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Paul McCartney’s “Scrambled Eggs,” which Evolved Into One of the Most Recorded Songs of All Time

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“I reckon ‘Yesterday’ is probably my best song. I like it not only because it was a big success, but because it was one of the most instinctive songs I’ve ever written. I was so proud of it. I felt it was an original tune- the most complete thing I’ve ever written. It’s very catchy without being sickly”- Paul McCartney. […]

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Americans and The Date Format and How That Relates to Data Storage, Holy Wars and Soft-Boiled Eggs

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M. Seager asks: Why do Americans write dates Month/Day/Year and most others Day/Month/Year? In the United States, our date format begins with the month and ends with the year (MM/DD/YYYY), and this arrangement is unique. In most of the rest of the world, the day is written first and the year last (DD/MM/YYYY), although in some places like China, Korea […]

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Who is McDonald in McDonald’s Restaurant

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Mark R. asks: Was there a real “McDonald” that started McDonald’s or is it like the fictitious Betty Crocker? McDonald’s is, without question, the most successful, popular, and influential fast-food restaurant chain in recorded history. The name most commonly associated with McDonald’s is Ray Kroc.  Kroc was the entrepreneur who founded the McDonald’s corporation.  So how did it come to […]

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Al Jolson- Misunderstood Hero or Villain?

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Ask most movie fans, “What was the first ‘talkie’?” The most frequent reply tends to be “The Jazz Singer” starring Al Jolson. This is a “sort of” correct answer, but not really. The earliest “sound” movies were made by synchronizing motion pictures to phonograph records. In 1926, (a year before “The Jazz Singer”) Warner Brothers re-released the previously silent film […]

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Why Don’t Americans Use Bidets?

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Sarah H. asks: Why do Americans only use toilet paper and not bidets? A mini-shower for your nether region, bidets are a popular way worldwide to keep said regions tidy, and there are plenty of extremely inexpensive options for easily outfitting any standard toilet with one. So why has this popular bathroom fixture not caught on in the United States? […]

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Weekly Wrap Volume 58

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This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Why Asparagus Makes Pee Smell The smell comes from the way certain chemical compounds in asparagus break down inside people’s bodies.  This is why cooking asparagus in various ways does not result in the same smelly byproduct; the specific digestive enzymes that […]

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