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What Happened to Howard Hughes’ Money After He Died

What Happened to Howard Hughes’ Money After He Died

Emily Upton September 17, 2013 8

Today I found out what happened to billionaire Howard Hughes’ money when he died. Over his lifetime, Howard Hughes’ wallet became one of the fattest of his time. It isn’t known exactly how much

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The Origin of the Phrase “Close, But No Cigar”

The Origin of the Phrase “Close, But No Cigar”

Emily Upton September 16, 2013 10

J. Ramhit asks: Where did the phrase “close, but no cigar” come from? This popular idiom, which means “to fall short of a successful outcome” or “close call,” was first coined in the United

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The Animal Where the Male Becomes Pregnant and Gives Birth

The Animal Where the Male Becomes Pregnant and Gives Birth

Staci Lehman September 13, 2013 4

Today I found out that female seahorses impregnating their male mates, rather than the other way around. The reproductive process of a seahorse begins when a male and a female meet up and “dance”.

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When People Started Wearing Clothes

When People Started Wearing Clothes

Emily Upton September 12, 2013 3

M. Schane asks: When did humans start wearing clothing? Determining exactly when humans began wearing clothes is a challenge, largely because early clothes would have been things like animal hides, which degrade rapidly. Therefore,

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The Amazing Salty and Roselle

The Amazing Salty and Roselle

Emily Upton September 11, 2013 2

There were many heroes who surfaced twelve years ago on September 11, helping people in need as the Twin Towers crumbled around them. Two you probably haven’t heard of were Salty and Roselle, guide

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The Evolution of the Modern Day Calendar

The Evolution of the Modern Day Calendar

Kathy Padden September 10, 2013 54

Perfecting a method of foretelling and predicting the passage of time preoccupied our ancestors from the earliest recorded history. The unending journey of the Sun, Moon and stars across the great expanse of the

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The Paperclip Was Used As a Symbol of Resistance During World War II

The Paperclip Was Used As a Symbol of Resistance During World War II

Emily Upton September 9, 2013 4

Today I found out that the paperclip was used as a symbol of resistance during World War II. In April of 1940, just a few months into World War II, Adolf Hitler knew that

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Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, a.k.a., The Red Baron, Crashed In His First Solo Flight

Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, a.k.a., The Red Baron, Crashed In His First Solo Flight

Melissa September 6, 2013 0

Even after our most heart breaking failures, parents, teachers and coaches encourage us to get back up and try again. Perhaps this is because they know that rather than being a permanent condition, failure

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Marie Curie Once Had Two Duels Fought Over Her After An Affair with a Married Man

Marie Curie Once Had Two Duels Fought Over Her After An Affair with a Married Man

Emily Upton September 5, 2013 11

Today I found out that Marie Curie once had two duels fought over her after she had an affair with a married man. Marie Curie and her husband, Pierre, were no strangers to the

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The Difference Between Fruits and Vegetables

The Difference Between Fruits and Vegetables

Terynn Boulton September 4, 2013 4

Candace asks: What makes a fruit a fruit and a vegetable a vegetable? An apple is a fruit, right? So is a banana. How about a cucumber? A vegetable, right? Not really, from a botanical

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The Origin of the English Alphabet

The Origin of the English Alphabet

Melissa September 3, 2013 5

Often considered one of the more difficult languages to master thanks to the incredible amount of inconsistencies in the language, it should come as no surprise that the development of the modern English alphabet

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Why Do Vitamins Make Urine Bright Yellow?

Why Do Vitamins Make Urine Bright Yellow?

Scott September 2, 2013 3

Andy asks: After I eat vitamins or vitamin enriched cereal, my pee turns bright yellow. What’s going on here? If you’ve ever taken a daily multivitamin you too might have noticed your urine turning

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Chickens Were Initially Domesticated for Cockfighting, Not Food

Chickens Were Initially Domesticated for Cockfighting, Not Food

Melissa August 30, 2013 7

Anyone who’s been chased around the yard by a pissed off chicken knows these birds are neither purposeless nor fearful. Descended from some of the fiercest creatures ever to roam the planet, the blood

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Edgar Allan Poe was Once Court-Martialed And Convicted

Edgar Allan Poe was Once Court-Martialed And Convicted

Emily Upton August 29, 2013 2

Edgar Allan Poe is probably best known for his raven that squawks “Nevermore,” but he’s also one of the first American short story writers and is often credited with being the “inventor” of detective

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The First Woman To Officially Run in the Boston Marathon

The First Woman To Officially Run in the Boston Marathon

Emily Upton August 28, 2013 3

Today I found out about the first woman to officially run in the Boston Marathon, Kathrine Switzer. “No woman can run the Boston Marathon,” said Arnie Briggs, Kathrine Switzer’s running coach. This coming from

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Sherlock Holmes Never Said “Elementary, My Dear Watson”

Sherlock Holmes Never Said “Elementary, My Dear Watson”

Karl Smallwood August 27, 2013 10

“Elementary, my dear Watson“, sometimes quoted as, “Elementary, dear Watson“, is one of those phrases that everybody knows the character of Sherlock Holmes said. You know, just like everyone knows that Kirk said “Beam

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How the Milky Way Got Its Name and What It’s Called in Other Languages

How the Milky Way Got Its Name and What It’s Called in Other Languages

Emily Upton August 26, 2013 11

Today I found out why our galaxy is called the Milky Way and what it’s called in other languages. No, it has nothing to do with the candy bar. Like many words we use

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The First Legal Slave Owner in What Would Become the United States was a Black Man

The First Legal Slave Owner in What Would Become the United States was a Black Man

Daven Hiskey August 23, 2013 39

Today I found out the first legal slave owner, in what would eventually become the United States, was a black man. The man was Anthony Johnson.  Johnson first came over to America as an

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