect extra-intensified light.

The result is a mixture of really bright colors. This type of iridescent coloration was supposed to be reserved for insect wings and bird feathers P. Condensata is the first time it’s been seen in a plant. The fruits reflect more light than any other known living thing.


Marvel created a superhero to get a young boy to wear his hearing aid!

Marvel created a superhero, Blue Ear, who has hearing aids. The character was created in honor of a 4 year old, Anthony Smith, who was hearing impaired, but wouldn't wear his hearing aid. He has no hearing in one ear and minimal hearing in another. Anthony is a major comic book fan.

He started out wearing his hearing aid, but then got depressed and refused to wear it anymore, because "superheroes don't wear blue ears." Him mom was worried and got ahold of Marvel asking for help in the issue. Their response was Blue Ear. Blue Ear is a superhero with hearing aids. Anthony was introduced to the Marvel comic book superhero and was motivated to start using his hearing aids. He was finally proud to use them. Way to go good guy Marvel.



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