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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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What Causes Dark Circles Under Your Eyes?

What Causes Dark Circles Under Your Eyes?

Karl Smallwood June 2, 2014 7

Kaiden asks: What causes the dark circles under my eyes when I’m tired? It is often claimed that periorbital dark circles are caused by tiredness or working too hard or even just staying up

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What is the Difference Between Black, White and Red Pepper?

What is the Difference Between Black, White and Red Pepper?

Melissa May 30, 2014 0

Rodney asks: What’s the difference between black, white, and red pepper? Do they all come from the same plant? Although black pepper is the most popular spice in the world, it is by no

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What Causes the Smell After Rain

What Causes the Smell After Rain

Karl Smallwood May 26, 2014 11

Joe T. asks: What causes the smell after rain? There are three primary sources of smells that commonly occur after rain. The first, the “clean” smell, in particular after a heavy thunderstorm, is caused

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Is it Possible to Target Belly Fat When Losing Weight?

Is it Possible to Target Belly Fat When Losing Weight?

TheMedicineJournal.com May 21, 2014 5

This is yet another great article from our friends over at The Medicine Journal- Jessica asks: Is it true there are ways to target losing the fat around your stomach? If so, how? A

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When Women Started Growing Out and Painting Their Nails

When Women Started Growing Out and Painting Their Nails

Emily Upton May 19, 2014 8

Becky asks: When did women start growing out and painting fingernails? On humans and other primates, nails are a flattened version of a claw which likely developed to aid in gripping and climbing. However,

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The Origin of the Phrase “Pulling Your Leg”

The Origin of the Phrase “Pulling Your Leg”

Emily Upton May 16, 2014 5

Diane M. asks: Where did the expression “pulling my leg” come from? For those who aren’t familiar with the phrase, when someone says, “You must be pulling my leg!” they usually mean, “You must

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Why Can’t You Use Blood from Someone Who Has a Different Blood Type Than You?

Why Can’t You Use Blood from Someone Who Has a Different Blood Type Than You?

Melissa May 15, 2014 7

Brandon asks: Why can’t you use blood from someone who has a different blood type than you? Hot, cold or just plain bad, throughout history, people have used blood as a metaphor to describe

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Where Did the Word “Scumbag” Come From?

Where Did the Word “Scumbag” Come From?

Matt Blitz May 15, 2014 5

Mondagiriaksita asks: I was told a scumbag was originally a condom. Is this really where the word came from? “Scum” originated in the early 14th century from the Middle Dutch word “schume” meaning foam

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Why Do Armpits Smell So Bad?

Why Do Armpits Smell So Bad?

Melissa May 14, 2014 4

Robin asks: Why do armpits smell bad compared to other parts of your body? Those millions of bacteria have to live somewhere. Sweat and Odor There are two universally-accepted types of sweat glands. Eccrine

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Why Do We Age?

Why Do We Age?

Melissa May 12, 2014 28

Kyle asks: Why do we get old? Gray hair, memory loss, wrinkles and brittle bones, sooner or later, each of us gets old (if we’re lucky). Yet scientists tell us that there is no

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Are You Really Entitled to a Phone Call When Arrested?

Are You Really Entitled to a Phone Call When Arrested?

Karl Smallwood May 9, 2014 13

Chellie asks: Do people really only have the right to one phone call when put in jail in the United States? Being arrested is a terrifying and frightening thing with all the horror stories

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Was Beethoven Really Deaf When He Wrote All His Music?

Was Beethoven Really Deaf When He Wrote All His Music?

Emily Upton and Karl Smallwood May 8, 2014 2

Carmen asks: Was Beethoven really deaf when he wrote all his music? If there is one Ludvig van Beethoven fact everyone knows it’s that he was deaf. But just saying “he was deaf” leaves a

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Why Does Aspirin Prevent Heart Attacks?

Why Does Aspirin Prevent Heart Attacks?

Melissa May 7, 2014 1

Karla asks: Why does aspirin prevent heart attacks? The wonder drug once gleaned from the bark of a willow tree is today used to help prevent heart attacks and strokes. But not everyone benefits

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Why Do Fingernails on a Chalkboard or Scraping on a Plate Make Us Cringe?

Why Do Fingernails on a Chalkboard or Scraping on a Plate Make Us Cringe?

Melissa May 6, 2014 2

Masa C asks: Why do fingernails on a chalkboard make us cringe? Listen to this. Irritated? Angry? Just glad it’s over? Here’s why. Your Ear After examining the results of a 2011 study, researchers

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What Was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a Doctor of?

What Was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a Doctor of?

Melissa May 2, 2014 5

Stefan asks: What was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. a Doctor of? On June 5, 1955, Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy in Systematic Theology from Boston University. From that

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What is Non Dairy Creamer Made Of?

What is Non Dairy Creamer Made Of?

Melissa May 1, 2014 3

Craig asks: What is non-dairy creamer made from? Yucky stuff. But you have alternatives. Non-Dairy Creamer Ingredients The chemicals, oils, sugars and milk products (yes, milk, in a “non dairy” product) vary depending on

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Who Invented the Elevator?

Who Invented the Elevator?

Emily Upton May 1, 2014 2

Terryn asks: Who invented the elevator? The history of the elevator, if you define it as a platform that can move people and objects up and down, is actually a rather long one. Rudimentary

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