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Was One of the Bond Girls Really Formerly a Man?

Was One of the Bond Girls Really Formerly a Man?

Daven Hiskey December 13, 2012 26

Brenda asks: Did one of the Bond girls really used to be a man? That depends on how you define “man” and “Bond girl”.  If you define “man” as a person who was born

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The Song “Silver Bells” was Originally Called “Tinkle Bell”

The Song “Silver Bells” was Originally Called “Tinkle Bell”

Daven Hiskey December 13, 2012 4

Today I found out the Christmas song Silver Bells was originally called Tinkle Bells. To make matters slightly more humorous, Silver Bells originally appeared in the The Lemon Drop Kid, a 1951 film starring

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When a Tulip Cost More than a House

When a Tulip Cost More than a House

Adam December 12, 2012 11

This is a Guest Post by Adam Kutner who works with Tony’s Tree Plantation—Oklahoma City’s favorite garden center, nursery & landscaping contractor. Despite how it sounds, “Tulipmania” does not refer to just a general

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What is Eggnog Made Of?

What is Eggnog Made Of?

Daven Hiskey December 11, 2012 21

Rob asks: What is eggnog actually made of? Does it really have raw eggs in it? Traditionally, yes, eggnog included raw eggs.  However, some countries today, such as the United States, severely restrict the

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The History of Dentistry

The History of Dentistry

Guest December 7, 2012 8

This is a guest post by Shoshana Davis, a freelance contributor for TopDentists.com, the dental resource site of Everyday Health. Brushing your teeth after every meal, visiting the dentist for cleanings, and having a

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There Was Once An Elephant Condemned to Execution by Hanging

There Was Once An Elephant Condemned to Execution by Hanging

Noreen December 6, 2012 10

“Murderous” Mary was a 5 ton Asian Elephant in the Sparks World Famous Shows Circus. Her downfall began with the hiring of an assistant elephant trainer who had no experience working with elephants and

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Bigger Than Jesus

Bigger Than Jesus

Eddie Deezen December 6, 2012 2

It seems only appropriate that the single most controversial quote from the Beatles, by any Beatle, was uttered by John Lennon, the group’s unspoken leader and most colorful member. On March 4, 1966, the

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Brenda Lee was Just 13 Years Old When She Recorded the Christmas Staple “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”

Brenda Lee was Just 13 Years Old When She Recorded the Christmas Staple “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”

Daven Hiskey December 5, 2012 4

Brenda Mae Tarpley (a.k.a. Brenda Lee and “Little Miss Dynamite”) was born to an extremely poor family in December of 1944.  Things took a turn for the worse when her father, a onetime semi-pro

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Where Did the Word “Assassin” Come From?

Where Did the Word “Assassin” Come From?

Eddie Deezen December 4, 2012 3

Chris Klick asks: Why is someone who murders a prominent person called an “assassin”. Where did this word “assassin” come from? The word “assassin” derives from a secretive murder cult in the 11th and

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On Average, People Who Earn Less Than $13,000 a Year in the U.S. Spend 5% of Their Gross Earnings on Lottery Tickets

On Average, People Who Earn Less Than $13,000 a Year in the U.S. Spend 5% of Their Gross Earnings on Lottery Tickets

Daven Hiskey December 1, 2012 4

It’s been called a voluntary tax on the poor and under educated, with people spending a whopping $60 billion a year in the United States alone on lottery tickets, most of which are purchased

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What Did Barney Rubble Do for a Living

What Did Barney Rubble Do for a Living

Eddie Deezen November 29, 2012 3

In 1960, the first ever prime-time animated TV series took to the air. The Flintstones was, pretty obviously, a blatant, albeit animated, take-off (read rip-off) of the legendary TV series The Honeymooners. The similarities

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How Do Shellfish Have Sex?

How Do Shellfish Have Sex?

Eddie Deezen November 28, 2012 1

Lina asks: How do shellfish have sex? Shellfishly? *crickets* They don’t have any trendy, happening nightclubs. They don’t have flowers, jewelry, or boxes of chocolates.  They have no Viagra, stiff drinks, or cheesy pickup

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Why the Monopoly Player Pieces (Thimble, Top Hat, Etc.) are What They Are

Why the Monopoly Player Pieces (Thimble, Top Hat, Etc.) are What They Are

Eddie Deezen November 27, 2012 14

What do a thimble, a sack of money, a battleship, and a top hat have in common? Not much, other than that they are among the eleven playing tokens you receive in a standard

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The Only Mother and Son to Each Have #1 Records

The Only Mother and Son to Each Have #1 Records

Eddie Deezen November 27, 2012 3

In November of 1966, The Monkees‘ first single, “Last Train to Clarksville”, went to number one on the charts two months (to the day) after The Monkees TV series premiered.  The Partridge Family (a series

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The Curious Practice of Execution By Golden Shower

The Curious Practice of Execution By Golden Shower

Daven Hiskey November 25, 2012 10

Humans have invented a variety of amazingly cruel and unusual ways to kill or maim one another (often for shockingly arbitrary reasons). And, of course, wars tend to bring out the worst in people;

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When the Beatles Were Pelted with Jelly Beans

When the Beatles Were Pelted with Jelly Beans

Eddie Deezen November 23, 2012 4

It was to be one of the strangest chapters in the storied history of the Beatles.  In most Beatle controversies, John Lennon, the most outspoken and controversial Beatle, was usually at the bottom of

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Why Coke Tried to Switch to “New Coke”

Why Coke Tried to Switch to “New Coke”

Daven Hiskey November 23, 2012 9

Trevor A. asks: Why did Coke try to switch to “New Coke”? It turns out there was actually (if you squint at the problem hard enough), a semi-good reason for doing the switch.  It

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The Odd Eating Habits of Marlon Brando

The Odd Eating Habits of Marlon Brando

Eddie Deezen November 22, 2012 10

He is one of the most admired actors in the history of the movies. Marilyn Monroe called him “the sexiest man” she had ever seen. And if you watch his early, incredible performances in

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