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Sushi is Not Raw Fish

Sushi is Not Raw Fish

Daven Hiskey December 13, 2011 20

Today I found out sushi is not raw fish, that’s sashimi. Sashimi is just sliced raw fish, sometimes dipped in sauces and sometimes served with sushi.  Sushi is any food dish consisting of vinegared

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Website Page Loading Issue (hit refresh if this post doesn’t load all the way)

Website Page Loading Issue (hit refresh if this post doesn’t load all the way)

Daven Hiskey December 13, 2011 0

You may notice that sometimes when you click on posts to read, the page only partially loads.  I’m working on fixing the issue at the moment, but no solution is currently presenting itself, or

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Gyroscopic Effects Have Almost Nothing to Do With Your Ability to Ride a Bike

Gyroscopic Effects Have Almost Nothing to Do With Your Ability to Ride a Bike

Daven Hiskey December 11, 2011 3

Today I found out gyroscopic effects have almost nothing to do with your ability to ride a bike. The problem with the forces generated from the gyroscopic effect on a typical bicycle is that

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Albert Einstein Did Not Fail at Mathematics in School

Albert Einstein Did Not Fail at Mathematics in School

Daven Hiskey December 9, 2011 15

Today I found out Albert Einstein did not fail at mathematics in school. In fact, he actually excelled at mathematics throughout his schooling and even considered becoming a mathematician for a time.  This rumor

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The Actor Who Played Steve Urkel Also Did the Voice for Sonic the Hedgehog

The Actor Who Played Steve Urkel Also Did the Voice for Sonic the Hedgehog

Daven Hiskey December 8, 2011 1

Today I found out the actor who played Steve Urkel also did the voice for Sonic the Hedgehog. While staring in Family Matters, Jeleel White was cast to do the voice of Sonic the

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An Asteroid Field Would Actually Be Quite Safe to Fly Through

An Asteroid Field Would Actually Be Quite Safe to Fly Through

Daven Hiskey December 8, 2011 10

Today I found out it is actually quite safe to fly through an asteroid field. The reality is that the asteroids in asteroid fields are incredibly far apart and most of the objects in

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A Real Life White Whale that Destroyed Over 20 Whaling Ships and Survived Encounters with Another 80

A Real Life White Whale that Destroyed Over 20 Whaling Ships and Survived Encounters with Another 80

Daven Hiskey December 7, 2011 8

Today I found out about a real life white whale that destroyed over 20 whaling ships and reportedly survived encounters with another 80 or so. The massive 70 foot long albino sperm whale was

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What Causes Leprosy

What Causes Leprosy

Scott December 6, 2011 3

Today I found out what causes leprosy. Known as Hansen’s Disease, leprosy is caused by a type of bacteria (mycobacterium leprae) that multiplies very slowly. Its incubation period can last up to 20 years

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Marie Antoinette Never Said “Let Them Eat Cake”

Marie Antoinette Never Said “Let Them Eat Cake”

Daven Hiskey December 6, 2011 11

Today I found out Marie Antoinette never said “let them eat cake”. Now, I know what some of you are thinking, “Of course she didn’t, she spoke French!” But, in fact, she didn’t say

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American “Buffalo” are Not Actually Buffalo

American “Buffalo” are Not Actually Buffalo

Daven Hiskey December 5, 2011 8

Today I found out American “buffalo” are not actually buffalo. The American “buffalo” are actually bison.  Specifically, they are “Bison bison”. The only true buffalo are the Asian water buffalo and the African buffalo.

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The Difference Between Cement And Concrete

The Difference Between Cement And Concrete

Scott December 5, 2011 1

Today I found out the difference between Cement and Concrete. In general terms, the word cement refers to any kind of binder that tightly holds other materials together. Concrete, on the other hand, is

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The Earth is Hottest When It Is Furthest From the Sun On Its Orbit, Not When It Is Closest

The Earth is Hottest When It Is Furthest From the Sun On Its Orbit, Not When It Is Closest

Daven Hiskey December 4, 2011 7

Today I found out the Earth is hottest when it is furthest from the Sun on its orbit, not when it is closest. During the period when the Earth is furthest from the sun

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Fortune Cookies Were Invented in Japan, Not China

Fortune Cookies Were Invented in Japan, Not China

Daven Hiskey December 2, 2011 4

Today I found out fortune cookies were invented in Japan, not China or America. The commonly held notion that they were invented in China typically comes from the fact that they are primarily served

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The Development of the Video Game “Pong” was a Training Exercise for a New Gaming Developer at Atari and Wasn’t Originally Intended to Be Released

The Development of the Video Game “Pong” was a Training Exercise for a New Gaming Developer at Atari and Wasn’t Originally Intended to Be Released

Daven Hiskey December 1, 2011 6

Today I found out “Pong” was originally meant only as a training exercise for a new gaming developer at Atari, Allan Alcorn, and wasn’t intended to be released as a consumer product. When Alcorn

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Keanu Reeves’ First Name is Pronounced “Kay-ah-noo” Not “Key-ah-noo”

Keanu Reeves’ First Name is Pronounced “Kay-ah-noo” Not “Key-ah-noo”

Daven Hiskey November 30, 2011 3

Today I found out Keanu Reeves’ first name is pronounced “Kay-ah-noo”, not “Key-ah-Noo”. That isn’t the only misconception surrounding his name. The name itself means “the coolness”, but is often incorrectly said to mean

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The Holiday Season Has the Lowest Suicide Rate of Any Time of the Year, Not the Highest

The Holiday Season Has the Lowest Suicide Rate of Any Time of the Year, Not the Highest

Daven Hiskey November 29, 2011 7

Today I found out the holiday season has the lowest suicide rate of any time of the year, not the highest. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the holiday season actually

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Brontosauruses Never Existed

Brontosauruses Never Existed

Samantha November 28, 2011 8

Today I found out “Brontosauruses” technically never existed. As children, we went through school learning the fascinating facts about dinosaurs that roamed the earth millions of years ago. We studied the Tyrannosaurus rex, the

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Alcohol Doesn’t Really “Cook Out” of Food in Most Cases

Alcohol Doesn’t Really “Cook Out” of Food in Most Cases

Daven Hiskey November 28, 2011 19

Today I found out alcohol does not “cook out” of food in most cases.  The myth that alcohol does all cook out stems from the fact that alcohol has a much lower boiling point

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