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Why Do We Yawn?

Why Do We Yawn?

Melissa August 4, 2014 8

David G. asks: Why do people yawn? Do other animals do this too? Babies, dogs, cats, birds, mice, rats and even snakes yawn, and some of us were even doing it in the womb.

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Why Snot is Green and Yellow

Why Snot is Green and Yellow

Melissa July 31, 2014 5

Sam asks: What makes snot yellow and green? Snot is an essential part of a healthy body (no, really), and its color and consistency can give you a lot of information about what’s going

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Why Do Songs Get Stuck in Your Head?

Why Do Songs Get Stuck in Your Head?

Melissa July 30, 2014 16

Marcus asks: Why do songs get stuck in your head? Whether yours is “Call Me Maybe,” “Who Let the Dogs Out,” “Mickey,” or something equally infectious, at one time or another, you’ve probably had

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How Do Fingerprints Form and Can They Regenerate?

How Do Fingerprints Form and Can They Regenerate?

Melissa July 30, 2014 4

Julie H. asks: How do fingerprints form? I’d also like to know if you burn or remove the skin will they regenerate? Emerging on the buds of fingers while the fetus is still in

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Is Cannibalism Unhealthy or Just Awful?

Is Cannibalism Unhealthy or Just Awful?

Melissa July 28, 2014 1

Mark K. asks: I was just wondering if a human ate another human in an apocalyptic scenario or something would this be unhealthy or just awful and gross? Yes. Unhealthy For the Devourer Depending

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What is a Kudo, as in “Kudos to You”?

What is a Kudo, as in “Kudos to You”?

Daven Hiskey July 25, 2014 1

First, it should be noted that “kudos” is not the plural form of “kudo”, so a “kudo” was once technically nothing. However, because so many people in the last century, mainly in the United

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A Brief History of Taxes in the U.S. & Why They are Due on April 15th

A Brief History of Taxes in the U.S. & Why They are Due on April 15th

Matt Blitz July 23, 2014 3

Ian K. asks: Why are taxes due on April 15th? As Ben Franklin wrote in a 1789 letter to Baptiste Leroy, “… in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death

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Why Teachers are Associated with and Traditionally Given Apples

Why Teachers are Associated with and Traditionally Given Apples

Sarah Stone July 22, 2014 2

Gloria N. asks: Why is the stereotype to give apples to teachers? Widespread publicly funded, mandatory education has only been around since about the 19th century. Before then, the responsibility of providing schooling to

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Why Don’t They Bother Putting the Apostrophe in “DONT WALK” signs?

Why Don’t They Bother Putting the Apostrophe in “DONT WALK” signs?

Karl Smallwood July 21, 2014 3

Jared L. asks: Why aren’t there apostrophes in the Don’t Walk signs by street intersections when it’s spelled out rather than using pictures? No one is sure when exactly the first WALK/DONT WALK style signs

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What Ever Happened to Confederate President Jefferson Davis?

What Ever Happened to Confederate President Jefferson Davis?

Matt Blitz July 21, 2014 5

Cailin asks: What happened to Jefferson Davis after the Civil War? Jefferson Davis was attending a Sunday church service in the capital of the Confederacy, Richmond, Virginia, when he heard the news. Union General

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Did the Warrior Women Known as the Amazons Ever Exist?

Did the Warrior Women Known as the Amazons Ever Exist?

Kathy Padden July 11, 2014 2

Marleen asks: Did Amazon women really ever exist? They are mentioned time and again by the ancient Greeks in both their history and mythology, going all the way back to Homer in approximately the

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Why Aren’t There Many Female Commercial Pilots?

Why Aren’t There Many Female Commercial Pilots?

Karl Smallwood July 10, 2014 10

Sarah T. asks: Why do you never see commercial airline pilots that are women? When it comes to gender disparity, the world of commercial airline piloting is one of the most skewed with a

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Why are Some Ice Cubes Clear and Others Cloudy?

Why are Some Ice Cubes Clear and Others Cloudy?

Karl Smallwood July 9, 2014 9

Drew asks: Why are some ice cubes clear and others cloudy? Unless you happen to have a specialized ice machine in your home, it is practically guaranteed that the ice your freezer makes is

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How Did “911″ Become The Emergency Call Number in North America?

How Did “911″ Become The Emergency Call Number in North America?

Sarah Stone July 7, 2014 17

Kaiden asks: Why is 9-1-1 the emergency call number? Before the 1960s, the United States didn’t have one universal phone number for Americans to call if they needed help from the police or fire

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Bowling and the Ancient Egyptians

Bowling and the Ancient Egyptians

Matt Blitz July 4, 2014 0

Guy H. asks: Who invented bowling? Bowling has a rather vague history, with a form of it possibly dating back as far as 5000 years to the ancient Egyptians. This story starts with the

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A Brief History of Scotch Whisky

A Brief History of Scotch Whisky

Melissa July 3, 2014 7

Brandon asks: Who invented Scotch? Scotch has been referred to as “the water of life,” and to many who know its allure today, they can understand why. Yet the chronicle of this sometimes, smoky,

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What’s in a Hot Dog and How Is It Made?

What’s in a Hot Dog and How Is It Made?

Melissa July 1, 2014 7

Kayla R. asks: What are hot dogs made of really? I was also wondering how they are made? Thanks! After the steaks, chops, breasts, ribs, thighs, hams, tenderloins and briskets are removed, there’s a

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The Men Who Walked on the Moon

The Men Who Walked on the Moon

Melissa July 1, 2014 4

Marcus L. asks: How many people walked on the moon? Who were they? Forty-five years ago this month, a human being first set foot on the moon. Despite four and a half decades and

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