We are all fortunate to live in an age when the answers to any question you might have are literally at your fingertips. Wikipedia is an enormous repository of human knowledge, a Bacchanalian feast of facts both profound and trivial for all the world to enjoy.
To provide an example of how useful Wikipedia is as a resource, I’m going to use it to answer a few simple queries.
Why is the sky blue?
A quick search for BLUE tells us that it stands for the Best Linear Unbiased Estimator of coefficients in regression analysis, according to the Gauss-Markov theorem. Johan Carl Friedrich Gauss (30 April 1777 – 23 February 1855) was a brilliant German mathematician born to illiterate parents eight days before the Feast of the Ascension, which naturally takes place 40 days after Easter.
Easter is a holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ three days after his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary. As you are probably aware, Archbishop Joachim of Nizhny Novgorod was also crucified, martyred by local Bolsheviks in Sevatopol, Ukraine around 1920.
In August of 1920, the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed, guaranteeing women the right to vote. The first 10 amendments to the Constitution are known as the Bill of Rights, a document which is currently located at the National Archives building in Washington D.C. — home of the Cherry Blossom Festival each spring.
Cherry is a shade of red, the color before orange at the end of the visible spectrum, with a wavelength of approximately 620-740 nanometers, a relatively long electromagnetic wave that scatters poorly when striking atmospheric particles. Shorter electromagnetic waves more likely to scatter include gamma rays, X-rays, ultraviolet rays, and of course, light with a wavelength between 450-495 nanometers, which is perceived as the color blue.
What is hair made of?
Hair is a musical that debuted on Broadway in 1968. It was considered controversial because it contained profanity, drug use, overt sexuality, and a nude scene.
Nudity was the protest method of choice for Lady Godiva, who according to legend rode a horse naked through the streets of Coventry to get her husband to repeal an unfair tax. Godiva Chocolatier is a chocolate manufacturing company founded in Belgium in 1926. In addition to chocolate, Godiva also sells truffles, coffee, liqueur, cookies, and cocoa.
Cocoa powder is the solid mixture of substances that remain when cocoa butter is extracted from cacao beans. It is light brown in color with a pH between 5.1 and 5.4, and is a rich source of flavanol antioxidants.
Antioxidants are molecules that slow the chemical process of oxidation, in which active free radical compounds are created that can damage cellular components including DNA, lipids, and proteins. Proteins are large macromolecules made from chains of amino acids. They can be divided into three classes: globular, membrane, and fibrous.
Fibrous proteins are usually structural, and include collagen, a major component in connective tissue, and keratin, of which fingernails and hair are made.
Why does it hurt when I pee?
You got Western Peruvian dick spiders.(citation needed)