Some Fascinating Facts That You Should Know

History You Never Knew

 November 14, 2014


Interview with Richard Shenkman, author of the book One-Night Stands with American History (Revised and Updated Edition): Odd, Amusing, and Little-Known Incidents




Mike Carruthers:
History is full of intriguing, little-known stories. For example…


Richard Shenkman:
J. Edgar Hoover did not like anybody walking on his shadow. We don't know if it was a superstition, or some security precaution that he took, but it was well known in the F.B.I.; if there was a light casting a shadow on Hoover, don't step in it.

Richard Shenkman

Making Your Voice Sound Better

 November 12, 2014


Interview with Roger Love, author of the book Set Your Voice Free: How To Get The Singing Or Speaking Voice You Want




Mike Carruthers:
How would you like to immediately improve the sound of your voice?


Roger Love:
Take a breath, fill up your tummy with air, and while you're speaking make sure that your stomach is coming in, in, in - the whole time that you're speaking. That really helps to push the air out and create a beautiful sound.

Roger Love

When Inexperience Is A Good Thing

November 10, 2014


Interview with Liz Wiseman, author of the book Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work




Mike Carruthers:
When it comes to a job or career it’s experience that matters. Or does it?


Liz Wiseman:
I think that advice has been accurate for a lot of years but the world of work has changed a lot in the last few years.

Liz Wiseman

The Power Of Rituals

November 6, 2014


Interview with Chris Attwood, author of the book Your Hidden Riches: Unleashing the Power of Ritual to Create a Life of Meaning and Purpose




Mike Carruthers:
Simon Cowell climbs a tree every day. Serena Williams bouncing the tennis ball exactly 5 times before she serves. These are rituals.


Chris Attwood:
And what’s unique about a ritual is that rituals make things real. You get married and a wedding ceremony, that ritual, makes that abstract concept real.

Chris Attwood

How Time In Nature Impacts Success

November 5, 2014


Interview with Brian Brawdy, author of the book Something to Believe In




Mike Carruthers:
When you step back and look at all of human history you can come to the conclusion that…


Brian Brawdy: 
The greatest moments in humanity, the greatest moments in religion and for that matter music and art, have always come when the individual was alone in nature.

Brian Brawdy

Life's Little Aggravations

October 24, 2014


Interview with Laura Lee, author of the book The Pocket Encyclopedia of Aggravation: 101 Things that Annoy, Bother, Chafe, Disturb, Enervate, Frustrate, Grate, Harass, Irk, Jar, Mife, Nettle, ... Trouble, Upset, Vex, Worry and X,Y Z You!




Mike Carruthers:
Life is full of little aggravations. Some of them have interesting explanations. For example, when toast falls on the floor, why does it always land butter side down?

Laura Lee:

It really does do that, and it’s not because the top is heavier or anything like that. It has to do with the height of tables.

Laura Lee

Interesting Facts About Light

October 3, 2014
Interview with Ben Bova, author of the book The Story of Light
Mike Carruthers:
You no doubt learned it in school but do you remember how fast light travels?
Dr. Ben Bova:
Nothing in the universe goes faster than light: 186,000 miles per second.

Ben Bova

Ben Bova, author of the book, The Story of Light...


History Of Walking

September 23, 2014


Interview with Joseph Amato, author of the book On Foot: A History of Walking




Mike Carruthers:
Walking, it’s something you do every day without giving it a whole lot of thought but… 


Joseph Amato:
Walking is a treacherous business. It’s kind of an organized activity around falling. Just as we’re going to fall, we bounce off yet another step.

Joseph Amato

Medical Miracles

September 11, 2014


Interview with Dr. Edward Creagan, author of the book How Not to Be My Patient: A Physician's Secrets for Staying Healthy and Surviving Any Diagnosis




Mike Carruthers: 
There are a lot of people walking around today who really should be dead.


Edward T. Creagan, M.D.:
I have a formal presentation on miracles and I have the Cat scans and I have the MR scans and I have the pathology report. Patients who should have died twenty-five years ago continue to live meaningful productive and creative lives.

Dr. Edward T. Creagan


September 1, 2014


Interview with Dr. Michael Thompson, author of the book Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children




Mike Carruthers:
Childhood friendships can be the most important ones.



Michael Thompson, Ph.D:
You know friendship in childhood is a better predictor of adult mental health than grades or IQ.

Dr. Michael Thompson

Something You Should Know - Blogged