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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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How Dry Cleaning Works and Who Invented It

How Dry Cleaning Works and Who Invented It

Sarah Stone September 4, 2014 2

Ricky A. asks: How do dry cleaners clean the clothes? What happens to clothes after being dropped off at the dry cleaners is a mystery to most. We know that our clothes come back

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Why Michael Jackson’s Skin Turned White as He Got Older

Why Michael Jackson’s Skin Turned White as He Got Older

Theodoros II September 3, 2014 5

Scott L. asks: Is it true that Michael Jackson bleached his skin to turn himself white? Many scandals marred Michael Jackson’s personal life, overshadowing his otherwise remarkable musical career. One such scandal was the

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A Murder of Crows And the Exploding Toad Epidemic

A Murder of Crows And the Exploding Toad Epidemic

Melissa September 2, 2014 3

In the spring of 2005 during their mating season, toads in Germany and Denmark began exploding. Spewing guts, blood and skin for nearly a yard in every direction; the disturbing phenomenon at first baffled

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Falling on Grenades: The Indestructible Jacklyn H. Lucas

Falling on Grenades: The Indestructible Jacklyn H. Lucas

Melissa September 1, 2014 7

Would you fall on a grenade to save your friends? How about two grenades? Jack H. Lucas did and became the youngest man to be awarded the U.S. Medal of Honor, the United States’

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9 More Interesting Quick Facts

9 More Interesting Quick Facts

Theodoros II August 29, 2014 1

792: In 2011, a 17 year old Chinese man, Xiao Zheng, made headlines when he purchased an iPad and an iPhone.  Why was this newsworthy?  In order to be able to afford it, he

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“She Loves You” and The Start of Beatlemania

“She Loves You” and The Start of Beatlemania

Eddie Deezen August 28, 2014 1

This is where Beatlemania begins.  Along with the then “shocking” Beatle haircuts, this song is “the” symbol, “the signature tune” of the early Beatles- the four happy, cheerful, chipper, and harmless moptops.  This is

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The Flower That Smells Like a Rotting Corpse

The Flower That Smells Like a Rotting Corpse

Matt Blitz August 27, 2014 2

Deep in the heart of Indonesia’s Sumatra rainforest, where tigers hunt, rhinos stampede, orangutans play, and cuckoos sing, blooms a flower that does its very best to attract more attention than any of the

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Another 10 Awesome Quick Facts

Another 10 Awesome Quick Facts

Theodoros II August 27, 2014 2

782: At the young age of 15, Jim Carrey began working full time as a janitor to support his family who were living out of a VW van at the time after his father

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How the Maximum Occupancy of a Building is Calculated

How the Maximum Occupancy of a Building is Calculated

Sarah Stone August 26, 2014 2

MK23 asks: How do they figure out the maximum occupancy for a building? Generally speaking, the maximum occupancy of a room or building is primarily determined by the available exits, with each exit accommodating

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The People Who Want to Become Amputees

The People Who Want to Become Amputees

Sarah Stone August 25, 2014 0

Body Integrity Identity Disorder, or BIID, is a condition where a person feels an overwhelming desire to become an amputee.  Some also consider it to include those who feel a desire to have some

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The Parasite That Could Be Living Inside You Right Now, Toxoplasma Gondii

The Parasite That Could Be Living Inside You Right Now, Toxoplasma Gondii

Karl Smallwood August 22, 2014 2

If we were to tell you that there is a parasite out there that can infect virtually any warm-blooded creature on Earth; is found just about everywhere; approximately 33% of humans are infected; and

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The Town That’s Been Burning for Over Half a Century

The Town That’s Been Burning for Over Half a Century

Sarah Stone August 21, 2014 6

The town of Centralia, Pennsylvania has been on fire for more than fifty years. Founded in 1862, Centralia popped up in response to the booming coal mining industry. Anthracite coal, a type of coal

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30 Random Quick Facts

30 Random Quick Facts

Noreen August 20, 2014 2

Embed This Infographic [Source: Today I Found Out

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