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The Slave Who Helped Assemble the Famous “Freedom Statue” in Washington D.C.

The Slave Who Helped Assemble the Famous “Freedom Statue” in Washington D.C.

Karl Smallwood May 29, 2014 2

The Statue of Freedom sitting atop the dome of the U.S. Capitol building in Washing D.C. has more alternate names than the obscure half of the Wu Tang Clan. Over the years, the names

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How One Man’s Attempt to Create the Philosopher’s Stone Out of Human Urine Led to the First Element Discovered Since Ancient Times

How One Man’s Attempt to Create the Philosopher’s Stone Out of Human Urine Led to the First Element Discovered Since Ancient Times

Matt Blitz May 28, 2014 5

Phosphorus is an essential element for life. Forms of it are found in DNA, RNA, and all living cell membranes. It is the sixth most abundant element in any living organism. Phosphorus can also

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That Time a Commercial Aircraft Ran Out of Fuel Mid-Flight- The Gimli Glider

That Time a Commercial Aircraft Ran Out of Fuel Mid-Flight- The Gimli Glider

Melissa May 27, 2014 19

On July 23, 1983, in the small town of Gimli, Manitoba, Captain Robert Pearson and Co-Pilot Maurice Quintal expertly glided a 100-ton Boeing 767 carrying 69 people to a safe landing without engines, air

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What Causes the Smell After Rain

What Causes the Smell After Rain

Karl Smallwood May 26, 2014 9

Joe T. asks: What causes the smell after rain? There are three primary sources of smells that commonly occur after rain. The first, the “clean” smell, in particular after a heavy thunderstorm, is caused

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Another 10 Awesome Quick Facts

Another 10 Awesome Quick Facts

Theodoros II May 23, 2014 2

Image via Everett Collection / Shutterstock.com Image via s_bukley / Shutterstock.com 741: Golden Globe winner Richard Harris, today perhaps best known for his role as Albus Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter films

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How Dwight D. Eisenhower Playing Semi-Pro Baseball for a Handful of Games Nearly Changed American History

How Dwight D. Eisenhower Playing Semi-Pro Baseball for a Handful of Games Nearly Changed American History

Matt Blitz May 22, 2014 6

U.S. Presidents and sports have always been connected. Gerald Ford played football as a University of Michigan undergrad. George H.W. Bush played in the first two College World Series. George W. Bush was part

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Is it Possible to Target Belly Fat When Losing Weight?

Is it Possible to Target Belly Fat When Losing Weight?

TheMedicineJournal.com May 21, 2014 5

This is yet another great article from our friends over at The Medicine Journal- Jessica asks: Is it true there are ways to target losing the fat around your stomach? If so, how? A

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Mozart’s Much Less Family Friendly Works

Mozart’s Much Less Family Friendly Works

Terynn Boulton May 20, 2014 3

Warning: By necessity, this one contains profanity and vulgar references. So you may or may not want to read through it first if you normally share these articles with humans of the particularly youthful persuasion.

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When Doctors Literally “Blew Smoke Up Your Arse”

When Doctors Literally “Blew Smoke Up Your Arse”

Terynn Boulton May 19, 2014 19

When someone is “blowing smoke up your arse” today, it is a figure of speech that means that one person is complimenting another, insincerely most of the time, in order to inflate the ego of the individual being flattered.

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Is It True That a T-Rex Couldn’t See You If You Didn’t Move?

Is It True That a T-Rex Couldn’t See You If You Didn’t Move?

Matt Blitz May 16, 2014 2

Derek asks: Is it true that a T-Rex couldn’t see you if you didn’t move? If so, how do scientists know this? In the immensely popular (despite the sins) movie Jurassic Park, there’s the

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Understanding Net Neutrality and Why It is Important

Understanding Net Neutrality and Why It is Important

Daven Hiskey May 15, 2014 1

If you’ve ever found yourself wondering what all the hullabaloo is about with Net Neutrality, this is perhaps one of the best bite-sized videos on understanding why it is so vitally important, one of

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Dung Beetles Use the Milky Way to Navigate

Dung Beetles Use the Milky Way to Navigate

Emily Upton May 14, 2014 3

Today I found out that dung beetles use the Milky Way to navigate. Dung beetles have long surprised scientists with their remarkable navigation abilities, despite the relatively small sizes of their brains. Scientists have

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The Sacred Band of Thebes Entirely Made Up of Male Lovers

The Sacred Band of Thebes Entirely Made Up of Male Lovers

Melissa May 13, 2014 2

In the 4th century B.C., for a period of 50 years a small force of 300 elite Theban soldiers dominated Grecian battlefields. What makes this band of brothers unique in history is that it

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WWII Files: Japan’s Secret Weapon- Exploding Balloons

WWII Files: Japan’s Secret Weapon- Exploding Balloons

Staci Lehman May 12, 2014 1

WWII saw the development of some zany designs for weapons, such as when the U.S. developed pigeon guided missiles and (literal) bat bombs (the latter of which were a little too effective, accidentally destroying the testing

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Are You Really Entitled to a Phone Call When Arrested?

Are You Really Entitled to a Phone Call When Arrested?

Karl Smallwood May 9, 2014 4

Chellie asks: Do people really only have the right to one phone call when put in jail in the United States? Being arrested is a terrifying and frightening thing with all the horror stories

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Podcast Episode #114: The Woman Who was the Most Successful Pirate in History

Podcast Episode #114: The Woman Who was the Most Successful Pirate in History

Simon Whistler May 8, 2014 1

In this episode, you’re going to learn about a little-known woman who rose from being a prostitute to arguably the most successful pirate in history and who ultimately managed to retire and get off,

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Even More Quick Facts

Even More Quick Facts

Theodoros II May 7, 2014 4

Image via: Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com 711: According to Mike Tyson, his ex-wife Robin Givens was sleeping with Brad Pitt when Tyson and she were still married. Tyson stated in an interview about the

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The Origin of the Term “Brownie Points”

The Origin of the Term “Brownie Points”

Emily Upton May 6, 2014 2

Andrew M. asks: Why do we say “You just earned some brownie points.” What were brownie points originally for? There are many, many origin theories for this one. One of the most often repeated

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