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A Brief History of the “Happiest Place on Earth”

A Brief History of the “Happiest Place on Earth”

Matt Blitz September 30, 2014 1

On November 15, 1965, at approximately 2:00 pm in the Grand Ballroom of the Cherry Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Florida, Governor Haydon Burns sat between the brothers Disney, Walt and Roy during a press

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Why Does Moist, Baled and Stacked Hay Spontaneously Catch Fire?

Why Does Moist, Baled and Stacked Hay Spontaneously Catch Fire?

Melissa September 29, 2014 0

Mark R. asks: Why does wet hay that is bailed catch on fire? Plant reactions and bacterial growth combine to raise temperatures in even the driest hay bales, although most never catch fire on

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Why Do Screws Tighten Clockwise?

Why Do Screws Tighten Clockwise?

Melissa September 26, 2014 10

Jim R. asks: Why is it “righty tighty, lefty loosey” with screws? One of the six simple machines, a screw is nothing more than an inclined plane wrapped around a center pole. While today

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Why Are Pitchers’ Mounds Standard, But Baseball Ballparks Different Sizes?

Why Are Pitchers’ Mounds Standard, But Baseball Ballparks Different Sizes?

Melissa September 25, 2014 0

John B. asks: Why are things like the distance and height of a pitchers mound always uniform, but outfield dimensions are allowed to be whatever the stadium designers want? From Boston’s Green Monster, to

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Who Invented the Internet?

Who Invented the Internet?

Theodoros II September 24, 2014 1

Jeremy D. asks: Who invented the internet? While the World Wide Web was initially invented by one person (see: What was the First Website?), the genesis of the internet itself was a group effort

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The Invention of the Slot Machine

The Invention of the Slot Machine

Matt Blitz September 23, 2014 1

Neil asks: Who invented the slot machine? The story of the slot machine is one of intrigue, theft, controversy, and murder. Okay, not murder, but everything else. And it starts in Bavaria…. Augustinus Charles

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Who was Cunningham of Cunningham’s Law?- “The best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question, but to post the wrong answer.”

Who was Cunningham of Cunningham’s Law?- “The best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question, but to post the wrong answer.”

Karl Smallwood September 22, 2014 3

Cunningham’s Law is an internet adage that states “The best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question, but to post the wrong answer.” It’s an interesting

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Why Port and Starboard Indicate the Left and Right Side of a Ship

Why Port and Starboard Indicate the Left and Right Side of a Ship

Verity September 19, 2014 0

Happy “Talk Like a Pirate” day! Besides learning about port and starboard in the video below, you can also learn the origin and meaning of things like “Avast,” “Arrrr,” “Scuttlebutt,” and many more in

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How Did Felix Hernandez Get the Nickname “King Felix”?

How Did Felix Hernandez Get the Nickname “King Felix”?

Matthew Carruth September 18, 2014 2

Kevin A. asks: I was just wondering how Felix Hernandez became known as “King”? The religious Abraham was commanded by God to leave his homeland and travel to a distant, already occupied, place in

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The Life Saving Animal Blood Worth $60,000 Per Gallon and the Truth About the Colour of Spider Blood

The Life Saving Animal Blood Worth $60,000 Per Gallon and the Truth About the Colour of Spider Blood

Karl Smallwood September 17, 2014 5

Kay P. asks: Is spider blood really blue? When it comes to spiders, people generally know two facts about them- that you swallow around eight of them per year and that their blood is

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Emily Warren Roebling and the Brooklyn Bridge

Emily Warren Roebling and the Brooklyn Bridge

Matt Blitz September 16, 2014 0

To this day, the Brooklyn Bridge remains a monumental civil engineering feat. Connecting the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn and extending across the East River, the bridge is a New York City icon. When

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Podcast Episode #230: Let Them Eat Cake

Podcast Episode #230: Let Them Eat Cake

Simon Whistler September 15, 2014 1

In this episode, you’re going to learn about the real origin of the phrase “Let them eat cake,” as well as how Marie Antoinette got connected to the phrase.  You’re also going to learn

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The Amazing Molly Schuyler

The Amazing Molly Schuyler

Melissa September 12, 2014 1

Big appetites can come in small packages. Case in point: 5′ 7″ and 125 pound Molly Schuyler, who lives with her husband and four kids (ages 5, 6, 7 and 10) in Bellevue, Nebraska.

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The Truth About the Origin of the Potato Chip

The Truth About the Origin of the Potato Chip

Matt Blitz September 11, 2014 2

The prevailing story of the origin of the potato chip starts in Saratoga Springs, New York, a historically affluent and resort community. It was 1853, eight years before the beginning of the Civil War.

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The High School Dropout Who Co-Created Trivial Pursuit

The High School Dropout Who Co-Created Trivial Pursuit

Melissa September 10, 2014 3

In December 1979, in the depths of a Montreal winter, two Canadian newspapermen created one of the most popular board games the world has ever known. High school dropout Chris Haney was the photo

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Jus Primae Noctis: Fact or Fiction?

Jus Primae Noctis: Fact or Fiction?

Kathy Padden September 9, 2014 2

The practice of jus primae noctis (“right of the first night”) is, in simplest terms, the right of the local noble to deflower local peasant brides on their wedding night before their newlywed husbands.

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How Long You Could Survive in Space Without a Space Suit

How Long You Could Survive in Space Without a Space Suit

Verity September 8, 2014 2

Hollywood tends to depict a myriad of different things happening to a person when they’re exposed to the near vacuum of space without any sort of protection, from blowing up to having their bodies

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Why Do the Police Wear Blue?

Why Do the Police Wear Blue?

Karl Smallwood September 5, 2014 7

Jill R. asks: Why do police officers wear blue uniforms instead of some other color? Police services like the NYPD and the LAPD are bona fide pop culture staples that have been featured in

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