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What Causes Blisters

What Causes Blisters

Scott October 15, 2011 0

Today I found out what causes blisters. We’ve all seen them, and unfortunately most of us have had one. Those painful, pockets of goo that form because some over exercised, over caffeinated, happy to

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There is a Type of Duck That Sometimes Lassos its Potential Mates with its Penis

There is a Type of Duck That Sometimes Lassos its Potential Mates with its Penis

Scott October 14, 2011 2

Today I found out that there is a type of duck that sometimes lassos potential mates with its penis to prevent them from getting away. Most male birds do not have penises. They typically

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Aerosol Sprays Do Not Damage the Ozone Layer

Aerosol Sprays Do Not Damage the Ozone Layer

Daven Hiskey October 14, 2011 1

Myth: Aerosol sprays damage the Earth’s ozone layer. This misconception stems primarily from the fact that, originally, aerosol cans used chlorofluorocarbons as a propellant. Chlorofluorocarbons were also used commonly in refrigerators, air conditioners, and

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Every Possible State of a Standard Rubik’s Cube can Be Solved in 20 Moves or Less

Every Possible State of a Standard Rubik’s Cube can Be Solved in 20 Moves or Less

Scott October 12, 2011 1

Today I found out that all 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 positions of a standard Rubik’s Cube can be solved in 20 moves or less. Anyone who is serious about solving a Rubik’s Cube uses some sort of algorithm,

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Jimmy Stewart Was a Two Star General in the U.S. Military

Jimmy Stewart Was a Two Star General in the U.S. Military

Daven Hiskey October 10, 2011 8

Today I found out Jimmy Stewart was a two star general in the United States military. In 1940, Jimmy Stewart was drafted into the United States Army, but ended up being rejected due to

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How Jake Brakes Work

How Jake Brakes Work

Scott October 7, 2011 4

Today I found out how a Jake Brake works (also known as “Jacobs Engine Brake” or “compression release brake”). For those who don’t know, a “Jake Brake” is what makes that machine-gun like noise

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Randy and Sharon Marsh and Gerald and Shelia Broflovsky Were Named After the Two South Park Creator’s Parents

Randy and Sharon Marsh and Gerald and Shelia Broflovsky Were Named After the Two South Park Creator’s Parents

Daven Hiskey October 6, 2011 0

Today I found out Randy and Sharon Marsh and Gerald and Shelia Broflovsky were named after Trey Parker’s and Matt Stone’s parents respectively. Trey Parker’s dad’s name is Randy Parker and, like Randy Marsh, he’s

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Helen Keller was Not Born Blind or Deaf

Helen Keller was Not Born Blind or Deaf

Daven Hiskey October 5, 2011 9

Myth: Helen Keller was born blind and deaf. In fact, Helen Keller was born able to see and hear just fine and continued to be able to do so until she was about one

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The First Woman to Cast a Vote in Chicago Did So With Her Feet

The First Woman to Cast a Vote in Chicago Did So With Her Feet

Daven Hiskey October 4, 2011 3

Today I found out the first woman to cast a vote in Chicago did so with her feet. The woman was Kittie Smith.  Smith lost her arms as a child, after having both her

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How To Read An EKG (electrocardiograph)

How To Read An EKG (electrocardiograph)

Scott October 2, 2011 17

Today I found out how to read an EKG. While some people might say that kind of skill should require 13 years of preparatory school, four years of college, four years of medical school

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There Once was a Man Hit on the Head By A Falling Baby, Twice!

There Once was a Man Hit on the Head By A Falling Baby, Twice!

Scott September 27, 2011 0

Today I found out there once was a man was hit on the head by a falling baby… twice! According to Time Magazine (Miscellany, Oct. 17, 1938), the year of the first event was

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Dick Cheney Likely Doesn’t Have a Pulse, No Really

Dick Cheney Likely Doesn’t Have a Pulse, No Really

Scott September 26, 2011 4

Today I found out that Dick Cheney likely doesn’t have a pulse. No, really! Dick has had several heart attacks since 1978. These heart attacks have made his heart extremely weak and he is

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Why Leaves Change Color in the Fall

Why Leaves Change Color in the Fall

Daven Hiskey September 22, 2011 6

Today I found out why leaves change color in the fall. The primary thing that triggers the changing of colors in leaves is the length of day.  However, moisture and temperature play a role

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How a Heart Attack Works

How a Heart Attack Works

Scott September 21, 2011 6

Today I found out what exactly is going on with the heart during a heart attack. We’ve all seen the 70 year old man on TV who suddenly clutches his chest and yells “Oh,

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The Origin of the Term “Going Postal”

The Origin of the Term “Going Postal”

Scott September 19, 2011 6

Today I found out where the term “Going Postal” came from. It seems to be common knowledge that if you have a co-worker who appears they might take out a 9mm handgun and play

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Why Salt Enhances Flavor

Why Salt Enhances Flavor

Daven Hiskey September 16, 2011 7

Today I found out why salt enhances flavor. This is partially simply due to the fact that “saltiness” is one of the five primary basic tastes the human tongue can detect.  Those five tastes being: salt, bitter, sweet,

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What Causes Red Eyes In Photographs

What Causes Red Eyes In Photographs

Scott September 15, 2011 4

Today I found out what makes your eyes red in flash photographs.  Simply put, that crazy zombie look people tend to get, as if they are about to use you as a pre-lunch snack,

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Why Breathing Helium Changes the Sound Of Your Voice

Why Breathing Helium Changes the Sound Of Your Voice

Scott September 14, 2011 11

Today I found out why inhaling helium can change the sound of your voice. The physics behind this little phenomenon, practiced in the back corners of parties everywhere, are actually fairly simple. What is

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