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Hangover Cures: Myths and Tips

Hangover Cures: Myths and Tips

Melissa August 14, 2014 6

Whether it’s a Bachelor Party, Dollar Drinks, Ladies’ Night or just Happy Hour, many of us get carried away once in awhile, and end up suffering the next day. While most home remedies are

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Why Fire Hydrants Don’t Freeze and Burst During Winter

Why Fire Hydrants Don’t Freeze and Burst During Winter

Sarah Stone August 12, 2014 1

M. Favro asks: Why can my house pipes freeze in winter sometimes, but fire hydrants completely exposed to the cold never seem to burst? The fire hydrant that we know today traces its origins

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The Woman Who is the “Mother” of Us All

The Woman Who is the “Mother” of Us All

Scott August 8, 2014 0

Today I found out that all humans can be traced back to a single female known as Mitochondrial Eve. This woman is thought to be the “mother” of all humans alive today. Seems like

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If You Own Land, How Far Above and Below Do You Own?

If You Own Land, How Far Above and Below Do You Own?

Karl Smallwood August 6, 2014 6

Guy C. asks: I live in America and was just wondering how far below and above my land do I own? On paper, the concept of land ownership sounds very simple- you pay money

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Why Do Songs Get Stuck in Your Head?

Why Do Songs Get Stuck in Your Head?

Melissa July 30, 2014 16

Marcus asks: Why do songs get stuck in your head? Whether yours is “Call Me Maybe,” “Who Let the Dogs Out,” “Mickey,” or something equally infectious, at one time or another, you’ve probably had

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How Do Fingerprints Form and Can They Regenerate?

How Do Fingerprints Form and Can They Regenerate?

Melissa July 30, 2014 8

Julie H. asks: How do fingerprints form? I’d also like to know if you burn or remove the skin will they regenerate? Emerging on the buds of fingers while the fetus is still in

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Is Cannibalism Unhealthy or Just Awful?

Is Cannibalism Unhealthy or Just Awful?

Melissa July 28, 2014 1

Mark K. asks: I was just wondering if a human ate another human in an apocalyptic scenario or something would this be unhealthy or just awful and gross? Yes. Unhealthy For the Devourer Depending

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A Brief History of Nike

A Brief History of Nike

Theodoros II July 22, 2014 2

Very few people and even fewer brands have managed to become synonymous with pop culture in the 20th century. But in the last few decades, Nike has become a Titan of the sporting world,

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Why Don’t They Bother Putting the Apostrophe in “DONT WALK” signs?

Why Don’t They Bother Putting the Apostrophe in “DONT WALK” signs?

Karl Smallwood July 21, 2014 3

Jared L. asks: Why aren’t there apostrophes in the Don’t Walk signs by street intersections when it’s spelled out rather than using pictures? No one is sure when exactly the first WALK/DONT WALK style signs

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The Man Who Saved Over Two Million Lives via a Genetic Quirk

The Man Who Saved Over Two Million Lives via a Genetic Quirk

Staci Lehman July 18, 2014 10

Today I found out about a man who saved over two million lives just by donating his somewhat unique blood plasma. Australian James Harrison is called “the man with the golden arm” due to

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The First Commercially Successfull Video Game was Meant as a Training Exercise and Wasn’t Intended to Be Released

The First Commercially Successfull Video Game was Meant as a Training Exercise and Wasn’t Intended to Be Released

Daven Hiskey July 17, 2014 0

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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Why Neil Armstrong Got to Be the First to Step on the Moon

Why Neil Armstrong Got to Be the First to Step on the Moon

Matt Blitz July 16, 2014 16

On July 20th, 1969, with “one small step,” Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon. Since that date forty five years ago, the moon landing has been the subject of

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Why Aren’t There Many Female Commercial Pilots?

Why Aren’t There Many Female Commercial Pilots?

Karl Smallwood July 10, 2014 10

Sarah T. asks: Why do you never see commercial airline pilots that are women? When it comes to gender disparity, the world of commercial airline piloting is one of the most skewed with a

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Mark Twain and His Hobby of Collecting Girls from 10-16 Years Old

Mark Twain and His Hobby of Collecting Girls from 10-16 Years Old

Emily Upton July 8, 2014 0

Today I found out that Samuel Clemens (aka, Mark Twain) used to “collect” girls between the ages of 10-16 years old. On February 12, 1908, Clemens said, “I suppose we are all collectors… As

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How Did “911″ Become The Emergency Call Number in North America?

How Did “911″ Become The Emergency Call Number in North America?

Sarah Stone July 7, 2014 17

Kaiden asks: Why is 9-1-1 the emergency call number? Before the 1960s, the United States didn’t have one universal phone number for Americans to call if they needed help from the police or fire

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How Shrunken Heads Were Made

How Shrunken Heads Were Made

Staci Lehman July 1, 2014 0

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 Truth About Double Jeopardy

The Truth About Double Jeopardy

Melissa June 30, 2014 1

Damien asks: Is Double Jeopardy a true thing or is it just a TV/movie invention? Although generally in Australia, Canada, England and Wales, Scotland, the U.S. and New Zealand you cannot be subjected to

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Why Do Men’s and Women’s Clothes Have the Buttons on the Opposite Sides?

Why Do Men’s and Women’s Clothes Have the Buttons on the Opposite Sides?

Karl Smallwood June 27, 2014 7

Matt asks: Why do men’s and women’s shirts and pants have the buttons on the opposite sides? When did this start? As with so many things in history, we can’t know with 100% accuracy

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