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Why Can’t You Have Fences Over a Certain Height in the Front or Backyard?

Why Can’t You Have Fences Over a Certain Height in the Front or Backyard?

Karl Smallwood August 19, 2014 1

Glossyhorses asks: Why can’t you have your fences over 6 feet tall in the backyard and half that in the front? The primarily purposes of a fence include to keep animals in, people out, 

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A Brief History of the Ballpoint Pen and Whether NASA Really Spent Millions Developing a Pressurized Version Instead of Just Using Pencils

A Brief History of the Ballpoint Pen and Whether NASA Really Spent Millions Developing a Pressurized Version Instead of Just Using Pencils

Karl Smallwood August 18, 2014 7

Kyle S. asks: There’s a story circulating around that NASA found out pens didn’t work in space, but still needed a writing device that would work there, so they spent millions of tax payer

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Weekly Wrap Volume 51

Weekly Wrap Volume 51

Daven Hiskey August 16, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. The Greatest Practical Joke of the 19th Century, the Berners Street Hoax The year was 1809.

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The Bum Brigade

The Bum Brigade

Matt Blitz August 15, 2014 0

On October 29, 1929, on what would become known as “Black Tuesday,” the stock market crashed. In one terrible day, the market lost fourteen billion dollars (about $188B today), signaling the beginning of the

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Hangover Cures: Myths and Tips

Hangover Cures: Myths and Tips

Melissa August 14, 2014 5

Whether it’s a Bachelor Party, Dollar Drinks, Ladies’ Night or just Happy Hour, many of us get carried away once in awhile, and end up suffering the next day. While most home remedies are

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What Causes a Hangover

What Causes a Hangover

Daven Hiskey August 14, 2014 0

Today I found out what causes a hangover. There are several things that contribute to hangovers, but one of the principal factors is simple dehydration.  Alcohol has a dehydrating effect by inhibiting the release

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The Corrupt and Ruthless Californian Who Gave us the Name for “Monterey Jack” Cheese

The Corrupt and Ruthless Californian Who Gave us the Name for “Monterey Jack” Cheese

Matt Blitz August 13, 2014 0

Steve S. asks: Who was Monterey Jack and when did he invent his cheese? Cheese predates written history. Ancient Egyptians loved cheese so much that depictions of the cheese-making process were painted in tombs.

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Why Deer Freeze in Headlights

Why Deer Freeze in Headlights

Melissa August 13, 2014 1

D. Peterson asks: Why do deer always seem to freeze in headlights instead of keep running? Less a function of fear than bewilderment, simply put, deer freeze in headlights because they can’t see. Deer

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Why Fire Hydrants Don’t Freeze and Burst During Winter

Why Fire Hydrants Don’t Freeze and Burst During Winter

Sarah Stone August 12, 2014 1

M. Favro asks: Why can my house pipes freeze in winter sometimes, but fire hydrants completely exposed to the cold never seem to burst? The fire hydrant that we know today traces its origins

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Where Did All the Neanderthals Go?

Where Did All the Neanderthals Go?

Melissa August 12, 2014 6

For over 150,000 years, our ancient cousins, the Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis), thrived throughout Europe until, in the blink of an eye (geologically speaking), they disappeared off the face of the Earth. Several theories have

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The Greatest Practical Joke of the 19th Century

The Greatest Practical Joke of the 19th Century

Daven Hiskey August 11, 2014 0

Today I found out about the greatest practical jokes of the 19th century, the Berners Street Hoax.The year was 1809. Famed English author, Theodore Hook, made a bet with one of his close friends,

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Weekly Wrap Volume 50

Weekly Wrap Volume 50

Daven Hiskey August 9, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Why the French-Founded Notre Dame School’s Athletic Teams are the “Fighting Irish” When the green and

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The Woman Who is the “Mother” of Us All

The Woman Who is the “Mother” of Us All

Scott August 8, 2014 0

Today I found out that all humans can be traced back to a single female known as Mitochondrial Eve. This woman is thought to be the “mother” of all humans alive today. Seems like

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The Circular Saw and a Shaker Woman

The Circular Saw and a Shaker Woman

Emily Upton August 8, 2014 0

Tabitha Babbitt was a quiet weaver living in a Shaker community in Massachusetts. The community thrived on the forestry industry, and she would observe men hard at work sawing logs. In 1810, she thought

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Myths and Facts about Cholesterol

Myths and Facts about Cholesterol

Melissa August 8, 2014 2

For years conventional medicine has told us that high cholesterol levels contribute to heart disease, and as a result, doctors have instructed patients to keep cholesterol levels low – at nearly any cost. Recent

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How One of the Most Beautiful Women in 1940s’ Hollywood Helped Make Certain Wireless Technologies Possible

How One of the Most Beautiful Women in 1940s’ Hollywood Helped Make Certain Wireless Technologies Possible

Jeremy Megraw August 8, 2014 0

Did an exotic actress from Vienna, considered one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood in the 1940s, really invent wireless? Not exactly, but the non-sensationalized facts of the matter are no less fascinating,

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The Legend of Spring Heeled Jack

The Legend of Spring Heeled Jack

Kathy Padden August 7, 2014 0

During the early years of the Victorian era, an imposing figure dressed in black terrorized the English countryside almost unchallenged. According to eyewitness accounts, this specter had bulging, red eyes, pointy ears and razor-sharp

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Parrots, Peg-legs, Plunder – Debunking Pirate Myths

Parrots, Peg-legs, Plunder – Debunking Pirate Myths

Matt Blitz August 7, 2014 3

Pirates murdered, pillaged, raped, stole, and generally made the lives of others who stood in their way terrible. But despite these facts, books and, more recently, Hollywood have glamorized the “swashbuckler on the high

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