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The Fascinating History of Birth Control

The Fascinating History of Birth Control

Yona Williams April 5, 2013 3

Kerry asks: What did people use for birth control before modern methods like the pill and condoms? Pregnancy prevention around the world has a lengthy history that includes many effective yet sometimes lethal methods

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The Origin of “Say Cheese” and When People Started Smiling in Photographs

The Origin of “Say Cheese” and When People Started Smiling in Photographs

Terynn Boulton April 2, 2013 17

Sue T. asks: Why do people say “say cheese” when taking pictures?  Also, why did people not smile in old pictures and when did they start? “Say cheese!” This simple command is meant to

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The History of Yoga

The History of Yoga

Tyler Edwards April 2, 2013 2

Although yoga is something of a recent fad in the West, you’re probably aware that this system of gentle exercise and meditation has very ancient roots. What you might not know is just how

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The History of Shaving

The History of Shaving

Kathy Padden April 1, 2013 13

Kelly asks: When did women and men start shaving different parts of their body? Both sexes have a love-hate relationship with removing body hair. We’ve been pulling, plucking, burning, tweezing and ripping out undesirable

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The Origin of the American Democratic Party

The Origin of the American Democratic Party

Melanie Mayne March 29, 2013 2

Although the Democratic and Republican parties in the United States currently seem extremely polarized, they did not start out that way. In fact, these two parties originated as one, single party. This party was

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The Origins of the Neck Tie

The Origins of the Neck Tie

O'rene Daille Ashley March 26, 2013 7

Jp23 asks: When and why did men start wearing ties? The neck tie has its roots in military history. For starters, a collection of terracotta sculptures discovered in 1974 in Xian, China gives insight

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Excite Had a Chance to Buy Google for $750K, But Turned It Down

Excite Had a Chance to Buy Google for $750K, But Turned It Down

Radhika Basuthakur March 26, 2013 5

Google is practically synonymous with “search” today. But back in 1999, Excite (better known today as Ask.com) was a bigger force in the online world. It was one of the most recognized brands of

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The History of the Goodyear Blimp

The History of the Goodyear Blimp

Sharon Soberry March 21, 2013 1

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Oh… it’s, a blimp… 1925 marked the year when the first Goodyear airships ascended to the skies. More than 85 years later, the iconic Goodyear blimps can still

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The History of Soap

The History of Soap

Melissa March 19, 2013 3

Today I found out that for something that’s supposed to be clean and pure, soap has a murky past. No one knows for sure when soap was first invented, although it appears to have

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The Story Behind the Man Who was Killed in the Famous “Saigon Execution” Photo

The Story Behind the Man Who was Killed in the Famous “Saigon Execution” Photo

Lauren Corona March 19, 2013 15

Perhaps one of the most iconic images to come out of the Vietnam War (see photo here), this photo depicts a uniformed South Vietnamese officer shooting a prisoner in the head. When you look

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“The [American Civil] War Began in My Front Yard and Ended in My Parlor.”

“The [American Civil] War Began in My Front Yard and Ended in My Parlor.”

Rebecca McTear March 18, 2013 8

“The war began in my front yard and ended in my parlor.” This statement about the start and the end of the U.S. Civil War was spoken by Wilmer McLean and is surprisingly almost

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The First “First Lady”

The First “First Lady”

Eddie Deezen February 20, 2013 4

For those not familiar, the “First Lady” is a title which refers to the official hostess of the White House.  Although it is not a firm prerequisite for the title, the First Lady is

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The Alphabet Song is Based on a Tune by Mozart

The Alphabet Song is Based on a Tune by Mozart

Daven Hiskey February 15, 2013 2

Today I found out the English “alphabet song”, also known as “The A.B.C.”, is based on a tune by Mozart, which in turn is based on a French tune, “Ah, vous dirai-je, maman” (“Ah!

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The Day John Lennon Met Paul McCartney

The Day John Lennon Met Paul McCartney

Eddie Deezen February 13, 2013 3

Much of the genesis of the Beatles is a bit nebulous and is often argued, but most Beatles historians cite the date, July 6, 1957, as the official beginning of the Beatles. John Lennon,

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How Groundhog Day Got Started

How Groundhog Day Got Started

Daven Hiskey February 5, 2013 2

Gracen asks: How did the tradition of predicting weather by checking to see if a rodent did or didn’t see their shadow get its start? Like so many holiday traditions, the origins and progression

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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 11

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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