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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".

Stuff You Should Know: The Great Michigan Pizza Funeral

In 1973 Mario Fabbrini, a Michigander, held a funeral for 30,000 frozen pizzas after they were recalled by the FDA. The mushrooms used in the pizzas had recently tested positive for clostridium botulinum, a bacteria that produces a toxin that causes potentially fatal botulism. In a publicity stunt, Fabbrini buried the frozen pizzas instead of just throwing them away. The event was attended by Michigan’s governor at the time, William Milliken, and was covered by…

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Stuff You Should Know: Crown-Of-Thorns Starfish

The Crown-of-thorns starfish, or COTS, is the second-largest starfish in the world and gets its name from the venomous spines covering its body. This starfish will typically eat coral polyps, which are individual pieces of coral, and are capable of destroying entire coral colonies. These starfish have been known to cause immense damage to coral reefs, prompting environmental organizations to begin killing these starfish in attempts to save coral reefs.  The COTS eats by climbing…

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People You Should Know: Isaac Cole

Isaac Cole is a junior at FHE – chances are, though, that you didn’t know that. Isaac doesn’t interact with the school beyond, well, school, and jazz band. That doesn’t mean Isaac leads an uninteresting life, however, in fact, there’s a lot that goes on in his life at home. To start, Isaac spends time watching indie films (as opposed to the “schlock that Hollywood mostly puts out”). I can personally attest to Isaac’s taste…

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Stuff You Should Know: The Dakota Fire Hole

The Dakota fire hole is an unusual and lesser-known style of campfire that is made via holes in the ground. The fire typically burns efficiently, is difficult to smother, and creates less smoke at the cost of being difficult to set up. This technique is mainly utilized however as it’s difficult to spot. Since light is contained and smoke is reduced the Dakota fire hole is taught to members of the U.S military to prevent…

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Stuff You Should Know: The Unicorns Of The Sea

Narwhals are a type of whale known for their majestic tusk that can extend to more than 10 feet. Nicknamed “unicorns of the sea,” narwhals have obtained a nearly legendary status. It’s a common misconception that narwhals are not real, however, they are completely real and can be found in arctic waters. The name comes from “nar,” an old Norse word meaning “corpse.” They are named that due to the splotchy whiteness that develops as…

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Stuff You Should Know: Delta P In Bodies Of Water

Delta P, shown as ΔP, is a symbol that simply denotes changes in pressure. However, when found underwater, Delta P can be deadly, and even minute lapses of judgment have caused fatal accidents. When two bodies of water come together and one has a higher pressure than the other, the high-pressure water will always try to move to the lower-pressure water to create equilibrium. This basic idea has created many problems with divers working underwater.…

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Stuff You Should Know: Hillsborough Human Crush

On April 15th,1989, 96 people died in Hillsborough stadium; “crushed” (causes of death vary) to death by other humans. Located in England, the Hillsborough stadium was stormed by nearly twenty five thousand fans who congregated to witness a soccer game. Too many fans tried to enter the stadium at the same time, and the fenced-in nature of the stands at Hillsborough ment people were packed together to the point where they asphyxiated. This accident is…

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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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