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What’s in a Hot Dog and How Is It Made?

What’s in a Hot Dog and How Is It Made?

Melissa July 1, 2014 7

Kayla R. asks: What are hot dogs made of really? I was also wondering how they are made? Thanks! After the steaks, chops, breasts, ribs, thighs, hams, tenderloins and briskets are removed, there’s a

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The Men Who Walked on the Moon

The Men Who Walked on the Moon

Melissa July 1, 2014 4

Marcus L. asks: How many people walked on the moon? Who were they? Forty-five years ago this month, a human being first set foot on the moon. Despite four and a half decades and

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Origin of the Word “Cocktail” for an Alcoholic Drink

Origin of the Word “Cocktail” for an Alcoholic Drink

Melissa July 1, 2014 0

Neil asks: Why do we call some alcoholic drinks cocktails? Typically some type of hard liquor mixed with any of a variety of ingredients, although the idea of the cocktail is likely as old

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How Shrunken Heads Were Made

How Shrunken Heads Were Made

Staci Lehman July 1, 2014 0

Today I found out how shrunken heads were made. For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, a shrunken head is a decapitated human head that is shrunk through a cooking process by

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The Truth About Double Jeopardy

The Truth About Double Jeopardy

Melissa June 30, 2014 1

Damien asks: Is Double Jeopardy a true thing or is it just a TV/movie invention? Although generally in Australia, Canada, England and Wales, Scotland, the U.S. and New Zealand you cannot be subjected to

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Why Are Continental Breakfasts Called That?

Why Are Continental Breakfasts Called That?

Melissa June 30, 2014 0

Austin asks: Why are continental breakfasts called that? Many hotels offer guests a free breakfast consisting of muffin, coffee, cereal and milk, toast, juice, bagel, and, at some, even scrambled eggs and make-your-own waffles.

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Weekly Wrap Volume #45

Weekly Wrap Volume #45

Daven Hiskey June 28, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. How Honey Bees Keep Their Hives Warm Given That They are Cold Blooded Up until only

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Why the Moon Looks Bigger on the Horizon

Why the Moon Looks Bigger on the Horizon

Daven Hiskey June 27, 2014 0

Today I found out why the Moon looks bigger on the horizon than when it is higher in the sky. This is a question that has been debated for several thousand years.  One popular

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Why Do Men’s and Women’s Clothes Have the Buttons on the Opposite Sides?

Why Do Men’s and Women’s Clothes Have the Buttons on the Opposite Sides?

Karl Smallwood June 27, 2014 4

Matt asks: Why do men’s and women’s shirts and pants have the buttons on the opposite sides? When did this start? As with so many things in history, we can’t know with 100% accuracy

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Carrots Used to Be Purple Before the 17th Century

Carrots Used to Be Purple Before the 17th Century

Daven Hiskey June 26, 2014 1

Today I found out, before the 17th century, almost all cultivated carrots were purple. The modern day orange carrot wasn’t cultivated until Dutch growers in the late 16th century took mutant strains of the

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Why Do We Kiss?

Why Do We Kiss?

Kathy Padden June 25, 2014 4

Hannah asks: Why do we kiss? Is this something built in or do we just do it because we see others do it our whole lives? Making Out. Snogging. Canoodling. Kissing. An activity that

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Where the Ampersand Symbol and Name Came From

Where the Ampersand Symbol and Name Came From

Daven Hiskey June 24, 2014 0

Today I found out where the ampersand symbol and name came from.The symbol for “&” comes from combination of letters in the Latin for “and”, “et”.  Specifically, in Old Roman cursive, it became common

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Where the Dollar Sign Comes From

Where the Dollar Sign Comes From

Daven Hiskey June 24, 2014 0

Today I found out where the dollar sign ($) comes from.This symbol first showed up in the 1770s, appearing in documents of English-Americans who had business dealings with Spanish-Americans.  However, it wasn’t until the

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John Lennon’s First Girlfriend

John Lennon’s First Girlfriend

Eddie Deezen June 23, 2014 0

Barbara Baker’s earliest recollections of John Lennon were of little John perching up in a tree and shooting arrows at her and all the other girls passing by.  Later, she also recalled encountering Lennon’s

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The Flags on the Moon

The Flags on the Moon

Matt Blitz June 23, 2014 13

Robert N. asks: What ever happened to the flags and other things left on the moon? On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 touched down on the moon. At 10:56 pm eastern standard time, Neil

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Weekly Wrap Volume 44

Weekly Wrap Volume 44

Daven Hiskey June 21, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. The Curious Case of Sun Sneezing Have you ever been in a dark place, say a

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Why People Look More Attractive When You’re Drinking

Why People Look More Attractive When You’re Drinking

Kathy Padden June 20, 2014 11

Jeremy R. asks: Why do people look more attractive when you’re drunk? Anyone who has been in a crowded bar around closing time would agree that the higher your alcohol consumption, the more attractive

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Why Does Rhode Island Have “Island” in the Name When It is Not One?

Why Does Rhode Island Have “Island” in the Name When It is Not One?

Matt Blitz June 20, 2014 2

Aaron asks: Why is Rhode Island called an island when it is not? Most think the history of Rhode Island starts with Roger Williams, but the state’s “discovery” (at least by Europeans) dates back

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