- Stefan Doyno at What If?1 day ago
It’s been a few years since dinosaurs ruled the earth – 66 million (give or take a few million)- so it’s safe to say they won’t be making a second appearance.
But what if one day you woke up to find a Tyrannosaurus Rex in your backyard? You’d probably need a new pair of underwear.
What is it that makes these not-so-gentle giants so intriguing? The dinosaur is not just an animal, it's an industry - and it's only getting bigger. Books, toys, movies. The recently announced "Jurassic World" hits theaters in 2015 - a highly anticipated sequel to a series that has made billions worldwide over the past 20 years. When we're not watching them on the big screen, we're visiting their remnants at museum exhibitions hoping to gain some insight into what these almost mythical creatures were like.
Visiting the Smithsonian Natural History Museum may not be as exciting as it is now if dinosaurs still existed.
“From our audience research we know people come here to see the Hope Diamond and dinosaurs and everything else is gravy,” says Kirk Johnson, Saint Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
- Dan Kloeffler at What If?4 days ago
When it comes to birthday cake etiquette, there are two types of people: those that scrape off the frosting in disgust and those that strategically cut a corner piece for double the sugary surface area. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a lot of us are going for the corners. About 217 million Americans are considered overweight or obese, which is roughly two-thirds of the country.
But fear not, the picture of a bloated America could easily change if we all dropped 20 pounds. Yes, we’re mindful that not everyone could or even should lose 20 - those that are underweight, children and the elderly – but we’re talking about the masses.
And full disclosure, as a kid that was forced to shop in the husky section of Sears, I know all too well the emotional and psychological toll weight can have on someone’s confidence. This is not fat shaming, this is simply a hypothetical situation.
So, what if everyone lost 20 pounds?
- Dan Kloeffler at What If?1 mth ago
Tucked inside every pack of cigarettes is the secret to a better sex life, increased job security and the chance to save $64,000.
Despite the constant drumbeat of dire consequences and stomach-turning ads, 43 million Americans still smoke. Of whom, 70 percent confess they would like to quit. Even if you’ve never smoked a day in your life, cigarettes and smokers have had an impact on more than just the obvious health-related issues.
So we pondered, “What If Everyone Quit Smoking?” in the United States.
First, a little history. For 50 years, the government has been telling America, “Stop Smoking.” In 1964, the first U.S. Surgeon General’s report showed a connection between smoking and illness, based on medical research and scientific findings.
Today, 13 percent of the U.S. population smokes. If they decided to stop smoking, it could trigger a chain reaction of consequences across the whole country.