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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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In High School, MLB Star Justin Verlander Traded a Small Percentage of His Eventual $3.12 Million Signing Bonus for a Chocolate Milk

In High School, MLB Star Justin Verlander Traded a Small Percentage of His Eventual $3.12 Million Signing Bonus for a Chocolate Milk

Daven Hiskey April 20, 2012 6

Today I found out that in High School, Major League Baseball star pitcher Justin Verlander traded a small percentage of his eventual $3.12 million signing bonus for a 50 cent chocolate milk. This happened

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Most Streets in Japan Don’t Have Names

Most Streets in Japan Don’t Have Names

Daven Hiskey April 9, 2012 2

Today I found out most streets in Japan don’t have names. In Japan, they use a very different addressing system than is used in most Western countries.  Rather than streets having names (the space

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The Inventor of the Pringles Can was Buried in One

The Inventor of the Pringles Can was Buried in One

Scott April 6, 2012 10

Today I found out that the inventor of the Pringles can was buried in one (part of him, anyway). Upon his death in 2008, just 20 days shy of his 90th birthday, the inventor

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It Costs More Than Double What Pennies and Nickels are Worth to Produce Them

It Costs More Than Double What Pennies and Nickels are Worth to Produce Them

Scott March 8, 2012 6

Today I found out that it currently costs more than double what pennies and nickels are worth to produce them. In 2006, the U.S. Mint sent a letter to Congress informing them that for

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How Baseball Groundskeepers Achieve Checkerboard Patterns in the Ballpark Grass

How Baseball Groundskeepers Achieve Checkerboard Patterns in the Ballpark Grass

Samantha March 2, 2012 2

Today I found out how baseball groundskeepers achieve checkerboard patterns in the ballpark grass. Most of us have had the opportunity to stand in awe as our eyes perceive the beauty of a perfectly

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Why Anvils are Shaped as They Are and Why Blacksmiths Often Tap the Anvil After a Few Strikes on the Object They’re Working On

Why Anvils are Shaped as They Are and Why Blacksmiths Often Tap the Anvil After a Few Strikes on the Object They’re Working On

Daven Hiskey February 8, 2012 11

Today I found out why anvils are shaped the way they are and why blacksmith/farriers/etc. sometimes tap the anvil after a few strikes on the object they’re working on. Anvil shape has evolved greatly

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The Origin of Basketball

The Origin of Basketball

Daven Hiskey January 20, 2012 10

Today I found out the origin of the sport basketball. Surprisingly, unlike most sports whose origins are somewhat obscure, often being the combination of other sports and developed gradually through time, basketball has a

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Marshmallows Were Originally Made from the Sap of the Marshmallow Plant

Marshmallows Were Originally Made from the Sap of the Marshmallow Plant

Samantha January 18, 2012 2

Today I found out marshmallows were once made from the sap of marshmallow plants. Whether they are a hot chocolate topping treat, in the form of a sugar-coated critter, or roasting over a campfire,

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Clifford the Big Red Dog was Originally Going to be Named Tiny

Clifford the Big Red Dog was Originally Going to be Named Tiny

Samantha January 16, 2012 1

Today I found out Clifford the Big Red Dog was originally going to be named “Tiny”. Most of us know the story of Clifford the Big Red Dog: being born the runt of a

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What the Largest Body Parts On Record Are

What the Largest Body Parts On Record Are

Scott January 2, 2012 6

Today I found out who has had the largest human body parts. (the G rated version) Have you ever been walking down the road and you see the human Dumbo, mixed with a Pinocchio,

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The “57” in “57 Varieties of Heinz” Has No Real Meaning

The “57” in “57 Varieties of Heinz” Has No Real Meaning

Daven Hiskey December 17, 2011 2

Today I found out the “57” in “57 Varieties of Heinz” has no real meaning; it’s just a lucky number. By 1892, H.J. Heinz Company had grown from a small company selling horseradish in

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The Difference Between Cement And Concrete

The Difference Between Cement And Concrete

Scott December 5, 2011 2

Today I found out the difference between Cement and Concrete. In general terms, the word cement refers to any kind of binder that tightly holds other materials together. Concrete, on the other hand, is

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Fortune Cookies Were Invented in Japan, Not China

Fortune Cookies Were Invented in Japan, Not China

Daven Hiskey December 2, 2011 5

Today I found out fortune cookies were invented in Japan, not China or America. The commonly held notion that they were invented in China typically comes from the fact that they are primarily served

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The Development of the Video Game “Pong” was a Training Exercise for a New Gaming Developer at Atari and Wasn’t Originally Intended to Be Released

The Development of the Video Game “Pong” was a Training Exercise for a New Gaming Developer at Atari and Wasn’t Originally Intended to Be Released

Daven Hiskey December 1, 2011 6

Today I found out “Pong” was originally meant only as a training exercise for a new gaming developer at Atari, Allan Alcorn, and wasn’t intended to be released as a consumer product. When Alcorn

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Keanu Reeves’ First Name is Pronounced “Kay-ah-noo” Not “Key-ah-noo”

Keanu Reeves’ First Name is Pronounced “Kay-ah-noo” Not “Key-ah-noo”

Daven Hiskey November 30, 2011 3

Today I found out Keanu Reeves’ first name is pronounced “Kay-ah-noo”, not “Key-ah-Noo”. That isn’t the only misconception surrounding his name. The name itself means “the coolness”, but is often incorrectly said to mean

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The Holiday Season Has the Lowest Suicide Rate of Any Time of the Year, Not the Highest

The Holiday Season Has the Lowest Suicide Rate of Any Time of the Year, Not the Highest

Daven Hiskey November 29, 2011 8

Today I found out the holiday season has the lowest suicide rate of any time of the year, not the highest. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the holiday season actually

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Alcohol Doesn’t Really “Cook Out” of Food in Most Cases

Alcohol Doesn’t Really “Cook Out” of Food in Most Cases

Daven Hiskey November 28, 2011 28

Today I found out alcohol does not “cook out” of food in most cases.  The myth that alcohol does all cook out stems from the fact that alcohol has a much lower boiling point

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