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General knowledge has been defined in differential psychology as “culturally valued knowledge communicated by a range of non-specialist media” and encompassing a wide subject range. This definition excludes highly specialized learning that can only be obtained with extensive training and information confined to a single medium. General knowledge is an important component of crystallized intelligence and is strongly associated with general intelligence, and with openness to experience. Studies have found that people who are highly knowledgeable in a particular domain tend to be knowledgeable in many. — Wikipedia



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A brain teaser is a form of puzzle that requires thought to solve. It often requires thinking in unconventional ways with given constraints in mind; sometimes it also involves lateral thinking. Logic puzzles and riddles are specific types of brain teasers. One of the earliest known brain teaser enthusiasts was the Greek mathematician Archimedes. He devised mathematical problems for his contemporaries to solve. — Wikipedia

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Uncommon Knowledge

  • GLT Datebook: DeLoreans In The Spotlight May 27, 2017 12:16 pm
    The 26th Annual Champagne British Car Festival is highlighting the DeLorean -- the car that was transformed into a time machine in Back to the Future . (Laura Kennedy)
  • Wettstein 6/5/17 May 26, 2017 6:17 pm
    Today’s programming is made possible in part by GLT Day Sponsors Don and Karen Wettstein, reminding every parent and grandparent that not only is today a good day to listen to GLT, it is also a great day to hug your children and grandchildren! (rcmcbri)
  • LaBounty 5/31/17 May 26, 2017 6:13 pm
    Today’s programming is made possible in part by GLT Day Sponsor Bill LaBounty inviting you to join the McLean County Historical Society in celebrating its 125th anniversary and recognizing local senior citizens’ lifelong contributions to the community at the annual History Makers Gala, Thursday, June 15th in the Brown Ballroom at ISU’s Bone Student Center. Information and tickets at . (rcmcbri)
  • Psyching Out Star Wars May 26, 2017 3:17 pm
    Forty years ago this week, the lines began to form around the block for Star Wars —a film that went on to explode not just box office records, but make a profound impact on culture. (Laura Kennedy)
  • Big Ideas Come From Tiny Particles May 26, 2017 2:09 pm
    Throw some particles at an atom and what do you get? That's what Dr. Allison Harris wants to know. (Laura Kennedy)
  • GLT's Grow: Tracking Down Native Plants May 26, 2017 1:30 pm
    Sometimes you just want to plant a huckleberry bush in your yard. And sometimes it's just a pain trying to actually find a huckleberry bush. Finding native plants can be a challenge. (Laura Kennedy)
  • Citizen-Scientists Document Illinois Plants May 26, 2017 1:00 pm
    Walking along Shady Hollow Trail at Comlara Park, Sherrie Snyder spots a small flowering plant in the underbrush that contains a series of delicate deep purple blossoms. She stoops to snap a photograph of it on her cell phone. "I'm going take a picture of this little guy, the dwarf larkspur," she says. It's all part of a citizen-science project called Flora of Comlara Park. She and other volunteers—you might call them plant Sherlocks—observe and photograph the current plant life so that botanists can compare the plants growing today with those that grew a hundred years ago in central Illinois. (Judith Valente)
  • GLT Sound Ideas 5/25/17 May 26, 2017 3:01 am
    Destihl Brewery is banking on its sour ales for future growth as it opens its new facility in north Normal. But, formerly explosive double digit growth in craft beer slowed last year to six percent. Talking about beer taste trends with Destihl. Plus, plastic mats for the homeless, Sergeant Pepper hits 50, and immigration stories. (ceschle)
  • Bloomington Alderman Thinks Shared Sales Tax 'still a good idea' May 25, 2017 8:24 pm
    Editors note: This is the first of a series of interviews with newly elected council members in Bloomington and Normal. There are a "ton of details to work out," but a Bloomington Alderman is standing by campaign statements about a shared sales tax agreement between Bloomington and Normal. (Mike McCurdy)
  • Local Immigrants Share Personal Stories May 25, 2017 4:18 pm
    Recent political rhetoric aside, the majority of immigrants living in the US. come here legally, and each has a compelling story to tell. Those are among the messages members of Bloomington-Normal's immigrant communities hope to convey at a conversation Thursday evening at Bloomington Public Library. East Indian, Mexican, Caribbean and Latin American immigrants will share their personal stories. Speaking on GLT's Sound Ideas, Marianne Taylor, who emigrated to Bloomington six years ago from the Dominican Republic, said native-born Americans need to hear directly from immigrant families. "To actually hear from their own mouths what was their experience, why they came to the U.S., what are their passions, their dreams and how can you hear their stories and relate to them," Taylor said. Taylor obtained legal residency after marrying an American citizen. "My experience may be very different from that of others ... My reason for coming here was love," she said. She met her husband when he (Judith Valente)
  • Upcycling And Crocheting Helps Homeless May 25, 2017 1:30 pm
    Instead of letting old plastic shopping bags clog our landfill or flutter around on the whims of the wind, one local group is upcycling them to help folks in need. (Laura Kennedy)
  • GLT Sound Ideas 5/24/17 May 24, 2017 10:59 pm
    New Bloomington Alderman Jamie Mathy says the city is not all that user friendly for small business startups. But, he says the city of no is starting to turn into the city of, how can we help you? Plus home is where the RV is, the final chapter of a ten month travel odyssey. And getting rid of a couple of garden pests. (ceschle)
  • Sgt. Pepper Turns 50 May 24, 2017 5:34 pm
    North Street Records owner Jeff Wilson paused to contemplate the 50 year anniversary of The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album. "I can't believe all Beatles records are starting to be 50 years old," said Wilson sitting next to the turntable behind the counter in his store. "I guess it's like the world's classical music, especially Sgt. Pepper because it's so iconic." (Jon Norton)
  • Interim BCPA Director: Downtown Building Is Underutilized May 24, 2017 11:00 am
    The man who has spent the past month learning about past management of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts says the 1,200 seat theater and basement-level meeting space sits empty far too often. "I get no pleasure out of an auditorium of 1,200 sitting there empty and knowing that 1,200 could have something in it and that 'something' could be producing revenue for the city," said Carl St. Clair, a former VenuWorks executive who was lured out of retirement with a four-month, $30,000 contract to serve as interim director of the BCPA. The emeritus vice president with 50 years of venue management experience was recruited following the sudden death of Tina Salmone who served as director of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts for four years. He told WGLT, "I don't see a lot of activity and when you ask if its underutilized, I'm used to thinking about activity that's in spaces used each and every day." But, St. Clair was quick to praise the current staff. "You [the city] (creynolds)
  • GLT Sound Ideas 05/23/17 May 23, 2017 8:40 pm
    A march from Chicago to Springfield demanding a state budget. One of those marchers joins us, advocating a progressive income tax. The head of the Ecology Action Center lays out plans for a household hazardous waste collection event and business support for it. Plus, the Mayor of Bloomington stops by. (kmlore2)
  • GLT Sound Ideas 05/22/17 May 23, 2017 8:16 pm
    IWU Women's Basketball Coach Mia Smith looks at the intangibles of young talented basketball players. Her new gig is selecting players for the USA Basketball 16 and under national team. Plus, saying goodbye to a gentle man and WGLT colleague, and what's new (or rather old) in Springfield. (ceschle)
  • Animal House: I Love It When You Call Me Names May 23, 2017 2:00 pm
    Once the excitement of adopting a new pet settles down, you have a big decision ahead of you: what to name your new friend. (Laura Kennedy)
  • IWU Women's Coach Selected As USA Basketball Representative May 22, 2017 12:00 pm
    Even veteran coaches can get nervous when jumping into a new endeavor. Adding to the apprehension for Illinois Wesleyan women’s basketball coach Mia Smith is jumping midstream into an at-large representative for selecting athletes and coaches for the national USA Basketball committee. She had no idea she was even being considered. (Jon Norton)
  • GLT Colleague Jim Browne Passes Away May 20, 2017 8:11 pm
    Longtime WGLT Morning Edition Host Jim Browne, 65, passed away Saturday morning around 6 a.m. in hospice at Advocate BroMenn. He died after a lengthy illness. Browne had a 45 year career in broadcasting at several radio stations including WGLT and WJBC in Bloomington Normal. (Charlie Schlenker)
  • GLT Datebook: Steampunk Event Is Full On Future Past May 20, 2017 12:30 pm
    Downtown Bloomington is set to go steampunk with Cogs and Corsets: A Steampunk Happening, June 2 - 4. (Laura Kennedy)