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The Curious Case of Mary Hamilton

The Curious Case of Mary Hamilton

Melissa April 14, 2014 1

In 1746 in Taunton, Somerset, England, Mary Hamilton was imprisoned and whipped for impersonating a man and marrying possibly as many as 14 women (not all at once). Few records of these events have

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Weekly Wrap Volume 34

Weekly Wrap Volume 34

Daven Hiskey April 12, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Can Color Blind People See More Colors When They Take Hallucinogenic Drugs? First a little primer

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How Chickenpox Got Its Name

How Chickenpox Got Its Name

Cynthia Dite Sirni April 11, 2014 3

Calie asks: Why is chickenpox called chickenpox? The name, “Chicken Pox” is vernacular for the Varicella Zoster Virus. While it has a name that evokes cuteness and is even silly, it is a disease

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The Origins of the Names of the Historic Counties of Wales and Northern Ireland

The Origins of the Names of the Historic Counties of Wales and Northern Ireland

Emily Upton April 11, 2014 0

Today I Found Out the origins of the names of the historic counties of Wales and Northern Ireland. WALES Anglesey Anglesey is believed to be a Viking place name. The Vikings denoted islands with

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Do Cow Farts Really Significantly Contribute to Global Warming?

Do Cow Farts Really Significantly Contribute to Global Warming?

Matt Blitz April 11, 2014 3

Shawn asks: Do cow farts really significantly contribute to global warming? There are currently approximately 1.3 to 1.5 billion cows grazing, sleeping, and chewing their cud at any given time on planet Earth. And

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The Origins of the Names of Canada’s Provinces and Territories

The Origins of the Names of Canada’s Provinces and Territories

Emily Upton April 10, 2014 0

Today I Found Out the origins of the names of the Canadian provinces and territories. Alberta Princess Louise Carolina Alberta gave her name to this province when it was made a district in 1882

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Was the Character of Sherlock Holmes Based on a Real Person?

Was the Character of Sherlock Holmes Based on a Real Person?

Matt Blitz April 10, 2014 1

Sue T. asks: My sister told me Sherlock Holmes was based on a real person. Is this true? In 1887, Doyle published the novel “A Study in Scarlet.” It was the first work to

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When a New York Yankee Beat an Ostrich in a Spaghetti-Eating Contest

When a New York Yankee Beat an Ostrich in a Spaghetti-Eating Contest

Matt Blitz April 9, 2014 0

The date was April 3, 1919. The location was the South Side Pavilion in sunny Jacksonville, Florida. The occasion was a much-hyped competition of gastronomical strength between Ping Bodie, the five foot eight and

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The Origins of the Names of the Historic Scottish Counties

The Origins of the Names of the Historic Scottish Counties

Emily Upton April 9, 2014 0

Continuing our jaunt around the English speaking parts of the globe looking at the origins of the names of major places: Today I Found Out the origins of the names of the historic Scottish

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The Good and the Bad of Vaporizing and Inhaling Alcohol

The Good and the Bad of Vaporizing and Inhaling Alcohol

TheMedicineJournal.com April 9, 2014 1

Our resident medical expert, Scott, and a buddy of his recently started The Medicine Journal, where you can learn all sorts of interesting facts about all things medical related. Below is a sample article

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The Origins of the Names of the Historic English Counties

The Origins of the Names of the Historic English Counties

Emily Upton April 8, 2014 3

Today I Found Out the origins of the names of England’s historic counties. Bedfordshire Bedfordshire is likely named after Beda, a Saxon chief who settled on River Great Ouse, which runs through the county.

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The Origin of the Names of Australia’s States and Territories (and Their Capitals)

The Origin of the Names of Australia’s States and Territories (and Their Capitals)

Emily Upton April 8, 2014 3

Today I Found Out about the origins of the names of the Australian states and territories (and their capitals). Australian Capital Territory As you can probably imagine, this territory houses the capital of Australia,

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The U.S. Army’s Camel Corps

The U.S. Army’s Camel Corps

Emily Upton April 8, 2014 1

Today I Found Out that camels were acquired by the United States military and played a role in the settlement of the American west. Camels are no strangers to war. They have been used

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The King and Queen on “Coming to America” Did the Voices for the King and Queen on the Lion King

The King and Queen on “Coming to America” Did the Voices for the King and Queen on the Lion King

Karl Smallwood April 7, 2014 0

The Lion King is one of those movies you just have to watch; it’s basically Hamlet with lions instead of pretentious English actors, which as an Englishman, I’m fairly certain scientifically makes The Lion

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Can Color Blind People See More Colors When They Take Hallucinogenic Drugs?

Can Color Blind People See More Colors When They Take Hallucinogenic Drugs?

Karl Smallwood April 7, 2014 2

Sam asks: If you gave a color blind person something like LSD or some other sort of hallucinogenic drug, would they see colors they couldn’t before? First a little primer on colour blindness from

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Weekly Wrap Volume 33

Weekly Wrap Volume 33

Daven Hiskey April 5, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Why There is an Area of New York Called “The Bronx” and Why Ambulances are Called

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The Cause of Muscle Cramps When You Exercise

The Cause of Muscle Cramps When You Exercise

TheMedicineJournal.com April 4, 2014 4

This is an article from TheMedicineJournal’s Dr. B. Green. Check out more from TheMedicineJournal.com here. Cramps come in four categories: True cramps, Rest cramps, Tetanic cramps, and Dystonic cramps.  The most common of these

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How a Donkey and an Elephant Came to Represent Democrats and Republicans

How a Donkey and an Elephant Came to Represent Democrats and Republicans

Matt Blitz April 4, 2014 1

Jennifer asks: Why is a donkey and an elephant associated with the Democrats and the Republicans? The donkey is stereotypically bumbling, slow, and stubborn; the elephant- big and clumsy. Being compared to one of

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