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The Theft and Half Century Journey of Einstein’s Brain

The Theft and Half Century Journey of Einstein’s Brain

Matt Blitz January 30, 2015 1

On April 17, 1955, the greatest scientist of his generation checked himself into Princeton Hospital due to chest pains. By early the next morning, Albert Einstein had died from an abdominal aortic aneurysm –

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What Happens to Undeliverable Mail with No Return Address?

What Happens to Undeliverable Mail with No Return Address?

Karl Smallwood January 21, 2015 2

Abi K. asks: What does the postal service do when a package is mailed with no valid recipient’s address and no return address? According to the USPS, mail can be considered “undeliverable” due to

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What are Smelling Salts?

What are Smelling Salts?

Matt Blitz January 16, 2015 0

David A. asks: What exactly are smelling salts? Do they really work to wake up unconscious people? Smelling salts have been used for everything, from reviving those who have fainted to athletes needing a

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The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower

The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower

Matt Blitz January 14, 2015 1

It was in May of 1925 when Victor Lustig first conceived the scheme that would make him a legend. With documents and letterheads proclaiming him the Deputy Director of the Ministere de Postes et

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Is It Possible to Breastfeed with Implants?

Is It Possible to Breastfeed with Implants?

Melissa January 12, 2015 0

Brandy R. asks: Is it possible to breastfeed after getting a boob-job? Given the well-documented benefits of breastfeeding to the long- and short- term health of children, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends

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How Soap Works

How Soap Works

Melissa January 8, 2015 9

Janet B. asks: How does soap kill bacteria? For well over a century, public health officials have been pushing regular hand washing with soap as one of the most effective methods of inhibiting the

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Why Elections Are Held on Tuesday in the United States

Why Elections Are Held on Tuesday in the United States

Sarah Stone January 6, 2015 0

Brenda V. asks: Why are elections held on Tuesday? Why not Saturday when most people aren’t working? Americans traditionally head to the ballot box on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November to

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What Did People Use to Mask Surgical Pain Before Modern Anesthesia?

What Did People Use to Mask Surgical Pain Before Modern Anesthesia?

Melissa January 5, 2015 2

Gimly16 asks: What did people use for pain during surgery before modern anesthesia? Other than ingesting alcohol and narcotics in sufficient doses to induce a state of analgesia, for most of its history, people

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What are Blue Laws?

What are Blue Laws?

Melissa December 29, 2014 2

Jen asks: What are “Blue Laws” and how did they come to be? Rooted in the basic Christian tenet that Sunday is to be reserved as “the Lord’s day,” blue laws were originally enacted

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Is it Safe to Eat Moldy Bread or Moldy Cheese?

Is it Safe to Eat Moldy Bread or Moldy Cheese?

Daven Hiskey December 19, 2014 0

For the quick answer to your question: no and sometimes.  While not all molds are bad for you to eat, many are, and unless you want to whip out a microscope and meticulously identify

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The First to Pee on the Moon and Other Interesting Moon Firsts

The First to Pee on the Moon and Other Interesting Moon Firsts

Karl Smallwood December 17, 2014 0

When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the Moon all those years ago during the Apollo 11 mission, literally everything they did became a record because everything they did that day was the

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The Anonymous Publishing of “The Night Before Christmas,” and Other Interesting Christmas Staple Origins

The Anonymous Publishing of “The Night Before Christmas,” and Other Interesting Christmas Staple Origins

Daven Hiskey December 15, 2014 4

Aiko S. asks: Who wrote Twas the Night Before Christmas? On December 23, 1823, the poem A Visit from St. Nicholas, better known today as The Night Before Christmas was first published. The poem

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A Brief History of the Gold Standard in America

A Brief History of the Gold Standard in America

Matt Blitz December 12, 2014 0

Jeremy R. asks: Why did America stop using the gold standard? To begin with, if you’re not familiar, “the gold standard” is a monetary standard where the basic unit of currency is gold. Of

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Is the “New Car Smell” Toxic?

Is the “New Car Smell” Toxic?

Matt Blitz December 10, 2014 1

Rene I. asks: What makes the new car smell and is it true that it is toxic to humans? That “new car smell” is romanticized and beloved by many people. In fact, it is

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Why Do Zombies Eat Brains

Why Do Zombies Eat Brains

Karl Smallwood December 9, 2014 6

Mar.W asks: Why are zombies always depicted liking to eat brains? Zombies have been a pop culture staple for decades, and in that time the concept of the dead coming back to life somehow to feast

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Why We Kiss Under the Mistletoe Around Christmas

Why We Kiss Under the Mistletoe Around Christmas

Daven Hiskey December 5, 2014 0

Today I found out “mistletoe” literally means “dung twig”.The name for mistletoe comes from the fact that mistletoe tends to spring from bird droppings that have fallen on trees, with the seeds having passed

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The Longest Sniper Kill

The Longest Sniper Kill

Karl Smallwood December 3, 2014 0

Throughout the history of modern warfare, the record for longest confirmed sniper kill is one that has steadily gotten more and more extreme as technology has progressed. At the time of writing this, the

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The Invention of Scotch Tape

The Invention of Scotch Tape

Sarah Stone December 2, 2014 3

Jeremy R. asks: Was Scotch tape invented by the Scottish? Despite the name, Scotch tape wasn’t invented by the Scottish. It was invented by a college dropout named Richard Drew from Minnesota who worked

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