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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 0

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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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 0

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 2

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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Weekly Wrap Volume 34

Weekly Wrap Volume 34

Daven Hiskey April 12, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Can Color Blind People See More Colors When They Take Hallucinogenic Drugs? First a little primer

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How Chickenpox Got Its Name

How Chickenpox Got Its Name

Cynthia Dite Sirni April 11, 2014 3

Calie asks: Why is chickenpox called chickenpox? The name, “Chicken Pox” is vernacular for the Varicella Zoster Virus. While it has a name that evokes cuteness and is even silly, it is a disease

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The Origins of the Names of the Historic Counties of Wales and Northern Ireland

The Origins of the Names of the Historic Counties of Wales and Northern Ireland

Emily Upton April 11, 2014 0

Today I Found Out the origins of the names of the historic counties of Wales and Northern Ireland. WALES Anglesey Anglesey is believed to be a Viking place name. The Vikings denoted islands with

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Do Cow Farts Really Significantly Contribute to Global Warming?

Do Cow Farts Really Significantly Contribute to Global Warming?

Matt Blitz April 11, 2014 0

Shawn asks: Do cow farts really significantly contribute to global warming? There are currently approximately 1.3 to 1.5 billion cows grazing, sleeping, and chewing their cud at any given time on planet Earth. And

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The Origins of the Names of Canada’s Provinces and Territories

The Origins of the Names of Canada’s Provinces and Territories

Emily Upton April 10, 2014 0

Today I Found Out the origins of the names of the Canadian provinces and territories. Alberta Princess Louise Carolina Alberta gave her name to this province when it was made a district in 1882

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Was the Character of Sherlock Holmes Based on a Real Person?

Was the Character of Sherlock Holmes Based on a Real Person?

Matt Blitz April 10, 2014 1

Sue T. asks: My sister told me Sherlock Holmes was based on a real person. Is this true? In 1887, Doyle published the novel “A Study in Scarlet.” It was the first work to

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When a New York Yankee Beat an Ostrich in a Spaghetti-Eating Contest

When a New York Yankee Beat an Ostrich in a Spaghetti-Eating Contest

Matt Blitz April 9, 2014 0

The date was April 3, 1919. The location was the South Side Pavilion in sunny Jacksonville, Florida. The occasion was a much-hyped competition of gastronomical strength between Ping Bodie, the five foot eight and

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The Origins of the Names of the Historic Scottish Counties

The Origins of the Names of the Historic Scottish Counties

Emily Upton April 9, 2014 0

Continuing our jaunt around the English speaking parts of the globe looking at the origins of the names of major places: Today I Found Out the origins of the names of the historic Scottish

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The Good and the Bad of Vaporizing and Inhaling Alcohol

The Good and the Bad of Vaporizing and Inhaling Alcohol

TheMedicineJournal.com April 9, 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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The Origins of the Names of the Historic English Counties

The Origins of the Names of the Historic English Counties

Emily Upton April 8, 2014 3

Today I Found Out the origins of the names of England’s historic counties. Bedfordshire Bedfordshire is likely named after Beda, a Saxon chief who settled on River Great Ouse, which runs through the county.

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