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If You Own Land, How Far Above and Below Do You Own?

If You Own Land, How Far Above and Below Do You Own?

Karl Smallwood August 6, 2014 6

Guy C. asks: I live in America and was just wondering how far below and above my land do I own? On paper, the concept of land ownership sounds very simple- you pay money

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Spiders and Webs – Why Don’t They Get Stuck?

Spiders and Webs – Why Don’t They Get Stuck?

Melissa August 5, 2014 0

Moths, beetles and flies all get caught in spider webs, but you almost never see a spider unable to extricate herself from one. Here’s why. The Web When a spider makes an orb web,

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The Mysterious Disappearance of Sister Aimee Semple McPherson

The Mysterious Disappearance of Sister Aimee Semple McPherson

Matt Blitz August 5, 2014 4

On May 18, 1926, Aimee Semple McPherson went for a swim in the Pacific Ocean at Venice Beach. An avid swimmer, Aimee loved to escape from her temple in Echo Park for a quick

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Why Do We Yawn?

Why Do We Yawn?

Melissa August 4, 2014 8

David G. asks: Why do people yawn? Do other animals do this too? Babies, dogs, cats, birds, mice, rats and even snakes yawn, and some of us were even doing it in the womb.

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Why the French-Founded Notre Dame School’s Athletic Teams are the “Fighting Irish”

Why the French-Founded Notre Dame School’s Athletic Teams are the “Fighting Irish”

Matt Blitz August 4, 2014 0

Nathan K. asks: Why is Notre Dame’s slogan “Fighting Irish”? When the green and blue uniformed athletes of the University of Notre Dame run on to the field or court, their fans are rooting

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Weekly Wrap Volume 49

Weekly Wrap Volume 49

Daven Hiskey August 3, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Why Does Chemotherapy Make Your Hair Fall Out? Most cells in the human body divide using

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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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