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Weekly Wrap Volume 65

Weekly Wrap Volume 65

Daven Hiskey November 22, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Why Don’t Birds’ Legs Freeze? How a bird reacts to the cold depends on what

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How Do Clams Reproduce?

How Do Clams Reproduce?

Melissa November 21, 2014 0

F. Whisten asks: Is it true that all clams are male? If so, how do they reproduce? Encased in a hard shell, brainless and possessing only a single limb (a retractable foot that looks

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The United States v. Paramount and How Movie Theater Concessions Got So Expensive

The United States v. Paramount and How Movie Theater Concessions Got So Expensive

Melissa November 21, 2014 5

Walter K. asks: Why are movie theaters allowed to make their concessions so expensive? In 1948, the Supreme Court ended the stranglehold Hollywood studios and distributors had on the U.S. movie market. Declaring the

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The Shockingly Old Origin of the Fax Machine

The Shockingly Old Origin of the Fax Machine

Matt Blitz November 20, 2014 1

Today, we mostly think of the fax machine as an outdated piece of technology. While there are still some uses for it in an office-setting, technological advances are sending the fax machines to the

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How Were Kamikaze Pilots Chosen?

How Were Kamikaze Pilots Chosen?

Karl Smallwood November 19, 2014 0

Pat A. asks: Were Kamikaze pilots all just volunteers or how exactly did they get selected? During WWII, thousands of Japanese pilots made the ultimate sacrifice for their country by becoming, essentially, flying suicide

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Why are Potatoes Called “Spuds”?

Why are Potatoes Called “Spuds”?

Daven Hiskey November 18, 2014 0

Chelsea asks: Why are potatoes called “spuds”? Among other definitions, a “spud” is a “sharp, narrow spade” used to dig up large rooted plants. Around the mid-19th century (first documented reference in 1845 in

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Who was Humpty Dumpty?

Who was Humpty Dumpty?

Emily Upton November 18, 2014 0

Nevin asks: Why is “Humpty Dumpty” always depicted as an egg? As you seem to have noticed, in the “Humpty Dumpty” nursery rhyme, nowhere does it say that Humpty is an egg, yet he

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Why Sugar Doesn’t Spoil

Why Sugar Doesn’t Spoil

Melissa November 17, 2014 0

Mark U. asks: Why doesn’t sugar ever seem to go bad? Two foods are left out on the counter – fresh tomatoes and a bowl of sugar. Within a week or so, one will

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Why Don’t Birds’ Legs Freeze?

Why Don’t Birds’ Legs Freeze?

Karl Smallwood November 17, 2014 3

Eddie C. asks: How do ducks and other birds keep their feet from getting frostbite in the winter? How a bird reacts to the cold depends on what kind of a bird it is

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Weekly Wrap Volume 64

Weekly Wrap Volume 64

Daven Hiskey November 15, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Terrifying Fluffy Bunnies and The Little Albert Experiment The Little Albert Experiment was a study

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Does Canadian Beer Really Contain More Alcohol Than Beer Made in the United States?

Does Canadian Beer Really Contain More Alcohol Than Beer Made in the United States?

Melissa November 14, 2014 3

Paul E. asks: Is it true that Canadian beer has a lot more alcohol in it than American beer? Canadians boast longer lives, safer communities, free nationalized healthcare, a cleaner environment, the most gold

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The Blind Man Who Invented Cruise Control

The Blind Man Who Invented Cruise Control

Staci Lehman November 13, 2014 1

While speed governing systems have been around on automobiles almost as long as they have existed (the first known one was installed on a Wilson-Pilcher car in 1900) and similar systems have been around

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Why Don’t Hot Dogs and Hot Dog Buns Come in Packs of Equal Number?

Why Don’t Hot Dogs and Hot Dog Buns Come in Packs of Equal Number?

Karl Smallwood November 13, 2014 6

Jason H. asks: Here’s one for you I’ve never found a satisfactory answer on. Why don’t hot dogs and hot dog buns come in packs of the same number? Has it always been this

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Why Tattoos Don’t Fade as Skin Regenerates

Why Tattoos Don’t Fade as Skin Regenerates

Karl Smallwood November 12, 2014 3

Ryan C. asks: How do they make tattoos permanent? In other words, how do they get tattoos to remain even as your skin is constantly regenerating? Depending on the source you consult, anywhere from

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The Invention of the Vacuum Cleaner

The Invention of the Vacuum Cleaner

Matt Blitz November 11, 2014 0

In central Missouri, about hundred miles from St. Louis and right off of Route 66, sits the small town of St. James. Despite this town having only about four thousand people, it is proudly

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The Origins of the Mathematical Convention of Using “X” as the Unknown

The Origins of the Mathematical Convention of Using “X” as the Unknown

Melissa November 11, 2014 5

Linda P. asks: Why do we always use “x” for everything in math? For hundreds of years, x has been the go-to symbol for the unknown quantity in mathematical equations. So who started this

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Terrifying Fluffy Bunnies and The Little Albert Experiment

Terrifying Fluffy Bunnies and The Little Albert Experiment

Karl Smallwood November 10, 2014 3

The Little Albert Experiment was a study conducted back in 1920 by famed psychologist, “the father of behaviorism”, John B. Watson. It essentially involved conditioning a baby, identified only as “Albert. B” to experience

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Weekly Wrap Volume 63

Weekly Wrap Volume 63

Daven Hiskey November 8, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Did English Speakers Really Not Use Contractions in the 19th Century as Depicted in True

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