Homer Simpson “Predicted Higg’s Boson” in 1998


In a 1998 episode of The Simpson’s, Homer decided to become and inventor and is seen writing equations on a blackboard in one scene. According to scientists, one of the equations correctly predicted the mass of the Higg’s boson 14 years before physicists discovered the particle. The show is known to have mathematicians among the writers.

Number of Billionaires Grows By Record Numbers


Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel is the World’s Youngest Billionaire

Forbes released its annual list of the world’s billionaires, and there are now 1,826 in the world, nearly 200 more than last. Among the new billionaires was basketball legend Michael Jordan, who is now the 1,741st richest person in the world.  Bill Gates remained on top, with his fortune growing from $76b to $79.2b.

Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim, who topped 2013’s list, and investor Warren Buffet held onto 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.  The youngest billionaire is 24 year-old Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel, while the richest woman is still Christy Walton, the 8th richest person in the world overall.

Sierra Leone VP in Quarantine Under Ebola Threat


Vice-President Sam-Sumana (right) stands next to President Bai Koroma (center).

Sierra Leone’s Vice President, Samuel Sam-Sumana has placed himself under voluntary quarantine after one his security guards died from Ebola last week.  The Vice-President will now remain in quarantine for three weeks.  Despite his quarantine, he will became acting president today when President Ernest Bai Koroma attended an EU conference, ironically on Ebola, in Brussels.

The Sierra Leone government has said Vice-President Sam-Sumana will carry out his presidential duties from his own home despite the quarantine.  He said he wanted to place himself under quarantine to “lead by example” and called on anyone else who had contact with the security guard to do the same.

Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll For Third Year in a Row


Rand Paul Won the 17-Person Poll

Senator Rand Paul, from Kentucky, came out on top in the CPAC Straw Poll for the third year in a row.  The Conservative Political Action Committee held its annual three day convention in Washington, DC.  While Paul’s third consecutive win is impressive, the winner of the Straw Poll has gone on to become the Republican nominee only 20% of the time.  Mitt Romney still has the most wins, with 5.

The CPAC tends to be much younger and more conservative than the older, more middle-ground Republican base.  About half of the attendees to the convention were 25 or younger, and Rand Paul’s popularity with college students is well known, as is his father Ron Paul’s popularity.  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker came second in the poll, ahead of Senator Ted Cruz.