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The Time the K Foundation Burned a Million British Pounds for No Apparent Reason

The Time the K Foundation Burned a Million British Pounds for No Apparent Reason

Melissa August 1, 2014 1

On August 23, 1994, Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty set fire to, and completely destroyed, £1 million. What makes the story even weirder is that nobody, not even the burners, seems to really know

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Why Snot is Green and Yellow

Why Snot is Green and Yellow

Melissa July 31, 2014 5

Sam asks: What makes snot yellow and green? Snot is an essential part of a healthy body (no, really), and its color and consistency can give you a lot of information about what’s going

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This Day in History: July 30th

This Day in History: July 30th

Kathy Padden July 30, 2014 1

This Day In History: July 30, 1898 Once upon a time, back in the late 1800s, people in the Western world would work themselves into a tizzy over the mere mention of masturbation. The

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The Many U.S. Presidents Before George Washington

The Many U.S. Presidents Before George Washington

Sarah Stone July 29, 2014 4

Today I found out about the presidents before the U.S. Constitution went into effect. Schools in the United States teach children from an early age that the first president of the United States was

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A Brief History of Pi

A Brief History of Pi

Melissa July 24, 2014 23

That the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter is constant has been known to humanity since ancient times; yet, even today, despite 2000 years of thought, theories, calculations and proofs,

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A Brief History of Taxes in the U.S. & Why They are Due on April 15th

A Brief History of Taxes in the U.S. & Why They are Due on April 15th

Matt Blitz July 23, 2014 3

Ian K. asks: Why are taxes due on April 15th? As Ben Franklin wrote in a 1789 letter to Baptiste Leroy, “… in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death

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Why Teachers are Associated with and Traditionally Given Apples

Why Teachers are Associated with and Traditionally Given Apples

Sarah Stone July 22, 2014 2

Gloria N. asks: Why is the stereotype to give apples to teachers? Widespread publicly funded, mandatory education has only been around since about the 19th century. Before then, the responsibility of providing schooling to

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What Ever Happened to Confederate President Jefferson Davis?

What Ever Happened to Confederate President Jefferson Davis?

Matt Blitz July 21, 2014 5

Cailin asks: What happened to Jefferson Davis after the Civil War? Jefferson Davis was attending a Sunday church service in the capital of the Confederacy, Richmond, Virginia, when he heard the news. Union General

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Yet Another 10 Awesome Quick Facts

Yet Another 10 Awesome Quick Facts

Theodoros II July 18, 2014 2

While just about everybody’s heard of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, there was a lesser known third co-founder of Apple, Ronald Wayne.  Among other things, Wayne designed the first Apple logo. Unfortunately for him,

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The First Commercially Successfull Video Game was Meant as a Training Exercise and Wasn’t Intended to Be Released

The First Commercially Successfull Video Game was Meant as a Training Exercise and Wasn’t Intended to Be Released

Daven Hiskey July 17, 2014 0

Today I found out “Pong” was originally meant only as a training exercise for a new gaming developer at Atari, Allan Alcorn, and wasn’t intended to be released as a consumer product. When Alcorn

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Why Neil Armstrong Got to Be the First to Step on the Moon

Why Neil Armstrong Got to Be the First to Step on the Moon

Matt Blitz July 16, 2014 16

On July 20th, 1969, with “one small step,” Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon. Since that date forty five years ago, the moon landing has been the subject of

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Who Invented the Sporting Wave?

Who Invented the Sporting Wave?

Daven Hiskey July 15, 2014 3

Karla asks: Who invented the Mexican wave? The wave, also generally known as the “Mexican wave” outside of the United States, was the brain-child of the longest continuously active professional cheerleader (41 years and

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The “Witch of Wall Street”

The “Witch of Wall Street”

Daven Hiskey July 14, 2014 3

Long before the likes of Warren Buffet, Hetty Green dominated Wall Street through extremely shrewd investing, frugality, and exploiting the lax investment rules of her age, managing to amass one of the greatest fortunes

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Did the Warrior Women Known as the Amazons Ever Exist?

Did the Warrior Women Known as the Amazons Ever Exist?

Kathy Padden July 11, 2014 2

Marleen asks: Did Amazon women really ever exist? They are mentioned time and again by the ancient Greeks in both their history and mythology, going all the way back to Homer in approximately the

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Why Aren’t There Many Female Commercial Pilots?

Why Aren’t There Many Female Commercial Pilots?

Karl Smallwood July 10, 2014 10

Sarah T. asks: Why do you never see commercial airline pilots that are women? When it comes to gender disparity, the world of commercial airline piloting is one of the most skewed with a

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Why are Some Ice Cubes Clear and Others Cloudy?

Why are Some Ice Cubes Clear and Others Cloudy?

Karl Smallwood July 9, 2014 9

Drew asks: Why are some ice cubes clear and others cloudy? Unless you happen to have a specialized ice machine in your home, it is practically guaranteed that the ice your freezer makes is

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How Did “911″ Become The Emergency Call Number in North America?

How Did “911″ Become The Emergency Call Number in North America?

Sarah Stone July 7, 2014 17

Kaiden asks: Why is 9-1-1 the emergency call number? Before the 1960s, the United States didn’t have one universal phone number for Americans to call if they needed help from the police or fire

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Fourth of July Fact Round Up

Fourth of July Fact Round Up

Daven Hiskey July 4, 2014 2

For those in the United States celebrating Independence Day and looking to have something interesting to talk to your friends and relatives about at your respective barbeques, here is some conversation fodder to both

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