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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 10

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 7

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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