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The Second Pope: St. Linus, Ladies’ Heads, and Massacring Early Christians

The Second Pope: St. Linus, Ladies’ Heads, and Massacring Early Christians

Melissa October 20, 2014 0

In the 1st century AD, while his flock was suffering from the sadistic persecutions of the Roman Emperor Nero, the second pope, Linus, put as his top priority, at least as far as we

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Why We Call Certain Types of Threats “Blackmail”, and The Origin of the Lesser Known “Buttockmail”

Why We Call Certain Types of Threats “Blackmail”, and The Origin of the Lesser Known “Buttockmail”

Karl Smallwood October 20, 2014 4

Karl M. asks: Why is it called blackmail when you threaten to reveal something about someone if they don’t give you money? “Blackmail” has its roots in the early 16th century, first used by

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Weekly Wrap Volume 60

Weekly Wrap Volume 60

Daven Hiskey October 18, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Who is McDonald in McDonald’s Restaurant McDonald’s is, without question, the most successful, popular, and influential

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The Largely Forgotten Tulsa Race Riot of 1921

The Largely Forgotten Tulsa Race Riot of 1921

Sarah Stone October 17, 2014 0

The Greenwood suburb of Tulsa, Oklahoma disappeared overnight during the summer of 1921. Known as the “Black Wall Street,” due to being one of the wealthiest black communities in the United States at the

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The Surprisingly Recent Time Period When Boys Wore Pink, Girls Wore Blue, and Both Wore Dresses

The Surprisingly Recent Time Period When Boys Wore Pink, Girls Wore Blue, and Both Wore Dresses

Terynn Boulton October 17, 2014 5

If we were to play a word association game where I said a word and you had to yell out the first color that came to mind, it would probably go something like this:

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Where Did Peanuts Come From?

Where Did Peanuts Come From?

Melissa October 16, 2014 1

James R. asks: Where did peanuts originally come from? The shell of a peanut (not actually a nut) is a pod, and, like other legumes, each pod may contain more than one seed. Although

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Are There Any Animals Other Than Humans That Commit Suicide?

Are There Any Animals Other Than Humans That Commit Suicide?

Karl Smallwood October 16, 2014 1

Mark I. asks: Are there any known animals other than humans that intentionally commit suicide? Animal suicide is a hugely controversial issue in the world of animal research and psychology, because although there are

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Paul McCartney’s “Scrambled Eggs,” which Evolved Into One of the Most Recorded Songs of All Time

Paul McCartney’s “Scrambled Eggs,” which Evolved Into One of the Most Recorded Songs of All Time

Eddie Deezen October 15, 2014 1

“I reckon ‘Yesterday’ is probably my best song. I like it not only because it was a big success, but because it was one of the most instinctive songs I’ve ever written. I was

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The #1 Song the Beatles Turned Down

The #1 Song the Beatles Turned Down

Eddie Deezen October 14, 2014 0

The Beatles had more number one hit records than anyone in the history of music. Elvis, Frank Sinatra, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Madonna, the Supremes and every other music legend takes a backseat

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The Surprisingly Recent Invention of the T-Shirt

The Surprisingly Recent Invention of the T-Shirt

Karl Smallwood October 14, 2014 3

John E. asks: Who invented the T-shirt? The t-shirt is arguably the most popular outer garment in the entire world. Coming in a range of styles, colors and sizes there is quite literally a

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Americans and The Date Format and How That Relates to Data Storage, Holy Wars and Soft-Boiled Eggs

Americans and The Date Format and How That Relates to Data Storage, Holy Wars and Soft-Boiled Eggs

Melissa October 13, 2014 1

M. Seager asks: Why do Americans write dates Month/Day/Year and most others Day/Month/Year? In the United States, our date format begins with the month and ends with the year (MM/DD/YYYY), and this arrangement is

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Who is McDonald in McDonald’s Restaurant

Who is McDonald in McDonald’s Restaurant

Eddie Deezen October 13, 2014 2

Mark R. asks: Was there a real “McDonald” that started McDonald’s or is it like the fictitious Betty Crocker? McDonald’s is, without question, the most successful, popular, and influential fast-food restaurant chain in recorded

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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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