Fun Fact of the Day: You can’t tell somebody is lying from their eyes. A liar always has shifty eyes and can’t look you in the face. It’s one of our most commonly-held beliefs, and it’s completely wrong. Psychologists offered strong evidence of this after examining video footage of people who lied and didn’t lie, noting how often they looked to the left and right, creating the “shifty eye” effect. There was no measurable difference between people who were lying and those who were telling the truth.
On this Day in History in 1913: 1st US paved coast-to-coast highway, the Lincoln Highway is dedicated.
Fun Fact of the Day: Experts argue that companion planting seems to work for so many because of this “yin and yang” relationship found in nature. Rather than planting all of the same crop in a large area (picture the typical cornfield), commercial (and backyard) growers see improvement when they imitate the diversity found in the natural world, alternating rows with a complementary crop.
On this Day in History in 1726: “Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift is published by Benjamin Motte in London.