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Who Invented Tequila and What about the Worm?

Who Invented Tequila and What about the Worm?

Melissa August 1, 2014 0

Kerry asks: Who invented tequila? I was also wondering if they really put worms in it? Although tequila dates back only a few hundred years, people have long used the heart of the agave

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A Brief Overview of Tourette Syndrome

A Brief Overview of Tourette Syndrome

Melissa August 1, 2014 0

A neurobiological disorder that causes its sufferers to make uncontrolled sounds and movements, the symptoms of Tourette syndrome (not Tourette’s) can be so mild that many people who have the condition are not even

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The Time the K Foundation Burned a Million British Pounds for No Apparent Reason

The Time the K Foundation Burned a Million British Pounds for No Apparent Reason

Melissa August 1, 2014 1

On August 23, 1994, Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty set fire to, and completely destroyed, £1 million. What makes the story even weirder is that nobody, not even the burners, seems to really know

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You Actually Use All of Your Brain, Not 10%

You Actually Use All of Your Brain, Not 10%

Daven Hiskey July 31, 2014 0

Myth: You only use 10% of your brain. Over the years, the myth that you only use about 10% of your brain has been widely spread with the source of this myth often falsely

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Why Snot is Green and Yellow

Why Snot is Green and Yellow

Melissa July 31, 2014 2

Sam asks: What makes snot yellow and green? Snot is an essential part of a healthy body (no, really), and its color and consistency can give you a lot of information about what’s going

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Why Do Songs Get Stuck in Your Head?

Why Do Songs Get Stuck in Your Head?

Melissa July 30, 2014 16

Marcus asks: Why do songs get stuck in your head? Whether yours is “Call Me Maybe,” “Who Let the Dogs Out,” “Mickey,” or something equally infectious, at one time or another, you’ve probably had

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How Do Fingerprints Form and Can They Regenerate?

How Do Fingerprints Form and Can They Regenerate?

Melissa July 30, 2014 4

Julie H. asks: How do fingerprints form? I’d also like to know if you burn or remove the skin will they regenerate? Emerging on the buds of fingers while the fetus is still in

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The Eradication of Smallpox

The Eradication of Smallpox

Melissa July 29, 2014 0

Despite ethnic, religious, regional and political differences, every now and then people are able to set aside disagreements, look to their common humanity, and make the world a better place. Perhaps one of the

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The Many U.S. Presidents Before George Washington

The Many U.S. Presidents Before George Washington

Sarah Stone July 29, 2014 3

Today I found out about the presidents before the U.S. Constitution went into effect. Schools in the United States teach children from an early age that the first president of the United States was

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The First Female Presidential Candidate

The First Female Presidential Candidate

Melissa July 28, 2014 1

On January 27, 1964, then three-term Senator Margaret Chase Smith put the first crack in the “hardest, highest glass ceiling” when she announced her candidacy for the Republican nomination for President of the United

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Is Cannibalism Unhealthy or Just Awful?

Is Cannibalism Unhealthy or Just Awful?

Melissa July 28, 2014 1

Mark K. asks: I was just wondering if a human ate another human in an apocalyptic scenario or something would this be unhealthy or just awful and gross? Yes. Unhealthy For the Devourer Depending

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Weekly Wrap Volume 48

Weekly Wrap Volume 48

Daven Hiskey July 27, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. What Ever Happened to Confederate President Jefferson Davis? Jefferson Davis was attending a Sunday church service

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A 17 Year Old Girl Survived a 2 Mile Fall Without a Parachute, then Trekked Alone 10 Days Through the Peruvian Rainforest

A 17 Year Old Girl Survived a 2 Mile Fall Without a Parachute, then Trekked Alone 10 Days Through the Peruvian Rainforest

Scott July 25, 2014 0

Today I found out that a 17 year old girl survived a 2 mile fall from a plane without a parachute, then trekked alone 10 days through the Peruvian rainforest. On Christmas Eve, 1971,

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A Brief History of Pi

A Brief History of Pi

Melissa July 24, 2014 23

That the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter is constant has been known to humanity since ancient times; yet, even today, despite 2000 years of thought, theories, calculations and proofs,

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A Brief History of Taxes in the U.S. & Why They are Due on April 15th

A Brief History of Taxes in the U.S. & Why They are Due on April 15th

Matt Blitz July 23, 2014 3

Ian K. asks: Why are taxes due on April 15th? As Ben Franklin wrote in a 1789 letter to Baptiste Leroy, “… in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death

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A Brief History of Nike

A Brief History of Nike

Theodoros II July 22, 2014 2

Very few people and even fewer brands have managed to become synonymous with pop culture in the 20th century. But in the last few decades, Nike has become a Titan of the sporting world,

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Why Teachers are Associated with and Traditionally Given Apples

Why Teachers are Associated with and Traditionally Given Apples

Sarah Stone July 22, 2014 1

Gloria N. asks: Why is the stereotype to give apples to teachers? Widespread publicly funded, mandatory education has only been around since about the 19th century. Before then, the responsibility of providing schooling to

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Why Don’t They Bother Putting the Apostrophe in “DONT WALK” signs?

Why Don’t They Bother Putting the Apostrophe in “DONT WALK” signs?

Karl Smallwood July 21, 2014 2

Jared L. asks: Why aren’t there apostrophes in the Don’t Walk signs by street intersections when it’s spelled out rather than using pictures? No one is sure when exactly the first WALK/DONT WALK style signs

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