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Does Caffeine Really Stunt Your Growth?

Does Caffeine Really Stunt Your Growth?

Scott August 22, 2014 0

Myth: Caffeine will stunt your growth We all remember being 12 years old and seeing your mom guzzling down her 3rd cup of coffee and really wanting some. When we asked if we could

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The Parasite That Could Be Living Inside You Right Now, Toxoplasma Gondii

The Parasite That Could Be Living Inside You Right Now, Toxoplasma Gondii

Karl Smallwood August 22, 2014 0

If we were to tell you that there is a parasite out there that can infect virtually any warm-blooded creature on Earth; is found just about everywhere; approximately 33% of humans are infected; and

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Five War Heroes Who Also Happened to Be Dogs

Five War Heroes Who Also Happened to Be Dogs

Matt Blitz August 21, 2014 0

  Heroes come in many forms; some are even furry and four-legged. Due in part to their superior ability to sniff and hear trouble, dogs have long been a fantastic ally and a great

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The Town That’s Been Burning for Over Half a Century

The Town That’s Been Burning for Over Half a Century

Sarah Stone August 21, 2014 1

The town of Centralia, Pennsylvania has been on fire for more than fifty years. Founded in 1862, Centralia popped up in response to the booming coal mining industry. Anthracite coal, a type of coal

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The Cornell Professor Who Gave Us the Chicken Nugget

The Cornell Professor Who Gave Us the Chicken Nugget

Matt Blitz August 19, 2014 1

Chicken nuggets are delicious. I know this isn’t a particularly controversial statement. Despite pink slime, chemical preservatives, and sometimes questionable nutritional value, it’s hard to argue the basic point that these deep-fried, previously frozen,

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Why Can’t You Have Fences Over a Certain Height in the Front or Backyard?

Why Can’t You Have Fences Over a Certain Height in the Front or Backyard?

Karl Smallwood August 19, 2014 1

Glossyhorses asks: Why can’t you have your fences over 6 feet tall in the backyard and half that in the front? The primarily purposes of a fence include to keep animals in, people out, 

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A Brief History of the Ballpoint Pen and Whether NASA Really Spent Millions Developing a Pressurized Version Instead of Just Using Pencils

A Brief History of the Ballpoint Pen and Whether NASA Really Spent Millions Developing a Pressurized Version Instead of Just Using Pencils

Karl Smallwood August 18, 2014 4

Kyle S. asks: There’s a story circulating around that NASA found out pens didn’t work in space, but still needed a writing device that would work there, so they spent millions of tax payer

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Weekly Wrap Volume 51

Weekly Wrap Volume 51

Daven Hiskey August 16, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. The Greatest Practical Joke of the 19th Century, the Berners Street Hoax The year was 1809.

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The Bum Brigade

The Bum Brigade

Matt Blitz August 15, 2014 0

On October 29, 1929, on what would become known as “Black Tuesday,” the stock market crashed. In one terrible day, the market lost fourteen billion dollars (about $188B today), signaling the beginning of the

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Hangover Cures: Myths and Tips

Hangover Cures: Myths and Tips

Melissa August 14, 2014 5

Whether it’s a Bachelor Party, Dollar Drinks, Ladies’ Night or just Happy Hour, many of us get carried away once in awhile, and end up suffering the next day. While most home remedies are

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What Causes a Hangover

What Causes a Hangover

Daven Hiskey August 14, 2014 0

Today I found out what causes a hangover. There are several things that contribute to hangovers, but one of the principal factors is simple dehydration.  Alcohol has a dehydrating effect by inhibiting the release

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The Corrupt and Ruthless Californian Who Gave us the Name for “Monterey Jack” Cheese

The Corrupt and Ruthless Californian Who Gave us the Name for “Monterey Jack” Cheese

Matt Blitz August 13, 2014 0

Steve S. asks: Who was Monterey Jack and when did he invent his cheese? Cheese predates written history. Ancient Egyptians loved cheese so much that depictions of the cheese-making process were painted in tombs.

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Why Deer Freeze in Headlights

Why Deer Freeze in Headlights

Melissa August 13, 2014 1

D. Peterson asks: Why do deer always seem to freeze in headlights instead of keep running? Less a function of fear than bewilderment, simply put, deer freeze in headlights because they can’t see. Deer

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Why Fire Hydrants Don’t Freeze and Burst During Winter

Why Fire Hydrants Don’t Freeze and Burst During Winter

Sarah Stone August 12, 2014 1

M. Favro asks: Why can my house pipes freeze in winter sometimes, but fire hydrants completely exposed to the cold never seem to burst? The fire hydrant that we know today traces its origins

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Where Did All the Neanderthals Go?

Where Did All the Neanderthals Go?

Melissa August 12, 2014 6

For over 150,000 years, our ancient cousins, the Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis), thrived throughout Europe until, in the blink of an eye (geologically speaking), they disappeared off the face of the Earth. Several theories have

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The Greatest Practical Joke of the 19th Century

The Greatest Practical Joke of the 19th Century

Daven Hiskey August 11, 2014 0

Today I found out about the greatest practical jokes of the 19th century, the Berners Street Hoax.The year was 1809. Famed English author, Theodore Hook, made a bet with one of his close friends,

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Weekly Wrap Volume 50

Weekly Wrap Volume 50

Daven Hiskey August 9, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Why the French-Founded Notre Dame School’s Athletic Teams are the “Fighting Irish” When the green and

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The Woman Who is the “Mother” of Us All

The Woman Who is the “Mother” of Us All

Scott August 8, 2014 0

Today I found out that all humans can be traced back to a single female known as Mitochondrial Eve. This woman is thought to be the “mother” of all humans alive today. Seems like

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