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Why is it Called Area 51?

Why is it Called Area 51?

Melissa January 13, 2015 7

Michael S. asks: Why is it called Area “51”? Where are the other 50 areas? Despite the CIA’s release of previously classified documents in 2013 that acknowledged the existence of Area 51 as a

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Is It Possible to Breastfeed with Implants?

Is It Possible to Breastfeed with Implants?

Melissa January 12, 2015 0

Brandy R. asks: Is it possible to breastfeed after getting a boob-job? Given the well-documented benefits of breastfeeding to the long- and short- term health of children, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends

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The Origin of the Oreo Cookie

The Origin of the Oreo Cookie

Matt Blitz January 12, 2015 7

Harry K. asks: Who invented the Oreo cookie? In 1890, a group of eight large New York City bakeries combined to form the New York Biscuit Company and built a giant six-story factory in

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Weekly Wrap Volume 70

Weekly Wrap Volume 70

Daven Hiskey January 10, 2015 0

This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Why Children Get Summers Off of School The commonly touted explanation for students having summers

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The Tragic Life of JFK’s Sister

The Tragic Life of JFK’s Sister

Matt Blitz January 9, 2015 4

On January 20, 1961, the newly-elected President John F. Kennedy,  at his inauguration in front of the Capital, told Americans to “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can

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The Fish That Talk with Farts

The Fish That Talk with Farts

Melissa January 8, 2015 2

In addition to being an occasional biological necessity, human flatulence has served a variety of uses, including as a way to clear a room, entertain friends, torture a sibling, and tease a child (pull

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How Soap Works

How Soap Works

Melissa January 8, 2015 9

Janet B. asks: How does soap kill bacteria? For well over a century, public health officials have been pushing regular hand washing with soap as one of the most effective methods of inhibiting the

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The Forgotten Hero: Larry Doby

The Forgotten Hero: Larry Doby

Matt Blitz January 7, 2015 0

On April 15, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York, the great Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier and became the first African-American in 67 years to play in the Major Leagues. (Yes, Robinson was not

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Why Elections Are Held on Tuesday in the United States

Why Elections Are Held on Tuesday in the United States

Sarah Stone January 6, 2015 0

Brenda V. asks: Why are elections held on Tuesday? Why not Saturday when most people aren’t working? Americans traditionally head to the ballot box on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November to

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Sticking to Metal

Sticking to Metal

Matt Blitz January 6, 2015 0

Matthew S. asks: Why doesn’t your tongue quickly stick to plastic or wood in freezing temperatures but does to metal? In that famous scene in the movie Christmas Story, a kid “triple dog dares”

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What Did People Use to Mask Surgical Pain Before Modern Anesthesia?

What Did People Use to Mask Surgical Pain Before Modern Anesthesia?

Melissa January 5, 2015 2

Gimly16 asks: What did people use for pain during surgery before modern anesthesia? Other than ingesting alcohol and narcotics in sufficient doses to induce a state of analgesia, for most of its history, people

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Why Children Get Summers Off of School

Why Children Get Summers Off of School

Sarah Stone January 5, 2015 0

Xing U. asks: Why do kids get the summer off of school? The commonly touted explanation for students having summers off from school dates back to a time when the United States’ economy relied

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Weekly Wrap Volume 69

Weekly Wrap Volume 69

Daven Hiskey January 3, 2015 0

This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. A Celestial Message in a Bottle Imagine for a moment that it’s 40,000 years in

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The Origin of the Expression “Beside Myself”

The Origin of the Expression “Beside Myself”

Melissa January 2, 2015 1

Katy J. asks: Why do we say “I was beside myself”? Dating back to the dawn of Modern English, the expression “beside myself” has been used to denote someone not in his right mind.

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What Does the “D” in “D-Day” Stand For?

What Does the “D” in “D-Day” Stand For?

Sarah Stone January 2, 2015 1

Tom C. asks: The V in V-Day was for Victory right? So what does the D in D-Day stand for? The Battle of Normandy, also known as D-Day, started on June 6, 1944 and

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Who Invented the Fahrenheit and Celsius Temperature Scales and What Zero Degrees Fahrenheit Signifies

Who Invented the Fahrenheit and Celsius Temperature Scales and What Zero Degrees Fahrenheit Signifies

Melissa December 31, 2014 2

B. Halpern asks: 0 degrees Celsius is the freezing point of water. So what is 0 degrees Fahrenheit? Who came up with Celsius and Fahrenheit? Firmly entrenched in American society, the seemingly capricious nature

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A Brief History of the Movie Rating System

A Brief History of the Movie Rating System

Matt Blitz December 30, 2014 7

When you were a kid, sneaking into a rated R movie was a big deal. Everyone had their own tricks, but this author’s was to buy a ticket to a rated G Disney movie,

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Charles Dickens and the Origin of the “Porterhouse Steak”

Charles Dickens and the Origin of the “Porterhouse Steak”

Melissa December 30, 2014 1

Mark asks: Why is a porterhouse steak called that? Essentially two steaks in one, a Porterhouse steak, cut from the short loin of (typically) a steer, has a filet on one side of its

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