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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Marshmallows Were Originally Made from the Sap of the Marshmallow Plant

Marshmallows Were Originally Made from the Sap of the Marshmallow Plant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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The Origin of the QWERTY Keyboard

The Origin of the QWERTY Keyboard

Samantha January 7, 2012 10

Today I found out the origin of the QWERTY keyboard. The first typewriter was introduced to the United States in 1868 by Christopher Latham Sholes. His first attempt to build a typing device consisted

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What Causes Headaches

What Causes Headaches

Scott January 7, 2012 0

Today I found out what causes headaches. There are approximately 200 different types of headaches, classified in two main groups: primary and secondary. There are in the neighborhood of 42 types of primary headaches

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Two Men Murdered 15 People Over the Course of a Year in Order to Sell the Bodies as Cadavers for College Students to Dissect

Two Men Murdered 15 People Over the Course of a Year in Order to Sell the Bodies as Cadavers for College Students to Dissect

Daven Hiskey January 4, 2012 0

Today I found out about William Burke and William Hare: two men who murdered 15 people (though sold 16 bodies overall) over the course of a year to make extra money, selling the bodies

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What the Largest Body Parts On Record Are

What the Largest Body Parts On Record Are

Scott January 2, 2012 3

Today I found out who has had the largest human body parts. (the G rated version) Have you ever been walking down the road and you see the human Dumbo, mixed with a Pinocchio,

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Tootsie Roll Industries Never Gave Away a Prize if the Wrapper of a Tootsie Pop Had a Native American Boy Shooting a Star

Tootsie Roll Industries Never Gave Away a Prize if the Wrapper of a Tootsie Pop Had a Native American Boy Shooting a Star

Samantha January 2, 2012 10

Myth: Tootsie Roll Industries used to give away prizes if the wrapper of a tootsie roll pop had a Native American boy shooting a star. Children all over the world have whipped wrappers off

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Top Today I Found Out Posts of 2011

Top Today I Found Out Posts of 2011

Daven Hiskey January 1, 2012 1

Today I found out was started two years ago on January 1st, 2010.  The first year the site was viewed by over four million people worldwide with the best month of the year coming

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What Causes Strokes

What Causes Strokes

Scott December 31, 2011 7

Today I found out what causes a stroke. A stroke, known in the medical field as a cerebral vascular accident (CVA) or brain attack, is more or less a “heart attack” for the brain. 

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