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Origin of the Military Song “Taps”

Origin of the Military Song “Taps”

Melissa March 28, 2014 0

M. Havens asks: Where did the Taps song come from that is played during military funerals? Since 1862, “Taps” has played at military funerals to honor the sacrifice of fallen service members. Originally, however,

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Why Do We Cross Our Fingers for Luck and When Lying?

Why Do We Cross Our Fingers for Luck and When Lying?

Emily Upton March 18, 2014 1

Rouise asks: Why do we cross our fingers for luck and when we’re lying?  It’s odd that the same gesture is used for both. Turns out, people have been crossing their fingers for luck

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Why Proper Sterlization Procedures are Used During Lethal Injections

Why Proper Sterlization Procedures are Used During Lethal Injections

Daven Hiskey March 12, 2014 0

Jeremy R. asks: Why do they bother sterilizing the needles when executing people? Besides the fact that manufacturers sterilize the needles (so no real extra effort is needed), other sterilization procedures are also used

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Why We Throw Coins Into Fountains

Why We Throw Coins Into Fountains

Emily Upton March 10, 2014 5

Today I Found Out why we throw coins into fountains and how the tradition got started. People have been throwing coins into fountains seemingly as long as there have been coins and fountains. The

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Why Coupons Sometimes Say They are Worth a Fraction of a Penny

Why Coupons Sometimes Say They are Worth a Fraction of a Penny

Daven Hiskey March 7, 2014 0

Depending on where you live, you may have noticed that coupons have small print stating they are worth some fraction of a penny, usually something like 1/100th or 1/20th of a penny. In truth,

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Why We Have Grass Lawns

Why We Have Grass Lawns

Emily Upton March 5, 2014 0

Ashley asks: Why do people have grass lawns? They are so expensive and a lot of work, not to mention bad for the environment. Whose brilliant idea was this? Maintaining the perfect lawn takes

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The Green Children of Woolpit

The Green Children of Woolpit

Melissa February 27, 2014 0

Crystal asks: Is there any truth to the story of the “Green Children of Woolpit”? English folklore is filled with green people – the Green Knight, green fairies, the Green Man and Jack-in-the-Green. Two

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Voyager’s Golden Record

Voyager’s Golden Record

Matt Blitz February 21, 2014 2

Imagine for a moment that it’s 40,000 years in the future in a solar system far, far, away on a planet thriving with intelligent life. Extraterrestrial beings inhabit this place.  Perhaps they look like

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How Two Major Companies Used an Arm Wrestling Match Instead of Litigation to Resolve a Dispute

How Two Major Companies Used an Arm Wrestling Match Instead of Litigation to Resolve a Dispute

Matt Blitz February 21, 2014 5

David vs. Goliath. Burr vs. Hamilton. Ali vs. Frazier. These fights have captured the public’s imagination like few others. On March 20, 1992, another battle entered this conversation. Herwald vs. Kelleher. Okay, so most

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Do Your Ears And Nose Continue To Grow As You Age?

Do Your Ears And Nose Continue To Grow As You Age?

TheMedicineJournal.com February 20, 2014 0

This article is from our friends over at The Medicine Journal- the TodayIFoundOut of medical related sites. Also, don’t forget to check out their awesome videos on YouTube. Anyone retiring from the coal-mines of

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Why Don’t Commercial Airplanes Have Parachutes for Passengers?

Why Don’t Commercial Airplanes Have Parachutes for Passengers?

Melissa February 19, 2014 0

BR522 asks: Why aren’t commercial airplanes have parachutes? Seatbelts and airbags in cars save passengers lives. Parachutes save people who, for a variety of reasons, exit a plane in mid-flight. So why aren’t parachutes

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The Flying Tank – Antonov A-40

The Flying Tank – Antonov A-40

Karl Smallwood February 19, 2014 1

When it comes to war, innovation is key and WWII saw more insane ideas and weapons of war developed than perhaps any before it. One of the more surreal was the Antonov A-40, colloquially

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Three Forgotten American Cult Icons

Three Forgotten American Cult Icons

All That is Interesting February 14, 2014 0

Find more from this author at All That is Interesting a part of the PBH Network. Subscribe to their newsletter here. Sam Patch: Before Evel Knievel was a twinkle in his father’s eye, Sam

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A Blogger’s Tale: In Which the Protagonist Decides to Step Away from His Computer for a Day and Comes Seconds Away from Being Consumed by Wolves

A Blogger’s Tale: In Which the Protagonist Decides to Step Away from His Computer for a Day and Comes Seconds Away from Being Consumed by Wolves

Jon February 13, 2014 12

This is something a little different, which I nevertheless thought was an entertaining, and more than a little humorous, story. (Although, to be fair, I have a bit of a twisted sense of humor.

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Why Blueprints are Blue

Why Blueprints are Blue

Daven Hiskey February 11, 2014 3

Making copies of architectural drawings hasn’t always been the easiest thing in the world to do. For the majority of human history, the most economical solution was simply to have someone make a tracing

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Why the Ferris Wheel is Called That

Why the Ferris Wheel is Called That

Emily Upton February 7, 2014 1

Today I Found Out why Ferris wheels are called that. A necessity at any county fair or festival, Ferris wheels stand out like a beacon on the horizon leading eager fair-goers to crowded rides

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The Tiny Nation of Sealand

The Tiny Nation of Sealand

Tegan Jones February 6, 2014 4

Pirate radio, kidnapping, battles- the principality of Sealand has seen all of these things and more, despite only being a tiny micronation lying about 7 nautical miles the coast from Suffolk, England. If you

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Why We Break A Bottle of Champagne Against New Ships

Why We Break A Bottle of Champagne Against New Ships

Emily Upton February 4, 2014 0

This is an excerpt from our new book, The Wise Book of Whys, available in: Print | Kindle | Nook | Audiobook While today breaking a bottle of champagne over the hull of a ship

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