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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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If You Own Land, How Far Above and Below Do You Own?

If You Own Land, How Far Above and Below Do You Own?

Karl Smallwood August 6, 2014 6

Guy C. asks: I live in America and was just wondering how far below and above my land do I own? On paper, the concept of land ownership sounds very simple- you pay money

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Spiders and Webs – Why Don’t They Get Stuck?

Spiders and Webs – Why Don’t They Get Stuck?

Melissa August 5, 2014 0

Moths, beetles and flies all get caught in spider webs, but you almost never see a spider unable to extricate herself from one. Here’s why. The Web When a spider makes an orb web,

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The Mysterious Disappearance of Sister Aimee Semple McPherson

The Mysterious Disappearance of Sister Aimee Semple McPherson

Matt Blitz August 5, 2014 4

On May 18, 1926, Aimee Semple McPherson went for a swim in the Pacific Ocean at Venice Beach. An avid swimmer, Aimee loved to escape from her temple in Echo Park for a quick

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Why Do We Yawn?

Why Do We Yawn?

Melissa August 4, 2014 8

David G. asks: Why do people yawn? Do other animals do this too? Babies, dogs, cats, birds, mice, rats and even snakes yawn, and some of us were even doing it in the womb.

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Why the French-Founded Notre Dame School’s Athletic Teams are the “Fighting Irish”

Why the French-Founded Notre Dame School’s Athletic Teams are the “Fighting Irish”

Matt Blitz August 4, 2014 0

Nathan K. asks: Why is Notre Dame’s slogan “Fighting Irish”? When the green and blue uniformed athletes of the University of Notre Dame run on to the field or court, their fans are rooting

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Weekly Wrap Volume 49

Weekly Wrap Volume 49

Daven Hiskey August 3, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Why Does Chemotherapy Make Your Hair Fall Out? Most cells in the human body divide using

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