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The Origin of the Word “Condom”

The Origin of the Word “Condom”

O'rene Daille Ashley May 13, 2013 10

J. Rice asks: Why do we call condoms, “condoms”? Whether one knows them as johnnys, rubbers, raincoats, jimmy hats, or the demure “protection”, people the world over know a condom when they see one.

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Why Storks are Associated with Delivering Babies

Why Storks are Associated with Delivering Babies

Emily Upton May 13, 2013 13

Today I found out why storks are associated with delivering babies. We all know how babies are made. The stork can be seen flying over rooftops with a little cloth bundle before landing at

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This Day in History: Jim Gentile Becomes the First Major League Baseball Player to Hit a Grand Slam in Back to Back Innings

This Day in History: Jim Gentile Becomes the First Major League Baseball Player to Hit a Grand Slam in Back to Back Innings

Daven Hiskey May 9, 2013 0

This Day In History: May 9, 1961 Yesterday Josh Hamilton tied an MLB record with 15 other players, hitting four home runs in one game. Something even more rare happened on this day in

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How Seattle, Washington Got Its Name

How Seattle, Washington Got Its Name

Emily Upton May 9, 2013 4

Today I found out how the city of Seattle got its name. Seattle is one of the only major cities in the United States to be named after a Native American chief. In his

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The “Australian” Shepherd Breed was Developed in America

The “Australian” Shepherd Breed was Developed in America

Corinna Underwood May 9, 2013 1

Today I found out the Australian Shepherd breed of dog was developed in the United States, not Australia. The Australian Shepherd is a popular breed throughout the United States, prized for its intelligence and

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The Origin of Pizza

The Origin of Pizza

Kathy Padden May 8, 2013 1

Paul asks: Who made the first pizza? Pizza has become such a staple of the modern diet that certain people, often found in Computer Science labs at 2 a.m. the world over, practically consider

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People in Columbus’ Time Did Not Think the World Was Flat

People in Columbus’ Time Did Not Think the World Was Flat

Melissa May 8, 2013 27

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue… with a whole lot of maps and information about the very round Earth. Contrary to popular belief, not only did Columbus realize the world was round, so

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The Amazing Tardigrade- The Toughest Known Creature on Earth and Beyond

The Amazing Tardigrade- The Toughest Known Creature on Earth and Beyond

Jeremy Megraw May 7, 2013 4

It is surely the stuff of science fiction: An extraordinary being arrives on Earth that can withstand a tortuous array of conditions: boiling, freezing, tremendous atmospheric pressure, near total dehydration, and exposure to massive

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You’ve Been Saying It Wrong (11 Famous Quotes That Have Changed Over Time)

You’ve Been Saying It Wrong (11 Famous Quotes That Have Changed Over Time)

Melissa May 6, 2013 9

Anyone who’s ever played telephone at camp knows how easy it is for your mind to twist, tweak or completely change what you’ve just heard when you repeat it to someone else. Common throughout

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1816- The Year That Had No Summer

1816- The Year That Had No Summer

Terynn Boulton May 6, 2013 2

For those who are used to a year with four seasons, imagine how hard it is to believe there could ever be a year where summer never came. In 1816, people living in the

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From Attempted Suicide to MLB Superstar-The Life and Very Complicated Times of Ken Griffey Jr.

From Attempted Suicide to MLB Superstar-The Life and Very Complicated Times of Ken Griffey Jr.

Matt Blitz May 3, 2013 1

Despite spending the last decade or so of his career often injured, Ken Griffey Jr. was a 13-time All-Star, a 10-time Gold Glove winner, a 7-time Silver Slugger award winner, 1997 MVP,  6th all-time

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The Siberian Family Who Didn’t See Another Human for Over 40 Years

The Siberian Family Who Didn’t See Another Human for Over 40 Years

Matt Blitz May 3, 2013 1

To this day, the Siberian wilderness is still one of the most isolated places in the world. Known as the Siberian taiga (meaning “forest” in Russian), its harsh, cold climate greatly discourages human habitation.

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Vasili Arkhipov: The Man Who Saved the World

Vasili Arkhipov: The Man Who Saved the World

Matt Blitz May 2, 2013 9

In 1962, the U.S. and the Soviet Union were on the brink of possible mutual destruction- the world as a whole was facing a possible nuclear winter and all the devastation that would come

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The Origin of the Names of the Continents

The Origin of the Names of the Continents

Emily Upton May 1, 2013 20

Today I found out the most likely origin of each of the continents’ names. (Using the seven continent model) First on this list is Africa. There are many different theories as to the origin

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Why Firewood is Measured in Cords and the Origin of Other Odd Units of Measurement

Why Firewood is Measured in Cords and the Origin of Other Odd Units of Measurement

Melissa May 1, 2013 3

Jay asks: Why do we measure firewood in cords? Because that’s the way we’ve always done it; well, at least since the 17th century (more below). And as creatures of habit, once we start

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Et Tu Brute? Not Caesar’s Last Words

Et Tu Brute? Not Caesar’s Last Words

O'rene Daille Ashley April 30, 2013 8

In terms of famous last words, Julius Caesar’s supposed “Et tu, Brute?” may be the most well known of any in history. For context, William Shakespeare would have us believe, Julius Caesar, in his

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The Only Major League Baseball Player to Openly Admit He was Gay During His Career Also May Have “Invented” the High-Five

The Only Major League Baseball Player to Openly Admit He was Gay During His Career Also May Have “Invented” the High-Five

Eddie Deezen April 30, 2013 5

“They can’t say that a gay man can’t play in the Majors, because I’m a gay man and I made it.”- Glenn Burke Major League Baseball has been going strong now for well over

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Why People Breathe Into a Paper Bag When Hyperventilating

Why People Breathe Into a Paper Bag When Hyperventilating

Scott April 28, 2013 2

Hunter asks: Why do people breathe into a paper bag when they get really excited? It’s all about pH balance. No, not the skin pH that keeps some deodorants “strong enough for a man

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