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Why is it Called Area 51?

Why is it Called Area 51?

Melissa January 13, 2015 7

Michael S. asks: Why is it called Area “51”? Where are the other 50 areas? Despite the CIA’s release of previously classified documents in 2013 that acknowledged the existence of Area 51 as a

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Is It Possible to Breastfeed with Implants?

Is It Possible to Breastfeed with Implants?

Melissa January 12, 2015 0

Brandy R. asks: Is it possible to breastfeed after getting a boob-job? Given the well-documented benefits of breastfeeding to the long- and short- term health of children, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends

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How Soap Works

How Soap Works

Melissa January 8, 2015 9

Janet B. asks: How does soap kill bacteria? For well over a century, public health officials have been pushing regular hand washing with soap as one of the most effective methods of inhibiting the

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Why Elections Are Held on Tuesday in the United States

Why Elections Are Held on Tuesday in the United States

Sarah Stone January 6, 2015 0

Brenda V. asks: Why are elections held on Tuesday? Why not Saturday when most people aren’t working? Americans traditionally head to the ballot box on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November to

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Sticking to Metal

Sticking to Metal

Matt Blitz January 6, 2015 0

Matthew S. asks: Why doesn’t your tongue quickly stick to plastic or wood in freezing temperatures but does to metal? In that famous scene in the movie Christmas Story, a kid “triple dog dares”

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What Did People Use to Mask Surgical Pain Before Modern Anesthesia?

What Did People Use to Mask Surgical Pain Before Modern Anesthesia?

Melissa January 5, 2015 2

Gimly16 asks: What did people use for pain during surgery before modern anesthesia? Other than ingesting alcohol and narcotics in sufficient doses to induce a state of analgesia, for most of its history, people

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Why Children Get Summers Off of School

Why Children Get Summers Off of School

Sarah Stone January 5, 2015 1

Xing U. asks: Why do kids get the summer off of school? The commonly touted explanation for students having summers off from school dates back to a time when the United States’ economy relied

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The Origin of the Expression “Beside Myself”

The Origin of the Expression “Beside Myself”

Melissa January 2, 2015 1

Katy J. asks: Why do we say “I was beside myself”? Dating back to the dawn of Modern English, the expression “beside myself” has been used to denote someone not in his right mind.

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What Does the “D” in “D-Day” Stand For?

What Does the “D” in “D-Day” Stand For?

Sarah Stone January 2, 2015 1

Tom C. asks: The V in V-Day was for Victory right? So what does the D in D-Day stand for? The Battle of Normandy, also known as D-Day, started on June 6, 1944 and

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Who Invented the Fahrenheit and Celsius Temperature Scales and What Zero Degrees Fahrenheit Signifies

Who Invented the Fahrenheit and Celsius Temperature Scales and What Zero Degrees Fahrenheit Signifies

Melissa December 31, 2014 2

B. Halpern asks: 0 degrees Celsius is the freezing point of water. So what is 0 degrees Fahrenheit? Who came up with Celsius and Fahrenheit? Firmly entrenched in American society, the seemingly capricious nature

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Pieces of Eight and Two Bits

Pieces of Eight and Two Bits

Melissa December 24, 2014 0

Michael A. asks: Why is “two bit” something cheap? Thanks! There was a time in America when rather than U.S. dollars or British pounds, most people bought and sold with Spanish coins. During the

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Why Do Mentos and Diet Coke React?

Why Do Mentos and Diet Coke React?

Daven Hiskey December 23, 2014 0

If you’ve ever wondered why Diet Coke and Mentos react so strongly to one another, well, wonder no more. To start, it should be noted that it’s not just Diet Coke and Mentos that

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Is it Safe to Eat Moldy Bread or Moldy Cheese?

Is it Safe to Eat Moldy Bread or Moldy Cheese?

Daven Hiskey December 19, 2014 0

For the quick answer to your question: no and sometimes.  While not all molds are bad for you to eat, many are, and unless you want to whip out a microscope and meticulously identify

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What Makes Peanut Butter Sticky?

What Makes Peanut Butter Sticky?

Karl Smallwood December 16, 2014 1

Mark. K. asks: Why does peanut butter stick to the top of my mouth? Arachibutyrophobia is a proposed humorous name for the fear of peanut butter getting stuck to the top of your mouth,

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A Brief History of the Gold Standard in America

A Brief History of the Gold Standard in America

Matt Blitz December 12, 2014 0

Jeremy R. asks: Why did America stop using the gold standard? To begin with, if you’re not familiar, “the gold standard” is a monetary standard where the basic unit of currency is gold. Of

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Is the “New Car Smell” Toxic?

Is the “New Car Smell” Toxic?

Matt Blitz December 10, 2014 1

Rene I. asks: What makes the new car smell and is it true that it is toxic to humans? That “new car smell” is romanticized and beloved by many people. In fact, it is

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Why Do Zombies Eat Brains

Why Do Zombies Eat Brains

Karl Smallwood December 9, 2014 6

Mar.W asks: Why are zombies always depicted liking to eat brains? Zombies have been a pop culture staple for decades, and in that time the concept of the dead coming back to life somehow to feast

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The Origin of the Phrase “A Penny For Your Thoughts”

The Origin of the Phrase “A Penny For Your Thoughts”

Matt Blitz December 8, 2014 2

Mark C. asks: Where did the expression “a penny for your thoughts” come from? The word “penny” may have come from the English ruler Penda, King of Mencia (an Anglo-Saxton kingdom in today’s English

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