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The First Convicted Murderer in America

The First Convicted Murderer in America

Emily Upton December 3, 2013 3

Today I found out about John Billington, the first convicted murderer in America. John Billington was around 40 years old when he disembarked the Mayflower in New England in November, 1620. Like most of

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The Exploding Anti-Tank Dogs of World War II

The Exploding Anti-Tank Dogs of World War II

Emily Upton December 2, 2013 8

Today I found out about the use of exploding anti-tank dogs during World War II. These dogs, usually Alsatians, were also called “Hundminen” or “dog mines.” They were  trained to carry explosives on their

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For Nearly Two Decades the Nuclear Launch Code at all Minuteman Silos in the United States Was 00000000

For Nearly Two Decades the Nuclear Launch Code at all Minuteman Silos in the United States Was 00000000

Karl Smallwood November 29, 2013 111

Today I found out that during the height of the Cold War, the US military put such an emphasis on a rapid response to an attack on American soil, that to minimize any foreseeable

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The Twins Born 87 Days Apart

The Twins Born 87 Days Apart

Emily Upton November 28, 2013 2

Today I found out about Amy and Katie, the twins born 87 days apart. Maria Jones-Elliot of Waterford, Ireland, was just 23 weeks pregnant when she went into labour with her twins in 2012.

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Thanksgiving Facts Roundup

Thanksgiving Facts Roundup

Daven Hiskey November 27, 2013 3

For those of you in the United States who are about to celebrate Thanksgiving and want to look particularly knowledgey at your family get-together, here is a roundup of all the Thanksgiving related articles

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The Resurrectionists and the Doctors’ Mob Riot

The Resurrectionists and the Doctors’ Mob Riot

Melissa November 26, 2013 1

Since long before colonoscopies, mammograms and physicals (turn your head and cough), patients have had a love-hate relationship with doctors. Often uncomfortable (or downright awful), the procedures employed by physicians are frequently met with

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The Man Who Held Off Six Enemy Tanks and Several Waves of Infantry for an Hour By Firing on Them While Standing Atop a Burning Tank

The Man Who Held Off Six Enemy Tanks and Several Waves of Infantry for an Hour By Firing on Them While Standing Atop a Burning Tank

Emily Upton November 25, 2013 6

Today I found out about Audie Murphy, the most decorated U.S. World War II veteran. Murphy was born on June 20, 1925 in Texas. His family was extremely poor, partially due to having twelve

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JFK’s Assassination: Do Official Reports Tell the Whole Story?

JFK’s Assassination: Do Official Reports Tell the Whole Story?

Melissa November 22, 2013 1

In Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated. Despite two official investigations concluding that Lee Harvey Oswald shot and killed the President, doubts

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Parrots Name Their Chicks

Parrots Name Their Chicks

Emily Upton November 21, 2013 5

Today I found out that parrots name their chicks. Scientists have known for a while that, in addition to saying things like “Polly want a cracker” (see Bonus Facts below) to entertain humans, parrots

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Why Nuclear Bombs Create Mushroom Clouds

Why Nuclear Bombs Create Mushroom Clouds

Scott November 20, 2013 5

Susan K. asks: Why do nuclear bombs make mushroom clouds? This phenomenon all comes down to a little something called the Rayleigh-Taylor instability, and by extension, convection. I’ll begin with the somewhat longer, but

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The Candirú Fish Can’t Swim Up a Stream of Your Urine

The Candirú Fish Can’t Swim Up a Stream of Your Urine

Karl Smallwood November 19, 2013 5

Myth: The Candirú fish can swim up your urine stream if you pee into the Amazon. If you’ve never heard of the Candirú, also known as the pencil fish, the toothpick fish, the vampire

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Why the Day After Thanksgiving is Called “Black Friday”

Why the Day After Thanksgiving is Called “Black Friday”

Daven Hiskey November 17, 2013 10

Find more “interesting fact” videos on our YouTube Channel here If you liked this video, you might also enjoy: 10 Interesting Thanksgiving Facts 10 Common Thanksgiving Myths Dispelled Why Turkeys are Called Turkeys The

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Doctors Aren’t Bound by the Hippocratic Oath

Doctors Aren’t Bound by the Hippocratic Oath

Melissa November 15, 2013 11

Myth: Doctors are bound by the Hippocratic Oath. A binding agreement, as much a social contract as Social Security or Medicare, the traditional Hippocratic Oath holds those who swear to it to a strict

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Why Squinting Helps You See Better

Why Squinting Helps You See Better

Scott November 14, 2013 1

Luke asks: Why when I squint does it help me see things clearer? Squinting causes two reactions that help you visualize the world around you in better detail. First, it changes the shape of

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The Legend of the Poe Toaster

The Legend of the Poe Toaster

Matt Blitz November 13, 2013 8

On an autumn evening, October third to be exact, in 1849, a middle-aged Edgar Allan Poe was found wandering the streets of Baltimore, Maryland in a delusional, hysterical state. Unkempt, dirty, with “vacant eyes”

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Why School Buses Are Yellow

Why School Buses Are Yellow

Emily Upton November 12, 2013 17

Today I found out why school buses are yellow. School buses are the primary mode of student transportation in North America. An estimated twenty-six million students in the United States alone are transported to

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The Origin of the Phrase “In the Limelight”

The Origin of the Phrase “In the Limelight”

Emily Upton November 11, 2013 0

Today I found out about the origin of the phrase “in the limelight.” Today it means “at the centre of attention,” but back in the day “in the limelight” meant, well, being in the

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The Superhero Who Powers Up By Smoking, and Other Bizarre Comic Characters

The Superhero Who Powers Up By Smoking, and Other Bizarre Comic Characters

Staci Lehman November 8, 2013 3

While there are a million plotlines and hundreds of explanations of how various superheroes got their special powers, there was one superhero in the 1960s who maintained his powers to fight evil by lighting up.

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