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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 6

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 5

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 1

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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If You Own Land, How Far Above and Below Do You Own?

If You Own Land, How Far Above and Below Do You Own?

Karl Smallwood August 6, 2014 7

Guy C. asks: I live in America and was just wondering how far below and above my land do I own? On paper, the concept of land ownership sounds very simple- you pay money

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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 18

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 8

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 5

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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