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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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The Bizarre Story of the Girl With No Vagina Who Was Stabbed and Had a Baby

The Bizarre Story of the Girl With No Vagina Who Was Stabbed and Had a Baby

Terynn Boulton August 22, 2013 10

Nick asks: Is it true that there was once a girl with no vagina who got pregnant after giving oral sex, then getting stabbed in the stomach? Well Nick, I’ve got to say, I

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7 UP Used to Include Psychiatric Medication

7 UP Used to Include Psychiatric Medication

Staci Lehman August 21, 2013 7

Today I found out that the soft drink 7 UP used to include a psychiatric medication as one of its ingredients. The lemon-lime flavored soda, 7-UP was created by Charles Grigg of the Howdy

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Peeling Back the Foil: The Origin of the TV Dinner

Peeling Back the Foil: The Origin of the TV Dinner

Kathy Padden August 20, 2013 3

Sarah asks: Who invented the TV dinner? TV dinners weren’t officially created until the 1950s under that name, so before that time single guys, people that simply can’t or hate to cook, and harried

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The First “Deadline”

The First “Deadline”

Jeremy Megraw August 19, 2013 6

G. Peterson asks: Why do we call a time when something needs done by a “deadline”? Great question! We all have deadlines. And when we hear about other people’s deadlines it’s understood that they

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When San Francisco was Almost Wiped off the Map

When San Francisco was Almost Wiped off the Map

Terynn Boulton August 16, 2013 6

It was 5:12am, local time on April 18, 1906, when residents of the San Francisco Bay area in California experienced major shaking. 20-25 seconds later, they learned the hard way that that shaking was nothing

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How the Speed of Light was First Measured

How the Speed of Light was First Measured

Karl Smallwood August 14, 2013 22

The speed of light in a vacuum stands at “exactly 299,792,458 metres per second“. The reason today we can put an exact figure on it is because the speed of light in a vacuum

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“One Small Step for Man” or “One Small Step for a Man”- What Did Neil Armstrong Really Say

“One Small Step for Man” or “One Small Step for a Man”- What Did Neil Armstrong Really Say

Terynn Boulton August 13, 2013 27

When Neil Armstrong set his left boot on the surface of the moon on July 21, 1969, becoming the first person to ever walk on the moon. He then spoke some of the most famous

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Why Do We Call it Piggyback When We Carry Someone On Our Back?

Why Do We Call it Piggyback When We Carry Someone On Our Back?

Terynn Boulton August 9, 2013 5

Lyda asks: Why is carrying someone on your back called a “piggy back ride”? Funny how not one of us can likely name a time they have ever seen a pig carry anything on

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Why Is It Illegal to Remove Your Mattress and Pillow Tags?

Why Is It Illegal to Remove Your Mattress and Pillow Tags?

Terynn Boulton August 8, 2013 11

Mark asks: Why is it illegal to remove mattress and pillow tags? Well Mark, unbeknownst to many innocent consumers out there, the warning that it is unlawful to remove the tags from a mattress

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The Canadian Man Who Single-Handedly Liberated the City of Zwolle in the Netherlands from German Occupation

The Canadian Man Who Single-Handedly Liberated the City of Zwolle in the Netherlands from German Occupation

Emily Upton August 7, 2013 10

Leo Major was a French Canadian man born in 1921. He probably didn’t think he was going to be more of a hero than the average soldier when he joined up with the Canadian

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The Remarkable Harriet Quimby

The Remarkable Harriet Quimby

Emily Upton August 6, 2013 3

Today I found out about the remarkable Harriet Quimby, the first woman in the United States to get a pilot’s license. Born in Michigan in 1875, Harriet Quimby’s family moved to California when she

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The Strangest Thing Ever Found On the Set of a TV Show

The Strangest Thing Ever Found On the Set of a TV Show

Eddie Deezen August 5, 2013 1

What is the strangest thing ever found on the set of a TV show? I’m going to go with “a human body”. Yes, a real live (or should I say “dead”?) human corpse.  And

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Egg Whites Do Not Make a Good Burn Treatment

Egg Whites Do Not Make a Good Burn Treatment

Scott August 2, 2013 9

Craig asks: Do chicken egg whites really help heal burns? Craig, I’ve actually had a couple of people try and convince me of this in the past. A quick Google search will yield several,

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