Author Archives: Dusti

How George Washington Died, Why Rice Krispies Snap, Crackle, and Pop, Why Coke Tried to Switch to New Coke and More

In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we answer such questions as how George Washington died, why Rice Krispies snap, crackle and pop, why Coke inexplicably tried to change their formula completely almost overnight, why lobsters turn red when you cook them, why poop is brown, why peppers taste hot and mint cold and why the traditional dog of […]

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Weekly Wrap Volume 131

This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. That Time Hoover Acciedentally Cost Itself Almost 50,000,000 by Giving Away Free Flights with the Purchase of a Vacuum Cleaner Giving away free stuff with a purchase is a good way to bolster sales and can result in a tidy increase […]

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Is Saccharin Bad for You, Why Do Amish Men Wear Beards but not Mustaches, Why Does Popcorn Pop and More

In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we answer such questions as, why Amish men don’t wear mustaches, whether saccharin is bad for you, why popcorn pops, that time future president Andrew Jackson killed a man simply for verbally insulting him, why we measure time the way we do, and why braille is used in drive-up ATMs. Click here […]

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Why the Mass Avoidance of Some Business is Called Boycotting, What is Supposed to Happen When You Land on Free Parking, Why Garlic Makes Your Breath Smell Bad and More

In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, have you ever wondered where the term “boycotting” came from, what’s actually supposed to happen when you land on free parking in Monopoly or why garlic makes your breath smell bad? We answer those questions and also look at the time Howard Hughes bought a TV station, why sterilization techniques are used […]

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Is It Really Possible to Learn to Speed Read, Why Getting Kicked in the Testicles Causes Pain in the Abdomen, Why “Rock and Roll” is Called That and More

In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we cover whether you can you really learn to speed read. We share the stories of the Lean Mean Fat Reducing Machine and what this has to do with Hulk Hogan. Next up is J.P. Morgan’s giant, purple nose and the time both Coca Cola and Pepsi made major marketing mistakes to […]

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Weekly Wrap Volume 128

This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. The Very Real Reindeer and How They Became Associated With Christmas Unlike Santa, elves or even clean coal, reindeer are real. They may not fly, but there’s a good deal of truth around the many myths of Christmas’s favorite animal. Yes, […]

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Why Vultures Don’t Get Sick from Their Diet, the Time a Flying Pig Grounded All Planes at Heathrow Airport, What Exactly Sea Monkeys Are and More

In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we look at why vultures don’t get sick when their diet is full of rotten, dead things, that time a flying pig grounded every plane at Heathrow airport, why we say “stat” when we want something done quickly, why three strikes in a row in bowling is called a turkey, what exactly […]

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Who is the “Fat Lady” and Why It’s Over When She Sings, the Origin of Rubber Ducks Being Associated with Bath Time, Why the Hottest Part of Summer is Called the Dog Days and More

In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we look at the origin of the expression “It ain’t over until the fat lady sings”, when people started using rubber ducks at bath time, how deep into the ground you own when you buy land (and what rights you have in the sky above it), how the Pet Rock fad started, […]

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Why Pop Rocks Pop, How Blue and Green Eyes Exist, How to Keep a Banana Perfectly Ripe For a Week and More

In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we share a variety of topics including why pop rocks pop, how to keep bananas perfectly ripe for a week, the amazing fall and rise of the Mars Candy Company, why men’s and women’s bikes classically had a differing top tube, why blue is the color for boys and pink for girls, […]

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Weekly Wrap Volume 125

This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Where Did the Saying “I’ll Eat My Hat” Come From? “I’ll eat my hat” is an utterance commonly used when a person is absolutely certain that something will not happen. But where did this unusual phrase first originate and have there […]

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Weekly Wrap Volume 124

This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Why Gnats Swarm A common sight in the spring and summer, the seemingly unprofitable and pointless habit of gnats to hover in a cloud is, in fact, the single most productive thing they’ll ever do with their short lives. Although there […]

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The Difference Between Brown and White Eggs, Why We Have a Seven Day Week, Why Carbonated Beverages Called “Soft Drinks” and More

In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we look at the difference between brown and white eggs, why we have a seven day week, the reasons carbonated beverages are called “soft drinks”, the reason pistachios used to be dyed red, why iodine is added to salt, and if one of the Bond Girls was really formerly a man. Click […]

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Why Doesn’t the U.S. Use a Popular Vote for President, Why Do a Donkey and an Elephant Represent the Democrats and Republicans, and More

In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we are getting into the US Presidential Election spirit by looking at why the U.S. uses the electoral college instead of a popular vote, whether U.S. Presidents have to pay taxes on the various perks of the office, the fascinating story of the first attempt to assassinate an American President, why a […]

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