Category Archives: Educational Videos

What Causes the Smell After Rain, When People Started Smiling in Photographs, How 911 Became the Defacto Emergency Number, and More

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In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we discuss what causes the smell after rain, whether Nero really fiddled while Rome burned (and whether it really burned at all), when and why people started smiling in photographs, the fascinating origin of Scrabble, and how 911 became the emergency number in the United States. Click here to subscribe to our […]

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Prank Calling the Pope- The Blue Box, “Woz,” and Steve Jobs

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In this video from our new YouTube channel (click here to subscribe), we take a look at Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak’s first business together- making and selling “blue boxes” that allowed people to make completely free, illegal phone calls to anyone in the world. If you liked this video, you can find hundreds more like it on our YouTube […]

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The Colosseum’s Big Brother, Dung Beetles and the Stars, When the Sun Will Die, and More

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In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we discuss the structure used by Ancient Romans that made the now more famous Colosseum look tiny, the dung beetle and their ability to navigate using the stars, when the Sun will die, the truth about Marie Antoinette and “Let Them Eat Cake,” and that time Carl Sagan and co. put together […]

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The Origin of Looney Tunes’ “ACME”, The Slave Who Helped Make the Freedom Statue, Why the Monopoly Pieces are as They are and More

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In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we discuss the origin of the “ACME” brand name in Looney Tunes, the slave who helped make the famous Freedom Statue in Washington DC, why the Monopoly pieces are as they are, that time a tulip cost more than a house, and the truth about whales and their blowholes (aka, why Dory […]

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Who Invented the QWERTY Keyboard, the Truth About the Origin of the Fortune Cookie, Fascinating Harry Potter Facts and More

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In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we discuss who invented the QWERTY keyboard and how it became the defacto configuration for keyboards, the truth about who really invented the Fortune Cookie, the interesting story behind the song “A Boy Named Sue” and what famous children’s poet wrote it, and a bunch of fascinating Harry Potter facts. Be sure […]

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What Happens When You Freeze Water In a Container That Won’t Let It Expand, Why a Baker’s Dozen is 13 Instead of 12 and More…

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In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we discuss what happens when you freeze water in a container that won’t let it expand, why figure skaters don’t seem to ever get dizzy when they spin, how smoke detector’s work, and the fascinating story behind how the dwarf planet Pluto got its name.  Be sure and subscribe to our YouTube […]

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The Fascinating Story Behind How Pluto Got Its Name

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In this video from our new YouTube channel, we look at the fascinating story behind how Pluto got its name. If you liked this video, you might also enjoy: Why Superheroes Wear Their Underwear on the Outside The Surprisingly Long Time You Could Survive in Space Without a Space Suit The Interesting Origins of the Word Geek and Nerd Why […]

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Why We Get Ice Cream Headaches, The Rockstar Who has a PHD, What Causes Hiccups and More

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In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we discuss why we get ice cream headaches, why engines are commonly measured in horsepower, what causes hiccups, what the Hokey Pokey is all about, and the Rockstar with a PhD.  Be sure and subscribe to our YouTube Channel for many more videos like this. What Causes Ice Cream Headaches Why Engines […]

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Why We Call the Seasons as We Do, What PEZ Stands For, Who was the First to Pee on the Moon, The Coming Banana Apocalypse, and More…

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In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we discuss why we call the seasons Summer, Autumn (or Fall), Winter, and Spring; what PEZ stands for and some interesting things about its creator; the fact that soon enough the type of banana we eat today probably won’t be available in the supermarkets anymore; who was the first to pee on […]

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