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A Brief History of Nike

A Brief History of Nike

Theodoros II July 22, 2014 1

Very few people and even fewer brands have managed to become synonymous with pop culture in the 20th century. But in the last few decades, Nike has become a Titan of the sporting world,

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Why Teachers are Associated with and Traditionally Given Apples

Why Teachers are Associated with and Traditionally Given Apples

Sarah Stone July 22, 2014 0

Gloria N. asks: Why is the stereotype to give apples to teachers? Widespread publicly funded, mandatory education has only been around since about the 19th century. Before then, the responsibility of providing schooling to

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Why Don’t They Bother Putting the Apostrophe in “DONT WALK” signs?

Why Don’t They Bother Putting the Apostrophe in “DONT WALK” signs?

Karl Smallwood July 21, 2014 2

Jared L. asks: Why aren’t there apostrophes in the Don’t Walk signs by street intersections when it’s spelled out rather than using pictures? No one is sure when exactly the first WALK/DONT WALK style signs

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What Ever Happened to Confederate President Jefferson Davis?

What Ever Happened to Confederate President Jefferson Davis?

Matt Blitz July 21, 2014 3

Cailin asks: What happened to Jefferson Davis after the Civil War? Jefferson Davis was attending a Sunday church service in the capital of the Confederacy, Richmond, Virginia, when he heard the news. Union General

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The Man Who Saved Over Two Million Lives via a Genetic Quirk

The Man Who Saved Over Two Million Lives via a Genetic Quirk

Staci Lehman July 18, 2014 1

Today I found out about a man who saved over two million lives just by donating his somewhat unique blood plasma. Australian James Harrison is called “the man with the golden arm” due to

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The First Commercially Successfull Video Game was Meant as a Training Exercise and Wasn’t Intended to Be Released

The First Commercially Successfull Video Game was Meant as a Training Exercise and Wasn’t Intended to Be Released

Daven Hiskey July 17, 2014 0

Today I found out “Pong” was originally meant only as a training exercise for a new gaming developer at Atari, Allan Alcorn, and wasn’t intended to be released as a consumer product. When Alcorn

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Why Neil Armstrong Got to Be the First to Step on the Moon

Why Neil Armstrong Got to Be the First to Step on the Moon

Matt Blitz July 16, 2014 13

On July 20th, 1969, with “one small step,” Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon. Since that date forty five years ago, the moon landing has been the subject of

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The Only Major League Baseball Player to Openly Admit He was Gay During His Career Also May Have “Invented” the High-Five

The Only Major League Baseball Player to Openly Admit He was Gay During His Career Also May Have “Invented” the High-Five

Eddie Deezen July 15, 2014 0

“They can’t say that a gay man can’t play in the Majors, because I’m a gay man and I made it.”- Glenn BurkeMajor League Baseball has been going strong now for well over a

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Who Invented the Sporting Wave?

Who Invented the Sporting Wave?

Daven Hiskey July 15, 2014 0

Karla asks: Who invented the Mexican wave? The wave, also generally known as the “Mexican wave” outside of the United States, was the brain-child of the longest continuously active professional cheerleader (41 years and

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The “Witch of Wall Street”

The “Witch of Wall Street”

Daven Hiskey July 14, 2014 3

Long before the likes of Warren Buffet, Hetty Green dominated Wall Street through extremely shrewd investing, frugality, and exploiting the lax investment rules of her age, managing to amass one of the greatest fortunes

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Weekly Wrap Volume 46

Weekly Wrap Volume 46

Daven Hiskey July 12, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Why There is Braille on Drive-Thru ATM Machines Mainly, it is because it is required by

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Did the Warrior Women Known as the Amazons Ever Exist?

Did the Warrior Women Known as the Amazons Ever Exist?

Kathy Padden July 11, 2014 2

Marleen asks: Did Amazon women really ever exist? They are mentioned time and again by the ancient Greeks in both their history and mythology, going all the way back to Homer in approximately the

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When Online Gamers Contributed to a Major Scientific Discovery

When Online Gamers Contributed to a Major Scientific Discovery

Melissa July 10, 2014 1

Tapping into people’s insatiable appetite for new ways to screw around and waste time, recently some Ivy League researchers made a key element of their work into an online game. In order to solve

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Why Aren’t There Many Female Commercial Pilots?

Why Aren’t There Many Female Commercial Pilots?

Karl Smallwood July 10, 2014 9

Sarah T. asks: Why do you never see commercial airline pilots that are women? When it comes to gender disparity, the world of commercial airline piloting is one of the most skewed with a

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Why are Some Ice Cubes Clear and Others Cloudy?

Why are Some Ice Cubes Clear and Others Cloudy?

Karl Smallwood July 9, 2014 8

Drew asks: Why are some ice cubes clear and others cloudy? Unless you happen to have a specialized ice machine in your home, it is practically guaranteed that the ice your freezer makes is

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Mark Twain and His Hobby of Collecting Girls from 10-16 Years Old

Mark Twain and His Hobby of Collecting Girls from 10-16 Years Old

Emily Upton July 8, 2014 0

Today I found out that Samuel Clemens (aka, Mark Twain) used to “collect” girls between the ages of 10-16 years old. On February 12, 1908, Clemens said, “I suppose we are all collectors… As

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The Remarkable Nellie Bly and Her Adventure in a Mad-House

The Remarkable Nellie Bly and Her Adventure in a Mad-House

Emily Upton July 8, 2014 0

Today I found out about Nellie Bly, the woman who purposefully got herself committed to a notorious insane asylum so that she could report on what actually went on inside. Born Elizabeth Jane Cochran

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The Disappearance of the Prime Minister of Australia

The Disappearance of the Prime Minister of Australia

Melissa July 7, 2014 1

On Sunday, December 17, 1967, the Prime Minister of what was then the 9th wealthiest nation on Earth disappeared off of the coast of Cheviot Beach, Portsea, Victoria in the southeast of Australia. Harold

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