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The Only Mother and Son to Each Have #1 Records

The Only Mother and Son to Each Have #1 Records

Eddie Deezen November 27, 2012 2

In November of 1966, The Monkees‘ first single, “Last Train to Clarksville”, went to number one on the charts two months (to the day) after The Monkees TV series premiered.  The Partridge Family (a series

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The Curious Practice of Execution By Golden Shower

The Curious Practice of Execution By Golden Shower

Daven Hiskey November 25, 2012 9

Humans have invented a variety of amazingly cruel and unusual ways to kill or maim one another (often for shockingly arbitrary reasons). And, of course, wars tend to bring out the worst in people;

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When the Beatles Were Pelted with Jelly Beans

When the Beatles Were Pelted with Jelly Beans

Eddie Deezen November 23, 2012 4

It was to be one of the strangest chapters in the storied history of the Beatles.  In most Beatle controversies, John Lennon, the most outspoken and controversial Beatle, was usually at the bottom of

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Why Coke Tried to Switch to “New Coke”

Why Coke Tried to Switch to “New Coke”

Daven Hiskey November 23, 2012 7

Trevor A. asks: Why did Coke try to switch to “New Coke”? It turns out there was actually (if you squint at the problem hard enough), a semi-good reason for doing the switch.  It

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How “The Birdman of Alcatraz” Got His Name

How “The Birdman of Alcatraz” Got His Name

Noreen November 22, 2012 3

The real name of the “Birdman” was Robert Franklin Stroud. Seattle born Stroud ran away from home at the age of 13 and was first arrested in 1909 at the age of 19 after

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Is White Chocolate Really Chocolate?

Is White Chocolate Really Chocolate?

Julia November 20, 2012 3

Felix K asks: Is white chocolate actually chocolate? That depends on who you ask, but on the whole most chocolate connoisseurs would say no. Chocolate is a range of products made with chocolate liquor,

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The Longest Game by Innings in Major League Baseball History

The Longest Game by Innings in Major League Baseball History

Eddie Deezen November 20, 2012 0

It was a cloudy, overcast Saturday morning on May 1, 1920.  Pitcher Joe Oeschger (pronounced esh-ker) didn’t even think the game would be played, as it had rained most of the morning.  And even

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10 Myths Dispelled Part 7

10 Myths Dispelled Part 7

Noreen November 19, 2012 0

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18 Interesting Twinkie Facts

18 Interesting Twinkie Facts

Daven Hiskey November 16, 2012 6

Hostess announced today that they’re shutting down operations and selling off their assets owing to a worker strike that resulted in them having to file for bankruptcy.  This means, for a little while at

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Why Do Mentos and Diet Coke React?

Why Do Mentos and Diet Coke React?

Daven Hiskey November 16, 2012 1

Steph B. asks: Why do Diet Coke and Mentos react with each other? Great question and only something that relatively recently has been given a satisfactory answer not based on conjecture, thanks to one

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The Beatles Song Named for a Woman that was About a Man

The Beatles Song Named for a Woman that was About a Man

Eddie Deezen November 15, 2012 0

The Beatles were famous for their beautiful, inspired love songs dedicated to women- “Michelle”, “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds”, “Eleanor Rigby”, “Julia”, “Lovely Rita”, “Lady Madonna”, “Dear Prudence”.  Even other Beatles’ classics, not

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15 Famous People Who’ve Spent Time in Jail

15 Famous People Who’ve Spent Time in Jail

Eddie Deezen November 14, 2012 1

1) Mark Wahlberg: Wahlberg, born the youngest of nine children all living in a three bedroom apartment, dropped out of school around the age of fourteen and joined a gang.  During this time, he

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Abraham Lincoln the Animal Lover

Abraham Lincoln the Animal Lover

Eddie Deezen November 14, 2012 1

Perhaps the most popular and beloved U.S. President, Abraham Lincoln is famous for many of his great and historic deeds. As these have been frequently documented, there seems no reason to repeat them here.

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Why Do People Tell Actors to “Break a Leg”?

Why Do People Tell Actors to “Break a Leg”?

Eddie Deezen November 13, 2012 5

John asks: Why do people tell actors to “break a leg” before a performance? The term, of course, means “do well” or “have a great show” and is typically used before a stage performance,

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Where the Term “Jackpot” Came From

Where the Term “Jackpot” Came From

Daven Hiskey November 13, 2012 0

Today I Found Out the origin of the term “jackpot”. Jackpot originally popped up around the 1870s and was from the poker game “Jacks or Better”.  This is much like traditional five card draw,

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The First Person to Use the Temporary Insanity Defense was a Congressman Who Murdered the Son of the Composer of “The Star Spangled Banner”

The First Person to Use the Temporary Insanity Defense was a Congressman Who Murdered the Son of the Composer of “The Star Spangled Banner”

Eddie Deezen November 11, 2012 3

You might think the temporary insanity defense was a relatively new thing.  I mean, maybe it began in the 1940s or possibly the ’30s.  What with all the psychobabble around in those times.  But,

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The Woman Who Batted During a Major League Baseball Game

The Woman Who Batted During a Major League Baseball Game

Eddie Deezen November 9, 2012 2

It’s pretty obvious that no Major League Baseball player would be caught dead wearing a dress to the plate.  But one batter wore one, and turned the at-bat into an outrageous incident that left

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10 Bizarre Facts- Part 2

10 Bizarre Facts- Part 2

Noreen November 8, 2012 3

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