The Mystery Of Magnetic Hill

Scientist tackles Magnetic Hill mystery:

A Japanese scientist has won an award for duplicating the kind of optical illusion that for decades has baffled tourists who visit the fabled Magnetic Hill in Moncton, N.B.

Magnetic Hill is an area that appears like you’re going up a hill when you’re really going down.

It’s dumb-founding if you’re new to it: you take your car “down” a hill, put it in neutral, then experience the car going back “up” the way came on its own, when it’s really going down a hill. It is cool.

Wikipedia says there are hundreds of these magnetic-type hills. I had no idea.

The Oil Spill In the Gulf Of Mexico

Why is Oil in the oceans so frightening?:

[The oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico] is currently spilling an estimated 200,000 gallons of oil into the gulf of Mexico every day.

In other words, every day, a new 125,000 square kilometers (or 50,000 square miles) of ocean will eventually get coated in oil when it finishes spreading out

An excellent article describing how oil spreads through water and its frightening impact.

Liquorice Can Make You Dumb

Eating liquorice in pregnancy may affect a child’s IQ and behavior:

Women who ate more than 500mg of glycyrrhizin per week – found in the equivalent of 100g of pure liquorice – were more likely to have children with lower intelligence levels and more behavioural problems.

Glycyrrhizin is 30-50 times sweeter than white sugar.

Twizzlers, the popular licorice-type candy, does not contain anything from the licorice plant, hence it contains no glycyrrhizin.