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The Truth About Aspartame and Your Health

The Truth About Aspartame and Your Health

TheMedicineJournal.com February 27, 2014 29

Our resident medical expert, Scott, and a buddy of his recently started The Medicine Journal, where you can learn all sorts of interesting facts about all things medical related. Below is a sample article

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Why “Mac” and “Mc” Surnames Often Contain a Second Capital Letter

Why “Mac” and “Mc” Surnames Often Contain a Second Capital Letter

Emily Upton February 26, 2014 6

David asks: Why is the second “C” capitalized in names like “MacCleod”? The short story is that “Mc” and “Mac” are prefixes that mean “son of.” Early inconsistencies in records are what led to

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The Surprisingly Short History of the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

The Surprisingly Short History of the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

Emily Upton February 25, 2014 0

The peanut butter and jelly sandwich is such a staple of American childhood these days that it seems like it’s been around, well, forever. In fact, it took a surprisingly long time after all

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Why the Same Side of the Moon Always Faces the Earth

Why the Same Side of the Moon Always Faces the Earth

Daven Hiskey February 24, 2014 6

This is an excerpt from our new book: The Wise Book of Whys, available in: Print | Kindle | Nook | Audiobook One Moon “day” is approximately 29 1/2 Earth days. This rotation coincides

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How Two Major Companies Used an Arm Wrestling Match Instead of Litigation to Resolve a Dispute

How Two Major Companies Used an Arm Wrestling Match Instead of Litigation to Resolve a Dispute

Matt Blitz February 21, 2014 5

David vs. Goliath. Burr vs. Hamilton. Ali vs. Frazier. These fights have captured the public’s imagination like few others. On March 20, 1992, another battle entered this conversation. Herwald vs. Kelleher. Okay, so most

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Why the Mass Avoidance of Some Business is Called “Boycotting”

Why the Mass Avoidance of Some Business is Called “Boycotting”

Daven Hiskey February 20, 2014 2

This term was named after a nineteenth century Englishman, Captain Charles C. Boycott (who originally had the surname “Boycatt,” but the family changed the spelling when he was nine years old). If you guessed

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The Flying Tank – Antonov A-40

The Flying Tank – Antonov A-40

Karl Smallwood February 19, 2014 1

When it comes to war, innovation is key and WWII saw more insane ideas and weapons of war developed than perhaps any before it. One of the more surreal was the Antonov A-40, colloquially

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From Billions to Zero in 50 Years: The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon

From Billions to Zero in 50 Years: The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon

Matt Blitz February 18, 2014 1

Martha was a very lonely bird. She had once been part of a pair, with her male counterpart George, but he had died several years before. So, for the final years of her life,

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Over 100 Fascinating Facts About U.S Presidents Past and Present (Part-1)

Over 100 Fascinating Facts About U.S Presidents Past and Present (Part-1)

Noreen February 17, 2014 3

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Over 100 Fascinating Facts About U.S Presidents Past and Present (Part-2)

Over 100 Fascinating Facts About U.S Presidents Past and Present (Part-2)

Noreen February 17, 2014 0

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The Surprising Truth About Cousins and Marriage

The Surprising Truth About Cousins and Marriage

Melissa February 14, 2014 11

Jamie M. asks: When did people stop thinking it was OK to marry your cousin? In modern western society, marrying your cousin is not well accepted, particularly in the United States. Through a combination

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The Fascinating History of Eugenics

The Fascinating History of Eugenics

Melissa February 13, 2014 12

The name deriving from the Greek “eugenes,” meaning “well-born,” it should be no surprise that “eugenics” seeks to engineer a better human race by purposefully selecting good traits, and eliminating bad ones, as is

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The Real Monuments Men

The Real Monuments Men

Matt Blitz February 12, 2014 3

War is ugly. Especially in contrast to the beauty of centuries-old European art. That was the very the reason that the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program was established in 1943, to protect fine

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Why Blueprints are Blue

Why Blueprints are Blue

Daven Hiskey February 11, 2014 3

Making copies of architectural drawings hasn’t always been the easiest thing in the world to do. For the majority of human history, the most economical solution was simply to have someone make a tracing

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One of the Greatest Scientists of the 20th Century You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

One of the Greatest Scientists of the 20th Century You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Matt Blitz February 10, 2014 0

There’s a perception that religion and science go together about as well as mayonnaise and marshmallows. In some instances, this is, perhaps, true. But on a typically warm Southern California January in 1933 at

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How Blood Works

How Blood Works

Scott February 7, 2014 2

Our resident medical expert, Scott, and a buddy of his have just started The Medicine Journal, where you can learn all sorts of interesting facts about all things medical related. Below is their first

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The Tiny Nation of Sealand

The Tiny Nation of Sealand

Tegan Jones February 6, 2014 4

Pirate radio, kidnapping, battles- the principality of Sealand has seen all of these things and more, despite only being a tiny micronation lying about 7 nautical miles the coast from Suffolk, England. If you

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What Exactly is Malt?

What Exactly is Malt?

Melissa February 5, 2014 1

Ryan asks: What exactly is malt? For millions of drinkers, it is perhaps the most important ingredient in the world. Malt, Exactly  Malt is the product that is left over after a cereal grain

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