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Weekly Wrap Volume 59

Weekly Wrap Volume 59

Daven Hiskey October 11, 2014 1

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Why Do Men Snore More Than Women? When humans sleep, the muscles around our throats relax

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The Remarkable Indus Valley Civilization

The Remarkable Indus Valley Civilization

Melissa October 10, 2014 0

The Egyptians built massive pyramids, and the Babylonians instituted the first known written system of laws. The Chinese began a fortified wall that eventually spanned (depending on whom you ask) as much as 13,000

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When and How Jeans Became Popular

When and How Jeans Became Popular

Karl Smallwood October 10, 2014 3

Jeans are easily one of the most ubiquitous pieces of clothing on Earth with millions of pairs being made, sold and wrapped around the butts of style conscious individuals every single day. But why

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The Day the Beatles Were Awarded MBE Medals

The Day the Beatles Were Awarded MBE Medals

Eddie Deezen October 9, 2014 1

It was early May of 1965, the Beatles were busy in Twickenham studios in London, working on their second movie “Help!” During a break in filming, their manager, Brian Epstein, showed up in a

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Al Jolson- Misunderstood Hero or Villain?

Al Jolson- Misunderstood Hero or Villain?

Eddie Deezen October 9, 2014 2

Ask most movie fans, “What was the first ‘talkie’?” The most frequent reply tends to be “The Jazz Singer” starring Al Jolson. This is a “sort of” correct answer, but not really. The earliest

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Why Do People Move Their Eyes When Trying to Remember Something?

Why Do People Move Their Eyes When Trying to Remember Something?

Melissa October 8, 2014 1

Lori asks: When you ask someone a question where they have to remember something, everyone seems to look up and off to the side. Why do we do this? Down and to the left,

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Who Was The Real Man In The Iron Mask?

Who Was The Real Man In The Iron Mask?

Theodoros II October 8, 2014 2

Gage A. asks: Was the man in the iron mask a real person? On November 19, 1703, a tomb in the Bastille’s Saint Paul Cemetery welcomed the corpse of a man who had spent

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Noah Webster and Moving Away from British English

Noah Webster and Moving Away from British English

Melissa October 7, 2014 6

Eliminating the unnecessary u, many duplicate consonants, the redundant e, converting diphthongs into simple vowels and turning the combination of e and r at the end of a word the right way around, Americans

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Who Invented the TASER?

Who Invented the TASER?

Sarah Stone October 7, 2014 1

Tom R. asks: Who invented tasers? Early use of an electronic control device, like the TASER, by law enforcement occurred in the 1960s when American police officers used electric cattle prods to disperse Civil

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Why Don’t Americans Use Bidets?

Why Don’t Americans Use Bidets?

Melissa October 6, 2014 6

Sarah H. asks: Why do Americans only use toilet paper and not bidets? A spray wash for your nether region, bidets are a popular way worldwide to keep said regions tidy. So why has

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Why Do Men Snore More Than Women?

Why Do Men Snore More Than Women?

Sarah Stone October 6, 2014 2

Kelly asks: Is it true that men snore more than women? If it is true, why and if not where did this stereotype come from? Thanks! When humans sleep, the muscles around our throats

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Weekly Wrap Volume 58

Weekly Wrap Volume 58

Daven Hiskey October 4, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Why Asparagus Makes Pee Smell The smell comes from the way certain chemical compounds in asparagus

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For the Last 1,000 Years, the Same Families Have Owned Most of England

For the Last 1,000 Years, the Same Families Have Owned Most of England

Melissa October 3, 2014 1

Shortly after the Normans conquered England in 1066, their monarch, William, seized all of the lands, then divvied up control among those soldiers and nobles who helped him defeat the Anglo-Saxons (and keeping a

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The Timely Death of Kodak Founder George Eastman

The Timely Death of Kodak Founder George Eastman

Matt Blitz October 3, 2014 1

It was March 14, 1932 when George Eastman, famed inventor, philanthropist, and founder of Eastman Kodak, invited a few loyal friends over to witness the rewriting of his will. He had made the decision

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Why Do We Say Costs Can Be “Footed” by Someone?

Why Do We Say Costs Can Be “Footed” by Someone?

Melissa October 2, 2014 1

Ryan F. asks: Why do we say someone “footed the bill”? Turning a noun into a verb and then employing it in a way that seems completely out of context, the phrase “foot the

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Is There Any Difference at all Between Men’s and Women’s Razors and Shaving Creams?

Is There Any Difference at all Between Men’s and Women’s Razors and Shaving Creams?

Karl Smallwood October 2, 2014 3

Katy E. asks: Are there any differences between razors and shaving cream for men and women beyond cosmetic? Shaving companies almost universally put out both a men’s and women’s version of each of their

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Why Do American Footballers Say “Hut, Hut, Hike!”

Why Do American Footballers Say “Hut, Hut, Hike!”

Melissa October 1, 2014 0

Michael R. asks: Where did the football saying hut… hut… HIKE! come from? An integral part of the game, immediately prior to the start of play, the football quarterback begins his cadence. More than

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Origins of the Jedi (and Other Star Wars Stuff)

Origins of the Jedi (and Other Star Wars Stuff)

Melissa September 30, 2014 0

No one can dispute George Lucas’ significant contributions to cinema history, including both the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. His company also played a role in advancing special effects, top quality post-production audio and even digital

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