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Weekly Wrap Volume 56

Weekly Wrap Volume 56

Daven Hiskey September 20, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Why Golfers Yell “Fore” and Other Interesting Golf Facts There is a long-standing belief that golf

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How Did Oktoberfest Start?

How Did Oktoberfest Start?

Matt Blitz September 19, 2014 0

Michael R. asks: How did Oktoberfest get started? As we move past the summer and into the fall, we can count on certain things: the leaves changing color, the weather growing crisper, ghost stories

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The Surprisingly Short History of the Pony Express

The Surprisingly Short History of the Pony Express

Melissa September 18, 2014 3

Given that most have still heard of the Pony Express today, unlike so many other messaging companies long gone, you may think that the Pony Express was once an integral part of communication between

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How Did Felix Hernandez Get the Nickname “King Felix”?

How Did Felix Hernandez Get the Nickname “King Felix”?

Matthew Carruth September 18, 2014 0

Kevin A. asks: I was just wondering how Felix Hernandez became known as “King”? The religious Abraham was commanded by God to leave his homeland and travel to a distant, already occupied, place in

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Who Invented Diet Soda?

Who Invented Diet Soda?

Matt Blitz September 17, 2014 0

Matthew C. asks: Who made the first diet pop? In order to make a diet soda (at least one people would popularly drink), a sugar substitute was needed. The first such artificial sweetener, saccharin,

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The Life Saving Animal Blood Worth $60,000 Per Gallon and the Truth About the Colour of Spider Blood

The Life Saving Animal Blood Worth $60,000 Per Gallon and the Truth About the Colour of Spider Blood

Karl Smallwood September 17, 2014 4

Kay P. asks: Is spider blood really blue? When it comes to spiders, people generally know two facts about them- that you swallow around eight of them per year and that their blood is

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Emily Warren Roebling and the Brooklyn Bridge

Emily Warren Roebling and the Brooklyn Bridge

Matt Blitz September 16, 2014 0

To this day, the Brooklyn Bridge remains a monumental civil engineering feat. Connecting the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn and extending across the East River, the bridge is a New York City icon. When

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Why do Golfers Yell “Fore,” When was the Mulligan First Used, and Other Questions You Might Have Wondered About Golf

Why do Golfers Yell “Fore,” When was the Mulligan First Used, and Other Questions You Might Have Wondered About Golf

Matt Blitz September 15, 2014 2

There is a long-standing belief that golf was invented by the Scottish, sometime in the 14th or 15th centuries. This maybe false, at least according to Chinese professors and the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.

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Why Do Cans of Diet Coke Float But Cans of Regular Coke Don’t?

Why Do Cans of Diet Coke Float But Cans of Regular Coke Don’t?

Karl Smallwood September 15, 2014 0

Mark K. asks: Cans of Diet Coke float. Cans of regular Coke don’t.  The cans are the same size and they contain the same amount of liquid according to the label. What gives? Fun

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Weekly Wrap Volume 55

Weekly Wrap Volume 55

Daven Hiskey September 13, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Why a Gecko’s Feet Can Stick to Almost Anything It has been observed since the 4th

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The Tlatelolco Massacre of 1968

The Tlatelolco Massacre of 1968

Sarah Stone September 12, 2014 0

The Mexico of 1968 showed every indication of being the most modern nation in Latin America. President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz oversaw a country with a booming economy and a middle class predominately able to

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The Amazing Molly Schuyler

The Amazing Molly Schuyler

Melissa September 12, 2014 1

Big appetites can come in small packages. Case in point: 5′ 7″ and 125 pound Molly Schuyler, who lives with her husband and four kids (ages 5, 6, 7 and 10) in Bellevue, Nebraska.

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The Truth About the Origin of the Potato Chip

The Truth About the Origin of the Potato Chip

Matt Blitz September 11, 2014 2

The prevailing story of the origin of the potato chip starts in Saratoga Springs, New York, a historically affluent and resort community. It was 1853, eight years before the beginning of the Civil War.

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The High School Dropout Who Co-Created Trivial Pursuit

The High School Dropout Who Co-Created Trivial Pursuit

Melissa September 10, 2014 3

In December 1979, in the depths of a Montreal winter, two Canadian newspapermen created one of the most popular board games the world has ever known. High school dropout Chris Haney was the photo

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What Causes Warts?

What Causes Warts?

Melissa September 9, 2014 0

John A. asks: What causes warts and how do you get rid of them safely? A viral infection caused by one of several ubiquitous strains (there are more than 100 known, with the vast

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Jus Primae Noctis: Fact or Fiction?

Jus Primae Noctis: Fact or Fiction?

Kathy Padden September 9, 2014 2

The practice of jus primae noctis (“right of the first night”) is, in simplest terms, the right of the local noble to deflower local peasant brides on their wedding night before their newlywed husbands.

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The Accidental Creation of the Salton Sea

The Accidental Creation of the Salton Sea

Melissa September 8, 2014 0

California’s largest lake was originally created by accident, grew to be a popular fishing destination and wildlife refuge, and today is on the verge of becoming an environmental and public health disaster. Due south

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Weekly Wrap Volume 54

Weekly Wrap Volume 54

Daven Hiskey September 6, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. The Indestructible Jacklyn H. Lucas Would you fall on a grenade to save your friends? How

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