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Author: Samuel Sietsema

Sam Sietsema is a junior, but he's also a dreamer, innovator, Harvard graduate, and frequent lier. Back again for another year he's hoping to share knowledge that people can find interesting. This 16 year old is less about politics and current events and more about making people think. I'm looking forward to introducing new topics, imagining mystifying possibilities, and, hopefully, making people say "that's cool".

People You Should Know: Léo Major, Canadian soldier

Léo Major, born January 23, 1921, was said to have liberated an entire German-controlled town during world war two single-handedly and was the only Canadian to win the distinguished conduct medal, an award for outstanding bravery eligible for anyone in the allied forces in two different wars. Major’s antics have produced legendary, albeit disputed, war stories. Stories about cleverness, skill, revenge, and triumph over overwhelming odds. While I’m mainly going to talk about Major’s single-handed…

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Stuff You Should Know: The Corpse Plant

Amorphophallus titanum, commonly known as the corpse plant, is infamous for the stench of rotting meat that emanates from the flower during bloom. While it’s only one of the many plants that emit a carrion like odor, amorphophallus titanium is the most famous. With heights reaching over 10 feet, it has what appears to be the largest flower in the world; however, the corpse plant is actually a cluster of much smaller flowers, called an…

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Stuff you should know: Crassus, the Legendary Roman Leader

Marcus Crassus (115 – 53 BC) was a Roman leader and general. He is considered to be the richest person in Roman history and one of the wealthiest people ever. However, Crassus is not nearly as famous as other leaders from his time, namely Julius Caesar and Pompey the Great. Crassus reached the top of the Roman political ladder and commanded armies that conquered land and staunched rebellions, and yet not many people know his…

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Anna and Katelyn: Crew Champions

As someone new to crew, the thought of waking up at 6 am to watch people row boats sounded miserable. I was right that waking up at 6 am on the weekend was miserable, that cannot be denied, however being introduced to the sport that is crew was surprisingly fun! My surprising discovery about the sport was not the only big moment, but also that Anna Alt (‘24) and Katelyn Douglas (‘24), both FHE rowers,…

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Stuff You Should Know: Cow Tools

“Cow tools” is a one-page comic written by Gary Larson for The Far Side as an “exercise in silliness.” Immediately after the printing in 1982, Gary Larson received a torrent of letters and phone calls, the comic just didn’t make sense to a lot of people. It was so confusing, a press release was written specifically to address the Cow Tools comic. Gary Larson said that “the ‘Cow tools’ episode is one that will probably…

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People you should know: Wesley Martin-Sharples

If you have met Wesley Martin-Sharples then you might know he’s 16, a junior, and an overall cool guy. There’s a chance you don’t know, however, that Wesley is an avid writer and enjoys playing Dungeons & Dragons. As Wesley often plays the role of Dm (Dungeon master), an enjoyment for writing is a perfect attribute to have. However, that doesn’t mean writing is going to be easy. Wesley has no problem taking pre-written stories…

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Stuff You Should Know: Ponziani Basics

The Ponziani is one of the oldest chess openings, first described by Luis Ramirez Lucena in 1497. It is sometimes also called the Staunton opening as Howard Staunton—the best chess player from 1843 to 1851—was a strong advocate for it. While still iconic, nowadays the opening is not considered to be quite as good as the Ruy Lopez or the Italian game.  Opening The Ponziani opening starts with 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3. C3 is…

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Stuff You Should Know: Leather Grains

To understand the different grains of leather, one must first know how leather is made. A hide, typically from a cow, is taken and then split into multiple thin pieces, which are then turned into leather. During the split, the outer side of the hide that has the skin is taken away to be turned into “full-grain” leather, while the rest of the hide makes up the other grains. The rest of the hide is…

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Stuff You Should Know: Miracle Fruit

There is a berry that changes how you taste. Synsepalum dulcificum, commonly called the “miracle fruit,” contains a protein called Miraculin. Miraculin coats the taste buds and changes how receptive the human body is to sour foods—after consuming the berry, foods that normally are sour appear to taste extremely sweet. For fifteen minutes to an hour, no other taste sensations are changed, but all sour foods taste more like sugar. Miraculin is currently being investigated…

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Stuff You Should Know: Glowing Rocks

To the naked eye, “Yooperlites” look like any other boring gray rock. However, the rock contains something called “sodalite” which causes it to gleam with fluorescence when a UV light is shined on it.  The rock got the name from Erik Rintamaki, the man who first found them in 2017. He named them that as a nod to the nickname ¨Yooper,¨ given to those who live in Michigan’s upper peninsula. The rock was  found on…

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