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How is Silk Made?

How is Silk Made?

Melissa October 31, 2014 0

Mark D. asks: How do they make real silk from worms? One of the softest fabrics on the planet, shiny, breathable and comfortable, silk has been a highly prized cloth since it was first harvested

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Dr. Robert Buchanan, a Murder, and Killing a Cat in Court

Dr. Robert Buchanan, a Murder, and Killing a Cat in Court

Melissa October 31, 2014 0

In 1893, Dr. Robert Buchanan was convicted of killing his wife with a lethal amount of morphine. Without any clear physical evidence tying him to her death, the prosecution relied on eyewitness and expert

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Interesting Halloween Facts Roundup

Interesting Halloween Facts Roundup

Daven Hiskey October 30, 2014 0

We’ve covered quite a few Halloween related facts here on TodayIFoundOut over the years. Here’s a list of all of them, as well as some interesting facts about various candies. Happy Halloween! Halloween Related

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Why is Mercury in Fish Such a Problem Today?

Why is Mercury in Fish Such a Problem Today?

Melissa October 30, 2014 0

Drew F. asks: Why is there so much mercury in fish? Was this always a problem and we only just now know about it, or is it really a recent thing? Toxic to humans,

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Child Actors and Coogan’s Bill

Child Actors and Coogan’s Bill

Melissa October 30, 2014 0

Born into acting, by the age of five Jackie Coogan, Jr. was a veteran stage performer when Charlie Chaplin first spotted him in 1919. Immediately cast in Chaplin’s A Day’s Pleasure, the hard-working Coogan

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Interesting Facts About the Beatles and the Monkees

Interesting Facts About the Beatles and the Monkees

Eddie Deezen October 29, 2014 0

The Beatles vs. “The Monkees”… Well, that’s really no contest, is it? Isn’t that rather like comparing Marilyn Monroe to J. Lo? Jim Carrey to Pauly Shore? As we all well know and readily

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What Happens to Your Social Security Number When You Die?

What Happens to Your Social Security Number When You Die?

Melissa October 29, 2014 0

U. Grening asks: What happens to your social security number when you die? Does it get used again? Since 1935, the Social Security Administration has been issuing numbers to permanent residents of the United

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Frederick Banting and the Relatively Recent Discovery That Has Saved Hundreds of Millions of Lives

Frederick Banting and the Relatively Recent Discovery That Has Saved Hundreds of Millions of Lives

Melissa October 28, 2014 1

According to the World Health Organization, about 347 million people worldwide have diabetes. Because diabetes treatments are so common today, it can be easy to forget that the disease can be fatal. In fact,

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Is the Recipe for Coca-Cola Really Only Known By Two People?

Is the Recipe for Coca-Cola Really Only Known By Two People?

Karl Smallwood October 28, 2014 0

G. Franklin asks: Is it true that only two people in the world know the recipe for coke? The idea that the secret formula for Coca-Cola is only known by two people who are

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How They Get Teflon to Stick to Pans

How They Get Teflon to Stick to Pans

Melissa October 27, 2014 0

Karla U. asks: I heard your podcast on how teflon was invented. You said it’s the third most slippery substance known to man. This makes me wonder how they get teflon to stick to

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How Birds Grip Things When They Sleep

How Birds Grip Things When They Sleep

Melissa October 27, 2014 4

Abi W. asks: Why don’t birds fall off branches when they sleep? Everyone needs sleep, but for many birds, by necessity this has to happen while perched on a branch or other place that

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Weekly Wrap Volume 61

Weekly Wrap Volume 61

Daven Hiskey October 25, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Why We Call Certain Types of Threats “Blackmail”, and The Origin of the Lesser Known “Buttockmail”

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The Truth About Gladiators and the Thumbs Up

The Truth About Gladiators and the Thumbs Up

Karl Smallwood October 23, 2014 4

Michael T. asks: Is it true that the thumbs up and thumbs down hand gesture came from crowds in ancient Rome voting on whether a gladiator should live or die? There are few hand

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The Day the Beatles Ran a Relay Race

The Day the Beatles Ran a Relay Race

Eddie Deezen October 22, 2014 1

It was May 11, 1965. The Beatles were on location, wrapping up filming their second movie “Help!” The “Help!” director, Richard Lester, was to film a few atmosphere and scenery shots in London the

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Why Don’t Vultures Get Sick When Eating Dead Things?

Why Don’t Vultures Get Sick When Eating Dead Things?

Karl Smallwood October 22, 2014 4

Scott K. asks: Why don’t vultures get sick when eating dead things? How come humans can’t do the same? As an animal that is synonymous with death and disease, the vulture understandably has a

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Harpo Marx and His Habit of Shedding His Clothing at Random Times

Harpo Marx and His Habit of Shedding His Clothing at Random Times

Eddie Deezen October 21, 2014 0

Adolph Arthur “Harpo” Marx was a brilliant, delightful, completely original comedian. Any fan of the Marx brothers and the wonderful movies (as I am) knows this. In the Marx brothers movies, Harpo played a

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The Fascinating Reason Witches are Commonly Depicted Flying on Broomsticks

The Fascinating Reason Witches are Commonly Depicted Flying on Broomsticks

Melissa October 21, 2014 3

Emily A. asks: Why do witches fly on broomsticks? We’ve heard this one. To get high, of course! But seriously, it’s thought the idea of witches flying around on broomsticks came from the practice

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The Second Pope: St. Linus, Ladies’ Heads, and Massacring Early Christians

The Second Pope: St. Linus, Ladies’ Heads, and Massacring Early Christians

Melissa October 20, 2014 0

In the 1st century AD, while his flock was suffering from the sadistic persecutions of the Roman Emperor Nero, the second pope, Linus, put as his top priority, at least as far as we

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