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Why the Mass Avoidance of Some Business is Called “Boycotting”

Why the Mass Avoidance of Some Business is Called “Boycotting”

Daven Hiskey November 7, 2014 0

This term was named after a nineteenth century Englishman, Captain Charles C. Boycott (who originally had the surname “Boycatt,” but the family changed the spelling when he was nine years old). If you guessed

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Why We Say “O’Clock”

Why We Say “O’Clock”

Daven Hiskey November 7, 2014 0

The practice of saying “o’clock” is simply a remnant of simpler times when clocks weren’t very prevalent and people told time by a variety of means, depending on where they were and what references

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How Do the Media and Police Estimate Crowd Sizes?

How Do the Media and Police Estimate Crowd Sizes?

Karl Smallwood November 6, 2014 1

Keith H. asks: When the police and media report crowd sizes of a parade or something, what do they base their numbers on? Although the task of determining how many people attend something as

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What Causes Canker Sores?

What Causes Canker Sores?

Melissa November 5, 2014 0

Simon W. asks: What causes canker sores? The symptoms of canker sores are well known. In their minor form, canker sores are small, rounded or ovate, white or yellow bumps with red edges that

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Can You Really Bust a Gut from Eating Too Much at Once?

Can You Really Bust a Gut from Eating Too Much at Once?

Melissa November 5, 2014 4

R. Lee asks: In Seven an obese man is made to stuff himself until his stomach bursts. Is this really possible? Wouldn’t you just naturally throw up? Although extremely rare, some people actually have

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Why Do We Call Parents “Mom” and “Dad”?

Why Do We Call Parents “Mom” and “Dad”?

Karl Smallwood November 4, 2014 3

Becky E. asks: Why do we call parents mom and dad? Calling our parents anything other than mom, dad or one of the many variations thereof is an almost alien concept to many (and

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Nixon’s Tactic of Acting Unbalanced as a Political Strategy- The Madman Theory

Nixon’s Tactic of Acting Unbalanced as a Political Strategy- The Madman Theory

Melissa November 3, 2014 0

Developed from game theory and a key tactic of his early administration, President Richard Nixon came into office with a clear plan – scare the hell out of other world leaders to get them

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Did English Speakers Really Not Use Contractions in the 19th Century as Depicted in True Grit?

Did English Speakers Really Not Use Contractions in the 19th Century as Depicted in True Grit?

Melissa November 3, 2014 3

Karl A. asks: In the movie True Grit, they don’t use contractions. Is it true that people back then didn’t use them? Won’t, don’t, wouldn’t, isn’t and even ain’t- where would we be without

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Weekly Wrap Volume 62

Weekly Wrap Volume 62

Daven Hiskey November 1, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. How Birds Grip Things When They Sleep Everyone needs sleep, but for many birds, by necessity

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How is Silk Made?

How is Silk Made?

Melissa October 31, 2014 3

Mark D. asks: How do they make real silk from worms? One of the softest fabrics on the planet, shiny, breathable and comfortable, silk has been a highly prized cloth since it was first harvested

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Dr. Robert Buchanan, a Murder, and Killing a Cat in Court

Dr. Robert Buchanan, a Murder, and Killing a Cat in Court

Melissa October 31, 2014 0

In 1893, Dr. Robert Buchanan was convicted of killing his wife with a lethal amount of morphine. Without any clear physical evidence tying him to her death, the prosecution relied on eyewitness and expert

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Interesting Halloween Facts Roundup

Interesting Halloween Facts Roundup

Daven Hiskey October 30, 2014 0

We’ve covered quite a few Halloween related facts here on TodayIFoundOut over the years. Here’s a list of all of them, as well as some interesting facts about various candies. Happy Halloween! Halloween Related

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Why is Mercury in Fish Such a Problem Today?

Why is Mercury in Fish Such a Problem Today?

Melissa October 30, 2014 0

Drew F. asks: Why is there so much mercury in fish? Was this always a problem and we only just now know about it, or is it really a recent thing? Toxic to humans,

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Child Actors and Coogan’s Bill

Child Actors and Coogan’s Bill

Melissa October 30, 2014 0

Born into acting, by the age of five Jackie Coogan, Jr. was a veteran stage performer when Charlie Chaplin first spotted him in 1919. Immediately cast in Chaplin’s A Day’s Pleasure, the hard-working Coogan

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Interesting Facts About the Beatles and the Monkees

Interesting Facts About the Beatles and the Monkees

Eddie Deezen October 29, 2014 0

The Beatles vs. “The Monkees”… Well, that’s really no contest, is it? Isn’t that rather like comparing Marilyn Monroe to J. Lo? Jim Carrey to Pauly Shore? As we all well know and readily

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What Happens to Your Social Security Number When You Die?

What Happens to Your Social Security Number When You Die?

Melissa October 29, 2014 0

U. Grening asks: What happens to your social security number when you die? Does it get used again? Since 1935, the Social Security Administration has been issuing numbers to permanent residents of the United

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Frederick Banting and the Relatively Recent Discovery That Has Saved Hundreds of Millions of Lives

Frederick Banting and the Relatively Recent Discovery That Has Saved Hundreds of Millions of Lives

Melissa October 28, 2014 1

According to the World Health Organization, about 347 million people worldwide have diabetes. Because diabetes treatments are so common today, it can be easy to forget that the disease can be fatal. In fact,

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Is the Recipe for Coca-Cola Really Only Known By Two People?

Is the Recipe for Coca-Cola Really Only Known By Two People?

Karl Smallwood October 28, 2014 0

G. Franklin asks: Is it true that only two people in the world know the recipe for coke? The idea that the secret formula for Coca-Cola is only known by two people who are

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