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Weekly Wrap Volume 68

Weekly Wrap Volume 68

Daven Hiskey December 20, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. The Anonymous Publishing of “The Night Before Christmas,” and Other Interesting Christmas Staple Origins On

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Is it Safe to Eat Moldy Bread or Moldy Cheese?

Is it Safe to Eat Moldy Bread or Moldy Cheese?

Daven Hiskey December 19, 2014 0

For the quick answer to your question: no and sometimes.  While not all molds are bad for you to eat, many are, and unless you want to whip out a microscope and meticulously identify

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The Archives of Terror

The Archives of Terror

Sarah Stone December 18, 2014 0

On December 22, 1992, former school teacher Martin Almada discovered thousands of documents that detailed the systematic repression of Paraguayans under the government of dictator General Alfredo Stroessner. Almada stumbled upon what has come

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The Momentous Peanut Butter Hearings

The Momentous Peanut Butter Hearings

Matt Blitz December 18, 2014 1

An average American child eats about 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches prior to graduating from high school. That is about a sandwich every four or five days. Americans eat a lot of peanut

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The First to Pee on the Moon and Other Interesting Moon Firsts

The First to Pee on the Moon and Other Interesting Moon Firsts

Karl Smallwood December 17, 2014 0

When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the Moon all those years ago during the Apollo 11 mission, literally everything they did became a record because everything they did that day was the

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What Makes Peanut Butter Sticky?

What Makes Peanut Butter Sticky?

Karl Smallwood December 16, 2014 1

Mark. K. asks: Why does peanut butter stick to the top of my mouth? Arachibutyrophobia is a proposed humorous name for the fear of peanut butter getting stuck to the top of your mouth,

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The Real “Doc” Holliday

The Real “Doc” Holliday

Matt Blitz December 15, 2014 2

In the 1993 movie Tombstone, Doc Holliday (portrayed by actor Val Kilmer) is depicted as a good guy at heart, helping Wyatt Earp to keep order and law in the dangerous old west town

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The Anonymous Publishing of “The Night Before Christmas,” and Other Interesting Christmas Staple Origins

The Anonymous Publishing of “The Night Before Christmas,” and Other Interesting Christmas Staple Origins

Daven Hiskey December 15, 2014 2

Aiko S. asks: Who wrote Twas the Night Before Christmas? On December 23, 1823, the poem A Visit from St. Nicholas, better known today as The Night Before Christmas was first published. The poem

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Weekly Wrap Volume 67

Weekly Wrap Volume 67

Daven Hiskey December 14, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Wyatt Earp, the Great American… Villain? The history books (and Hollywood) often describe the famous

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A Brief History of the Gold Standard in America

A Brief History of the Gold Standard in America

Matt Blitz December 12, 2014 0

Jeremy R. asks: Why did America stop using the gold standard? To begin with, if you’re not familiar, “the gold standard” is a monetary standard where the basic unit of currency is gold. Of

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Krampus, the Christmas Demon

Krampus, the Christmas Demon

Matt Blitz December 11, 2014 3

Santa Claus has long been the symbol of Christmas, bringing joy and presents to all the good girls and boys. But if you are child in Germany, Austria, and other parts of the Alps

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Calling an Artillery Strike on Your Own Position- The Story of John R. Fox

Calling an Artillery Strike on Your Own Position- The Story of John R. Fox

Sarah Stone December 10, 2014 0

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 18, 1915, John R. Fox grew up in Ohio before attending Wilberforce University, an African American college located in a town of the same name. He met his

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Is the “New Car Smell” Toxic?

Is the “New Car Smell” Toxic?

Matt Blitz December 10, 2014 1

Rene I. asks: What makes the new car smell and is it true that it is toxic to humans? That “new car smell” is romanticized and beloved by many people. In fact, it is

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Why Do Zombies Eat Brains

Why Do Zombies Eat Brains

Karl Smallwood December 9, 2014 5

Mar.W asks: Why are zombies always depicted liking to eat brains? Zombies have been a pop culture staple for decades, and in that time the concept of the dead coming back to life somehow to feast

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The Origin of the Phrase “A Penny For Your Thoughts”

The Origin of the Phrase “A Penny For Your Thoughts”

Matt Blitz December 8, 2014 2

Mark C. asks: Where did the expression “a penny for your thoughts” come from? The word “penny” may have come from the English ruler Penda, King of Mencia (an Anglo-Saxton kingdom in today’s English

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Wyatt Earp – The Great American… Villain?

Wyatt Earp – The Great American… Villain?

Matt Blitz December 8, 2014 3

The history books (and Hollywood) often describe the famous lawman, Wyatt Earp, as many things: brave, courageous, moral, law-abiding, and honorable. In the story of the “Gunfight at the OK Corral,” Earp is often

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Neato Christmas Sale

Neato Christmas Sale

Daven Hiskey December 5, 2014 0

Our very good friends over at Neatorama are currently running a Cyber Week Christmas sale in their popular NeatoShop.  They are also offering free world wide shipping (yes, world-wide). The sale runs now until

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Why We Kiss Under the Mistletoe Around Christmas

Why We Kiss Under the Mistletoe Around Christmas

Daven Hiskey December 5, 2014 0

Today I found out “mistletoe” literally means “dung twig”.The name for mistletoe comes from the fact that mistletoe tends to spring from bird droppings that have fallen on trees, with the seeds having passed

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