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The First Commercially Successfull Video Game was Meant as a Training Exercise and Wasn’t Intended to Be Released

The First Commercially Successfull Video Game was Meant as a Training Exercise and Wasn’t Intended to Be Released

Daven Hiskey July 17, 2014 0

Today I found out “Pong” was originally meant only as a training exercise for a new gaming developer at Atari, Allan Alcorn, and wasn’t intended to be released as a consumer product. When Alcorn

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Why Neil Armstrong Got to Be the First to Step on the Moon

Why Neil Armstrong Got to Be the First to Step on the Moon

Matt Blitz July 16, 2014 14

On July 20th, 1969, with “one small step,” Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon. Since that date forty five years ago, the moon landing has been the subject of

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The Only Major League Baseball Player to Openly Admit He was Gay During His Career Also May Have “Invented” the High-Five

The Only Major League Baseball Player to Openly Admit He was Gay During His Career Also May Have “Invented” the High-Five

Eddie Deezen July 15, 2014 0

“They can’t say that a gay man can’t play in the Majors, because I’m a gay man and I made it.”- Glenn BurkeMajor League Baseball has been going strong now for well over a

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Who Invented the Sporting Wave?

Who Invented the Sporting Wave?

Daven Hiskey July 15, 2014 0

Karla asks: Who invented the Mexican wave? The wave, also generally known as the “Mexican wave” outside of the United States, was the brain-child of the longest continuously active professional cheerleader (41 years and

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The “Witch of Wall Street”

The “Witch of Wall Street”

Daven Hiskey July 14, 2014 3

Long before the likes of Warren Buffet, Hetty Green dominated Wall Street through extremely shrewd investing, frugality, and exploiting the lax investment rules of her age, managing to amass one of the greatest fortunes

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Weekly Wrap Volume 46

Weekly Wrap Volume 46

Daven Hiskey July 12, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Why There is Braille on Drive-Thru ATM Machines Mainly, it is because it is required by

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Did the Warrior Women Known as the Amazons Ever Exist?

Did the Warrior Women Known as the Amazons Ever Exist?

Kathy Padden July 11, 2014 2

Marleen asks: Did Amazon women really ever exist? They are mentioned time and again by the ancient Greeks in both their history and mythology, going all the way back to Homer in approximately the

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When Online Gamers Contributed to a Major Scientific Discovery

When Online Gamers Contributed to a Major Scientific Discovery

Melissa July 10, 2014 1

Tapping into people’s insatiable appetite for new ways to screw around and waste time, recently some Ivy League researchers made a key element of their work into an online game. In order to solve

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Why Aren’t There Many Female Commercial Pilots?

Why Aren’t There Many Female Commercial Pilots?

Karl Smallwood July 10, 2014 10

Sarah T. asks: Why do you never see commercial airline pilots that are women? When it comes to gender disparity, the world of commercial airline piloting is one of the most skewed with a

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Why are Some Ice Cubes Clear and Others Cloudy?

Why are Some Ice Cubes Clear and Others Cloudy?

Karl Smallwood July 9, 2014 8

Drew asks: Why are some ice cubes clear and others cloudy? Unless you happen to have a specialized ice machine in your home, it is practically guaranteed that the ice your freezer makes is

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Mark Twain and His Hobby of Collecting Girls from 10-16 Years Old

Mark Twain and His Hobby of Collecting Girls from 10-16 Years Old

Emily Upton July 8, 2014 0

Today I found out that Samuel Clemens (aka, Mark Twain) used to “collect” girls between the ages of 10-16 years old. On February 12, 1908, Clemens said, “I suppose we are all collectors… As

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The Remarkable Nellie Bly and Her Adventure in a Mad-House

The Remarkable Nellie Bly and Her Adventure in a Mad-House

Emily Upton July 8, 2014 0

Today I found out about Nellie Bly, the woman who purposefully got herself committed to a notorious insane asylum so that she could report on what actually went on inside. Born Elizabeth Jane Cochran

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The Disappearance of the Prime Minister of Australia

The Disappearance of the Prime Minister of Australia

Melissa July 7, 2014 1

On Sunday, December 17, 1967, the Prime Minister of what was then the 9th wealthiest nation on Earth disappeared off of the coast of Cheviot Beach, Portsea, Victoria in the southeast of Australia. Harold

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How Did “911″ Become The Emergency Call Number in North America?

How Did “911″ Become The Emergency Call Number in North America?

Sarah Stone July 7, 2014 16

Kaiden asks: Why is 9-1-1 the emergency call number? Before the 1960s, the United States didn’t have one universal phone number for Americans to call if they needed help from the police or fire

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Bowling and the Ancient Egyptians

Bowling and the Ancient Egyptians

Matt Blitz July 4, 2014 0

Guy H. asks: Who invented bowling? Bowling has a rather vague history, with a form of it possibly dating back as far as 5000 years to the ancient Egyptians. This story starts with the

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Fourth of July Fact Round Up

Fourth of July Fact Round Up

Daven Hiskey July 4, 2014 2

For those in the United States celebrating Independence Day and looking to have something interesting to talk to your friends and relatives about at your respective barbeques, here is some conversation fodder to both

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From Desert to Party Central: The Birth of Las Vegas

From Desert to Party Central: The Birth of Las Vegas

Matt Blitz July 3, 2014 0

For thousands of years, Mohave tribes dotted the land in and around what is now the modern-day city of Las Vegas. Sometime in the 1770s, Spanish missionary Francisco Gracias became the first foreigner to

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A Brief History of Scotch Whisky

A Brief History of Scotch Whisky

Melissa July 3, 2014 7

Brandon asks: Who invented Scotch? Scotch has been referred to as “the water of life,” and to many who know its allure today, they can understand why. Yet the chronicle of this sometimes, smoky,

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