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That Time About Two-Thirds of China’s Population, and then a Decade Later About Half of Europe’s, Up and Died

That Time About Two-Thirds of China’s Population, and then a Decade Later About Half of Europe’s, Up and Died

Melissa August 27, 2014 2

Pandemics have been the bane of humanity throughout history. Although the past few centuries have witnessed numerous epidemics, and even a handful of pandemics, none compare to the Black Death of the 14th century

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Who was the Woman in the Famous Great Depression Photograph?

Who was the Woman in the Famous Great Depression Photograph?

Sarah Stone August 26, 2014 0

Melissa K. asks: The other day you had an article about the Great Depression with that famous picture of the impoverished mother and her kids. Who was she and what ever happened to her?

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How the Maximum Occupancy of a Building is Calculated

How the Maximum Occupancy of a Building is Calculated

Sarah Stone August 26, 2014 2

MK23 asks: How do they figure out the maximum occupancy for a building? Generally speaking, the maximum occupancy of a room or building is primarily determined by the available exits, with each exit accommodating

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Does Frequent Bike Riding Damage Gentleman or Lady Parts?

Does Frequent Bike Riding Damage Gentleman or Lady Parts?

Melissa August 25, 2014 0

Jim P. asks: Whenever I ride a bike it always seems to hurt a certain sensitive region. Is this doing any damage down there or should I just suck it up for the exercise?

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The People Who Want to Become Amputees

The People Who Want to Become Amputees

Sarah Stone August 25, 2014 0

Body Integrity Identity Disorder, or BIID, is a condition where a person feels an overwhelming desire to become an amputee.  Some also consider it to include those who feel a desire to have some

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Weekly Wrap Volume 52

Weekly Wrap Volume 52

Daven Hiskey August 23, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. A Brief History of the Ballpoint Pen and Whether NASA Really Spent Millions Developing a Pressurized

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Does Caffeine Really Stunt Your Growth?

Does Caffeine Really Stunt Your Growth?

Scott August 22, 2014 0

Myth: Caffeine will stunt your growth We all remember being 12 years old and seeing your mom guzzling down her 3rd cup of coffee and really wanting some. When we asked if we could

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The Parasite That Could Be Living Inside You Right Now, Toxoplasma Gondii

The Parasite That Could Be Living Inside You Right Now, Toxoplasma Gondii

Karl Smallwood August 22, 2014 2

If we were to tell you that there is a parasite out there that can infect virtually any warm-blooded creature on Earth; is found just about everywhere; approximately 33% of humans are infected; and

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Five War Heroes Who Also Happened to Be Dogs

Five War Heroes Who Also Happened to Be Dogs

Matt Blitz August 21, 2014 0

  Heroes come in many forms; some are even furry and four-legged. Due in part to their superior ability to sniff and hear trouble, dogs have long been a fantastic ally and a great

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The Town That’s Been Burning for Over Half a Century

The Town That’s Been Burning for Over Half a Century

Sarah Stone August 21, 2014 6

The town of Centralia, Pennsylvania has been on fire for more than fifty years. Founded in 1862, Centralia popped up in response to the booming coal mining industry. Anthracite coal, a type of coal

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The Cornell Professor Who Gave Us the Chicken Nugget

The Cornell Professor Who Gave Us the Chicken Nugget

Matt Blitz August 19, 2014 2

Chicken nuggets are delicious. I know this isn’t a particularly controversial statement. Despite pink slime, chemical preservatives, and sometimes questionable nutritional value, it’s hard to argue the basic point that these deep-fried, previously frozen,

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Why Can’t You Have Fences Over a Certain Height in the Front or Backyard?

Why Can’t You Have Fences Over a Certain Height in the Front or Backyard?

Karl Smallwood August 19, 2014 1

Glossyhorses asks: Why can’t you have your fences over 6 feet tall in the backyard and half that in the front? The primarily purposes of a fence include to keep animals in, people out, 

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A Brief History of the Ballpoint Pen and Whether NASA Really Spent Millions Developing a Pressurized Version Instead of Just Using Pencils

A Brief History of the Ballpoint Pen and Whether NASA Really Spent Millions Developing a Pressurized Version Instead of Just Using Pencils

Karl Smallwood August 18, 2014 7

Kyle S. asks: There’s a story circulating around that NASA found out pens didn’t work in space, but still needed a writing device that would work there, so they spent millions of tax payer

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Weekly Wrap Volume 51

Weekly Wrap Volume 51

Daven Hiskey August 16, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. The Greatest Practical Joke of the 19th Century, the Berners Street Hoax The year was 1809.

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The Bum Brigade

The Bum Brigade

Matt Blitz August 15, 2014 0

On October 29, 1929, on what would become known as “Black Tuesday,” the stock market crashed. In one terrible day, the market lost fourteen billion dollars (about $188B today), signaling the beginning of the

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Hangover Cures: Myths and Tips

Hangover Cures: Myths and Tips

Melissa August 14, 2014 6

Whether it’s a Bachelor Party, Dollar Drinks, Ladies’ Night or just Happy Hour, many of us get carried away once in awhile, and end up suffering the next day. While most home remedies are

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What Causes a Hangover

What Causes a Hangover

Daven Hiskey August 14, 2014 0

Today I found out what causes a hangover. There are several things that contribute to hangovers, but one of the principal factors is simple dehydration.  Alcohol has a dehydrating effect by inhibiting the release

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The Corrupt and Ruthless Californian Who Gave us the Name for “Monterey Jack” Cheese

The Corrupt and Ruthless Californian Who Gave us the Name for “Monterey Jack” Cheese

Matt Blitz August 13, 2014 0

Steve S. asks: Who was Monterey Jack and when did he invent his cheese? Cheese predates written history. Ancient Egyptians loved cheese so much that depictions of the cheese-making process were painted in tombs.

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