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Why We Kiss Under the Mistletoe Around Christmas

Why We Kiss Under the Mistletoe Around Christmas

Daven Hiskey December 5, 2014 0

Today I found out “mistletoe” literally means “dung twig”.The name for mistletoe comes from the fact that mistletoe tends to spring from bird droppings that have fallen on trees, with the seeds having passed

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The Origins of Aunt, Uncle, Brother, Sister, Mom and Dad

The Origins of Aunt, Uncle, Brother, Sister, Mom and Dad

Melissa December 4, 2014 1

In case you ever wondered how your relatives came to be called what they are, here’s a brief history. The modern English word for a parent’s sister, “aunt,” is a direct descendant of the

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The Richest People by Century

The Richest People by Century

Matt Blitz December 4, 2014 1

Jeremy R. asks: Who were the richest people in history? Wealth transcends time. It is also extremely hard to evaluate. There have been more than a few studies and lists that have tried to

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The Longest Sniper Kill

The Longest Sniper Kill

Karl Smallwood December 3, 2014 0

Throughout the history of modern warfare, the record for longest confirmed sniper kill is one that has steadily gotten more and more extreme as technology has progressed. At the time of writing this, the

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The Invention of Scotch Tape

The Invention of Scotch Tape

Sarah Stone December 2, 2014 3

Jeremy R. asks: Was Scotch tape invented by the Scottish? Despite the name, Scotch tape wasn’t invented by the Scottish. It was invented by a college dropout named Richard Drew from Minnesota who worked

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The Angel of Death: Josef Mengele

The Angel of Death: Josef Mengele

Matt Blitz December 2, 2014 5

Auschwitz was the most notorious and horrible of the concentration camps during World War II. Over a million innocent people were murdered at the camp located in Southern Poland (which was “annexed” by Nazi

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The Truth About Snakebites and Sucking Out the Venom

The Truth About Snakebites and Sucking Out the Venom

Melissa December 1, 2014 1

Karen C. asks: True or false, you should suck the venom out of a snakebite after someone gets bitten? There are a number of productive things you can do to help a snakebite victim;

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When Did People Start Smoking Tobacco?

When Did People Start Smoking Tobacco?

Matt Blitz December 1, 2014 2

John A. asks: When did people start smoking tobacco? While who exactly was the first to smoke tobacco has been lost to history, Jordan Goodman, in his book Tobacco in History, theorizes that tobacco

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NeatoShop Mega Sale

NeatoShop Mega Sale

Daven Hiskey November 29, 2014 1

Our very good friends over at Neatorama are currently running a Black Friday weekend sale in their popular NeatoShop.  They are offering all their awesome shirts for just $14.95 each and are also giving

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Weekly Wrap Volume 66

Weekly Wrap Volume 66

Daven Hiskey November 29, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. The Truth About Prepositions and the End of Sentences A great man once said, “This

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Tapioca and Cyanide

Tapioca and Cyanide

Melissa November 28, 2014 1

Little pearls swimming in a creamy custard flavored with vanilla or lemon, many of us have fond (and others not so fond) childhood memories of tapioca pudding. Although this staple dessert of the 1970s

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The Panama Canal and Its Amazing Locks

The Panama Canal and Its Amazing Locks

Melissa November 28, 2014 0

Jill A. asks: Why does the panama canal have locks? Isn’t the ocean the same level on both sides? Rising 85 feet above the surface of one ocean, and then descending again to be

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Fascinating Thanksgiving Facts Roundup

Fascinating Thanksgiving Facts Roundup

Daven Hiskey November 27, 2014 0

For those of you in the United States who are about to celebrate Thanksgiving and want to look particularly knowledgey at your family get-together tomorrow, here is a roundup of all the Thanksgiving related

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Mailboxes and the Postmaster General

Mailboxes and the Postmaster General

Sarah Stone November 27, 2014 0

James I. asks: I was at Lowes and noticed mailboxes say “approved by the postmaster general”. What specifications do a mailbox need to reach to be approved in this way? I mean, it’s a

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Origin of “Penny Wise and Pound Foolish,” and Some of History’s Other Most Insightful Quotes about Money

Origin of “Penny Wise and Pound Foolish,” and Some of History’s Other Most Insightful Quotes about Money

Melissa November 26, 2014 0

Andy L. asks: Who first said “penny wise and a pound foolish”? The person credited with coining the phrase, “penny wise and pound foolish,” Robert Burton, also said about writers, “They lard their lean

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150 Years in a Jar- The Story of John Dalton’s Eyeballs

150 Years in a Jar- The Story of John Dalton’s Eyeballs

Melissa November 26, 2014 0

John Dalton (1766-1844) was a distinguished scientist who is known for, among many other things, his theories about atoms, his law of partial pressures of gases and liquids (published in 1803), and being one

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Talking Tough: Martin Luther’s Potty Mouth

Talking Tough: Martin Luther’s Potty Mouth

Melissa November 25, 2014 1

On the last day of October in 1517, a scholar and priest named Martin Luther did as priests commonly did at the time when they had something to discuss amongst the clergy- he nailed

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The Truth About Prepositions and the End of Sentences

The Truth About Prepositions and the End of Sentences

Melissa November 24, 2014 1

A great man once said, “This is the sort of English up with which I will not put.” Eloquently highlighting the ridiculousness of strictly adhering to the rule against ending a sentence with a

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