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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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Why School Buses Are Yellow

Why School Buses Are Yellow

Emily Upton November 12, 2013 16

Today I Found Out why school buses are yellow. School buses are the primary mode of student transportation in North America. An estimated twenty-six million students in the United States alone are transported to

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When Michelle Pfeiffer Joined the Breatharians Cult

When Michelle Pfeiffer Joined the Breatharians Cult

Emily Upton November 7, 2013 4

When actress Michelle Pfeiffer was just starting out in Hollywood, long before her hit movies Batman Returns and Hairspray hit theatres, she admits to being roped into the cult of “breatharianism.” Breatharians believe that

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The Legendary Island of Hy-Brasil

The Legendary Island of Hy-Brasil

Melissa November 1, 2013 1

From King Arthur’s Avalon to Plato’s Atlantis, Jonathan Swift’s Laputa to Pi’s carnivorous Eden, people have long dreamed of magical islands where the miraculous happens and the lost find sanctuary. The Celts of Ireland

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The Roller Coaster Designed to Kill Its Passengers

The Roller Coaster Designed to Kill Its Passengers

Daven Hiskey October 31, 2013 16

In 2010, architect and PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art in London, Julijonas Urbonas, from Lithuania, decided to attempt to design a method of euthanizing people that they might even enjoy. His

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How the Tradition of Putting a Gnome in Your Garden Started

How the Tradition of Putting a Gnome in Your Garden Started

Staci Lehman October 28, 2013 1

Garden gnomes are those statues you see of pint sized chubby human-like creatures usually wearing red hats and blue pants. You can find them in a variety of poses and pursuing various past times

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Why Can People Live in Hiroshima and Nagasaki Now, But Not Chernobyl?

Why Can People Live in Hiroshima and Nagasaki Now, But Not Chernobyl?

Melissa October 24, 2013 16

Olivia asks: Why is it that Chernobyl is still toxic, but there are millions of people living in Hiroshima and Nagasaki without dying? On August 6 and 9, 1945, U.S. airmen dropped the nuclear

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The End of Hitler’s Family Line – The Pact Between the Sons of Hitler’s Nephew Never to Have Children

The End of Hitler’s Family Line – The Pact Between the Sons of Hitler’s Nephew Never to Have Children

Terynn Boulton October 15, 2013 17

Today I Found Out the fate of the survival of Hitler’s bloodline rests in the hands of just five family members: the two sons (Peter Raubal and Heiner Hochegger) of Adolf Hitler’s half-sister Angela

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The U.S. Military’s Proposed “Gay” Bomb

The U.S. Military’s Proposed “Gay” Bomb

O'rene Daille Ashley October 11, 2013 1

One doesn’t commonly associate the slogan “make love not war” with the U.S. military. Indeed, the United States military is feared and formidable precisely because it has proven so effective at conceptualizing clever and innovative ways

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You Should Know About Jury Nullification

You Should Know About Jury Nullification

Melissa October 1, 2013 4

Since before the U.S. was a country, juries in the American system of justice were being impaneled to be the “triers of evidence,” or as a recent President of the United States described it,

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Medical Oddities Part 1: How Pilates Caused a Woman’s Body to “Swallow” One of Her Breasts

Medical Oddities Part 1: How Pilates Caused a Woman’s Body to “Swallow” One of Her Breasts

Scott September 25, 2013 1

Imagine. There you are, trying to stay in shape. Going to one of your local Pilates classes, and while performing what is known as a Valsalva maneuver, your body suddenly swallows one of your

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One of the Most Shocking CIA Programs of All Time: Project MKUltra

One of the Most Shocking CIA Programs of All Time: Project MKUltra

Melissa September 23, 2013 12

When the extent of the U.S. government’s domestic spying program was revealed this past summer, many were surprised and outraged: how could a government which so prizes liberty of its citizens covertly collect data

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Ancient Lost Civilizations: Tiahuanaco

Ancient Lost Civilizations: Tiahuanaco

Melissa September 20, 2013 3

Long ago an advanced civilization sprang up along the shores of Lake Titicaca, in the Andes Mountains in present day Bolivia and Peru, and disappeared just as quickly 500 years later. The sophisticated people

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The Origin of Friday the 13th as an Unlucky Day

The Origin of Friday the 13th as an Unlucky Day

Kathy Padden September 13, 2013 4

Alicia asks: Why is Friday the 13th unlucky? Being wary of Friday the 13th is much more than a quaint superstition observed by a few uneducated people in distant, unreachable towns and hamlets. In

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The Evolution of the Modern Day Calendar

The Evolution of the Modern Day Calendar

Kathy Padden September 10, 2013 47

Perfecting a method of foretelling and predicting the passage of time preoccupied our ancestors from the earliest recorded history. The unending journey of the Sun, Moon and stars across the great expanse of the

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The Fetus-in-Fetu

The Fetus-in-Fetu

Melissa August 27, 2013 0

As fascinating as it is horrifying, fetus-in-fetu is a developmental abnormality where, in utero, the larger of a set of twin fetuses absorbs the other into her body. The condition is usually diagnosed shortly

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The Bizarre Story of the Girl With No Vagina Who Was Stabbed and Had a Baby

The Bizarre Story of the Girl With No Vagina Who Was Stabbed and Had a Baby

Terynn Boulton August 22, 2013 9

Nick asks: Is it true that there was once a girl with no vagina who got pregnant after giving oral sex, then getting stabbed in the stomach? Well Nick, I’ve got to say, I

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