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The “Luckiest” Building in Silicon Valley

The “Luckiest” Building in Silicon Valley

Julia May 5, 2011 3

Today I found out that 165 University Avenue, Palo Alto, California is generally considered the “luckiest” building in Silicon Valley to rent as a startup company. Located near Stanford University, 165 University Avenue has

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Babies Remember Music Heard In the Womb for Up to a Year

Babies Remember Music Heard In the Womb for Up to a Year

Julia May 5, 2011 2

Today I found out that babies are able to remember melodies they hear while inside the womb for up to a year. Recent research at the University of Leicester demonstrated that babies showed a

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The World’s Largest Item On A Menu Is Camel Stuffed with Lamb which has Been Stuffed with Chickens which has Been Stuffed with Fish or Eggs

The World’s Largest Item On A Menu Is Camel Stuffed with Lamb which has Been Stuffed with Chickens which has Been Stuffed with Fish or Eggs

Julia May 4, 2011 6

Today I found out that the largest item on a menu in the world is whole camel which is often stuffed with a lamb which has been stuffed with chickens which has been stuffed

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Newborn Babies Will Cry Without Tears Until They are Several Weeks Old

Newborn Babies Will Cry Without Tears Until They are Several Weeks Old

Julia May 3, 2011 11

Today I found out newborn babies cry without tears until they are several weeks old. Newborn babies are incapable of producing actual tears because their tear ducts haven’t fully formed yet. In many cases,

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Ben Franklin Developed a List of 13 Virtues That He Lived His Life By

Ben Franklin Developed a List of 13 Virtues That He Lived His Life By

Daven Hiskey April 28, 2011 12

Today I found out that Benjamin Franklin, through extensive study of the world’s major religions and various moral codes, came up with a list of thirteen main virtues that he felt every person should

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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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