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There Once was a 17 Year Old Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig Back to Back

There Once was a 17 Year Old Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig Back to Back

Daven Hiskey July 12, 2012 20

Today I found out there once was a girl who struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in succession. What’s even more impressive about that was neither Ruth nor Gehrig managed to even get

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The Current Version of the U.S. Flag was Proposed by a High School Student Who Initially Received Only a B- for His Design

The Current Version of the U.S. Flag was Proposed by a High School Student Who Initially Received Only a B- for His Design

Daven Hiskey July 11, 2012 3

Today I found out the most recent version of the United States’ flag was designed by a high school student who initially received only a B- for his proposed design. In his own words

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Origin of the Term Jaywalking

Origin of the Term Jaywalking

Daven Hiskey July 9, 2012 6

Today I found out where the word “jaywalking” came from. For those not familiar with this term (i.e. many people outside of the United States), jaywalking is when, “A pedestrian… crosses a street without

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Many Crosswalk Signal Buttons Don’t Do Anything Anymore

Many Crosswalk Signal Buttons Don’t Do Anything Anymore

Daven Hiskey July 7, 2012 19

Today I found out many crosswalk signal buttons actually don’t do anything when you press them.  They are only there to give you something to press, called “placebo buttons”. In New York City, for

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What Causes Lactose Intolerance

What Causes Lactose Intolerance

Scott July 6, 2012 9

Today I found out what causes lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance is simply the body’s inability to digest lactose. Lactose is a disaccharide, or a molecule made up of two types of sugars, in this

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Crocodiles Really Do Shed Tears When They Eat

Crocodiles Really Do Shed Tears When They Eat

Scott July 5, 2012 2

Today I found out crocodiles really do shed tears when they eat. It has been known for centuries that crocodiles weep while eating. One of the earliest references to this comes from the 14th

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The Melody for the Star Spangled Banner was Taken From a Drinking Song

The Melody for the Star Spangled Banner was Taken From a Drinking Song

Daven Hiskey July 4, 2012 1

Today I found out the melody for the Star Spangled Banner was taken from a song in homage to drinking. The melody that would be borrowed for the Star Spangled Banner was extremely popular

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How Honey Bees Keep Their Hives Warm Given That They are Cold Blooded

How Honey Bees Keep Their Hives Warm Given That They are Cold Blooded

Daven Hiskey June 30, 2012 10

Today I found out how Honey bees keep their hives warm even though they are cold blooded. Up until only a few years ago, it was thought by many scientists that Honey bee hives

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Where the Word Meme Comes From

Where the Word Meme Comes From

Daven Hiskey June 25, 2012 5

Today I found out where the word meme comes from. In its early days, “meme”, which incidentally is often mispronounced as “me-me” or “meh-meh”, but in fact should be pronounced “meem”, primarily was only

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As a Teenager, the Inventor of PEZ Created One of the World’s First Ready-Made Cake Mixes

As a Teenager, the Inventor of PEZ Created One of the World’s First Ready-Made Cake Mixes

Daven Hiskey June 19, 2012 0

Today I found out, as a teenager, the inventor of the PEZ confectionery created one of the world’s first ready-made cake mixes, popularly selling it throughout the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The teenager was Eduard Haas

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You Can Survive Being Exposed to the Near Vacuum of Space for About 90 Seconds With No Longterm Damage

You Can Survive Being Exposed to the Near Vacuum of Space for About 90 Seconds With No Longterm Damage

Daven Hiskey June 16, 2012 6

Myth: The instant you’re exposed to the near vacuum of space, you’ll lose consciousness, your blood will start to boil, and you’ll explode. (Other variations on this myth include you freezing near instantly from

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Whoopi Goldberg was Once a Phone Sex Operator

Whoopi Goldberg was Once a Phone Sex Operator

Daven Hiskey June 15, 2012 12

Today I found out Caryn Elaine Johnson, better known as Whoopi Goldberg, was once a phone sex operator. On the December 16, 2011 episode of “The View”, which Goldberg is a co-host of (since

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The Female Prostitute That Rose to Become One of the Most Powerful Pirates in History and Whose Armada Took on the Chinese, British, and Portuguese Navies… and Won

The Female Prostitute That Rose to Become One of the Most Powerful Pirates in History and Whose Armada Took on the Chinese, British, and Portuguese Navies… and Won

Daven Hiskey June 13, 2012 16

Today I found out about the prostitute that rose to command a huge armada that controlled the South Chinese Sea and the Guangdong province. While female pirates weren’t uncommon off the coast of Asia

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Why are Potatoes Called “Spuds”?

Why are Potatoes Called “Spuds”?

Daven Hiskey June 12, 2012 4

Chelsea asks: Why are potatoes called “spuds”? Among other definitions, a “spud” is a “sharp, narrow spade” used to dig up large rooted plants.  Around the mid-19th century (first documented reference in 1845 in

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Why Iodine is Added to Salt

Why Iodine is Added to Salt

Daven Hiskey June 11, 2012 11

Today I found out why iodine is added to salt. Iodine first began being added to salt commercially in the United States in 1924 by the Morton Salt Company at the request of the

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Why Black Lights Make Things Glow

Why Black Lights Make Things Glow

Scott June 10, 2012 3

Today I found out why black lights make things glow. Black lights are not that different from any other type of light, whether incandescent, fluorescent, or just the age old candle flame. The difference

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CPR Does Not Require “Mouth To Mouth”

CPR Does Not Require “Mouth To Mouth”

Scott June 9, 2012 22

Myth: Proper CPR technique should include frequent use of “mouth to mouth” in between compressions. In fact, the 2010 guidelines set out by the American Heart Association (AHA) do not recommend breathing for someone

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The Can Opener Wasn’t Invented Until 48 Years After the Invention of the Can

The Can Opener Wasn’t Invented Until 48 Years After the Invention of the Can

Scott June 4, 2012 11

Today I found out the can opener wasn’t invented until 48 years after the invention of the can. In 1795, Napoleon Bonaparte was having problems with his supply lines. Specifically, they were too long

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