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The First African American to Co-Star in a Dramatic TV Series

The First African American to Co-Star in a Dramatic TV Series

Eddie Deezen June 9, 2013 2

Like so many later-comedians, Bill Cosby described himself in school as “the class clown”.  Born in 1937, William Henry Cosby worked at several different jobs growing up, including selling produce, stocking shelves in a

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The Interesting Origin of 12 Sandwiches

The Interesting Origin of 12 Sandwiches

Melissa June 7, 2013 1

Lions of the culinary world, the inventors of our favorite sandwiches have left a lasting legacy of portability and deliciousness. To honor their contributions to our collective satiety, we’re taking a moment to reflect

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Today I Found Out on Pinterest

Today I Found Out on Pinterest

Daven Hiskey June 7, 2013 0

We’ve just launched a new Pinterest page for Today I Found Out, where we’ll be posting various picture quick facts and infographics for your reading pleasure, some from our site and some from elsewhere.

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The Man Who Survived Two Nuclear Bomb Attacks

The Man Who Survived Two Nuclear Bomb Attacks

Kevin Hughes June 6, 2013 7

Tsutomu Yamaguchi died from stomach cancer.  The cancer part perhaps isn’t surprising given that Yamaguchi is currently the only person officially recognized by the Japanese government as having lived through the atomic bombings of

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The History of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

The History of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Emily Upton June 5, 2013 10

Today I found out the history of Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. A popular chocolate cup filled with delicious peanut butter, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were created by a man named Harry Burnett (H.B.) Reese.

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How “XOXO” Came to Mean “Hugs and Kisses”

How “XOXO” Came to Mean “Hugs and Kisses”

Deborah Honeycutt June 5, 2013 16

Dev asks: Why does XOXO mean hugs and kisses? You’ve seen XO as a sign-off representing love, affection, or friendship on letters, cards, emails, chat rooms and text messages. You may have even been

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What Causes Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

What Causes Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Scott June 4, 2013 1

Gina asks: What causes SIDS and how can it be prevented? Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is every new parent’s fear. It’s defined as “the sudden death of an infant under age 1 that

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The Makers of Barbie Used to Sell a Doll Whose Breasts Grew When Her Arm Rotated

The Makers of Barbie Used to Sell a Doll Whose Breasts Grew When Her Arm Rotated

Terynn Boulton June 4, 2013 7

Today I found out that the makers of Barbie used to sell a doll whose breasts grew when her arm rotated. Yes, you read that correctly. It was 1975 and the doll was called

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How Each NFL Team Got its Name (NFC)

How Each NFL Team Got its Name (NFC)

Melissa June 3, 2013 2

Nothing short of a room decorated in team gear epitomizes a National Football League fanatic better than an internal database of useless trivia spanning your team’s history. Read on for the origin of the

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How Each NFL Team Got its Name (AFC)

How Each NFL Team Got its Name (AFC)

Melissa June 3, 2013 7

With the 2013 NFL season set to begin in just over three months, it’s time to start collecting trivial facts to help spice up the trash talk in your fantasy football league. Read on

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How Your Body Detects When It’s Low On or has Too Much Oxygen

How Your Body Detects When It’s Low On or has Too Much Oxygen

Scott May 31, 2013 1

James asks: Is it true that your body has no mechanism for detecting oxygen levels directly and instead measures carbon dioxide levels? That’s not entirely correct, but the human body does care more about

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The Cicada Invasion is Here

The Cicada Invasion is Here

Jeremy Megraw May 30, 2013 1

They’re coming. If you live on the Eastern seaboard of North America, prepare this summer for a large-scale invasion of a species of cicada (“cicada” being the Latin for “tree cricket”) that hasn’t happened in

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10 Interesting Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Ben Franklin

10 Interesting Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Ben Franklin

Kathy Padden May 29, 2013 12

Ben Franklin was a man of many and varied accomplishments- a Renaissance man in the grand tradition of Leonardo da Vinci. He was a writer, scientist, musician, inventor and innovator, despite only ever receiving

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Before He Was President, JFK Was a Bestselling Author and Won a Pulitzer Prize

Before He Was President, JFK Was a Bestselling Author and Won a Pulitzer Prize

Melissa May 28, 2013 0

Most remember John Fitzgerald Kennedy as our youthful and inspiring 35th President who, with his elegant wife, turned the White House into Camelot until his assassination in November 1963. But what few today recall

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The Great Chicago Fire Wasn’t Started by a Cow

The Great Chicago Fire Wasn’t Started by a Cow

Emily Upton May 28, 2013 14

Myth: The Great Chicago Fire was started by a cow. The Great Chicago Fire destroyed 3.3 square miles of Chicago, Illinois, burning for two days in 1871—between October 8th and October 10th. It killed

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Why and How a Cat Purrs

Why and How a Cat Purrs

Emily Upton May 27, 2013 7

Rachel asks: Why and how do cats purr? As any cat owner—or even someone who’s seen a cat—knows, cats often purr when they’re being petted or getting their chin scratched. They also purr when

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How World War I Helped Popularize the Bra

How World War I Helped Popularize the Bra

Terynn Boulton May 25, 2013 7

Corsets dominated the undergarments of wealthier women in the Western world for centuries, until WWI. So how did the war help popularize the bra?  In a word, or two words in this case: metal

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The Origin of the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance

The Origin of the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance

Kathy Padden May 24, 2013 11

The U.S. Pledge of Allegiance was written by a socialist Baptist minister named Francis Bellamy in 1892. It was published in a popular children’s magazine of the time called The Youth’s Companion as part of

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