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The Origin of the QWERTY Keyboard

The Origin of the QWERTY Keyboard

Samantha July 2, 2014 0

Today I found out the origin of the QWERTY keyboard.The first typewriter was introduced to the United States in 1868 by Christopher Latham Sholes. His first attempt to build a typing device consisted of

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Can the Great Wall of China Really Be Seen from Space?

Can the Great Wall of China Really Be Seen from Space?

Samantha May 14, 2012 4

Jimmy K. asks: Can the great wall of China really be seen from space? That depends on what is meant by “seen” and “space” because the definitions of each determine whether or not the

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How Baseball Groundskeepers Achieve Checkerboard Patterns in the Ballpark Grass

How Baseball Groundskeepers Achieve Checkerboard Patterns in the Ballpark Grass

Samantha March 2, 2012 1

Today I found out how baseball groundskeepers achieve checkerboard patterns in the ballpark grass. Most of us have had the opportunity to stand in awe as our eyes perceive the beauty of a perfectly

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Navel Orange Trees are All Clones of Each Other

Navel Orange Trees are All Clones of Each Other

Samantha January 19, 2012 2

Today I found out navel orange trees are all perfect clones of one another and all originate from a single tree in Brazil. In 1820, a mutation occurred in a group of sweet orange

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Marshmallows Were Originally Made from the Sap of the Marshmallow Plant

Marshmallows Were Originally Made from the Sap of the Marshmallow Plant

Samantha January 18, 2012 2

Today I found out marshmallows were once made from the sap of marshmallow plants. Whether they are a hot chocolate topping treat, in the form of a sugar-coated critter, or roasting over a campfire,

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Clifford the Big Red Dog was Originally Going to be Named Tiny

Clifford the Big Red Dog was Originally Going to be Named Tiny

Samantha January 16, 2012 1

Today I found out Clifford the Big Red Dog was originally going to be named “Tiny”. Most of us know the story of Clifford the Big Red Dog: being born the runt of a

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The Big Dipper is Not a Constellation

The Big Dipper is Not a Constellation

Samantha January 9, 2012 2

Myth: The “Big Dipper” is a constellation. In fact, the Big Dipper is an asterism.  A constellation is an officially recognized group of stars as defined by the International Astronomical Union. Constellations are used

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The Origin of the QWERTY Keyboard

The Origin of the QWERTY Keyboard

Samantha January 7, 2012 10

Today I found out the origin of the QWERTY keyboard. The first typewriter was introduced to the United States in 1868 by Christopher Latham Sholes. His first attempt to build a typing device consisted

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Tootsie Roll Industries Never Gave Away a Prize if the Wrapper of a Tootsie Pop Had a Native American Boy Shooting a Star

Tootsie Roll Industries Never Gave Away a Prize if the Wrapper of a Tootsie Pop Had a Native American Boy Shooting a Star

Samantha January 2, 2012 10

Myth: Tootsie Roll Industries used to give away prizes if the wrapper of a tootsie roll pop had a Native American boy shooting a star. Children all over the world have whipped wrappers off

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The Difference Between a Coffin and a Casket

The Difference Between a Coffin and a Casket

Samantha December 28, 2011 2

Today I found out the difference between a coffin and a casket. The words coffin and casket are often used interchangeably to describe a box used to bury a dead body in.  Although the

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“Billy the Kid’s” Real Name was Not William H. Bonney

“Billy the Kid’s” Real Name was Not William H. Bonney

Samantha December 27, 2011 12

Myth: Billy the Kid’s real name was William H. Bonney William H. Bonny is actually another alias of Billy the Kid, used during the height of his notoriety, but it is not generally considered

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Brontosauruses Never Existed

Brontosauruses Never Existed

Samantha November 28, 2011 8

Today I found out “Brontosauruses” technically never existed. As children, we went through school learning the fascinating facts about dinosaurs that roamed the earth millions of years ago. We studied the Tyrannosaurus rex, the

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There is No Such a Thing as Bulletproof Glass

There is No Such a Thing as Bulletproof Glass

Samantha August 31, 2011 6

Myth: There is such a thing as true bulletproof glass In movies and TV shows, bulletproof glass is often depicted to be indestructible. No matter what weapon is used, no matter how many bullets

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Peanuts Are Not Nuts

Peanuts Are Not Nuts

Samantha June 30, 2011 4

Myth: Peanuts are nuts. Peanuts are a food with an identity crisis. While most people think of peanuts as nuts, they are actually legumes. What is a legume? It is a type of plant

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