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Weekly Wrap Volume 166

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This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. The Curious Case of Octopus Wrestling Arising out of the peace and prosperity of the post-war world, in the middle of the 20th century Americans threw themselves into a variety of weird fads, with goldfish swallowing, pet rocks (see: How Did the […]

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Weekly Wrap Volume 160

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This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Why Do People Eat Whale Poop? Some refer to the rock-like substance as “floating gold” because of its hue and value. (For reference, 175 pound, 79 kg, lump of it was recently found floating off the coast of Qurayat, netting the fishermen […]

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Weekly Wrap Volume 154

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This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Chanel No. 1 You’ve heard that clothes make the man? Meet the suit that made the woman. Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel was born in Samur, France, in 1883. Her life got off to a rocky start. Her mother died shortly after Gabrielle’s […]

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Why is Poindexter Slang for Nerd, Why Some Pages are “Intentionally Left Blank”, The Great Emu War of 1932 and More

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In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we share why “poindexter” is slang for nerd and why some pages in books are “intentionally left blank”. We also look at that time Australia lost a war to Emus, the time in history where you could avoid execution if you won a footrace with your executioner, how to pronounce “ye” correctly […]

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Weekly Wrap 148

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This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here.  Does the U.S. President’s Dog Get Its Own Secret Service Agents? Even before the U.S. president is elected such, if they’re considered a “major candidate” for the job, they get offered Secret Service protection. Whether they accept that protection or not, […]

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Weekly Wrap Volume 147

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This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Can Sharks Really Grow an Unlimited Number of Teeth While sharks aren’t exactly the ruthless predators most Hollywood features make them out to be (see: Do Sharks Really Not Like How Humans Taste?), they do possess a number of frighteningly efficient […]

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The Rubber Band, The Invention of Post it Notes, The Invention of the Cardboard Box, Why Area 51 is called that and More

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In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we look at the inventions of everyday items, where Area 51 and ambulances got there names, the story behind Lincoln’s beard and finally why there are Bibles in hotel rooms. Click here to subscribe to our YouTube Channel for many more videos like this. The Rubber Band: Holding It Together Since 1820 […]

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Weekly Wrap Volume 144

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This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. The United States v. Paramount and How Movie Theater Concessions Got So Expensive In 1948, the Supreme Court ended the stranglehold Hollywood studios and distributors had on the U.S. movie market. Declaring the big eight a monopoly and ordering them to […]

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Why Do Some English Speaking Countries Pronounce Z as “Zed” and Others as “Zee”, The Fish That Talk With Farts, Why People in Old Photos Stick One Hand in Their Jackets and More

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In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we look at why various English speaking countries pronounce the letter Z differently, the Fish that communicate using farts, who the woman was in the famous Great Depression photograph plus much more. Click here to subscribe to our YouTube Channel for many more videos like this. Why Do Some English Speaking Countries […]

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Weekly Wrap 143

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This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. A Real Life Ghost Story Are you scared of the dark? Do you sleep with the light on? Do you hear noises in other parts of the house when you know you’re alone? You’re about to read a ghostly tale with […]

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Where “Gypsies” Originally Come From, Hoover’s Expensive Mistake, Why there’s an Area of New York Called the Bronx and More…

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In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we look at where “Gypsies” originally come from, the many million dollar promotional mistake the Hoover Company made that essentially sunk the brand in the UK, why an area of New York is called the Bronx and much more. Click here to subscribe to our YouTube Channel for many more videos like […]

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Jack Daniel’s Abnormally Nice Team of Lawyers, Why Do Diet Coke Cans Float When Coke Cans Don’t, Why is Cheddar Orange and More

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In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we look at the group of surprisingly nice Jack Daniel’s attorneys, a violinist and the Devil, Why Diet Coke cans float when regular coke does not, the time a band made a lot of money with a silent album and much more. Click here to subscribe to our YouTube Channel for many […]

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The Remarkable BassReeves, The Surprisingly Interesting Story Behind the Filet-O-Fish Sandwich, The Truth About the Origin of the Name of the Baby Ruth Candy Bar and More

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In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we look at the interesting stories of Bass Reeves, the Filet-O-Fish Sandwich, the invention of different types of silverware and much more, including the time we reached 100,000 subscribers. Click here to subscribe to our YouTube Channel for many more videos like this. The Remarkable Bass Reeves The Surprisingly Interesting Story Behind […]

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Weekly Wrap 141

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This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Why Engines are Often Measured in Horsepower We owe this unit of engine power measurement to Scottish engineer James Watt. In the early 1780s, after making a vastly superior steam engine to the then classic Newcomen steam engine, Watt was looking […]

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Why Does Hair Only Grow to a Certain Length, The Origin of the Male and Female Symbols, How January 1st Became the New Year in Many Parts of the World and More

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In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we look at the way hair grows, the origin of the Male and Female symbols, plus, why January 1st is the New Year in many parts of the world, whether NASA really spent millions developing a pen and much more. Click here to subscribe to our YouTube Channel for many more videos […]

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Weekly Wrap Volume 140

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This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. The Polish Schindlers You’ve probably heard of Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist who saved the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust. Here’s a story you probably haven’t heard—about two men who pulled off a similar miracle in Poland.  Dr. Eugene […]

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