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Are Airplane Black Boxes Really Black?

Are Airplane Black Boxes Really Black?

Sarah Stone September 22, 2014 1

Mekala asks: Is the black box in airplanes really black? Also, who invented it?  Thanks! Like many inventions, versions of an airplane “black box” were independently invented by several people, in this case beginning

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Who was Cunningham of Cunningham’s Law?- “The best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question, but to post the wrong answer.”

Who was Cunningham of Cunningham’s Law?- “The best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question, but to post the wrong answer.”

Karl Smallwood September 22, 2014 3

Cunningham’s Law is an internet adage that states “The best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question, but to post the wrong answer.” It’s an interesting

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Who Invented Diet Soda?

Who Invented Diet Soda?

Matt Blitz September 17, 2014 0

Matthew C. asks: Who made the first diet pop? In order to make a diet soda (at least one people would popularly drink), a sugar substitute was needed. The first such artificial sweetener, saccharin,

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Why Do Cans of Diet Coke Float But Cans of Regular Coke Don’t?

Why Do Cans of Diet Coke Float But Cans of Regular Coke Don’t?

Karl Smallwood September 15, 2014 0

Mark K. asks: Cans of Diet Coke float. Cans of regular Coke don’t.  The cans are the same size and they contain the same amount of liquid according to the label. What gives? Fun

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What Causes Warts?

What Causes Warts?

Melissa September 9, 2014 0

John A. asks: What causes warts and how do you get rid of them safely? A viral infection caused by one of several ubiquitous strains (there are more than 100 known, with the vast

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Why Do the Police Wear Blue?

Why Do the Police Wear Blue?

Karl Smallwood September 5, 2014 7

Jill R. asks: Why do police officers wear blue uniforms instead of some other color? Police services like the NYPD and the LAPD are bona fide pop culture staples that have been featured in

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What Killed Mozart?

What Killed Mozart?

Melissa September 3, 2014 1

Karly N. asks: What did Mozart die from? In 35 short years, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart produced over 600 works for symphony, concert, chamber, opera and choir, including Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute and The

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Why Michael Jackson’s Skin Turned White as He Got Older

Why Michael Jackson’s Skin Turned White as He Got Older

Theodoros II September 3, 2014 5

Scott L. asks: Is it true that Michael Jackson bleached his skin to turn himself white? Many scandals marred Michael Jackson’s personal life, overshadowing his otherwise remarkable musical career. One such scandal was the

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The Invention of Morphine

The Invention of Morphine

Melissa September 2, 2014 0

Justin V. asks: Who invented morphine? Derived from opium but far more reliable and powerful, the invention of morphine changed pharmacology and pain relief. A (Very) Short History of Opium  Derived from the seedpods

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Why Isn’t Beer Sold in Plastic Bottles?

Why Isn’t Beer Sold in Plastic Bottles?

Karl Smallwood August 29, 2014 5

Scott T. asks: Why is beer always sold in glass bottles or cans, and never plastic bottles like pop is? Plastic as a material has pretty much changed the way we live our lives-

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How Memory Works

How Memory Works

Melissa August 28, 2014 1

Dustin A. asks: How does the brain create memories? A complex network that stretches from your basest sensory organs to the most sophisticated portions of your brain, memory aids in everything from simple movements

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Who was the Woman in the Famous Great Depression Photograph?

Who was the Woman in the Famous Great Depression Photograph?

Sarah Stone August 26, 2014 0

Melissa K. asks: The other day you had an article about the Great Depression with that famous picture of the impoverished mother and her kids. Who was she and what ever happened to her?

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How the Maximum Occupancy of a Building is Calculated

How the Maximum Occupancy of a Building is Calculated

Sarah Stone August 26, 2014 2

MK23 asks: How do they figure out the maximum occupancy for a building? Generally speaking, the maximum occupancy of a room or building is primarily determined by the available exits, with each exit accommodating

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Does Frequent Bike Riding Damage Gentleman or Lady Parts?

Does Frequent Bike Riding Damage Gentleman or Lady Parts?

Melissa August 25, 2014 0

Jim P. asks: Whenever I ride a bike it always seems to hurt a certain sensitive region. Is this doing any damage down there or should I just suck it up for the exercise?

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Why Can’t You Have Fences Over a Certain Height in the Front or Backyard?

Why Can’t You Have Fences Over a Certain Height in the Front or Backyard?

Karl Smallwood August 19, 2014 1

Glossyhorses asks: Why can’t you have your fences over 6 feet tall in the backyard and half that in the front? The primarily purposes of a fence include to keep animals in, people out, 

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The Corrupt and Ruthless Californian Who Gave us the Name for “Monterey Jack” Cheese

The Corrupt and Ruthless Californian Who Gave us the Name for “Monterey Jack” Cheese

Matt Blitz August 13, 2014 0

Steve S. asks: Who was Monterey Jack and when did he invent his cheese? Cheese predates written history. Ancient Egyptians loved cheese so much that depictions of the cheese-making process were painted in tombs.

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Why Deer Freeze in Headlights

Why Deer Freeze in Headlights

Melissa August 13, 2014 2

D. Peterson asks: Why do deer always seem to freeze in headlights instead of keep running? Less a function of fear than bewilderment, simply put, deer freeze in headlights because they can’t see. Deer

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Why Fire Hydrants Don’t Freeze and Burst During Winter

Why Fire Hydrants Don’t Freeze and Burst During Winter

Sarah Stone August 12, 2014 1

M. Favro asks: Why can my house pipes freeze in winter sometimes, but fire hydrants completely exposed to the cold never seem to burst? The fire hydrant that we know today traces its origins

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