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How Large is a Barrel of Oil and Why Do We Measure It That Way?

How Large is a Barrel of Oil and Why Do We Measure It That Way?

Melissa April 22, 2014 0

Sue T asks: Why do we measure oil in barrels instead of gallons or liters? How much oil is in a barrel? More than just gasoline for our cars, crude oil is transformed into

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Why Some Plants Are Weeds and Others Aren’t

Why Some Plants Are Weeds and Others Aren’t

Emily Upton April 22, 2014 1

Today I Found Out why some plants are considered weeds and others are not. Weeds can be defined in a variety of ways: a plant growing where it isn’t wanted, a plant that interferes

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What Makes a Vowel a Vowel and a Consonant a Consonant

What Makes a Vowel a Vowel and a Consonant a Consonant

Emily Upton April 22, 2014 3

Mark asks: Why is “y” only sometimes a vowel? When is it a vowel and when is it a consonant? You already know that vowels in the English alphabet are a, e, i, o,

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Did the Austrian Army Really Accidentally End Up Fighting Itself in a Major Battle?

Did the Austrian Army Really Accidentally End Up Fighting Itself in a Major Battle?

Emily Upton April 21, 2014 0

Karla asks: Is it true that once the Austrian army accidentally ended up fighting itself in a battle? If you ever feel like you’ve “made a huge mistake,” just remember: it’s probably not bigger

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Was Colonel Sanders Actually a Colonel?

Was Colonel Sanders Actually a Colonel?

Matt Blitz April 21, 2014 3

Rachel M. asks: Was Colonel Sanders really a Colonel? Kentucky Colonel is the highest honor that can be bestowed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. (Incidentally, if you’re curious: Why Colonel is Pronounced “Kernel”) To

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Weekly Wrap Volume 35

Weekly Wrap Volume 35

Daven Hiskey April 19, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. What Causes Pasta to Froth We’ve all done it: you put the pasta on to boil,

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Why So Many Health Issues Stem from Problems in the Thyroid

Why So Many Health Issues Stem from Problems in the Thyroid

TheMedicineJournal.com April 18, 2014 0

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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A Brief History of Beer

A Brief History of Beer

Kathy Padden April 18, 2014 3

Beer brewing and drinking are activities that have been part of the human experience seemingly since the dawn of civilization. Around 10,000 years ago, mankind began to move away from living life as nomadic

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Where The Expression “Dressed to the Nines” Came From

Where The Expression “Dressed to the Nines” Came From

Daven Hiskey April 18, 2014 0

Samira asks: Why do we say “dressed to the nines” when someone’s dressed up? Like so many etymologies of expressions and words, we can only make educated guesses at the true origin of “dressed

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What Will Happen When the Earth’s Magnetic Field Switches or Collapses

What Will Happen When the Earth’s Magnetic Field Switches or Collapses

Melissa April 17, 2014 1

Jesse asks: What will happen when the earth’s magnetic field switches? The Earth’s magnetic field protects life on Earth, shielding it from damaging radiation and moderating our climate. So the idea that it could

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The “War of the Worlds” Mass Panic That Never Really Happened

The “War of the Worlds” Mass Panic That Never Really Happened

Matt Blitz April 17, 2014 4

On October 30, 1938, from the Mercury Theater in New York City, Orson Welles broadcasted a “modernized” radio play of H.G. Wells’ (no relation) 1898 novel “War of the Worlds.” For the last three

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Can Eating Poppy Seeds Really Cause You to Fail a Drug Test?

Can Eating Poppy Seeds Really Cause You to Fail a Drug Test?

Emily Upton April 16, 2014 1

Mark asks: Will eating poppy seed muffins cause you to fail a drug test? When Elaine on Seinfeld failed a drug test after eating a poppy seed muffin back in the 1996 episode “The

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The Curious Relationship Between Richard the Lionheart and King Philip II of France

The Curious Relationship Between Richard the Lionheart and King Philip II of France

Emily Upton April 16, 2014 0

Today I Found Out Richard the Lionheart and Philip II of France “ate every day at the same table and from the same dish, and at night their beds did not separate them.” There

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Why the Insides of Apples Turn Brown When Exposed to Air

Why the Insides of Apples Turn Brown When Exposed to Air

Daven Hiskey April 15, 2014 3

Goro T asks: Why do the insides of apples turn brown when you cut the apple open? The insides of apples turn brown when exposed to air thanks to a built in defense mechanism

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Everyone Has Hemorrhoids, and What Causes The Inflamed Version

Everyone Has Hemorrhoids, and What Causes The Inflamed Version

TheMedicineJournal.com April 15, 2014 1

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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What Causes St. Elmo’s Fire

What Causes St. Elmo’s Fire

Scott April 14, 2014 0

Andrew M. asks: What causes Saint Elmo’s Fire? For those not familiar, “St. Elmo’s Fire” is a name for the glow that looks like blue/violet fire surrounding the top of pointed metal objects during

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All About Bees, Wasps, and Hornets

All About Bees, Wasps, and Hornets

Matt Blitz April 14, 2014 0

Mike A. asks: What is the difference between bees, wasps, and hornets? There are many similarities and differences between our little wing-whipping friends. For starters, all can sting you. That said, you may derive

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The Curious Case of Mary Hamilton

The Curious Case of Mary Hamilton

Melissa April 14, 2014 1

In 1746 in Taunton, Somerset, England, Mary Hamilton was imprisoned and whipped for impersonating a man and marrying possibly as many as 14 women (not all at once). Few records of these events have

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