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Weekly Wrap Volume 73

Weekly Wrap Volume 73

Daven Hiskey January 31, 2015 0

This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. The Invention of the Piano The names that come to mind at the mention of

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26 Fascinating Football Facts

26 Fascinating Football Facts

Daven Hiskey January 30, 2015 0

With the Super Bowl this weekend, we thought we’d do a “Football facts” roundup to help you impress your buddies with amazingly interesting Football knowledge. 891) Buffalo wings were invented sometime around the 1960s

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Why Pencil “Lead” is Called “Lead”

Why Pencil “Lead” is Called “Lead”

Daven Hiskey January 28, 2015 0

Karen asks: Why is pencil lead called lead when it doesn’t contain any? In the 16th century, a large deposit of pure, solid graphite was discovered in Borrowdale, England. This was the first time

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Is It Possible to Literally Be Scared to Death?

Is It Possible to Literally Be Scared to Death?

Daven Hiskey January 27, 2015 0

This is a question we’ve gotten a lot from readers over the years and we were going to answer it ourselves eventually, but honestly Hank Green already did a phenomenal job of it, so

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Weekly Wrap Volume 72

Weekly Wrap Volume 72

Daven Hiskey January 24, 2015 1

This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. 20 Interesting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Facts 1) His name was originally Michael, not

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Why Did People Once Think the Moon was Made Out of Cheese?

Why Did People Once Think the Moon was Made Out of Cheese?

Daven Hiskey January 23, 2015 0

Because it was formed in the Milky Way? -badop-ting-… *crickets* In fact, nobody ever thought the Moon was made of green cheese… Well, there are nutters out there, so it’s possible that there was

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39 Digits, Pi, and the Size of the Observable Universe

39 Digits, Pi, and the Size of the Observable Universe

Daven Hiskey January 20, 2015 0

This is a video from the very talented Brady Haran who, among other channels, produces phenomenal videos such as this one over at Numberphile, which you can subscribe to here. You can also join

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In Which a Mathematics Professor Explains The Math Behind Math Jokes

In Which a Mathematics Professor Explains The Math Behind Math Jokes

Daven Hiskey January 20, 2015 0

This is a video from the very talented Brady Haran who, among other channels, produces phenomenal videos such as this one over at Numberphile, which you can subscribe to here. You can also join

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The Teenager Who was Executed Twice

The Teenager Who was Executed Twice

Daven Hiskey January 19, 2015 0

Today I found out about a 16 year old sentenced to death who had to have that sentence carried out twice. The teenager was Willie Francis, the youngest of 13 children in a poor

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Weekly Wrap Volume 71

Weekly Wrap Volume 71

Daven Hiskey January 17, 2015 0

This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Why Popcorn Pops First a little background, Popcorn or “zea mays everta” is a special

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The Fascinating Science Behind the Movement of Tectonic Plates

The Fascinating Science Behind the Movement of Tectonic Plates

Daven Hiskey January 16, 2015 0

This is a video from MinuteEarth created by Henry Reich et al. If you like TodayIFoundOut, odds are you’ll also greatly enjoy their videos. So go check them out and subscribe to their channel

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Weekly Wrap Volume 70

Weekly Wrap Volume 70

Daven Hiskey January 10, 2015 0

This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Why Children Get Summers Off of School The commonly touted explanation for students having summers

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Weekly Wrap Volume 69

Weekly Wrap Volume 69

Daven Hiskey January 3, 2015 0

This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. A Celestial Message in a Bottle Imagine for a moment that it’s 40,000 years in

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Humans and Our Love of Spoiled Foods

Humans and Our Love of Spoiled Foods

Daven Hiskey January 2, 2015 4

This is a video from MinuteEarth created by Henry Reich et al. If you like TodayIFoundOut, odds are you’ll also greatly enjoy their videos. So go check them out and subscribe to their channel

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The Sacred Band of Thebes, What Monkees Do With Money and More, in Yet Another 10 Quick Facts

The Sacred Band of Thebes, What Monkees Do With Money and More, in Yet Another 10 Quick Facts

Daven Hiskey December 26, 2014 1

Quick Fact 881: On February 10, 1355 in Oxford, England, Walter Spryngeheuse and Roger de Chesterfield, two students at Oxford University, got in an argument with tavern owner John Croidon over the quality of

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’69 in Canada, Cincinnatus, Who Built the Pyramids and More, in Yet Another 10 Quick Facts

’69 in Canada, Cincinnatus, Who Built the Pyramids and More, in Yet Another 10 Quick Facts

Daven Hiskey December 25, 2014 1

Quick Fact 871: John F. Kennedy’s sister, Rosemary Kennedy, was ultimately found to have an IQ of only 60-70, something the family went to elaborate lengths to hide.  Finally, at the age of 23

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Christmas Facts Wrap

Christmas Facts Wrap

Daven Hiskey December 24, 2014 0

Krampus, the Christmas Demon Santa Claus has long been the symbol of Christmas, bringing joy and presents to all the good girls and boys. But if you are child in Germany, Austria, and other

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Why Do Mentos and Diet Coke React?

Why Do Mentos and Diet Coke React?

Daven Hiskey December 23, 2014 0

If you’ve ever wondered why Diet Coke and Mentos react so strongly to one another, well, wonder no more. To start, it should be noted that it’s not just Diet Coke and Mentos that

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