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The Invention of the Piano

The Invention of the Piano

Sarah Stone January 26, 2015 0

The names that come to mind at the mention of the Italian Renaissance are the likes of Medici, Da Vinci, and Galileo. Few, however, know the name Bartolomeo Cristofori, an accomplished craftsman who lived

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The Truth About Christopher Columbus

The Truth About Christopher Columbus

Matt Blitz January 26, 2015 0

“In fourteen hundred and ninety two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue…. Today, Christopher Columbus is celebrated as a mythical hero by some – complete with songs, poems, and fictional tales about his great adventure

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Weekly Wrap Volume 72

Weekly Wrap Volume 72

Daven Hiskey January 24, 2015 0

This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. 20 Interesting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Facts 1) His name was originally Michael, not

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Why Did People Once Think the Moon was Made Out of Cheese?

Why Did People Once Think the Moon was Made Out of Cheese?

Daven Hiskey January 23, 2015 0

Because it was formed in the Milky Way? -badop-ting-… *crickets* In fact, nobody ever thought the Moon was made of green cheese… Well, there are nutters out there, so it’s possible that there was

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The Cheese in Cheez Whiz

The Cheese in Cheez Whiz

Matt Blitz January 23, 2015 6

Jesus M. asks: Is there any real cheese in cheese whiz? As America gets ready for their upcoming Super Bowl parties (or Royal Rumble party, if that’s your thing), Cheez Whiz – the yellowish-orange,

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Why is Snow White Given That Snowflakes are Clear?

Why is Snow White Given That Snowflakes are Clear?

Sarah Stone January 22, 2015 3

Scott S. asks: When you look at pictures of individual snowflakes, the snowflakes are clear. I was just wondering why is snow white and not clear then? First, it’s important to understand what’s going

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What Happens to Undeliverable Mail with No Return Address?

What Happens to Undeliverable Mail with No Return Address?

Karl Smallwood January 21, 2015 2

Abi K. asks: What does the postal service do when a package is mailed with no valid recipient’s address and no return address? According to the USPS, mail can be considered “undeliverable” due to

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The Luckless Rubber Maven: Charles Goodyear

The Luckless Rubber Maven: Charles Goodyear

Matt Blitz January 21, 2015 0

Nineteenth century America was a good time to be inventor. With the right timing, invention, marketing, and patent, one could become rapidly rich. Elias Howe (the sewing machine), Samuel Morse (Morse code), and Cyrus

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The Origin and Trademarking of “Couch Potato”

The Origin and Trademarking of “Couch Potato”

Karl Smallwood January 20, 2015 1

Gracen R. asks: Why is someone who is lazy called a couch potato? If you want to call someone lazy, a time-honoured way to do so would be to call them a “couch potato”.

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The Teenager Who was Executed Twice

The Teenager Who was Executed Twice

Daven Hiskey January 19, 2015 0

Today I found out about a 16 year old sentenced to death who had to have that sentence carried out twice. The teenager was Willie Francis, the youngest of 13 children in a poor

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The Rubber Band: Holding It Together Since 1820

The Rubber Band: Holding It Together Since 1820

Matt Blitz January 19, 2015 2

Matthew L. asks: Who invented the rubber band? Cheap, reliable, and strong, the rubber band is one of the world’s most ubiquitous products. It holds papers together, prevents long hair from falling in a

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Weekly Wrap Volume 71

Weekly Wrap Volume 71

Daven Hiskey January 17, 2015 0

This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Why Popcorn Pops First a little background, Popcorn or “zea mays everta” is a special

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What are Smelling Salts?

What are Smelling Salts?

Matt Blitz January 16, 2015 0

David A. asks: What exactly are smelling salts? Do they really work to wake up unconscious people? Smelling salts have been used for everything, from reviving those who have fainted to athletes needing a

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The Richest Family in the World

The Richest Family in the World

Matt Blitz January 15, 2015 0

Who was the wealthiest person in every century? That was a question we tried to answer in a previous TIFO article. While it was an incredibly difficult question to get definitive answers to, it

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Sitting at the Bottom of the Sea- The Fourth Pope, St. Clement

Sitting at the Bottom of the Sea- The Fourth Pope, St. Clement

Melissa January 14, 2015 0

This is a continuation of our new series on the Popes, starting from the beginning and working to today, attempting to separate fact from fiction and fleshing out interesting details about these individuals’ lives.

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The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower

The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower

Matt Blitz January 14, 2015 1

It was in May of 1925 when Victor Lustig first conceived the scheme that would make him a legend. With documents and letterheads proclaiming him the Deputy Director of the Ministere de Postes et

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What Do Cockroaches Eat and Where Do They Live When There are No Houses Around?

What Do Cockroaches Eat and Where Do They Live When There are No Houses Around?

Melissa January 13, 2015 4

Soshi K. asks: What do cockroaches eat and where do they live when not in our houses? Sneaky and skittering, invasive and indomitable, the disgusting peridomestic cockroach is a formidable enemy for anyone unlucky

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Why is it Called Area 51?

Why is it Called Area 51?

Melissa January 13, 2015 7

Michael S. asks: Why is it called Area “51”? Where are the other 50 areas? Despite the CIA’s release of previously classified documents in 2013 that acknowledged the existence of Area 51 as a

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