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10 Fascinating Quick Facts

10 Fascinating Quick Facts

Theodoros II December 11, 2014 0

Quick Fact 831: A few years ago a man from Singapore became an Internet sensation thanks to his unique name, “Batman bin Suparman” which in English would translate as “Batman son of Suparman.” So

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Is the “New Car Smell” Toxic?

Is the “New Car Smell” Toxic?

Matt Blitz December 10, 2014 1

Rene I. asks: What makes the new car smell and is it true that it is toxic to humans? That “new car smell” is romanticized and beloved by many people. In fact, it is

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Why Do Zombies Eat Brains

Why Do Zombies Eat Brains

Karl Smallwood December 9, 2014 6

Mar.W asks: Why are zombies always depicted liking to eat brains? Zombies have been a pop culture staple for decades, and in that time the concept of the dead coming back to life somehow to feast

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Wyatt Earp – The Great American… Villain?

Wyatt Earp – The Great American… Villain?

Matt Blitz December 8, 2014 3

The history books (and Hollywood) often describe the famous lawman, Wyatt Earp, as many things: brave, courageous, moral, law-abiding, and honorable. In the story of the “Gunfight at the OK Corral,” Earp is often

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Why We Kiss Under the Mistletoe Around Christmas

Why We Kiss Under the Mistletoe Around Christmas

Daven Hiskey December 5, 2014 0

Today I found out “mistletoe” literally means “dung twig”.The name for mistletoe comes from the fact that mistletoe tends to spring from bird droppings that have fallen on trees, with the seeds having passed

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The Richest People by Century

The Richest People by Century

Matt Blitz December 4, 2014 2

Jeremy R. asks: Who were the richest people in history? Wealth transcends time. It is also extremely hard to evaluate. There have been more than a few studies and lists that have tried to

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The Angel of Death: Josef Mengele

The Angel of Death: Josef Mengele

Matt Blitz December 2, 2014 5

Auschwitz was the most notorious and horrible of the concentration camps during World War II. Over a million innocent people were murdered at the camp located in Southern Poland (which was “annexed” by Nazi

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When Did People Start Smoking Tobacco?

When Did People Start Smoking Tobacco?

Matt Blitz December 1, 2014 3

John A. asks: When did people start smoking tobacco? While who exactly was the first to smoke tobacco has been lost to history, Jordan Goodman, in his book Tobacco in History, theorizes that tobacco

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Weekly Wrap Volume 66

Weekly Wrap Volume 66

Daven Hiskey November 29, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. The Truth About Prepositions and the End of Sentences A great man once said, “This

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The Panama Canal and Its Amazing Locks

The Panama Canal and Its Amazing Locks

Melissa November 28, 2014 0

Jill A. asks: Why does the panama canal have locks? Isn’t the ocean the same level on both sides? Rising 85 feet above the surface of one ocean, and then descending again to be

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Mailboxes and the Postmaster General

Mailboxes and the Postmaster General

Sarah Stone November 27, 2014 0

James I. asks: I was at Lowes and noticed mailboxes say “approved by the postmaster general”. What specifications do a mailbox need to reach to be approved in this way? I mean, it’s a

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150 Years in a Jar- The Story of John Dalton’s Eyeballs

150 Years in a Jar- The Story of John Dalton’s Eyeballs

Melissa November 26, 2014 0

John Dalton (1766-1844) was a distinguished scientist who is known for, among many other things, his theories about atoms, his law of partial pressures of gases and liquids (published in 1803), and being one

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Podcast Episode #281: The Many Myths Surrounding the Pilgrims and Thanksgiving

Podcast Episode #281: The Many Myths Surrounding the Pilgrims and Thanksgiving

Daven Hiskey November 25, 2014 1

In this episode, you’re going to learn about the many myths surrounding the supposed “first” Thanksgiving and the Pilgrims. Don’t miss future episodes of this podcast, subscribe here: iTunes | RSS/XML You can also

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“Sleeping Tight” and When the Bed Bugs Started to Bite

“Sleeping Tight” and When the Bed Bugs Started to Bite

Matt Blitz November 24, 2014 2

Nothing put more fear into this author as a child more than being told, right before bedtime, “Sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite.” I was a logical kid and I knew that ghosts,

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The United States v. Paramount and How Movie Theater Concessions Got So Expensive

The United States v. Paramount and How Movie Theater Concessions Got So Expensive

Melissa November 21, 2014 5

Walter K. asks: Why are movie theaters allowed to make their concessions so expensive? In 1948, the Supreme Court ended the stranglehold Hollywood studios and distributors had on the U.S. movie market. Declaring the

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The Shockingly Old Origin of the Fax Machine

The Shockingly Old Origin of the Fax Machine

Matt Blitz November 20, 2014 1

Today, we mostly think of the fax machine as an outdated piece of technology. While there are still some uses for it in an office-setting, technological advances are sending the fax machines to the

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How Were Kamikaze Pilots Chosen?

How Were Kamikaze Pilots Chosen?

Karl Smallwood November 19, 2014 0

Pat A. asks: Were Kamikaze pilots all just volunteers or how exactly did they get selected? During WWII, thousands of Japanese pilots made the ultimate sacrifice for their country by becoming, essentially, flying suicide

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Who was Humpty Dumpty?

Who was Humpty Dumpty?

Emily Upton November 18, 2014 0

Nevin asks: Why is “Humpty Dumpty” always depicted as an egg? As you seem to have noticed, in the “Humpty Dumpty” nursery rhyme, nowhere does it say that Humpty is an egg, yet he

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