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How the Dalai Lama is Chosen

How the Dalai Lama is Chosen

Melissa April 23, 2013 1

Byron H. asks: How is the Dalai Lama chosen? Actually, the Dalai Lama is not technically chosen; rather, he is found. But to understand how it works, you first have to learn the basics

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The Morton’s Salt Girl

The Morton’s Salt Girl

Brenden Timpe April 4, 2013 0

Most people are familiar with the “Morton”s Salt girl“. With her bright yellow dress, oversized umbrella, and leaking container of table salt, she’s an iconic figure in American grocery stores. But who is the

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How Shrunken Heads Were Made

How Shrunken Heads Were Made

Staci Lehman March 11, 2013 5

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 Woman Who Carried a Fetus in Her Body for 60 Years

The Woman Who Carried a Fetus in Her Body for 60 Years

Daven Hiskey March 8, 2013 5

The woman was Huang Yijun from China.  When she was 31 in 1948, she became pregnant only to find out that she had an ectopic pregnancy, meaning the egg had not attached in the

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Fire Hydrant Colors Actually Mean Something

Fire Hydrant Colors Actually Mean Something

Scott January 9, 2013 18

One of the first challenges that firefighters face when they arrive at a fire is finding a suitable water source that provides enough water for the type of fire they are fighting. Common sense

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The Song “Silver Bells” was Originally Called “Tinkle Bell”

The Song “Silver Bells” was Originally Called “Tinkle Bell”

Daven Hiskey December 13, 2012 4

Today I found out the Christmas song Silver Bells was originally called Tinkle Bells. To make matters slightly more humorous, Silver Bells originally appeared in the The Lemon Drop Kid, a 1951 film starring

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On Average, People Who Earn Less Than $13,000 a Year in the U.S. Spend 5% of Their Gross Earnings on Lottery Tickets

On Average, People Who Earn Less Than $13,000 a Year in the U.S. Spend 5% of Their Gross Earnings on Lottery Tickets

Daven Hiskey December 1, 2012 4

It’s been called a voluntary tax on the poor and under educated, with people spending a whopping $60 billion a year in the United States alone on lottery tickets, most of which are purchased

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The Curious Practice of Execution By Golden Shower

The Curious Practice of Execution By Golden Shower

Daven Hiskey November 25, 2012 10

Humans have invented a variety of amazingly cruel and unusual ways to kill or maim one another (often for shockingly arbitrary reasons). And, of course, wars tend to bring out the worst in people;

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10 Strange Major League Baseball Feats That Have Only Been Accomplished Once

10 Strange Major League Baseball Feats That Have Only Been Accomplished Once

Eddie Deezen October 24, 2012 11

One of the great things about baseball is that it’s amazing with how many games there are per season, even lifelong fans frequently see things during games that they’ve never seen happen before. With

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Hawaiian Punch was Originally an Ice Cream Topping

Hawaiian Punch was Originally an Ice Cream Topping

Guest October 19, 2012 3

This is a guest post by Stacy Jameson Today I found out Hawaiian Punch was originally supposed to be used as an ice cream topping. The brand was originally “Leo’s Hawaiian Punch” sold under

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The Man Responsible for the Modern Frisbee Design and the “Father of Disc Golf” was Cremated and Had His Ashes Molded Into Frisbees

The Man Responsible for the Modern Frisbee Design and the “Father of Disc Golf” was Cremated and Had His Ashes Molded Into Frisbees

Daven Hiskey September 6, 2012 3

Today I found out the man responsible for the modern Frisbee design and the “Father of Disc Golf” was cremated and had his ashes molded into Frisbees to give to friends and family. While

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The United States Doesn’t Have an Official Language

The United States Doesn’t Have an Official Language

Daven Hiskey August 29, 2012 18

Today I found out the United States doesn’t have an official language. President Theodore Roosevelt stated in 1907, “We have room for but one language in this country, and that is the English language,

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Many Public Toilets Used to Be Pay as You Use

Many Public Toilets Used to Be Pay as You Use

Eddie Deezen August 23, 2012 10

Today I found out many public toilets used to be pay as you use. Or, for those of you like me who’ve been around for more than a few decades, “Today I found out

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There Once was a Major League Baseball Player Who Stole First From Second

There Once was a Major League Baseball Player Who Stole First From Second

Daven Hiskey August 18, 2012 3

Today I found out there once was a MLB player who stole first from second. We’ve all seen the occasional child playing football accidentally run the wrong way on the field, and if you

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Most Thermostat Controls in Large Office Buildings Don’t Do Anything

Most Thermostat Controls in Large Office Buildings Don’t Do Anything

Daven Hiskey July 18, 2012 3

Today I found out thermostat controls in large buildings, such as many office buildings, don’t usually do anything. These placebo controls for large HVAC systems do nothing but make you think you are adjusting

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Many Crosswalk Signal Buttons Don’t Do Anything Anymore

Many Crosswalk Signal Buttons Don’t Do Anything Anymore

Daven Hiskey July 7, 2012 19

Today I found out many crosswalk signal buttons actually don’t do anything when you press them.  They are only there to give you something to press, called “placebo buttons”. In New York City, for

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There was Once a Baseball Player Traded for Bats

There was Once a Baseball Player Traded for Bats

Daven Hiskey May 30, 2012 4

Today I found out there once was a baseball player traded for baseball bats. “Bat Man”, as he was nicknamed after the trade, was actually named John C. Odom.  His life ended tragically just

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The Novel ‘Gadsby’ has 50,110 Words, Yet None of them Contain the Letter “E”

The Novel ‘Gadsby’ has 50,110 Words, Yet None of them Contain the Letter “E”

Daven Hiskey May 1, 2012 7

Today I found out Ernest Vincent Wright’s 1939 novel Gadsby is over 50,000 words long, yet doesn’t contain a single letter “e” anywhere other than the cover. Given that ‘e’ is the most commonly

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