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The Invention of Morphine

The Invention of Morphine

Melissa September 2, 2014 0

Justin V. asks: Who invented morphine? Derived from opium but far more reliable and powerful, the invention of morphine changed pharmacology and pain relief. A (Very) Short History of Opium  Derived from the seedpods

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A Murder of Crows And the Exploding Toad Epidemic

A Murder of Crows And the Exploding Toad Epidemic

Melissa September 2, 2014 0

In the spring of 2005 during their mating season, toads in Germany and Denmark began exploding. Spewing guts, blood and skin for nearly a yard in every direction; the disturbing phenomenon at first baffled

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The Twisted Tale of Delphine LaLaurie and Her House of Horrors

The Twisted Tale of Delphine LaLaurie and Her House of Horrors

Melissa September 1, 2014 0

Over 200 years ago, a torture chamber was discovered in the attic of a wealthy socialite. Through the years, the tale of her brutality has grown and shifted, and today, it is difficult to

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Falling on Grenades: The Indestructible Jacklyn H. Lucas

Falling on Grenades: The Indestructible Jacklyn H. Lucas

Melissa September 1, 2014 6

Would you fall on a grenade to save your friends? How about two grenades? Jack H. Lucas did and became the youngest man to be awarded the U.S. Medal of Honor, the United States’

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Weekly Wrap Volume 53

Weekly Wrap Volume 53

Daven Hiskey August 30, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Split Infinitives are Not Incorrect Grammatically As mentioned in the recent Star Trek “to boldy go”

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Why Isn’t Beer Sold in Plastic Bottles?

Why Isn’t Beer Sold in Plastic Bottles?

Karl Smallwood August 29, 2014 5

Scott T. asks: Why is beer always sold in glass bottles or cans, and never plastic bottles like pop is? Plastic as a material has pretty much changed the way we live our lives-

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How Memory Works

How Memory Works

Melissa August 28, 2014 1

Dustin A. asks: How does the brain create memories? A complex network that stretches from your basest sensory organs to the most sophisticated portions of your brain, memory aids in everything from simple movements

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“She Loves You” and The Start of Beatlemania

“She Loves You” and The Start of Beatlemania

Eddie Deezen August 28, 2014 1

This is where Beatlemania begins.  Along with the then “shocking” Beatle haircuts, this song is “the” symbol, “the signature tune” of the early Beatles- the four happy, cheerful, chipper, and harmless moptops.  This is

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The Flower That Smells Like a Rotting Corpse

The Flower That Smells Like a Rotting Corpse

Matt Blitz August 27, 2014 2

Deep in the heart of Indonesia’s Sumatra rainforest, where tigers hunt, rhinos stampede, orangutans play, and cuckoos sing, blooms a flower that does its very best to attract more attention than any of the

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That Time About Two-Thirds of China’s Population, and then a Decade Later About Half of Europe’s, Up and Died

That Time About Two-Thirds of China’s Population, and then a Decade Later About Half of Europe’s, Up and Died

Melissa August 27, 2014 2

Pandemics have been the bane of humanity throughout history. Although the past few centuries have witnessed numerous epidemics, and even a handful of pandemics, none compare to the Black Death of the 14th century

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Who was the Woman in the Famous Great Depression Photograph?

Who was the Woman in the Famous Great Depression Photograph?

Sarah Stone August 26, 2014 0

Melissa K. asks: The other day you had an article about the Great Depression with that famous picture of the impoverished mother and her kids. Who was she and what ever happened to her?

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How the Maximum Occupancy of a Building is Calculated

How the Maximum Occupancy of a Building is Calculated

Sarah Stone August 26, 2014 2

MK23 asks: How do they figure out the maximum occupancy for a building? Generally speaking, the maximum occupancy of a room or building is primarily determined by the available exits, with each exit accommodating

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Does Frequent Bike Riding Damage Gentleman or Lady Parts?

Does Frequent Bike Riding Damage Gentleman or Lady Parts?

Melissa August 25, 2014 0

Jim P. asks: Whenever I ride a bike it always seems to hurt a certain sensitive region. Is this doing any damage down there or should I just suck it up for the exercise?

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The People Who Want to Become Amputees

The People Who Want to Become Amputees

Sarah Stone August 25, 2014 0

Body Integrity Identity Disorder, or BIID, is a condition where a person feels an overwhelming desire to become an amputee.  Some also consider it to include those who feel a desire to have some

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Weekly Wrap Volume 52

Weekly Wrap Volume 52

Daven Hiskey August 23, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. A Brief History of the Ballpoint Pen and Whether NASA Really Spent Millions Developing a Pressurized

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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 2

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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