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Why Proper Sterlization Procedures are Used During Lethal Injections

Why Proper Sterlization Procedures are Used During Lethal Injections

Daven Hiskey March 12, 2014 0

Jeremy R. asks: Why do they bother sterilizing the needles when executing people? Besides the fact that manufacturers sterilize the needles (so no real extra effort is needed), other sterilization procedures are also used

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Where the Word “Sneeze” Came From and the Origin of “Nothing to Sneeze At”

Where the Word “Sneeze” Came From and the Origin of “Nothing to Sneeze At”

Matt Blitz March 4, 2014 2

Martin A. asks: Where did the expression “nothing to sneeze at” come from?  For that matter, why is sneezing called sneezing?  Thanks! As with so many etymologies, it’s difficult to definitively say exactly where

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Who Is Stanley and Why is There a Cup Named After Him?

Who Is Stanley and Why is There a Cup Named After Him?

Melissa March 3, 2014 1

S. Katz asks: Who is Stanley and why is there a cup named after him? Thanks! The oldest championship trophy in professional sports in North America, the Stanley Cup’s rich history is only matched

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The Green Children of Woolpit

The Green Children of Woolpit

Melissa February 27, 2014 0

Crystal asks: Is there any truth to the story of the “Green Children of Woolpit”? English folklore is filled with green people – the Green Knight, green fairies, the Green Man and Jack-in-the-Green. Two

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The Truth About Aspartame and Your Health

The Truth About Aspartame and Your Health

TheMedicineJournal.com February 27, 2014 30

Our resident medical expert, Scott, and a buddy of his recently started The Medicine Journal, where you can learn all sorts of interesting facts about all things medical related. Below is a sample article

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Do Vaccines Cause Autism?

Do Vaccines Cause Autism?

Scott February 25, 2014 8

Jennifer asks: I’ve read that vaccines cause autism and that they don’t. What’s the truth with this? In 1998, there was a groundbreaking study telling parents that their children were at risk of getting

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What A “Bane” Is

What A “Bane” Is

Emily Upton February 19, 2014 3

Meghan asks: In “The bane of my existence” what is a bane? The phrase “the bane of my existence” is extremely popular, and you’ve probably said it once or twice yourself, perhaps about a

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Why Don’t Commercial Airplanes Have Parachutes for Passengers?

Why Don’t Commercial Airplanes Have Parachutes for Passengers?

Melissa February 19, 2014 0

BR522 asks: Why aren’t commercial airplanes have parachutes? Seatbelts and airbags in cars save passengers lives. Parachutes save people who, for a variety of reasons, exit a plane in mid-flight. So why aren’t parachutes

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When Did Teen Girls Stop Commonly Getting Married?

When Did Teen Girls Stop Commonly Getting Married?

Melissa February 18, 2014 1

Jamie M asks: When did having young teenage girls marry stop being so widespread? A long, long time ago. Marriage in the Ancient World In the Western world (and generally speaking) before imperial Rome,

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The Difference Between Brown and White Eggs

The Difference Between Brown and White Eggs

Emily Upton February 17, 2014 11

Harriet W. asks: What is the difference between brown and white eggs? There are all sorts of rumours surrounding brown eggs and white eggs. Some people say that brown eggs are better for you

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What Causes Morning Sickness

What Causes Morning Sickness

Emily Upton February 14, 2014 3

Laury asks: What causes morning sickness? Most mothers will tell you that “morning sickness” is a misnomer, and that it should really be called “all day sickness.” In fact, it’s sometimes called “nausea and

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The Surprising Truth About Cousins and Marriage

The Surprising Truth About Cousins and Marriage

Melissa February 14, 2014 12

Jamie M. asks: When did people stop thinking it was OK to marry your cousin? In modern western society, marrying your cousin is not well accepted, particularly in the United States. Through a combination

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Why the Standard Retirement Age Is Set Where It’s At

Why the Standard Retirement Age Is Set Where It’s At

Melissa February 5, 2014 0

Sheel P. asks: How was the official retirement age for people first determined? The idea of “retirement” from working is a relatively recent one in the Western world. In fact, even at the end

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The Differences Between British and American English

The Differences Between British and American English

Emily Upton February 5, 2014 24

Thandi asks: What are some key differences between the UK English and US English? Most people are well aware of some of the more obvious differences between British and American English. For instance, American

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What Exactly is Malt?

What Exactly is Malt?

Melissa February 5, 2014 6

Ryan asks: What exactly is malt? For millions of drinkers, it is perhaps the most important ingredient in the world. Malt, Exactly  Malt is the product that is left over after a cereal grain

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Why Hubble Has a Telescope Named After Him

Why Hubble Has a Telescope Named After Him

Emily Upton February 4, 2014 2

Nissi U. asks: Why is the Hubble telescope called that? Just about everyone has heard of the Hubble Space Telescope. A space-based observatory on “the highest mountain” the world can provide; it is the

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Why Japan is Called the Land of the Rising Sun

Why Japan is Called the Land of the Rising Sun

Melissa February 4, 2014 1

Noah asks: Why is Japan called the land of the rising sun? Ancient, China developed all of the hallmarks of advanced civilization, including written language, advanced cities, specialized labor and bronze technology, as much

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Why There Is No E in the A-F Grading Scale

Why There Is No E in the A-F Grading Scale

Emily Upton February 3, 2014 11

Shany asks: Why is there no E in the grading scale? Some schools do hand out E letter grades instead of an F, but they are in the minority. A majority of schools in

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