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Where the Ampersand Symbol and Name Came From

Where the Ampersand Symbol and Name Came From

Daven Hiskey June 24, 2014 0

Today I found out where the ampersand symbol and name came from.The symbol for “&” comes from combination of letters in the Latin for “and”, “et”.  Specifically, in Old Roman cursive, it became common

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Where the Dollar Sign Comes From

Where the Dollar Sign Comes From

Daven Hiskey June 24, 2014 0

Today I found out where the dollar sign ($) comes from.This symbol first showed up in the 1770s, appearing in documents of English-Americans who had business dealings with Spanish-Americans.  However, it wasn’t until the

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The Flags on the Moon

The Flags on the Moon

Matt Blitz June 23, 2014 13

Robert N. asks: What ever happened to the flags and other things left on the moon? On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 touched down on the moon. At 10:56 pm eastern standard time, Neil

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Real Life Maelstroms

Real Life Maelstroms

Melissa June 19, 2014 1

Where a unique combination of strong currents and geography meet, maelstroms, enormous and powerful areas of swirling water, dangerous currents and whirlpools, can be found across the globe. Although many form (and die) in

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Relámpago del Catatumbo – The Eternal Lightning

Relámpago del Catatumbo – The Eternal Lightning

Melissa June 18, 2014 3

In Venezuela’s northwest state of Zulia, where the Catatumbo River empties into the southwest corner of Lake Maracaibo, a spectacular light show can be seen most nights of the year. Known alternately as the

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Sleepwalking Murders

Sleepwalking Murders

Melissa June 18, 2014 5

Carl asks: What happens if you are sleep walking and you kill someone? Anyone who has ever tried to reason with a sleepwalker knows they can seem to be awake, yet have bizarre and

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The 72 Second Message from Outer Space

The 72 Second Message from Outer Space

Melissa June 16, 2014 0

On August 15, 1977, in Delaware, Ohio, SETI researchers from the Ohio State University detected a 72 second radio signal originating from somewhere around the constellation of Sagittarius. Because of the signal’s location, frequency

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Why is Toilet Paper Always White?

Why is Toilet Paper Always White?

Karl Smallwood June 11, 2014 15

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 16

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 6

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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