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Why is Toilet Paper Always White?

Why is Toilet Paper Always White?

Karl Smallwood June 11, 2014 11

mgh23 asks: Why is toilet paper always white? Toilet paper is an odd thing. Despite the fact that we often rub it against one of the most sensitive parts of our bodies on a

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The Basics of 3D Printing

The Basics of 3D Printing

Melissa June 10, 2014 1

Fatima asks: How do 3D printers work? Originally built on the same technology as an ink jet printer, the basic process behind 3D printing is so easy to understand, replicate and implement, today it

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Why Does Stepping On A LEGO Hurt so Much?

Why Does Stepping On A LEGO Hurt so Much?

Karl Smallwood June 10, 2014 15

James asks: Why does it hurt so much when you step on legos with bare feet? Right up there with how the gun on the original Duck Hunt game worked, why it hurts so

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The Fascinating Story of How the “What Would Jesus Do?” Slogan Came About

The Fascinating Story of How the “What Would Jesus Do?” Slogan Came About

Karl Smallwood June 6, 2014 9

What Would Jesus Do?, often shortened to WWJD? or W.W.J.D.  is a slogan so famous that millions of objects have been emblazoned with it. However, the person who came up with “W.W.J.D.” never saw a

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How Drilling a 14 Inch Hole Accidentally Created a 1,300-Foot Deep Saltwater Lake Out of a Formerly 10-Foot Deep Freshwater One

How Drilling a 14 Inch Hole Accidentally Created a 1,300-Foot Deep Saltwater Lake Out of a Formerly 10-Foot Deep Freshwater One

Staci Lehman June 5, 2014 2

Lake Peigneur is located in Louisiana near the Gulf of Mexico. Before 1980, it was an approximately 10-foot deep fresh water lake with an island in the middle. Next to it, and partially under

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Where Do the Gypsies Originally Come From?

Where Do the Gypsies Originally Come From?

Kathy Padden June 4, 2014 0

Brian T. asks: Where do the Gypsies originally come from? They do not have a shared homeland or national identity. They are a people who are scattered across the globe and whose origins have

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How is the Pope Chosen?

How is the Pope Chosen?

Kathy Padden June 3, 2014 2

Candie asks: How is the Pope chosen? When a pope goes to his eternal reward or otherwise retires, there are certain traditions that are dusted off each time to elect his successor. Only the

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What Does Rx Mean and Where Did It Come From?

What Does Rx Mean and Where Did It Come From?

Melissa June 2, 2014 2

K. Jones asks: Where does the symbol “Rx” come from? The phenomenon of ubiquitous prescription drugs (retail sales in recent years have topped $200 billion in the U.S. alone) is a relatively new experience

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That Time a Commercial Aircraft Ran Out of Fuel Mid-Flight- The Gimli Glider

That Time a Commercial Aircraft Ran Out of Fuel Mid-Flight- The Gimli Glider

Melissa May 27, 2014 19

On July 23, 1983, in the small town of Gimli, Manitoba, Captain Robert Pearson and Co-Pilot Maurice Quintal expertly glided a 100-ton Boeing 767 carrying 69 people to a safe landing without engines, air

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The Cargo Cults and John Frum (America)

The Cargo Cults and John Frum (America)

Melissa May 21, 2014 0

“When the outside world, with all its material wealth, suddenly descend[ed],” on remote cultures whose technology was limited to stone and wood, new belief systems often arose. On many of the islands of the

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Mozart’s Much Less Family Friendly Works

Mozart’s Much Less Family Friendly Works

Terynn Boulton May 20, 2014 3

Warning: By necessity, this one contains profanity and vulgar references. So you may or may not want to read through it first if you normally share these articles with humans of the particularly youthful persuasion.

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When Women Started Growing Out and Painting Their Nails

When Women Started Growing Out and Painting Their Nails

Emily Upton May 19, 2014 8

Becky asks: When did women start growing out and painting fingernails? On humans and other primates, nails are a flattened version of a claw which likely developed to aid in gripping and climbing. However,

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When Doctors Literally “Blew Smoke Up Your Arse”

When Doctors Literally “Blew Smoke Up Your Arse”

Terynn Boulton May 19, 2014 19

When someone is “blowing smoke up your arse” today, it is a figure of speech that means that one person is complimenting another, insincerely most of the time, in order to inflate the ego of the individual being flattered.

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When Aluminium Cost More than Gold

When Aluminium Cost More than Gold

Karl Smallwood May 13, 2014 6

Aluminium is literally one of the most common elements on Earth.  So how did it come to be that aluminium cost more than gold? Was it similar to how the relatively common and easily acquired

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Are You Really Entitled to a Phone Call When Arrested?

Are You Really Entitled to a Phone Call When Arrested?

Karl Smallwood May 9, 2014 4

Chellie asks: Do people really only have the right to one phone call when put in jail in the United States? Being arrested is a terrifying and frightening thing with all the horror stories

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Plaka – The Neighborhood of the Gods

Plaka – The Neighborhood of the Gods

Theodoros II May 8, 2014 7

It wouldn’t be much of an exaggeration to say that the oldest district of Athens, Plaka, might be one of the most unique, beautiful and historic neighborhoods on earth. Also known as the “Neighborhood

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Why Do Fingernails on a Chalkboard or Scraping on a Plate Make Us Cringe?

Why Do Fingernails on a Chalkboard or Scraping on a Plate Make Us Cringe?

Melissa May 6, 2014 1

Masa C asks: Why do fingernails on a chalkboard make us cringe? Listen to this. Irritated? Angry? Just glad it’s over? Here’s why. Your Ear After examining the results of a 2011 study, researchers

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Who Invented the Elevator?

Who Invented the Elevator?

Emily Upton May 1, 2014 2

Terryn asks: Who invented the elevator? The history of the elevator, if you define it as a platform that can move people and objects up and down, is actually a rather long one. Rudimentary

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