"Why Are There 10 Hot Dogs to a Pack But Only 8 Buns?"

Mental Floss tackles a Big Question of our time. Their answer is not fully satisfying but it could be true

(For those of you with an academic bent, here's a link to an abstract of a paper co-authored by a long-time-ago colleague of mine. I remember virtually all my colleagues being interested in the topic, but most, I think, weren't persuaded by the paper.)


"What’s normal at Harvard, but weird at other colleges?"

Quora readers discuss. Part of the top answer (at the time of posting this):

You enter Harvard after having graduated at the top or very near the top of your high school class. You were probably one of the all-around, good students, socially active, involved in your local community. You were probably named “Most Likely To Succeed” or something equally pithy. Academically and in general, you were near the top of the pyramid: the 98th percentile or higher. You got amazing scores on the SATs. You won awards for this or that during graduation.

Then you get to Harvard, and you’re average. If you’re lucky. Everybody else is so much smarter than you. You take the required reading test that everybody takes during Freshman Week, and you’re certain you did fine. Oops, no you didn’t do fine. Nobody did fine, everybody is required to take remedial reading and expository writing. I am completely serious. In my class, we read “Lolita” and what that has to do with expository writing escapes me to this day.