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How a Firefly Glows

How a Firefly Glows

Scott February 3, 2012 2

Today I found out how a firefly glows. The glow from a firefly comes from the lower part of their abdomen. This “lantern” portion has an evolutionary gift in the form of bioluminescence. The

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The Term “Scot Free” Does Not Come from the Dred Scott v. Sandford Supreme Court Case

The Term “Scot Free” Does Not Come from the Dred Scott v. Sandford Supreme Court Case

Daven Hiskey February 2, 2012 5

Myth: the term “scot free” has its origins from the Dred Scott v. Sandford U.S. Supreme Court Case. “Scot free”, also sometimes written “scotfree”, “scot-free” or, incorrectly, as “Scott free” actually pre-dates the Dred

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How Porcupines Mate

How Porcupines Mate

Scott February 1, 2012 5

Today I found out how porcupines have sex….very carefully! Porcupines mate in a very bizarre way. They first begin their ludicrous lovemaking with some nose rubbing. If the female accepts the nose rubbing and,

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Why America was Named America

Why America was Named America

Scott January 31, 2012 5

Today I found out how the Americas got their name. Like most, I’ve known that the Americas were named after Amerigo Vespucci since my early education. However, the story behind why this is the

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Why Cats Like Catnip

Why Cats Like Catnip

Daven Hiskey January 27, 2012 7

Today I found out why cats like catnip. Catnip, which is a perennial herb in the mint family, contains a chemical called “nepetalactone” that is released when catnip is crushed.  When cats get a

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Mark Wahlberg was a Drug Dealer and was Charged with Attempted Murder Before Forming Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch

Mark Wahlberg was a Drug Dealer and was Charged with Attempted Murder Before Forming Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch

Daven Hiskey January 26, 2012 29

Today I found out Mark Wahlberg was a drug dealer and was tried for attempted murder before forming Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. Wahlberg, born the youngest of nine children all living in

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The Word “News” Does Not Derive from the Four Cardinal Directions (North, East, West, South)

The Word “News” Does Not Derive from the Four Cardinal Directions (North, East, West, South)

Scott January 26, 2012 3

Myth: the word “news” derives from the four cardinal directions. While this potential origin of the word news seems plausible enough, it isn’t true.  The truth is, the word news can be traced back

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What Causes Arms, Legs, and Feet to “Fall Asleep”

What Causes Arms, Legs, and Feet to “Fall Asleep”

Scott January 24, 2012 4

Today I found out what causes limbs to “fall asleep”. Technically known as “paresthesia”, this syndrome is caused by the compression of specific nerves. When you sit cross-legged, sleep with your arm above your

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How Scars Form

How Scars Form

Scott January 23, 2012 2

Today I found out how scars form. One of the main components of skin is a protein called collagen.  Skin collagen is primarily made from specialized cells called fibroblasts. After scab formation, fibroblasts that

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The Origin of Basketball

The Origin of Basketball

Daven Hiskey January 20, 2012 10

Today I found out the origin of the sport basketball. Surprisingly, unlike most sports whose origins are somewhat obscure, often being the combination of other sports and developed gradually through time, basketball has a

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Navel Orange Trees are All Clones of Each Other

Navel Orange Trees are All Clones of Each Other

Samantha January 19, 2012 2

Today I found out navel orange trees are all perfect clones of one another and all originate from a single tree in Brazil. In 1820, a mutation occurred in a group of sweet orange

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Marshmallows Were Originally Made from the Sap of the Marshmallow Plant

Marshmallows Were Originally Made from the Sap of the Marshmallow Plant

Samantha January 18, 2012 2

Today I found out marshmallows were once made from the sap of marshmallow plants. Whether they are a hot chocolate topping treat, in the form of a sugar-coated critter, or roasting over a campfire,

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Clifford the Big Red Dog was Originally Going to be Named Tiny

Clifford the Big Red Dog was Originally Going to be Named Tiny

Samantha January 16, 2012 1

Today I found out Clifford the Big Red Dog was originally going to be named “Tiny”. Most of us know the story of Clifford the Big Red Dog: being born the runt of a

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Where The Term Goodbye Comes From

Where The Term Goodbye Comes From

Scott January 16, 2012 3

Today I found out the origin of the term “Goodbye”. “Goodbye” comes from the term “Godbwye” a contraction of the phrase “God be with ye”. Depending on the source, the contraction seems to have

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Julius Caesar was Once Kidnapped by Pirates Who Demanded a Ransom of 20 Talents of Silver, Caesar Insisted They Ask for 50

Julius Caesar was Once Kidnapped by Pirates Who Demanded a Ransom of 20 Talents of Silver, Caesar Insisted They Ask for 50

Daven Hiskey January 14, 2012 6

Today I found out Julius Caesar was once kidnapped by pirates and convinced them to up their ransom demand. A 25 year old Julius Caesar was sailing the Aegean Sea when he was kidnapped

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Both Cats and Dogs can See Color

Both Cats and Dogs can See Color

Daven Hiskey January 12, 2012 10

Myth: Cats and dogs can only see in black and white The myth that cats and dogs are fully colorblind has been around for quite some time, despite the fact that it has been

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The Difference Between The UK, England, And Great Britain

The Difference Between The UK, England, And Great Britain

Scott January 10, 2012 20

Today I found out the difference between The United Kingdom, England, and Great Britain. The actual name of the sovereign state we are talking about is The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern

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The Big Dipper is Not a Constellation

The Big Dipper is Not a Constellation

Samantha January 9, 2012 2

Myth: The “Big Dipper” is a constellation. In fact, the Big Dipper is an asterism.  A constellation is an officially recognized group of stars as defined by the International Astronomical Union. Constellations are used

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