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The Shockingly Old Origin of the Fax Machine

The Shockingly Old Origin of the Fax Machine

Matt Blitz November 20, 2014 1

Today, we mostly think of the fax machine as an outdated piece of technology. While there are still some uses for it in an office-setting, technological advances are sending the fax machines to the

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How Were Kamikaze Pilots Chosen?

How Were Kamikaze Pilots Chosen?

Karl Smallwood November 19, 2014 0

Pat A. asks: Were Kamikaze pilots all just volunteers or how exactly did they get selected? During WWII, thousands of Japanese pilots made the ultimate sacrifice for their country by becoming, essentially, flying suicide

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The Invention of the Vacuum Cleaner

The Invention of the Vacuum Cleaner

Matt Blitz November 11, 2014 0

In central Missouri, about hundred miles from St. Louis and right off of Route 66, sits the small town of St. James. Despite this town having only about four thousand people, it is proudly

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Terrifying Fluffy Bunnies and The Little Albert Experiment

Terrifying Fluffy Bunnies and The Little Albert Experiment

Karl Smallwood November 10, 2014 2

The Little Albert Experiment was a study conducted back in 1920 by famed psychologist, “the father of behaviorism”, John B. Watson. It essentially involved conditioning a baby, identified only as “Albert. B” to experience

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Nixon’s Tactic of Acting Unbalanced as a Political Strategy- The Madman Theory

Nixon’s Tactic of Acting Unbalanced as a Political Strategy- The Madman Theory

Melissa November 3, 2014 0

Developed from game theory and a key tactic of his early administration, President Richard Nixon came into office with a clear plan – scare the hell out of other world leaders to get them

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Dr. Robert Buchanan, a Murder, and Killing a Cat in Court

Dr. Robert Buchanan, a Murder, and Killing a Cat in Court

Melissa October 31, 2014 0

In 1893, Dr. Robert Buchanan was convicted of killing his wife with a lethal amount of morphine. Without any clear physical evidence tying him to her death, the prosecution relied on eyewitness and expert

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The Truth About Gladiators and the Thumbs Up

The Truth About Gladiators and the Thumbs Up

Karl Smallwood October 23, 2014 6

Michael T. asks: Is it true that the thumbs up and thumbs down hand gesture came from crowds in ancient Rome voting on whether a gladiator should live or die? There are few hand

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The Fascinating Reason Witches are Commonly Depicted Flying on Broomsticks

The Fascinating Reason Witches are Commonly Depicted Flying on Broomsticks

Melissa October 21, 2014 3

Emily A. asks: Why do witches fly on broomsticks? We’ve heard this one. To get high, of course! But seriously, it’s thought the idea of witches flying around on broomsticks came from the practice

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The Second Pope: St. Linus, Ladies’ Heads, and Massacring Early Christians

The Second Pope: St. Linus, Ladies’ Heads, and Massacring Early Christians

Melissa October 20, 2014 0

In the 1st century AD, while his flock was suffering from the sadistic persecutions of the Roman Emperor Nero, the second pope, Linus, put as his top priority, at least as far as we

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The Largely Forgotten Tulsa Race Riot of 1921

The Largely Forgotten Tulsa Race Riot of 1921

Sarah Stone October 17, 2014 0

The Greenwood suburb of Tulsa, Oklahoma disappeared overnight during the summer of 1921. Known as the “Black Wall Street,” due to being one of the wealthiest black communities in the United States at the

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The Surprisingly Recent Invention of the T-Shirt

The Surprisingly Recent Invention of the T-Shirt

Karl Smallwood October 14, 2014 3

John E. asks: Who invented the T-shirt? The t-shirt is arguably the most popular outer garment in the entire world. Coming in a range of styles, colors and sizes there is quite literally a

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Americans and The Date Format and How That Relates to Data Storage, Holy Wars and Soft-Boiled Eggs

Americans and The Date Format and How That Relates to Data Storage, Holy Wars and Soft-Boiled Eggs

Melissa October 13, 2014 1

M. Seager asks: Why do Americans write dates Month/Day/Year and most others Day/Month/Year? In the United States, our date format begins with the month and ends with the year (MM/DD/YYYY), and this arrangement is

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The Remarkable Indus Valley Civilization

The Remarkable Indus Valley Civilization

Melissa October 10, 2014 0

The Egyptians built massive pyramids, and the Babylonians instituted the first known written system of laws. The Chinese began a fortified wall that eventually spanned (depending on whom you ask) as much as 13,000

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When and How Jeans Became Popular

When and How Jeans Became Popular

Karl Smallwood October 10, 2014 3

Jeans are easily one of the most ubiquitous pieces of clothing on Earth with millions of pairs being made, sold and wrapped around the butts of style conscious individuals every single day. But why

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Who Was The Real Man In The Iron Mask?

Who Was The Real Man In The Iron Mask?

Theodoros II October 8, 2014 2

Gage A. asks: Was the man in the iron mask a real person? On November 19, 1703, a tomb in the Bastille’s Saint Paul Cemetery welcomed the corpse of a man who had spent

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Who Invented the Internet?

Who Invented the Internet?

Theodoros II September 24, 2014 1

Jeremy D. asks: Who invented the internet? While the World Wide Web was initially invented by one person (see: What was the First Website?), the genesis of the internet itself was a group effort

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The Invention of the Slot Machine

The Invention of the Slot Machine

Matt Blitz September 23, 2014 1

Neil asks: Who invented the slot machine? The story of the slot machine is one of intrigue, theft, controversy, and murder. Okay, not murder, but everything else. And it starts in Bavaria…. Augustinus Charles

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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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