We're almost half-way through January, and the brain trainers at HowStuffWorks still believe you can achieve your learning goals this year. That's why they've created all-new articles and podcasts to whip your brain into shape. Here are some of the stories you may have missed this week
After the 75th Annual Golden Globes ended Sunday night, the nation was left wondering if Oprah's running for President in 2020. HowStuffWorks is counting down the top five reasons why Lady O may actually do it. Among them: Donald Trump's candidacy proves that a lack of political experience is not a barrier to the highest office in the land. Many more unconventional presidential hopefuls may enter the race next cycle, but Winfrey has wide name recognition, and she's popular with the general public. Also, fund raising won't be an issue for her because she can easily afford to bankroll her own campaign. But to see the most convincing reason, you'll have to read the article.
It's time to dust off your eclipse glasses (or buy a pair while they're still cheap), because Mother Nature has an encore performance after last year's Great American Eclipse. The first blue moon total eclipse in 150 years is happening on Jan. 31, 2018. Merriam-Webster defines a blue moon as "a second full moon in a calendar month," but the phrase blue moon isn't a reference to the color. This month's eclipse will actually be red, because red light is bent around our atmosphere during a total lunar eclipse. NASA is reporting that the moon will be 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than normal on this night.
The Baby Bump
Few moments in life are as significant as pregnancy and birth. The mother and midwife were the first to learn the infant's sex at the time of birth, but that all changed with modern medicine and the advent of the ultrasound. Over the past 10 years, many couples have reclaimed the mystery of their baby's gender by throwing gender reveal parties. Often, the ultrasound technician will write the sex of the baby on a piece of paper and put the note in a sealed envelope. The expectant couple will then give the envelope to a third party, who is tasked with hosting a celebration and revealing the baby's sex in crafty ways. This week on the podcast Stuff Mom Never Told You, Emilie and Bridget discuss what gender reveal parties reveal about us and why they are not fans of them