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Is the Recipe for Coca-Cola Really Only Known By Two People?

Is the Recipe for Coca-Cola Really Only Known By Two People?

Karl Smallwood October 28, 2014 0

G. Franklin asks: Is it true that only two people in the world know the recipe for coke? The idea that the secret formula for Coca-Cola is only known by two people who are

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How Birds Grip Things When They Sleep

How Birds Grip Things When They Sleep

Melissa October 27, 2014 6

Abi W. asks: Why don’t birds fall off branches when they sleep? Everyone needs sleep, but for many birds, by necessity this has to happen while perched on a branch or other place that

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The Difference Between… [Food Edition]

The Difference Between… [Food Edition]

Verity October 24, 2014 0

Ever wonder what the difference between fruits and vegetables is? Or how about the difference between jelly and jam? These and other fascinating “difference between” food facts are covered in our latest video below.

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The Truth About Gladiators and the Thumbs Up

The Truth About Gladiators and the Thumbs Up

Karl Smallwood October 23, 2014 6

Michael T. asks: Is it true that the thumbs up and thumbs down hand gesture came from crowds in ancient Rome voting on whether a gladiator should live or die? There are few hand

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Why Don’t Vultures Get Sick When Eating Dead Things?

Why Don’t Vultures Get Sick When Eating Dead Things?

Karl Smallwood October 22, 2014 6

Scott K. asks: Why don’t vultures get sick when eating dead things? How come humans can’t do the same? As an animal that is synonymous with death and disease, the vulture understandably has a

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The Fascinating Reason Witches are Commonly Depicted Flying on Broomsticks

The Fascinating Reason Witches are Commonly Depicted Flying on Broomsticks

Melissa October 21, 2014 3

Emily A. asks: Why do witches fly on broomsticks? We’ve heard this one. To get high, of course! But seriously, it’s thought the idea of witches flying around on broomsticks came from the practice

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Why We Call Certain Types of Threats “Blackmail”, and The Origin of the Lesser Known “Buttockmail”

Why We Call Certain Types of Threats “Blackmail”, and The Origin of the Lesser Known “Buttockmail”

Karl Smallwood October 20, 2014 4

Karl M. asks: Why is it called blackmail when you threaten to reveal something about someone if they don’t give you money? “Blackmail” has its roots in the early 16th century, first used by

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The Surprisingly Recent Time Period When Boys Wore Pink, Girls Wore Blue, and Both Wore Dresses

The Surprisingly Recent Time Period When Boys Wore Pink, Girls Wore Blue, and Both Wore Dresses

Terynn Boulton October 17, 2014 8

If we were to play a word association game where I said a word and you had to yell out the first color that came to mind, it would probably go something like this:

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Are There Any Animals Other Than Humans That Commit Suicide?

Are There Any Animals Other Than Humans That Commit Suicide?

Karl Smallwood October 16, 2014 1

Mark I. asks: Are there any known animals other than humans that intentionally commit suicide? Animal suicide is a hugely controversial issue in the world of animal research and psychology, because although there are

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10 More Fascinating Quick Facts

10 More Fascinating Quick Facts

Theodoros II October 15, 2014 3

801) Nick Offerman, better known as Ron Swanson from the Parks and Recreation TV series, is a professional boat builder and has a side business as a wood craftsman. In 2008, he even released

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The Surprisingly Recent Invention of the T-Shirt

The Surprisingly Recent Invention of the T-Shirt

Karl Smallwood October 14, 2014 3

John E. asks: Who invented the T-shirt? The t-shirt is arguably the most popular outer garment in the entire world. Coming in a range of styles, colors and sizes there is quite literally a

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Who is McDonald in McDonald’s Restaurant

Who is McDonald in McDonald’s Restaurant

Eddie Deezen October 13, 2014 2

Mark R. asks: Was there a real “McDonald” that started McDonald’s or is it like the fictitious Betty Crocker? McDonald’s is, without question, the most successful, popular, and influential fast-food restaurant chain in recorded

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When and How Jeans Became Popular

When and How Jeans Became Popular

Karl Smallwood October 10, 2014 3

Jeans are easily one of the most ubiquitous pieces of clothing on Earth with millions of pairs being made, sold and wrapped around the butts of style conscious individuals every single day. But why

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Al Jolson- Misunderstood Hero or Villain?

Al Jolson- Misunderstood Hero or Villain?

Eddie Deezen October 9, 2014 2

Ask most movie fans, “What was the first ‘talkie’?” The most frequent reply tends to be “The Jazz Singer” starring Al Jolson. This is a “sort of” correct answer, but not really. The earliest

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Who Was The Real Man In The Iron Mask?

Who Was The Real Man In The Iron Mask?

Theodoros II October 8, 2014 3

Gage A. asks: Was the man in the iron mask a real person? On November 19, 1703, a tomb in the Bastille’s Saint Paul Cemetery welcomed the corpse of a man who had spent

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Who Invented the TASER?

Who Invented the TASER?

Sarah Stone October 7, 2014 1

Tom R. asks: Who invented tasers? Early use of an electronic control device, like the TASER, by law enforcement occurred in the 1960s when American police officers used electric cattle prods to disperse Civil

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Why Do Men Snore More Than Women?

Why Do Men Snore More Than Women?

Sarah Stone October 6, 2014 2

Kelly asks: Is it true that men snore more than women? If it is true, why and if not where did this stereotype come from? Thanks! When humans sleep, the muscles around our throats

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The Timely Death of Kodak Founder George Eastman

The Timely Death of Kodak Founder George Eastman

Matt Blitz October 3, 2014 1

It was March 14, 1932 when George Eastman, famed inventor, philanthropist, and founder of Eastman Kodak, invited a few loyal friends over to witness the rewriting of his will. He had made the decision

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