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Weekly Wrap Volume 35

Weekly Wrap Volume 35

Daven Hiskey April 19, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. What Causes Pasta to Froth We’ve all done it: you put the pasta on to boil,

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Where The Expression “Dressed to the Nines” Came From

Where The Expression “Dressed to the Nines” Came From

Daven Hiskey April 18, 2014 0

Samira asks: Why do we say “dressed to the nines” when someone’s dressed up? Like so many etymologies of expressions and words, we can only make educated guesses at the true origin of “dressed

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Why the Insides of Apples Turn Brown When Exposed to Air

Why the Insides of Apples Turn Brown When Exposed to Air

Daven Hiskey April 15, 2014 3

Goro T asks: Why do the insides of apples turn brown when you cut the apple open? The insides of apples turn brown when exposed to air thanks to a built in defense mechanism

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Weekly Wrap Volume 34

Weekly Wrap Volume 34

Daven Hiskey April 12, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Can Color Blind People See More Colors When They Take Hallucinogenic Drugs? First a little primer

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Weekly Wrap Volume 33

Weekly Wrap Volume 33

Daven Hiskey April 5, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Why There is an Area of New York Called “The Bronx” and Why Ambulances are Called

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36 Fascinating Baseball Facts to Kick Off the Season

36 Fascinating Baseball Facts to Kick Off the Season

Daven Hiskey March 31, 2014 0

A new baseball season is upon us and, to kick it off, we thought we’d do a roundup of all the interesting baseball facts we’ve covered on TodayIFoundOut to date to give you some

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Why There is an Area of New York Called “The Bronx” and Why Ambulances are Called That

Why There is an Area of New York Called “The Bronx” and Why Ambulances are Called That

Daven Hiskey March 31, 2014 3

Why There is an Area of New York Called “The Bronx” This is thanks to a seventeenth century Scandinavian man by the name of Jonas Bronck, originally from Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands. In

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Weekly Wrape Volume 32

Weekly Wrape Volume 32

Daven Hiskey March 29, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Why Cashews are Not Sold to Consumers in Their Shells and Why Pistachios Used to Be

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One Million Downloads

One Million Downloads

Daven Hiskey March 27, 2014 0

After just about three and a half months since launching, our Daily Knowledge Podcast has reached 1 million downloads.  Thanks for listening!  If you have any feedback for us on it, we’re always interested.

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Why Certain Types of Traps are Called “Booby Traps”

Why Certain Types of Traps are Called “Booby Traps”

Daven Hiskey March 27, 2014 1

It turns out this has nothing to do with the mammaries of the fairer sex, but rather has its origins in the Spanish word “bobo,” meaning “stupid,” “fool,” or “naïve.” This Spanish word in

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Why Police Officers are Sometimes Called “Pigs” and Why “Poindexter” is Slang for “Nerd”

Why Police Officers are Sometimes Called “Pigs” and Why “Poindexter” is Slang for “Nerd”

Daven Hiskey March 26, 2014 1

Why Police Officers are Sometimes Called “Pigs” Unlike so many other nicknames for the police, such as cops, peelers, and the fuzz, this particular term has a relatively well known origin. You see, starting

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TodayIFoundOut and Neatorama Giveaway

TodayIFoundOut and Neatorama Giveaway

Daven Hiskey March 25, 2014 2

We’ve partnered up with our good friends over at the ever popular Neatorama to hold a contest with super awesome prizes and a bunch of easy ways to enter. The Grand Prize winner will

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Why Cashews are Not Sold to Consumers in Their Shells and Why Pistachios Used to Be Dyed Red

Why Cashews are Not Sold to Consumers in Their Shells and Why Pistachios Used to Be Dyed Red

Daven Hiskey March 24, 2014 5

Why Cashews are Not Sold to Consumers in Their Shells Cashews are a member of the same family as poison ivy, Anacardiaceae. Like poison ivy and many other members of the family, part of

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Weekly Wrap Volume 31

Weekly Wrap Volume 31

Daven Hiskey March 22, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Why Tuberculosis was Called “Consumption” Originally, of course, nobody knew what caused the various forms of

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Why We Say “O’Clock”

Why We Say “O’Clock”

Daven Hiskey March 21, 2014 1

The practice of saying “o’clock” is simply a remnant of simpler times when clocks weren’t very prevalent and people told time by a variety of means, depending on where they were and what references

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Why “Hank” is Short for “Henry,” Why “Colonel” is Pronounced “Kernel,” and Why We Say “Stat” When We Want Something Done Quickly

Why “Hank” is Short for “Henry,” Why “Colonel” is Pronounced “Kernel,” and Why We Say “Stat” When We Want Something Done Quickly

Daven Hiskey March 20, 2014 2

Why “Hank” is Short for “Henry” This is thought to be thanks to the one time popular suffix “-kin,” which is also how “Jack” originally derived from the name “John.” Specifically, the suffix “-kin,”

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Why Tuberculosis was Called “Consumption”

Why Tuberculosis was Called “Consumption”

Daven Hiskey March 17, 2014 0

Originally, of course, nobody knew what caused the various forms of tuberculosis, and they certainly didn’t understand it was caused by what would eventually be called tubercle bacillus (usually the offending microbes are specifically

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Weekly Wrap Volume 30

Weekly Wrap Volume 30

Daven Hiskey March 15, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Why Three Strikes in a Row in Bowling is Called a “Turkey” This is thought to

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