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December 24, 1914: The Christmas Truce

December 24, 1914: The Christmas Truce

Daven Hiskey December 24, 2012 3

On the whole, people don’t generally like to kill one another.  Most wars throughout history are often more about the agendas of the state’s leaders than the soldiers on the field actually inherently feeling

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The Olympic Swimmer Who Had Never Been in a Pool Until a Few Months Before Competing in the Olympics

The Olympic Swimmer Who Had Never Been in a Pool Until a Few Months Before Competing in the Olympics

Daven Hiskey December 20, 2012 2

The man was Eric Moussambani Malonga, later nicknamed “Eric the Eel”.  Moussambani is from Equatorial Guinea in Africa and only managed to get into the Olympics at all because of a wildcard drawing system put

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The Dirty Harry Story

The Dirty Harry Story

Eddie Deezen December 20, 2012 1

In a 2009 MTV poll, Dirty Harry was voted the “Greatest Movie Badass of all-time”…  Not exactly an Academy Award, but nonetheless, Clint Eastwood’s maverick police detective “Dirty Harry” Callahan was to become one

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Does Sex Before An Athletic Event Really Hinder Performance?

Does Sex Before An Athletic Event Really Hinder Performance?

Scott December 19, 2012 1

Frank asks: Does having sex before an athletic event really hurt performance in the event? Good question! There are two schools of thought on this particular issue, but the short answer is that it

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The Guy Who Did the Voice for Tony the Tiger also Sang “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”

The Guy Who Did the Voice for Tony the Tiger also Sang “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”

Daven Hiskey December 18, 2012 3

Today I found out the guy who did the voice for Kellogg’s Tony the Tiger also sang the iconic “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” song in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

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Why Do People Seem To Get More Colds In The Winter?

Why Do People Seem To Get More Colds In The Winter?

Scott December 18, 2012 8

Jennifer asks: Why do people seem to get more colds in the winter? Well Jennifer, this does seem to be the societal perception, no doubt promoted by every overprotective mom telling their kids to

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What Do the Numbers in a Blood Pressure Test Mean and What Does This Test Tell the Doctor?

What Do the Numbers in a Blood Pressure Test Mean and What Does This Test Tell the Doctor?

Scott December 17, 2012 2

Carmen asks: What do the numbers in a blood pressure test mean? Also, what types of things do these numbers tell doctors? Well Carmen, blood pressure is really just that- the pressure at which

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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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