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Vincent Kosuga and His Onions

Vincent Kosuga and His Onions

Karl Smallwood April 23, 2014 0

Remember that scene in the movie Trading Places where Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd bankrupted those two old rich guys by cornering the frozen orange juice market? It turns out that a guy actually

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What Makes a Vowel a Vowel and a Consonant a Consonant

What Makes a Vowel a Vowel and a Consonant a Consonant

Emily Upton April 22, 2014 4

Mark asks: Why is “y” only sometimes a vowel? When is it a vowel and when is it a consonant? You already know that vowels in the English alphabet are a, e, i, o,

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Was Colonel Sanders Actually a Colonel?

Was Colonel Sanders Actually a Colonel?

Matt Blitz April 21, 2014 3

Rachel M. asks: Was Colonel Sanders really a Colonel? Kentucky Colonel is the highest honor that can be bestowed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. (Incidentally, if you’re curious: Why Colonel is Pronounced “Kernel”) To

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Where The Expression “Dressed to the Nines” Came From

Where The Expression “Dressed to the Nines” Came From

Daven Hiskey April 18, 2014 0

Samira asks: Why do we say “dressed to the nines” when someone’s dressed up? Like so many etymologies of expressions and words, we can only make educated guesses at the true origin of “dressed

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The “War of the Worlds” Mass Panic That Never Really Happened

The “War of the Worlds” Mass Panic That Never Really Happened

Matt Blitz April 17, 2014 4

On October 30, 1938, from the Mercury Theater in New York City, Orson Welles broadcasted a “modernized” radio play of H.G. Wells’ (no relation) 1898 novel “War of the Worlds.” For the last three

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The Curious Relationship Between Richard the Lionheart and King Philip II of France

The Curious Relationship Between Richard the Lionheart and King Philip II of France

Emily Upton April 16, 2014 0

Today I Found Out Richard the Lionheart and Philip II of France “ate every day at the same table and from the same dish, and at night their beds did not separate them.” There

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Yet Another 10 Quick Facts

Yet Another 10 Quick Facts

Theodoros II April 15, 2014 6

lev radin / Shutterstock.com Featureflash / Shutterstock.com Image via @SirPatStew 1.  According to the Florentine Codex, among other sources, it is believed that the Ancient Aztecs were clean freaks, particularly compared to Europeans at

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Podcast Episode #90: How Hot Dogs Got Their Name and Why Soft Drinks are Called That

Podcast Episode #90: How Hot Dogs Got Their Name and Why Soft Drinks are Called That

Simon Whistler April 14, 2014 1

In this episode, you’re going to learn how hot dogs got their name- and note, it has nothing to do with anything that happened at a baseball game, contrary to popular belief.  You’re also

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Do Cow Farts Really Significantly Contribute to Global Warming?

Do Cow Farts Really Significantly Contribute to Global Warming?

Matt Blitz April 11, 2014 3

Shawn asks: Do cow farts really significantly contribute to global warming? There are currently approximately 1.3 to 1.5 billion cows grazing, sleeping, and chewing their cud at any given time on planet Earth. And

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Was the Character of Sherlock Holmes Based on a Real Person?

Was the Character of Sherlock Holmes Based on a Real Person?

Matt Blitz April 10, 2014 2

Sue T. asks: My sister told me Sherlock Holmes was based on a real person. Is this true? In 1887, Doyle published the novel “A Study in Scarlet.” It was the first work to

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The Good and the Bad of Vaporizing and Inhaling Alcohol

The Good and the Bad of Vaporizing and Inhaling Alcohol

TheMedicineJournal.com April 9, 2014 1

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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The U.S. Army’s Camel Corps

The U.S. Army’s Camel Corps

Emily Upton April 8, 2014 1

Today I Found Out that camels were acquired by the United States military and played a role in the settlement of the American west. Camels are no strangers to war. They have been used

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Can Color Blind People See More Colors When They Take Hallucinogenic Drugs?

Can Color Blind People See More Colors When They Take Hallucinogenic Drugs?

Karl Smallwood April 7, 2014 2

Sam asks: If you gave a color blind person something like LSD or some other sort of hallucinogenic drug, would they see colors they couldn’t before? First a little primer on colour blindness from

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How a Donkey and an Elephant Came to Represent Democrats and Republicans

How a Donkey and an Elephant Came to Represent Democrats and Republicans

Matt Blitz April 4, 2014 1

Jennifer asks: Why is a donkey and an elephant associated with the Democrats and the Republicans? The donkey is stereotypically bumbling, slow, and stubborn; the elephant- big and clumsy. Being compared to one of

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Podcast Episode #79: Spoons, Knives, and Forks

Podcast Episode #79: Spoons, Knives, and Forks

Simon Whistler April 3, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn how and when humans came up with the idea for spoons, knives, and forks, and the surprising resistance to the adoption of forks which were seen by

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The True Story Behind The Appalling Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

The True Story Behind The Appalling Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

Matt Blitz April 2, 2014 0

Controversial research programs, unethical experimentation, and human trials have been part of the medical field for centuries. It doesn’t make it any less wrong, but certain scientists with questionable ethics have gotten away with

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The North’s Air Force During the American Civil War

The North’s Air Force During the American Civil War

Emily Upton April 1, 2014 0

Today I Found Out about the Union Army Balloon Corps. If you thought that air warfare was reserved for a time after airplanes were invented, you thought wrong. During the American Civil War, the

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Why There is an Area of New York Called “The Bronx” and Why Ambulances are Called That

Why There is an Area of New York Called “The Bronx” and Why Ambulances are Called That

Daven Hiskey March 31, 2014 3

Why There is an Area of New York Called “The Bronx” This is thanks to a seventeenth century Scandinavian man by the name of Jonas Bronck, originally from Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands. In

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