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We've all heard how casinos are designed to deliberately disorient visitors, causing them to lose track of time and where exactly they are. But did you know that there's a similar strategy behind the design of shopping malls as well? Officially known as the "Gruen transfer," this phenomenon was named after Austrian architect Victor Gruen, who identified how an intentionally confusing layout could lead to consumers spending more time and money in a shopping venue (though he would later disavow the approach).

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There are only two mammals on Earth with the proven ability to move their bodies in time with an external beat: humans (though not all humans, to be fair) and sea lions. When researchers at the University of Santa Cruz rescued a stranded sea lion in 2013, they found that she was very smart, and she was even able to learn how to dance. Though parrots can also keep a rhythm, it was previously thought that only animals capable of complex vocal learning could do this.

"Typhoid Mary" was a real historical person who became notorious in the early 1900s. She was an Irish woman named Mary Mallon who immigrated to the United States in the 1880s. Though she had no symptoms of typhoid fever, she carried the bacteria in her blood and could pass it on to other people. Because no doctor could convince her that this was true and she didn't feel sick, she insisted on working as a cook. During her career, she infected at least 51 people, three of whom died, before she was isolated in enforced quarantine for the last decades of her life.

Upon going deaf, Beethoven discovered that if he bit onto a metal pole that connected to the piano he was playing, he could hear almost perfectly well. This process is called bone conduction, and while technology has evolved, the science is the same: Vibrations are transferred from the conductive metal into our bones. When this happens, our ears pick up the signal with no sound distortion.

Indeed. "Hey mister poor actor! How little do you earn for your skill and talent?" Doesn't always come off as respectful. But, hey, who better to field this question than prominent voice-actor extraordinaire, Kyle Hebert?

Now, occasionally, I'll think of a question that I feel is really interesting. And, more importantly, positive! Perhaps the easiest thing I could do for Answerfans every week would be to post a question where everyone can bitch and moan, because who doesn't like to do that? We all gotta vent, and that's fine - I certainly don't avoid it, and I use it pretty often to spark a discussion here.

The Dolphins only picked four players in the 2022 NFL Draft, and this selection was interesting. Miami used a first-round pick on Jaylen Waddle last year, traded a bevy of picks away for Tyreek Hill this offseason and then took a receiver with their second pick in the draft. This is a crowded wide receiver room now. Will Ezukanma find a way to stand out?

I'm fascinated by this tight end class in general, because I think there are several players who could become stars depending on how they are used by their new teams. Ruckert is considered by some to be TE1 in this class, and he could be important for Zach Wilson's development.

I mean, obviously the first quarterback the Steelers selected is the most interesting pick -- and for multiple reasons. Is he truly the best quarterback in this class? Will playing at the familiar Heinz Field help? When will he start?

People are interested in the return-man aspect of this pick, but I want to see if Phillips can carve out a little slot role for himself. That could come down to just how good of a route runner he is, but he has potential.

Trapasso says he's one of the more underrated running backs in this class, and I'm interested to see what his role will be in the offense. Antonio Gibson was benched multiple times last year due to fumbles. If that happens again, Robinson Jr. could be his replacement and get some opportunities.


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