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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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The Origins of the Names of the 50 U.S. States

The Origins of the Names of the 50 U.S. States

Emily Upton April 3, 2014 0

Today I Found Out the origins of all 50 U.S. state names. Alabama This southern state was named for the Native American tribe that lived there when the European settlers showed up. In their

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In a Transplant/Transfusion, Does the Donor’s DNA Get Integrated Into the New Host?

In a Transplant/Transfusion, Does the Donor’s DNA Get Integrated Into the New Host?

Melissa April 3, 2014 0

Matt asks: In an organ or blood transplant/transfusion, does the donor’s DNA get kept and integrated into the new host? Depending on the type of donation, the DNA stays for a short time, a

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Exploding Head Syndrome

Exploding Head Syndrome

Melissa April 2, 2014 2

Jarred awakes from a sound sleep by a “shotgun blast, a thunderclap . . . the clash of symbols, a lightning strike or the sound of every door in the house slamming.” As with

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The Actress Who Played Elaine on Seinfeld is the Daughter of a Billionaire

The Actress Who Played Elaine on Seinfeld is the Daughter of a Billionaire

Emily Upton April 2, 2014 0

Today I Found Out that the father of Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a billionaire. Seinfeld would have been a lot different with another actress playing Elaine, and that’s what would have happened if Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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The True Story Behind The Appalling Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

The True Story Behind The Appalling Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

Matt Blitz April 2, 2014 0

Controversial research programs, unethical experimentation, and human trials have been part of the medical field for centuries. It doesn’t make it any less wrong, but certain scientists with questionable ethics have gotten away with

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Why Are Vitamins Labeled A, B (and all the sub B’s), C, Etc.?

Why Are Vitamins Labeled A, B (and all the sub B’s), C, Etc.?

Melissa April 1, 2014 0

John asks: Why are vitamins named via the alphabet? Easily identifiable by simple terms, the vitamins we recognize today were only recently isolated, identified and named. Roots of Vitamins Scientists studying why animals failed

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The History of Burritos

The History of Burritos

Emily Upton April 1, 2014 0

Burritos are one of the most popular Tex-Mex items on the menu. Anyone who knows a little Spanish has probably raised their eyebrows at the name, however. In Spanish, a “burro” is a donkey,

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