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What Does the “D” in “D-Day” Stand For?

What Does the “D” in “D-Day” Stand For?

Sarah Stone January 2, 2015 1

Tom C. asks: The V in V-Day was for Victory right? So what does the D in D-Day stand for? The Battle of Normandy, also known as D-Day, started on June 6, 1944 and

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Podcast Episode #309: The Bermuda Triangle

Podcast Episode #309: The Bermuda Triangle

Simon Whistler January 1, 2015 1

In this episode, you’re going to learn whether there is any truth to the notion that the Bermuda Triangle is a ship and plane graveyard. [TRANSCRIPT] Don’t miss future episodes of this podcast, subscribe

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Who Invented the Fahrenheit and Celsius Temperature Scales and What Zero Degrees Fahrenheit Signifies

Who Invented the Fahrenheit and Celsius Temperature Scales and What Zero Degrees Fahrenheit Signifies

Melissa December 31, 2014 2

B. Halpern asks: 0 degrees Celsius is the freezing point of water. So what is 0 degrees Fahrenheit? Who came up with Celsius and Fahrenheit? Firmly entrenched in American society, the seemingly capricious nature

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Podcast Episode #307: Auld Lang Syne

Podcast Episode #307: Auld Lang Syne

Simon Whistler December 30, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn how the tradition of singing Auld Lang Syne on New Year’s Eve got started and who originally composed the song in the first place. [TRANSCRIPT] Don’t miss

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What are Blue Laws?

What are Blue Laws?

Melissa December 29, 2014 2

Jen asks: What are “Blue Laws” and how did they come to be? Rooted in the basic Christian tenet that Sunday is to be reserved as “the Lord’s day,” blue laws were originally enacted

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The Man on the Raft: The Story of Poon Lim

The Man on the Raft: The Story of Poon Lim

Matt Blitz December 26, 2014 2

On the morning of April 5, 1943, about ten miles off the coast of Brazil, a fishing family in their small boat spotted a Chinese man on a much smaller wooden raft bobbing up

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Christmas Facts Wrap

Christmas Facts Wrap

Daven Hiskey December 24, 2014 0

Krampus, the Christmas Demon Santa Claus has long been the symbol of Christmas, bringing joy and presents to all the good girls and boys. But if you are child in Germany, Austria, and other

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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 December 23, 2014 0

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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When Art was an Olympic Sport

When Art was an Olympic Sport

Matt Blitz December 22, 2014 3

When Baron Pierre de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894, he declared that one of the missions of the modern Olympiad would be “to reunite in the bonds of legitimate wedlock

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Weekly Wrap Volume 68

Weekly Wrap Volume 68

Daven Hiskey December 20, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. The Anonymous Publishing of “The Night Before Christmas,” and Other Interesting Christmas Staple Origins On

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The Momentous Peanut Butter Hearings

The Momentous Peanut Butter Hearings

Matt Blitz December 18, 2014 1

An average American child eats about 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches prior to graduating from high school. That is about a sandwich every four or five days. Americans eat a lot of peanut

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The Connection Between Saddam’s and Hitler’s Bunkers, Why Your Friends are Likely to Have More Friends Than You, and More, in Yet Another 10 Quick Facts

The Connection Between Saddam’s and Hitler’s Bunkers, Why Your Friends are Likely to Have More Friends Than You, and More, in Yet Another 10 Quick Facts

Theodoros II December 17, 2014 0

Quick Fact 841: If you’ve ever felt like your friends are more popular, happier, and wealthier than you… well, on average, you’re probably right.  This all comes down to something known as the Generalized

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What Makes Peanut Butter Sticky?

What Makes Peanut Butter Sticky?

Karl Smallwood December 16, 2014 1

Mark. K. asks: Why does peanut butter stick to the top of my mouth? Arachibutyrophobia is a proposed humorous name for the fear of peanut butter getting stuck to the top of your mouth,

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The Anonymous Publishing of “The Night Before Christmas,” and Other Interesting Christmas Staple Origins

The Anonymous Publishing of “The Night Before Christmas,” and Other Interesting Christmas Staple Origins

Daven Hiskey December 15, 2014 4

Aiko S. asks: Who wrote Twas the Night Before Christmas? On December 23, 1823, the poem A Visit from St. Nicholas, better known today as The Night Before Christmas was first published. The poem

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10 Fascinating Quick Facts

10 Fascinating Quick Facts

Theodoros II December 11, 2014 0

Quick Fact 831: A few years ago a man from Singapore became an Internet sensation thanks to his unique name, “Batman bin Suparman” which in English would translate as “Batman son of Suparman.” So

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Is the “New Car Smell” Toxic?

Is the “New Car Smell” Toxic?

Matt Blitz December 10, 2014 1

Rene I. asks: What makes the new car smell and is it true that it is toxic to humans? That “new car smell” is romanticized and beloved by many people. In fact, it is

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Why Do Zombies Eat Brains

Why Do Zombies Eat Brains

Karl Smallwood December 9, 2014 6

Mar.W asks: Why are zombies always depicted liking to eat brains? Zombies have been a pop culture staple for decades, and in that time the concept of the dead coming back to life somehow to feast

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Wyatt Earp – The Great American… Villain?

Wyatt Earp – The Great American… Villain?

Matt Blitz December 8, 2014 3

The history books (and Hollywood) often describe the famous lawman, Wyatt Earp, as many things: brave, courageous, moral, law-abiding, and honorable. In the story of the “Gunfight at the OK Corral,” Earp is often

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