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A Brief History of Nike

A Brief History of Nike

Theodoros II July 22, 2014 2

Very few people and even fewer brands have managed to become synonymous with pop culture in the 20th century. But in the last few decades, Nike has become a Titan of the sporting world,

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Why Don’t They Bother Putting the Apostrophe in “DONT WALK” signs?

Why Don’t They Bother Putting the Apostrophe in “DONT WALK” signs?

Karl Smallwood July 21, 2014 2

Jared L. asks: Why aren’t there apostrophes in the Don’t Walk signs by street intersections when it’s spelled out rather than using pictures? No one is sure when exactly the first WALK/DONT WALK style signs

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The Man Who Saved Over Two Million Lives via a Genetic Quirk

The Man Who Saved Over Two Million Lives via a Genetic Quirk

Staci Lehman July 18, 2014 8

Today I found out about a man who saved over two million lives just by donating his somewhat unique blood plasma. Australian James Harrison is called “the man with the golden arm” due to

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The First Commercially Successfull Video Game was Meant as a Training Exercise and Wasn’t Intended to Be Released

The First Commercially Successfull Video Game was Meant as a Training Exercise and Wasn’t Intended to Be Released

Daven Hiskey July 17, 2014 0

Today I found out “Pong” was originally meant only as a training exercise for a new gaming developer at Atari, Allan Alcorn, and wasn’t intended to be released as a consumer product. When Alcorn

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Why Neil Armstrong Got to Be the First to Step on the Moon

Why Neil Armstrong Got to Be the First to Step on the Moon

Matt Blitz July 16, 2014 14

On July 20th, 1969, with “one small step,” Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon. Since that date forty five years ago, the moon landing has been the subject of

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Why Aren’t There Many Female Commercial Pilots?

Why Aren’t There Many Female Commercial Pilots?

Karl Smallwood July 10, 2014 9

Sarah T. asks: Why do you never see commercial airline pilots that are women? When it comes to gender disparity, the world of commercial airline piloting is one of the most skewed with a

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Mark Twain and His Hobby of Collecting Girls from 10-16 Years Old

Mark Twain and His Hobby of Collecting Girls from 10-16 Years Old

Emily Upton July 8, 2014 0

Today I found out that Samuel Clemens (aka, Mark Twain) used to “collect” girls between the ages of 10-16 years old. On February 12, 1908, Clemens said, “I suppose we are all collectors… As

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How Did “911″ Become The Emergency Call Number in North America?

How Did “911″ Become The Emergency Call Number in North America?

Sarah Stone July 7, 2014 16

Kaiden asks: Why is 9-1-1 the emergency call number? Before the 1960s, the United States didn’t have one universal phone number for Americans to call if they needed help from the police or fire

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How Shrunken Heads Were Made

How Shrunken Heads Were Made

Staci Lehman July 1, 2014 0

Today I found out how shrunken heads were made. For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, a shrunken head is a decapitated human head that is shrunk through a cooking process by

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The Truth About Double Jeopardy

The Truth About Double Jeopardy

Melissa June 30, 2014 1

Damien asks: Is Double Jeopardy a true thing or is it just a TV/movie invention? Although generally in Australia, Canada, England and Wales, Scotland, the U.S. and New Zealand you cannot be subjected to

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Why Do Men’s and Women’s Clothes Have the Buttons on the Opposite Sides?

Why Do Men’s and Women’s Clothes Have the Buttons on the Opposite Sides?

Karl Smallwood June 27, 2014 4

Matt asks: Why do men’s and women’s shirts and pants have the buttons on the opposite sides? When did this start? As with so many things in history, we can’t know with 100% accuracy

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Where the Ampersand Symbol and Name Came From

Where the Ampersand Symbol and Name Came From

Daven Hiskey June 24, 2014 0

Today I found out where the ampersand symbol and name came from.The symbol for “&” comes from combination of letters in the Latin for “and”, “et”.  Specifically, in Old Roman cursive, it became common

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Where the Dollar Sign Comes From

Where the Dollar Sign Comes From

Daven Hiskey June 24, 2014 0

Today I found out where the dollar sign ($) comes from.This symbol first showed up in the 1770s, appearing in documents of English-Americans who had business dealings with Spanish-Americans.  However, it wasn’t until the

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The Flags on the Moon

The Flags on the Moon

Matt Blitz June 23, 2014 13

Robert N. asks: What ever happened to the flags and other things left on the moon? On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 touched down on the moon. At 10:56 pm eastern standard time, Neil

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Real Life Maelstroms

Real Life Maelstroms

Melissa June 19, 2014 1

Where a unique combination of strong currents and geography meet, maelstroms, enormous and powerful areas of swirling water, dangerous currents and whirlpools, can be found across the globe. Although many form (and die) in

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Relámpago del Catatumbo – The Eternal Lightning

Relámpago del Catatumbo – The Eternal Lightning

Melissa June 18, 2014 3

In Venezuela’s northwest state of Zulia, where the Catatumbo River empties into the southwest corner of Lake Maracaibo, a spectacular light show can be seen most nights of the year. Known alternately as the

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Sleepwalking Murders

Sleepwalking Murders

Melissa June 18, 2014 4

Carl asks: What happens if you are sleep walking and you kill someone? Anyone who has ever tried to reason with a sleepwalker knows they can seem to be awake, yet have bizarre and

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The 72 Second Message from Outer Space

The 72 Second Message from Outer Space

Melissa June 16, 2014 0

On August 15, 1977, in Delaware, Ohio, SETI researchers from the Ohio State University detected a 72 second radio signal originating from somewhere around the constellation of Sagittarius. Because of the signal’s location, frequency

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