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When Does a Speed Limit Come Into Effect?

When Does a Speed Limit Come Into Effect?

Karl Smallwood March 26, 2015 1

Byron H. asks: When exactly does a speed limit come into effect? Is it when you see the sign or the instant you cross it? If it’s an increase in speed can you legally

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Six Feet Under

Six Feet Under

Karl Smallwood March 24, 2015 0

Nick C. asks: How did they settle on six feet deep for graves? If there’s one thing everyone knows about graves other than the fact that they’re really spooky at night, it’s that they’re

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Cursive No More?

Cursive No More?

Melissa March 20, 2015 1

Jeremy R. asks: Why do we still teach kids to write in cursive when it’s almost literally never used anymore except in signatures, which are also becoming a thing of the past thanks to

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Why is Ham Traditionally Eaten on Easter?

Why is Ham Traditionally Eaten on Easter?

Melissa March 20, 2015 2

Rita H. asks: Why do we serve ham on Easter? Under Jewish dietary laws (called kashrut), eating pork in any form is strictly forbidden. Jesus Christ was Jewish. So why, on the anniversary of

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Do Fish Really Like Eating Earthworms?

Do Fish Really Like Eating Earthworms?

Karl Smallwood March 19, 2015 3

Bon-hwa S. asks: Worms drown in the water, so how do fish know they are food? Is the reason they like them just the movement? Thanks! Worms, or more specifically earthworms which are by far what

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Why are Electric Wires Color Coded the Way They Are?

Why are Electric Wires Color Coded the Way They Are?

Melissa March 18, 2015 0

Erin G. asks: Why do we color code electric wires the way we do? Black, white, green, red, blue, orange, brown and grey, the color of the insulating sheath on an electrical wire generally

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Why Don’t Snakes Get Sunburned?

Why Don’t Snakes Get Sunburned?

Melissa March 17, 2015 1

Jim asks: Do non-human animals ever get sunburned? Why don’t things like snakes and other cold blooded animals seem to get burned even though they lay in the sun all day? Without a protective

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Do Wine Makers Really Walk Over Grapes With Their Feet?

Do Wine Makers Really Walk Over Grapes With Their Feet?

Karl Smallwood March 16, 2015 1

Melissa K. asks: Do high end wine makers really have people walk all over grapes with their bare feet? Perhaps no image is more synonymous with the act of wine making than that of

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Why are Calico Cats Almost Always Female?

Why are Calico Cats Almost Always Female?

Sarah Stone March 16, 2015 6

Karl W. asks: Why are calico cats always female? While any breed of cat can be born with calico fur, the vast majority of these cats are female, with only about one in three

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Is “Peanut Gallery” a Racial Term?

Is “Peanut Gallery” a Racial Term?

Melissa March 13, 2015 1

Matt J. asks: Was the peanut gallery expression really originally a racial term? Used to refer to those giving unsolicited (and unvalued) advice, the expression “peanut gallery” has its roots in late 19th century

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Why the Week Starts on Sunday

Why the Week Starts on Sunday

Melissa March 11, 2015 10

Karla S. asks: Why does the week start on Sunday? Why not Wednesday or Friday? As with so many things passed down to us from antiquity, religion is the reason the calendar week starts

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Toilet Seat Liners: Effective Safeguard or Useless Waste?

Toilet Seat Liners: Effective Safeguard or Useless Waste?

Melissa March 9, 2015 0

Geoff G. asks: Can toilet seat covers they have in public restrooms stop you from getting an STD from toilet seats someone who had one sat on? Flimsy white sheets shaped like the seat,

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Did the Battle of Gettysburg Really Begin as a Search for Shoes?

Did the Battle of Gettysburg Really Begin as a Search for Shoes?

Melissa March 9, 2015 1

Romi asks: They said on a documentary on Netflix I watched that the battle of Gettysburgh started as a fight over shoes. Is this true? Marking the Confederacy’s last stab at a major offensive

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How Did Lunar Landers Re-Launch When There’s No Oxygen?

How Did Lunar Landers Re-Launch When There’s No Oxygen?

Melissa March 6, 2015 3

Brian S. asks: How did they get the space ships on the moon off when there is no oxygen there? Whether it’s two-strokes or four, one cylinder or eight, most of the engines we

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How Do Other Animals Deal with the Umbilical Cord and Placenta When the Baby is Born?

How Do Other Animals Deal with the Umbilical Cord and Placenta When the Baby is Born?

Melissa March 6, 2015 1

Brandi N asks: How do other primates deal with the umbilical cord and placenta when the baby is born when they don’t have any sort of medical help to make sure everything’s handled right?

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Origin of Lo and Behold

Origin of Lo and Behold

Melissa March 4, 2015 0

Richard G. asks: What does the “lo” in lo and behold mean? Like a wordy exclamation point, the two defining words in “lo and behold” mean basically the same thing. Specifically, the word lo!,

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Do Road Hazard Signs Like “Deer Crossing” and “Falling Rocks” Actually Prevent Accidents?

Do Road Hazard Signs Like “Deer Crossing” and “Falling Rocks” Actually Prevent Accidents?

Melissa March 4, 2015 4

Sanvi F. asks: It costs thousands of dollars to install even one road sign, so why do they bother putting “warning deer” and “falling rock” warning signs when nobody pays attention to them? Warning

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The Origin of the Word Bimbo

The Origin of the Word Bimbo

Melissa March 3, 2015 2

Jillian A. asks: Who invented the word bimbo? Depending on whom you ask, bimbo can be an insult or just a description. Usually implying a lack of intelligence, and often combined with physical attractiveness

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