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Why Sugar Doesn’t Spoil

Why Sugar Doesn’t Spoil

Melissa November 17, 2014 0

Mark U. asks: Why doesn’t sugar ever seem to go bad? Two foods are left out on the counter – fresh tomatoes and a bowl of sugar. Within a week or so, one will

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Does Canadian Beer Really Contain More Alcohol Than Beer Made in the United States?

Does Canadian Beer Really Contain More Alcohol Than Beer Made in the United States?

Melissa November 14, 2014 2

Paul E. asks: Is it true that Canadian beer has a lot more alcohol in it than American beer? Canadians boast longer lives, safer communities, free nationalized healthcare, a cleaner environment, the most gold

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Why is Mercury in Fish Such a Problem Today?

Why is Mercury in Fish Such a Problem Today?

Melissa October 30, 2014 0

Drew F. asks: Why is there so much mercury in fish? Was this always a problem and we only just now know about it, or is it really a recent thing? Toxic to humans,

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Where Did Peanuts Come From?

Where Did Peanuts Come From?

Melissa October 16, 2014 1

James R. asks: Where did peanuts originally come from? The shell of a peanut (not actually a nut) is a pod, and, like other legumes, each pod may contain more than one seed. Although

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How are Baby Carrots Made?

How are Baby Carrots Made?

Sarah Stone September 29, 2014 5

Amy W. asks: How do they make baby carrots? Unlike cut baby carrots, farmers grow “true” baby carrots to be naturally small, or other times they are simply carrots harvested before they get a

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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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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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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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The Truth About the Origin of the Potato Chip

The Truth About the Origin of the Potato Chip

Matt Blitz September 11, 2014 3

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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Why Isn’t Beer Sold in Plastic Bottles?

Why Isn’t Beer Sold in Plastic Bottles?

Karl Smallwood August 29, 2014 6

Scott T. asks: Why is beer always sold in glass bottles or cans, and never plastic bottles like pop is? Plastic as a material has pretty much changed the way we live our lives-

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The Cornell Professor Who Gave Us the Chicken Nugget

The Cornell Professor Who Gave Us the Chicken Nugget

Matt Blitz August 19, 2014 2

Chicken nuggets are delicious. I know this isn’t a particularly controversial statement. Despite pink slime, chemical preservatives, and sometimes questionable nutritional value, it’s hard to argue the basic point that these deep-fried, previously frozen,

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The Corrupt and Ruthless Californian Who Gave us the Name for “Monterey Jack” Cheese

The Corrupt and Ruthless Californian Who Gave us the Name for “Monterey Jack” Cheese

Matt Blitz August 13, 2014 1

Steve S. asks: Who was Monterey Jack and when did he invent his cheese? Cheese predates written history. Ancient Egyptians loved cheese so much that depictions of the cheese-making process were painted in tombs.

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Myths and Facts about Cholesterol

Myths and Facts about Cholesterol

Melissa August 8, 2014 2

For years conventional medicine has told us that high cholesterol levels contribute to heart disease, and as a result, doctors have instructed patients to keep cholesterol levels low – at nearly any cost. Recent

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Who Invented Tequila and What about the Worm?

Who Invented Tequila and What about the Worm?

Melissa August 1, 2014 0

Kerry asks: Who invented tequila? I was also wondering if they really put worms in it? Although tequila dates back only a few hundred years, people have long used the heart of the agave

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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 2

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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A Brief History of Scotch Whisky

A Brief History of Scotch Whisky

Melissa July 3, 2014 7

Brandon asks: Who invented Scotch? Scotch has been referred to as “the water of life,” and to many who know its allure today, they can understand why. Yet the chronicle of this sometimes, smoky,

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What’s in a Hot Dog and How Is It Made?

What’s in a Hot Dog and How Is It Made?

Melissa July 1, 2014 8

Kayla R. asks: What are hot dogs made of really? I was also wondering how they are made? Thanks! After the steaks, chops, breasts, ribs, thighs, hams, tenderloins and briskets are removed, there’s a

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Carrots Used to Be Purple Before the 17th Century

Carrots Used to Be Purple Before the 17th Century

Daven Hiskey June 26, 2014 1

Today I found out, before the 17th century, almost all cultivated carrots were purple. The modern day orange carrot wasn’t cultivated until Dutch growers in the late 16th century took mutant strains of the

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