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Origins of the Jedi (and Other Star Wars Stuff)

Origins of the Jedi (and Other Star Wars Stuff)

Melissa September 30, 2014 0

No one can dispute George Lucas’ significant contributions to cinema history, including both the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. His company also played a role in advancing special effects, top quality post-production audio and even digital

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Why is Aluminum Foil Shiny on One Side But Not the Other?

Why is Aluminum Foil Shiny on One Side But Not the Other?

Melissa September 26, 2014 2

Noah asks: Why is it that aluminium foil on the outer part is very shiny, but the other side isn’t? The most abundant metal in the Earth’s crust, aluminum naturally occurs as a compound

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Why Do Screws Tighten Clockwise?

Why Do Screws Tighten Clockwise?

Melissa September 26, 2014 9

Jim R. asks: Why is it “righty tighty, lefty loosey” with screws? One of the six simple machines, a screw is nothing more than an inclined plane wrapped around a center pole. While today

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Are Airplane Black Boxes Really Black?

Are Airplane Black Boxes Really Black?

Sarah Stone September 22, 2014 1

Mekala asks: Is the black box in airplanes really black? Also, who invented it?  Thanks! Like many inventions, versions of an airplane “black box” were independently invented by several people, in this case beginning

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Who was Cunningham of Cunningham’s Law?- “The best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question, but to post the wrong answer.”

Who was Cunningham of Cunningham’s Law?- “The best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question, but to post the wrong answer.”

Karl Smallwood September 22, 2014 2

Cunningham’s Law is an internet adage that states “The best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question, but to post the wrong answer.” It’s an interesting

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The Accidental Creation of the Salton Sea

The Accidental Creation of the Salton Sea

Melissa September 8, 2014 0

California’s largest lake was originally created by accident, grew to be a popular fishing destination and wildlife refuge, and today is on the verge of becoming an environmental and public health disaster. Due south

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Why Do the Police Wear Blue?

Why Do the Police Wear Blue?

Karl Smallwood September 5, 2014 7

Jill R. asks: Why do police officers wear blue uniforms instead of some other color? Police services like the NYPD and the LAPD are bona fide pop culture staples that have been featured in

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How the Maximum Occupancy of a Building is Calculated

How the Maximum Occupancy of a Building is Calculated

Sarah Stone August 26, 2014 2

MK23 asks: How do they figure out the maximum occupancy for a building? Generally speaking, the maximum occupancy of a room or building is primarily determined by the available exits, with each exit accommodating

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The People Who Want to Become Amputees

The People Who Want to Become Amputees

Sarah Stone August 25, 2014 0

Body Integrity Identity Disorder, or BIID, is a condition where a person feels an overwhelming desire to become an amputee.  Some also consider it to include those who feel a desire to have some

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The Town That’s Been Burning for Over Half a Century

The Town That’s Been Burning for Over Half a Century

Sarah Stone August 21, 2014 6

The town of Centralia, Pennsylvania has been on fire for more than fifty years. Founded in 1862, Centralia popped up in response to the booming coal mining industry. Anthracite coal, a type of coal

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Why Can’t You Have Fences Over a Certain Height in the Front or Backyard?

Why Can’t You Have Fences Over a Certain Height in the Front or Backyard?

Karl Smallwood August 19, 2014 1

Glossyhorses asks: Why can’t you have your fences over 6 feet tall in the backyard and half that in the front? The primarily purposes of a fence include to keep animals in, people out, 

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Hangover Cures: Myths and Tips

Hangover Cures: Myths and Tips

Melissa August 14, 2014 6

Whether it’s a Bachelor Party, Dollar Drinks, Ladies’ Night or just Happy Hour, many of us get carried away once in awhile, and end up suffering the next day. While most home remedies are

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Why Fire Hydrants Don’t Freeze and Burst During Winter

Why Fire Hydrants Don’t Freeze and Burst During Winter

Sarah Stone August 12, 2014 1

M. Favro asks: Why can my house pipes freeze in winter sometimes, but fire hydrants completely exposed to the cold never seem to burst? The fire hydrant that we know today traces its origins

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The Woman Who is the “Mother” of Us All

The Woman Who is the “Mother” of Us All

Scott August 8, 2014 0

Today I found out that all humans can be traced back to a single female known as Mitochondrial Eve. This woman is thought to be the “mother” of all humans alive today. Seems like

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If You Own Land, How Far Above and Below Do You Own?

If You Own Land, How Far Above and Below Do You Own?

Karl Smallwood August 6, 2014 6

Guy C. asks: I live in America and was just wondering how far below and above my land do I own? On paper, the concept of land ownership sounds very simple- you pay money

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Why Do Songs Get Stuck in Your Head?

Why Do Songs Get Stuck in Your Head?

Melissa July 30, 2014 16

Marcus asks: Why do songs get stuck in your head? Whether yours is “Call Me Maybe,” “Who Let the Dogs Out,” “Mickey,” or something equally infectious, at one time or another, you’ve probably had

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How Do Fingerprints Form and Can They Regenerate?

How Do Fingerprints Form and Can They Regenerate?

Melissa July 30, 2014 4

Julie H. asks: How do fingerprints form? I’d also like to know if you burn or remove the skin will they regenerate? Emerging on the buds of fingers while the fetus is still in

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Is Cannibalism Unhealthy or Just Awful?

Is Cannibalism Unhealthy or Just Awful?

Melissa July 28, 2014 1

Mark K. asks: I was just wondering if a human ate another human in an apocalyptic scenario or something would this be unhealthy or just awful and gross? Yes. Unhealthy For the Devourer Depending

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