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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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The Truth About Double Jeopardy

The Truth About Double Jeopardy

Melissa June 30, 2014 1

Damien asks: Is Double Jeopardy a true thing or is it just a TV/movie invention? Although generally in Australia, Canada, England and Wales, Scotland, the U.S. and New Zealand you cannot be subjected to

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Why Are Continental Breakfasts Called That?

Why Are Continental Breakfasts Called That?

Melissa June 30, 2014 1

Austin asks: Why are continental breakfasts called that? Many hotels offer guests a free breakfast consisting of muffin, coffee, cereal and milk, toast, juice, bagel, and, at some, even scrambled eggs and make-your-own waffles.

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Why Do Men’s and Women’s Clothes Have the Buttons on the Opposite Sides?

Why Do Men’s and Women’s Clothes Have the Buttons on the Opposite Sides?

Karl Smallwood June 27, 2014 7

Matt asks: Why do men’s and women’s shirts and pants have the buttons on the opposite sides? When did this start? As with so many things in history, we can’t know with 100% accuracy

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Why Do We Kiss?

Why Do We Kiss?

Kathy Padden June 25, 2014 4

Hannah asks: Why do we kiss? Is this something built in or do we just do it because we see others do it our whole lives? Making Out. Snogging. Canoodling. Kissing. An activity that

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The Flags on the Moon

The Flags on the Moon

Matt Blitz June 23, 2014 13

Robert N. asks: What ever happened to the flags and other things left on the moon? On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 touched down on the moon. At 10:56 pm eastern standard time, Neil

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Why Does Rhode Island Have “Island” in the Name When It is Not One?

Why Does Rhode Island Have “Island” in the Name When It is Not One?

Matt Blitz June 20, 2014 2

Aaron asks: Why is Rhode Island called an island when it is not? Most think the history of Rhode Island starts with Roger Williams, but the state’s “discovery” (at least by Europeans) dates back

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Why Graduates Wear Caps and Gowns

Why Graduates Wear Caps and Gowns

Kathy Padden June 19, 2014 6

Karla asks: Why do graduates wear caps and gowns? Also, why do we throw our caps in the air when we graduate? Inquiring minds want to know!!! Wearing academic robes is a tradition that

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Why Do We Still Have Pubic and Armpit Hair?

Why Do We Still Have Pubic and Armpit Hair?

Kathy Padden June 17, 2014 16

Stefan asks: Why do we still have pubic and armpit hair when we lost most of the rest of the hair on our bodies? What purpose does it serve? It’s a biological mystery that

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Why is Toilet Paper Always White?

Why is Toilet Paper Always White?

Karl Smallwood June 11, 2014 13

mgh23 asks: Why is toilet paper always white? Toilet paper is an odd thing. Despite the fact that we often rub it against one of the most sensitive parts of our bodies on a

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The Basics of 3D Printing

The Basics of 3D Printing

Melissa June 10, 2014 1

Fatima asks: How do 3D printers work? Originally built on the same technology as an ink jet printer, the basic process behind 3D printing is so easy to understand, replicate and implement, today it

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Why Does Stepping On A LEGO Hurt so Much?

Why Does Stepping On A LEGO Hurt so Much?

Karl Smallwood June 10, 2014 16

James asks: Why does it hurt so much when you step on legos with bare feet? Right up there with how the gun on the original Duck Hunt game worked, why it hurts so

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The Making of Vinegar

The Making of Vinegar

Melissa June 9, 2014 0

Jeff asks: Is it true that wine vinegar is just wine with acetobacter added? Yep, but the process from start to finish is a little more complicated than just that. More than Just Wine

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The Fascinating Story of How the “What Would Jesus Do?” Slogan Came About

The Fascinating Story of How the “What Would Jesus Do?” Slogan Came About

Karl Smallwood June 6, 2014 9

What Would Jesus Do?, often shortened to WWJD? or W.W.J.D.  is a slogan so famous that millions of objects have been emblazoned with it. However, the person who came up with “W.W.J.D.” never saw a

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What Does the Arabic Prefix “al-” Mean?

What Does the Arabic Prefix “al-” Mean?

Melissa June 5, 2014 1

Gina asks: What does “al” mean in Arabic? Roughly translated to “the,” the Arabic word “al-” is prefixed to nouns to make them definite. For example: “kitab ‘book’ can be made definite by prefixing

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Where Do the Gypsies Originally Come From?

Where Do the Gypsies Originally Come From?

Kathy Padden June 4, 2014 0

Brian T. asks: Where do the Gypsies originally come from? They do not have a shared homeland or national identity. They are a people who are scattered across the globe and whose origins have

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How is the Pope Chosen?

How is the Pope Chosen?

Kathy Padden June 3, 2014 2

Candie asks: How is the Pope chosen? When a pope goes to his eternal reward or otherwise retires, there are certain traditions that are dusted off each time to elect his successor. Only the

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What Does Rx Mean and Where Did It Come From?

What Does Rx Mean and Where Did It Come From?

Melissa June 2, 2014 2

K. Jones asks: Where does the symbol “Rx” come from? The phenomenon of ubiquitous prescription drugs (retail sales in recent years have topped $200 billion in the U.S. alone) is a relatively new experience

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