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How are Baby Carrots Made?

How are Baby Carrots Made?

Sarah Stone September 29, 2014 4

Amy W. asks: How do they make baby carrots? Unlike cut baby carrots, farmers grow “true” baby carrots to be naturally small, or other times they are simply carrots harvested before they get a

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Why Does Moist, Baled and Stacked Hay Spontaneously Catch Fire?

Why Does Moist, Baled and Stacked Hay Spontaneously Catch Fire?

Melissa September 29, 2014 0

Mark R. asks: Why does wet hay that is bailed catch on fire? Plant reactions and bacterial growth combine to raise temperatures in even the driest hay bales, although most never catch fire on

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Weekly Wrap Volume 57

Weekly Wrap Volume 57

Daven Hiskey September 27, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Who was Cunningham of Cunningham’s Law? Cunningham’s Law is an internet adage that states “The best

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Why is Aluminum Foil Shiny on One Side But Not the Other?

Why is Aluminum Foil Shiny on One Side But Not the Other?

Melissa September 26, 2014 3

Noah asks: Why is it that aluminium foil on the outer part is very shiny, but the other side isn’t? The most abundant metal in the Earth’s crust, aluminum naturally occurs as a compound

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Why Do Screws Tighten Clockwise?

Why Do Screws Tighten Clockwise?

Melissa September 26, 2014 10

Jim R. asks: Why is it “righty tighty, lefty loosey” with screws? One of the six simple machines, a screw is nothing more than an inclined plane wrapped around a center pole. While today

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Why the Bellies of Starving Babies Swell

Why the Bellies of Starving Babies Swell

Melissa September 25, 2014 0

Jane R. asks: In photos of starving children and babies, their stomachs often seem to be swelled up. What causes this? Of all the tragic, indelible images that come from places of famine, none

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Why Are Pitchers’ Mounds Standard, But Baseball Ballparks Different Sizes?

Why Are Pitchers’ Mounds Standard, But Baseball Ballparks Different Sizes?

Melissa September 25, 2014 0

John B. asks: Why are things like the distance and height of a pitchers mound always uniform, but outfield dimensions are allowed to be whatever the stadium designers want? From Boston’s Green Monster, to

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Who Invented the Internet?

Who Invented the Internet?

Theodoros II September 24, 2014 1

Jeremy D. asks: Who invented the internet? While the World Wide Web was initially invented by one person (see: What was the First Website?), the genesis of the internet itself was a group effort

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What Was Wrong With Tiny Tim?

What Was Wrong With Tiny Tim?

Melissa September 23, 2014 0

Masen G. asks: Given the symptoms in the story, what was Tiny Tim sick with that a little money for 19th century medical care was able to fix? In Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, A

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The Invention of the Slot Machine

The Invention of the Slot Machine

Matt Blitz September 23, 2014 1

Neil asks: Who invented the slot machine? The story of the slot machine is one of intrigue, theft, controversy, and murder. Okay, not murder, but everything else. And it starts in Bavaria…. Augustinus Charles

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Are Airplane Black Boxes Really Black?

Are Airplane Black Boxes Really Black?

Sarah Stone September 22, 2014 1

Mekala asks: Is the black box in airplanes really black? Also, who invented it?  Thanks! Like many inventions, versions of an airplane “black box” were independently invented by several people, in this case beginning

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Who was Cunningham of Cunningham’s Law?- “The best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question, but to post the wrong answer.”

Who was Cunningham of Cunningham’s Law?- “The best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question, but to post the wrong answer.”

Karl Smallwood September 22, 2014 3

Cunningham’s Law is an internet adage that states “The best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question, but to post the wrong answer.” It’s an interesting

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Weekly Wrap Volume 56

Weekly Wrap Volume 56

Daven Hiskey September 20, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Why Golfers Yell “Fore” and Other Interesting Golf Facts There is a long-standing belief that golf

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How Did Oktoberfest Start?

How Did Oktoberfest Start?

Matt Blitz September 19, 2014 0

Michael R. asks: How did Oktoberfest get started? As we move past the summer and into the fall, we can count on certain things: the leaves changing color, the weather growing crisper, ghost stories

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The Surprisingly Short History of the Pony Express

The Surprisingly Short History of the Pony Express

Melissa September 18, 2014 5

Given that most have still heard of the Pony Express today, unlike so many other messaging companies long gone, you may think that the Pony Express was once an integral part of communication between

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How Did Felix Hernandez Get the Nickname “King Felix”?

How Did Felix Hernandez Get the Nickname “King Felix”?

Matthew Carruth September 18, 2014 2

Kevin A. asks: I was just wondering how Felix Hernandez became known as “King”? The religious Abraham was commanded by God to leave his homeland and travel to a distant, already occupied, place in

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Who Invented Diet Soda?

Who Invented Diet Soda?

Matt Blitz September 17, 2014 0

Matthew C. asks: Who made the first diet pop? In order to make a diet soda (at least one people would popularly drink), a sugar substitute was needed. The first such artificial sweetener, saccharin,

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The Life Saving Animal Blood Worth $60,000 Per Gallon and the Truth About the Colour of Spider Blood

The Life Saving Animal Blood Worth $60,000 Per Gallon and the Truth About the Colour of Spider Blood

Karl Smallwood September 17, 2014 5

Kay P. asks: Is spider blood really blue? When it comes to spiders, people generally know two facts about them- that you swallow around eight of them per year and that their blood is

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