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Why There Is No E in the A-F Grading Scale

Why There Is No E in the A-F Grading Scale

Emily Upton February 3, 2014 10

Shany asks: Why is there no E in the grading scale? Some schools do hand out E letter grades instead of an F, but they are in the minority. A majority of schools in

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Why Does the New Year Begin on January First in Many Countries?

Why Does the New Year Begin on January First in Many Countries?

Melissa January 30, 2014 3

Jamie asks: Why is New Year’s day January 1st? Because Julius Caesar said so. Early Roman Calendar Since long before Caesar’s time, date keeping was dicey. In fact, the 355-day Roman calendar that immediately

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How Can People Be Held in Contempt after Invoking the 5th Amendment?

How Can People Be Held in Contempt after Invoking the 5th Amendment?

Melissa January 24, 2014 1

Duane asks: Why/how can a person be held in contempt of court after taking the 5th amendment? I read about this taking place quite often. Most Americans know they cannot be forced to incriminate

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How Do Astronauts Go to the Bathroom in Space?

How Do Astronauts Go to the Bathroom in Space?

Melissa January 7, 2014 3

Mark asks: How exactly do astronauts poop and pee in space? Very carefully. Ever since Yuri Gagarin was first launched into space on April 12, 1961, engineers and space travelers have had to face

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Does the President Have to Report Food, Transportation and Other Such “Gifts” from Taxpayers on His Taxes?

Does the President Have to Report Food, Transportation and Other Such “Gifts” from Taxpayers on His Taxes?

Melissa January 3, 2014 0

Mark asks: Does the president have to report food, transportation and other such gifts from taxpayers on his taxes? No. And although it’s difficult to find an official explanation (or even a detailed one),

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How the 20/20 Vision Scale Works

How the 20/20 Vision Scale Works

Emily Upton December 31, 2013 4

Today I Found Out how the 20/20 vision scale works. With more than 150 million people in the United States (nearly half of the population) requiring some form of corrective eyewear to compensate for

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England’s Proposed Secret Weapon- A Massive Ship Made of Ice

England’s Proposed Secret Weapon- A Massive Ship Made of Ice

Staci Lehman December 25, 2013 3

Today I Found Out that the British once planned to construct a massive aircraft carrier during World War II… made of ice. Surprisingly, it wasn’t as crazy as it sounds at first glance. Britain

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The Origins of Five Secret Groups

The Origins of Five Secret Groups

Melissa December 24, 2013 0

When most of us think of secret groups, religious societies that flourished in the Middle Ages, like the Illuminati and Knights Templar, often come to mind. We shouldn’t forget that secret societies live among

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The Girl Next Door: Playboy Magazine Through the Years

The Girl Next Door: Playboy Magazine Through the Years

Kathy Padden December 20, 2013 0

Since the dawn of the Internet age and the oft-lamented readily available pictures of naked ladies, today’s youth will never know the heart-stopping risk of hiding under the covers with a flashlight and your

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Osama bin Laden and the Possible Presidential Assassination Attempts

Osama bin Laden and the Possible Presidential Assassination Attempts

Melissa December 19, 2013 0

Although best known for his planning of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Osama bin Laden has a long history of terrorist activity against the United States dating back to 1992. In addition to

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The Windscale Nuclear Disaster

The Windscale Nuclear Disaster

Melissa December 18, 2013 0

On the morning of Friday, October 11, 1957, workers at the nuclear reactor Windscale Pile 1 near Seascale, Cumberland, England, faced a terrible choice: allow a raging fire to burn itself out while it

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The Evolution of the Squirt Gun

The Evolution of the Squirt Gun

Emily Upton December 18, 2013 2

The modern, multi-coloured plastic water guns are a familiar sight, and you probably wouldn’t be surprised to find out they’ve been around for a while. That said, it might surprise you to learn that

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The Filibuster and The Nuclear Option

The Filibuster and The Nuclear Option

Melissa December 16, 2013 0

Lisa asks: Why are filibuster’s allowed? In its modern incarnation, the filibuster demands no personal and political sacrifice by an idealistic legislator who is willing to stand up for what he believes in (e.g.,

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Billion Dollar Babies: The History of Ty Beanie Babies

Billion Dollar Babies: The History of Ty Beanie Babies

Kathy Padden December 13, 2013 1

The first step in the creation of the Beanie Baby began in 1983 when 39 year old former aspiring actor H Ty Warner, who had recently either been fired from or simply chose to

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Is it Possible to Cash Oversized Novelty Prize Checks?

Is it Possible to Cash Oversized Novelty Prize Checks?

Karl Smallwood December 5, 2013 2

Mark J. asks: Can people actually cash those big novelty checks? The giant novelty check (cheque to our readers of the non-American persuasion) is a comedy staple, even if you’ve never been lucky enough

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For Nearly Two Decades the Nuclear Launch Code at all Minuteman Silos in the United States Was 00000000

For Nearly Two Decades the Nuclear Launch Code at all Minuteman Silos in the United States Was 00000000

Karl Smallwood November 29, 2013 105

Today I Found Out that during the height of the Cold War, the US military put such an emphasis on a rapid response to an attack on American soil, that to minimize any foreseeable

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Old People Really Do Have a Smell

Old People Really Do Have a Smell

Deborah Honeycutt November 27, 2013 0

Think back to when you were a child visiting your grandparent’s home.  Do you recall a distinct scent when you walked through the door?  Many people do and it turns out, it’s not just

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The Legend of the Poe Toaster

The Legend of the Poe Toaster

Matt Blitz November 13, 2013 6

On an autumn evening, October third to be exact, in 1849, a middle-aged Edgar Allan Poe was found wandering the streets of Baltimore, Maryland in a delusional, hysterical state. Unkempt, dirty, with “vacant eyes”

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