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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 1

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 7

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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The Origin of Competitive Eating Contests

The Origin of Competitive Eating Contests

Matt Blitz June 11, 2014 3

America’s Independence Day is celebrated across the country with fireworks, hot weather, pool parties, and barbecues. For the thousands that gather on Coney Island in America’s largest metropolitan, New York City, July Fourth is

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The Making of Vinegar

The Making of Vinegar

Melissa June 9, 2014 0

Jeff asks: Is it true that wine vinegar is just wine with acetobacter added? Yep, but the process from start to finish is a little more complicated than just that. More than Just Wine

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What is the Difference Between Black, White and Red Pepper?

What is the Difference Between Black, White and Red Pepper?

Melissa May 30, 2014 0

Rodney asks: What’s the difference between black, white, and red pepper? Do they all come from the same plant? Although black pepper is the most popular spice in the world, it is by no

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$311 and a Hot Dog Cart- The Founding of $928 Million Company

$311 and a Hot Dog Cart- The Founding of $928 Million Company

Emily Upton May 23, 2014 1

In 1941, Carl N. Karcher, a 24 year old man who had dropped out of school in the 8th grade to work on a farm, and his wife had $15 in cash (about $241

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The Accidental Discovery of Saccharin, and the Truth About Whether Saccharin is Bad for You

The Accidental Discovery of Saccharin, and the Truth About Whether Saccharin is Bad for You

Karl Smallwood May 21, 2014 2

Saccharin is noted as being the first artificial sweetener, outside of the toxic Lead(II) acetate, and the first product to offer a cheap alternative to cane sugar.  Interestingly enough, like the Chocolate Chip Cookie,

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The Origin of Bread and the Phrase “The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread”

The Origin of Bread and the Phrase “The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread”

Matt Blitz May 5, 2014 3

An idiom that is often used when something is new and fantastic is that, “It’s the best thing since sliced bread!” But how did this saying come to be? And what makes sliced bread

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What is Non Dairy Creamer Made Of?

What is Non Dairy Creamer Made Of?

Melissa May 1, 2014 3

Craig asks: What is non-dairy creamer made from? Yucky stuff. But you have alternatives. Non-Dairy Creamer Ingredients The chemicals, oils, sugars and milk products (yes, milk, in a “non dairy” product) vary depending on

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Frogs and Milk- How to Keep Milk from Spoiling Without Refrigeration

Frogs and Milk- How to Keep Milk from Spoiling Without Refrigeration

Matt Blitz April 24, 2014 4

For centuries, before refrigeration, an old Russian practice was to drop a frog into a bucket of milk to keep the milk from spoiling. In modern times, many believed that this was nothing more

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Was Colonel Sanders Actually a Colonel?

Was Colonel Sanders Actually a Colonel?

Matt Blitz April 21, 2014 9

Rachel M. asks: Was Colonel Sanders really a Colonel? Kentucky Colonel is the highest honor that can be bestowed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. (Incidentally, if you’re curious: Why Colonel is Pronounced “Kernel”) To

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A Brief History of Beer

A Brief History of Beer

Kathy Padden April 18, 2014 5

Beer brewing and drinking are activities that have been part of the human experience seemingly since the dawn of civilization. Around 10,000 years ago, mankind began to move away from living life as nomadic

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Why the Insides of Apples Turn Brown When Exposed to Air

Why the Insides of Apples Turn Brown When Exposed to Air

Daven Hiskey April 15, 2014 4

Goro T asks: Why do the insides of apples turn brown when you cut the apple open? The insides of apples turn brown when exposed to air thanks to a built in defense mechanism

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Why Are Vitamins Labeled A, B (and all the sub B’s), C, Etc.?

Why Are Vitamins Labeled A, B (and all the sub B’s), C, Etc.?

Melissa April 1, 2014 1

John asks: Why are vitamins named via the alphabet? Easily identifiable by simple terms, the vitamins we recognize today were only recently isolated, identified and named. Roots of Vitamins Scientists studying why animals failed

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The History of Burritos

The History of Burritos

Emily Upton April 1, 2014 1

Burritos are one of the most popular Tex-Mex items on the menu. Anyone who knows a little Spanish has probably raised their eyebrows at the name, however. In Spanish, a “burro” is a donkey,

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Why Cashews are Not Sold to Consumers in Their Shells and Why Pistachios Used to Be Dyed Red

Why Cashews are Not Sold to Consumers in Their Shells and Why Pistachios Used to Be Dyed Red

Daven Hiskey March 24, 2014 7

Why Cashews are Not Sold to Consumers in Their Shells Cashews are a member of the same family as poison ivy, Anacardiaceae. Like poison ivy and many other members of the family, part of

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