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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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Why Books are Called Books

Why Books are Called Books

Melissa July 2, 2014 3

Jon asks: Why are books called that? “A portable volume consisting of a series of written, printed, or illustrated pages bound together,” the word for book (or variously booke, bokis, boke and boc) has

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The Skin of an African Elephant

The Skin of an African Elephant

Melissa July 2, 2014 2

When you consider their size and how much they have to keep under wraps, African elephants have surprisingly thin skin, relatively speaking. Holding Everything In Across most of their bodies, an African elephant’s skin

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The Origin of the QWERTY Keyboard

The Origin of the QWERTY Keyboard

Samantha July 2, 2014 0

Today I found out the origin of the QWERTY keyboard.The first typewriter was introduced to the United States in 1868 by Christopher Latham Sholes. His first attempt to build a typing device consisted of

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What’s in a Hot Dog and How Is It Made?

What’s in a Hot Dog and How Is It Made?

Melissa July 1, 2014 7

Kayla R. asks: What are hot dogs made of really? I was also wondering how they are made? Thanks! After the steaks, chops, breasts, ribs, thighs, hams, tenderloins and briskets are removed, there’s a

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The Men Who Walked on the Moon

The Men Who Walked on the Moon

Melissa July 1, 2014 4

Marcus L. asks: How many people walked on the moon? Who were they? Forty-five years ago this month, a human being first set foot on the moon. Despite four and a half decades and

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Origin of the Word “Cocktail” for an Alcoholic Drink

Origin of the Word “Cocktail” for an Alcoholic Drink

Melissa July 1, 2014 0

Neil asks: Why do we call some alcoholic drinks cocktails? Typically some type of hard liquor mixed with any of a variety of ingredients, although the idea of the cocktail is likely as old

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How Shrunken Heads Were Made

How Shrunken Heads Were Made

Staci Lehman July 1, 2014 0

Today I found out how shrunken heads were made. For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, a shrunken head is a decapitated human head that is shrunk through a cooking process by

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The Truth About Double Jeopardy

The Truth About Double Jeopardy

Melissa June 30, 2014 1

Damien asks: Is Double Jeopardy a true thing or is it just a TV/movie invention? Although generally in Australia, Canada, England and Wales, Scotland, the U.S. and New Zealand you cannot be subjected to

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Why Are Continental Breakfasts Called That?

Why Are Continental Breakfasts Called That?

Melissa June 30, 2014 0

Austin asks: Why are continental breakfasts called that? Many hotels offer guests a free breakfast consisting of muffin, coffee, cereal and milk, toast, juice, bagel, and, at some, even scrambled eggs and make-your-own waffles.

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Weekly Wrap Volume #45

Weekly Wrap Volume #45

Daven Hiskey June 28, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. How Honey Bees Keep Their Hives Warm Given That They are Cold Blooded Up until only

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Why the Moon Looks Bigger on the Horizon

Why the Moon Looks Bigger on the Horizon

Daven Hiskey June 27, 2014 0

Today I found out why the Moon looks bigger on the horizon than when it is higher in the sky. This is a question that has been debated for several thousand years.  One popular

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