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The Deadly London Smog of 1952

The Deadly London Smog of 1952

Adam January 22, 2013 0

This is a guest post by Adam Kutner. (more on Adam at the bottom) Today I found out about a shocking weather incident that happened in London not very long ago. In December of

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December 24, 1914: The Christmas Truce

December 24, 1914: The Christmas Truce

Daven Hiskey December 24, 2012 3

On the whole, people don’t generally like to kill one another.  Most wars throughout history are often more about the agendas of the state’s leaders than the soldiers on the field actually inherently feeling

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When a Tulip Cost More than a House

When a Tulip Cost More than a House

Adam December 12, 2012 8

This is a Guest Post by Adam Kutner who works with Tony’s Tree Plantation—Oklahoma City’s favorite garden center, nursery & landscaping contractor. Despite how it sounds, “Tulipmania” does not refer to just a general

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The History of Dentistry

The History of Dentistry

Guest December 7, 2012 6

This is a guest post by Shoshana Davis, a freelance contributor for TopDentists.com, the dental resource site of Everyday Health. Brushing your teeth after every meal, visiting the dentist for cleanings, and having a

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Why the Monopoly Player Pieces (Thimble, Top Hat, Etc.) are What They Are

Why the Monopoly Player Pieces (Thimble, Top Hat, Etc.) are What They Are

Eddie Deezen November 27, 2012 14

What do a thimble, a sack of money, a battleship, and a top hat have in common? Not much, other than that they are among the eleven playing tokens you receive in a standard

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When the Beatles Were Pelted with Jelly Beans

When the Beatles Were Pelted with Jelly Beans

Eddie Deezen November 23, 2012 4

It was to be one of the strangest chapters in the storied history of the Beatles.  In most Beatle controversies, John Lennon, the most outspoken and controversial Beatle, was usually at the bottom of

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Why Coke Tried to Switch to “New Coke”

Why Coke Tried to Switch to “New Coke”

Daven Hiskey November 23, 2012 9

Trevor A. asks: Why did Coke try to switch to “New Coke”? It turns out there was actually (if you squint at the problem hard enough), a semi-good reason for doing the switch.  It

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How “The Birdman of Alcatraz” Got His Name

How “The Birdman of Alcatraz” Got His Name

Noreen November 22, 2012 3

The real name of the “Birdman” was Robert Franklin Stroud. Seattle born Stroud ran away from home at the age of 13 and was first arrested in 1909 at the age of 19 after

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The Origin of the Pie in the Face Comedy Gag

The Origin of the Pie in the Face Comedy Gag

Eddie Deezen November 21, 2012 4

Romi asks: How did the “pie in the face” gag get its start? The very first known “pie in the face” gag, also known as “pieing”, was in a movie- which movie is a

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The Origin of the Bicycle

The Origin of the Bicycle

Guest November 20, 2012 1

This is a guest post by Noah Wass- Plastics Engineer, bicycle expert, and owner of BikeInReview.com where you will find professional bike related reviews and interesting biking news.  Subscribe to his newsletter here. The

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The First Time John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr Played Together

The First Time John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr Played Together

Eddie Deezen November 12, 2012 5

It was the autumn of 1960 in Hamburg, Germany. The young, fledgling group who had recently changed their name officially to “The Beatles” were playing at a local club called The Kaiserkeller. Hamburg was

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The First Person to Use the Temporary Insanity Defense was a Congressman Who Murdered the Son of the Composer of “The Star Spangled Banner”

The First Person to Use the Temporary Insanity Defense was a Congressman Who Murdered the Son of the Composer of “The Star Spangled Banner”

Eddie Deezen November 11, 2012 5

You might think the temporary insanity defense was a relatively new thing.  I mean, maybe it began in the 1940s or possibly the ’30s.  What with all the psychobabble around in those times.  But,

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The Woman Who Batted During a Major League Baseball Game

The Woman Who Batted During a Major League Baseball Game

Eddie Deezen November 9, 2012 2

It’s pretty obvious that no Major League Baseball player would be caught dead wearing a dress to the plate.  But one batter wore one, and turned the at-bat into an outrageous incident that left

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The Only Victim of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse was a Three Legged Dog

The Only Victim of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse was a Three Legged Dog

Daven Hiskey October 26, 2012 5

Today I found out the only victim of the Tacoma Narrows, “Galloping Gertie”, bridge collapse was a three legged dog. The three legged dog in question was a black Cocker Spaniel left in the

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The First Gas/Electric Hybrid Vehicle was Invented in 1900

The First Gas/Electric Hybrid Vehicle was Invented in 1900

Daven Hiskey October 23, 2012 0

This post is sponsored by Chucker & Reibach Today I found out the first gas/electric hybrid vehicle was invented in 1900. While hybrid and electric cars are often touted by the media and automobile

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How Candy Pumpkins and Halloween Helped Change Daylight Saving Time

How Candy Pumpkins and Halloween Helped Change Daylight Saving Time

Dan Lewis October 13, 2012 3

This is a guest post by Dan Lewis. Dan runs the wildly popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”). To subscribe to his daily email, click here. Today

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Why Did People Once Think the Moon was Made Out of Cheese?

Why Did People Once Think the Moon was Made Out of Cheese?

Daven Hiskey October 4, 2012 1

Ron asks: Why did people think the Moon was made out of green cheese? Because it was formed in the Milky Way? -badop-ting-… *crickets* In fact, nobody ever thought the Moon was made of

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The Teenager Who was Executed Twice

The Teenager Who was Executed Twice

Daven Hiskey September 28, 2012 6

Today I found out about a 16 year old sentenced to death who had to have that sentence carried out twice. The teenager was Willie Francis, the youngest of 13 children in a poor

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