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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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Real Life Maelstroms

Real Life Maelstroms

Melissa June 19, 2014 1

Where a unique combination of strong currents and geography meet, maelstroms, enormous and powerful areas of swirling water, dangerous currents and whirlpools, can be found across the globe. Although many form (and die) in

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Why Graduates Wear Caps and Gowns

Why Graduates Wear Caps and Gowns

Kathy Padden June 19, 2014 6

Karla asks: Why do graduates wear caps and gowns? Also, why do we throw our caps in the air when we graduate? Inquiring minds want to know!!! Wearing academic robes is a tradition that

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Relámpago del Catatumbo – The Eternal Lightning

Relámpago del Catatumbo – The Eternal Lightning

Melissa June 18, 2014 3

In Venezuela’s northwest state of Zulia, where the Catatumbo River empties into the southwest corner of Lake Maracaibo, a spectacular light show can be seen most nights of the year. Known alternately as the

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Sleepwalking Murders

Sleepwalking Murders

Melissa June 18, 2014 4

Carl asks: What happens if you are sleep walking and you kill someone? Anyone who has ever tried to reason with a sleepwalker knows they can seem to be awake, yet have bizarre and

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Why Do We Still Have Pubic and Armpit Hair?

Why Do We Still Have Pubic and Armpit Hair?

Kathy Padden June 17, 2014 14

Stefan asks: Why do we still have pubic and armpit hair when we lost most of the rest of the hair on our bodies? What purpose does it serve? It’s a biological mystery that

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The 72 Second Message from Outer Space

The 72 Second Message from Outer Space

Melissa June 16, 2014 0

On August 15, 1977, in Delaware, Ohio, SETI researchers from the Ohio State University detected a 72 second radio signal originating from somewhere around the constellation of Sagittarius. Because of the signal’s location, frequency

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The Curious Case of Sun Sneezing

The Curious Case of Sun Sneezing

Matt Blitz June 16, 2014 13

Have you ever been in a dark place, say a movie theatre or a room with all the blinds close, and walked outside into the daylight when, all of a sudden, you begin to

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Weekly Wrap Volume #43

Weekly Wrap Volume #43

Daven Hiskey June 14, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Hobbs and His Lock Picks: The Great Lock Controversy of 1851 In April 1851, Alfred C.

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