The Horns of Moses

Take a close look at Michelangelo’s sculpture of Moses in Rome and you will notice two strange protrusions on his head: horns. Some historians credit a mistranslation of ancient texts for the common practice in the 16th and 17th century of depicting Moses with horns, but closer analysis reveals this may not be the case.

Fibonacci’s Real Name

Fibonacci’s sequence is a series of numbers found throughout nature, often in the ordering of tree branches and flower petals.¬†Starting with 0 and 1, each number is the sum of the two numbers before it: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, etc. Credited with the introduction of the sequence in 1202, “Fibonacci” is a misnomer. The Italian Leonardo …

When You Give Yourself Lemons

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” The first known instance of this common idiom was found in Reader’s Digest in 1927 in the form of Elbert Hubbard’s phrase, “A genius is a man who takes the lemons that fate hands him and starts a lemonade stand with them.”

The Secret Language of the Andes

Spoken in the Bolivian Andes, Machaj Juyai is a secret language used by traditional healers known as the Kallawaya to pass healing secrets down to their sons.