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How Decaffeinated Coffee Is Made

How Decaffeinated Coffee Is Made

Julia April 21, 2011 16

Today I found how caffeine is removed from coffee to produce the decaffeinated version of the world’s most popular drink. There are several different methods used that can make coffee relatively decaffeinated. The drawback

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The First Professional Baseball Team Was the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings

The First Professional Baseball Team Was the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings

Daven Hiskey April 4, 2011 4

Today I found out the first fully professional baseball team was the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, ten men on salary for eight months from March 15th to November 15th.  The team was organized by

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Tofu Was Popularly Eaten As Far Back as the 2nd Century BC in China

Tofu Was Popularly Eaten As Far Back as the 2nd Century BC in China

Julia March 25, 2011 2

Today I found tofu was popularly eaten as far back as the 2nd century BC in China. Tofu’s flavor is not the same as cheese but it is processed in a similar way by

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The Japanese Earthquake On March 11th, 2011 Moved the Earth On Its Axis

The Japanese Earthquake On March 11th, 2011 Moved the Earth On Its Axis

Julia March 21, 2011 1

Today I found out that the earthquake in Japan on March, 11, moved the Earth on its axis by about 4 to 6 inches, which resulted in shortening of a day by around 1.8

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The Baseball Box Score was First Developed by Henry Chadwick

The Baseball Box Score was First Developed by Henry Chadwick

Daven Hiskey March 16, 2011 5

Today I found out the baseball box score was first developed and introduced by Henry Chadwick, “The Father of Baseball”.  Chadwick also authored Baseball’s first rule book; devised the batting average and earned run

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Why We Are Supposed to Take Our Hats Off for the National Anthem

Why We Are Supposed to Take Our Hats Off for the National Anthem

Daven Hiskey March 9, 2011 23

Today I found out why we are supposed to take our hats off for the national anthem. The origins of this tradition happen to be the same as the origins of the tradition of

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What “PEZ” in “PEZ Dispenser” Stands For

What “PEZ” in “PEZ Dispenser” Stands For

Daven Hiskey February 16, 2011 8

Today I found out what the “PEZ” in “PEZ Dispenser” stands for. PEZ started out as a peppermint breath mint company in Vienna, Austria in 1927.  The name PEZ derives from this fact.  Specifically,

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What Nougat Is Made Of

What Nougat Is Made Of

Daven Hiskey February 7, 2011 4

Today I found out what nougat is made of. There are three main types of nougat: white nougat; brown nougat; and German nougat.  White nougat is made primarily from whipping egg whites, sugar, nuts

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Why Championship Football Games are Called “Bowls”

Why Championship Football Games are Called “Bowls”

Daven Hiskey February 4, 2011 3

Today I found out why championship football games are called “bowls”. In 1901, the Roses Association sponsored a college Tournament East-West football game between Michigan and Stanford.  In this game, Stanford quit in the

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The Rights to Tetris Were Originally Owned by the Soviet Union

The Rights to Tetris Were Originally Owned by the Soviet Union

Daven Hiskey February 3, 2011 4

Today I found out the rights to the game Tetris were originally owned by the Soviet Union. The game was created by Alexey Leonidovich Pajitnov, with the assistance of Dmitry Pavlovsky and Vadim Gerasimov

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Identical Twins Don’t Have Identical Fingerprints, Even from Birth

Identical Twins Don’t Have Identical Fingerprints, Even from Birth

Julia February 1, 2011 47

Today I found out that no two people in this world have identical fingerprints, not even identical twins. You would expect identical twins to have the same fingerprints as they are monozygotic, which means

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How People Swallow Swords In Stage Shows

How People Swallow Swords In Stage Shows

Julia January 31, 2011 3

Today I found out how people swallow swords. But, don’t try this at home! If you always considered swallowing swords a gimmick, you may be surprised to find out that is not always the

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Why the Number Four Is Considered Unlucky In Some East Asian Cultures

Why the Number Four Is Considered Unlucky In Some East Asian Cultures

Julia January 20, 2011 14

Today I found out why the number four is considered to be unlucky in some East Asian cultures (mainland China, Japan, Korea,  and Taiwan,  among others). In the Chinese culture, whether a number is

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Why Garlic Makes Your Breath Smell Bad

Why Garlic Makes Your Breath Smell Bad

Daven Hiskey January 10, 2011 12

Today I found out why garlic makes your breath smell bad. There are a few things going on to cause this bad smell, but principally the root cause is various sulfuric compounds from the

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Why Amish Men Grow Beards But Not Mustaches

Why Amish Men Grow Beards But Not Mustaches

Daven Hiskey January 7, 2011 31

Today I found out why Amish men grow beards but not mustaches. This tradition stems back to the early days of the Amish when wearing elaborate mustaches was common among those in the military. 

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Why Pop Rocks Pop

Why Pop Rocks Pop

Daven Hiskey January 4, 2011 6

Today I found out why Pop Rocks pop. Much like other hard sugar candies, Pop Rocks are made primarily of sugar, corn syrup, water, and artificial flavoring.  It turns out, what causes it to

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How the Gun on the Original Duck Hunt Game Worked

How the Gun on the Original Duck Hunt Game Worked

Daven Hiskey December 28, 2010 21

Today I found out how the gun on the original Duck Hunt game worked. If you’ve ever played Duck Hunt or any of the other NES games that used the NES Zapper gun, you

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Why Golf Balls Have Dimples

Why Golf Balls Have Dimples

Daven Hiskey December 17, 2010 5

Today I found out why golf balls have dimples. It turns out, somewhat counter intuitively, those dimples significantly decrease the drag on the golf ball as it flies through the air, compared to a

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