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Why “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” is Sung During the 7th Inning Stretch of Major League Baseball Games

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You might be surprised to learn that this staple of Major League Baseball games is actually something of a modern practice, first starting as a regular part of the seventh inning stretch with the White Sox in the late 1970s, thanks to Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Carabina, better known as Harry Caray. Before this, the song had occasionally been […]

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The Green Children of Woolpit

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Crystal asks: Is there any truth to the story of the “Green Children of Woolpit”? English folklore is filled with green people – the Green Knight, green fairies, the Green Man and Jack-in-the-Green. Two of the smallest were the Green Children of Woolpit. Discovery Depending on whom you read, the Green Children first appeared during the reign of Stephen (1135-1154) […]

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The Truth About Aspartame and Your Health

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Our resident medical expert, Scott, and a buddy of his recently started The Medicine Journal, where you can learn all sorts of interesting facts about all things medical related. Below is a sample article from their new site. A quick online search of Aspartame will provide you with numerous opinions about this artificial sweetener.  Some claim it causes things like […]

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Why “Mac” and “Mc” Surnames Often Contain a Second Capital Letter

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David asks: Why is the second “C” capitalized in names like “MacCleod”? The short story is that “Mc” and “Mac” are prefixes that mean “son of.” Early inconsistencies in records are what led to having both Mc and Mac prefixes. Mc is just an abbreviation of Mac, and both can actually be abbreviated further to the much less common M’. […]

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Do Vaccines Cause Autism?

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Jennifer asks: I’ve read that vaccines cause autism and that they don’t. What’s the truth with this? In 1998, there was a groundbreaking study telling parents that their children were at risk of getting autism from vaccines. Parents everywhere collectively gasped. After all, they had been told for years vaccines were the best way to prevent any number of unwanted […]

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The Surprisingly Short History of the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

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The peanut butter and jelly sandwich is such a staple of American childhood these days that it seems like it’s been around, well, forever. In fact, it took a surprisingly long time after all the necessary ingredients were invented for someone to put them together, and several decades more before doing this became popular.  In fact, there are people alive […]

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The Teenage Girl Who Bawled Out John Lennon

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In 1967, the Beatles filmed their only made-for-TV movie.  It was called “Magical Mystery Tour“.  The film itself is an interesting, checkered, odd little movie directed and edited by the Beatles themselves. It was, basically, the boys riding out in the country on a “magical mystery tour” bus with an eclectic bunch of characters.  They just rode around and filmed […]

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Voyager’s Golden Record

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Imagine for a moment that it’s 40,000 years in the future in a solar system far, far, away on a planet thriving with intelligent life. Extraterrestrial beings inhabit this place.  Perhaps they look like the cuddly ET, the blob, ALF, or maybe even  like the dreadlocked beings from Predator;  but either way, they are not human. An approaching speck in […]

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