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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 10

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 12

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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How “The Birdman of Alcatraz” Got His Name

How “The Birdman of Alcatraz” Got His Name

Noreen November 22, 2012 3

The real name of the “Birdman” was Robert Franklin Stroud. Seattle born Stroud ran away from home at the age of 13 and was first arrested in 1909 at the age of 19 after

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The Origin of the Pie in the Face Comedy Gag

The Origin of the Pie in the Face Comedy Gag

Eddie Deezen November 21, 2012 4

Romi asks: How did the “pie in the face” gag get its start? The very first known “pie in the face” gag, also known as “pieing”, was in a movie- which movie is a

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The Origin of the Bicycle

The Origin of the Bicycle

Guest November 20, 2012 1

This is a guest post by Noah Wass- Plastics Engineer, bicycle expert, and owner of BikeInReview.com where you will find professional bike related reviews and interesting biking news.  Subscribe to his newsletter here. The

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Is White Chocolate Really Chocolate?

Is White Chocolate Really Chocolate?

Julia November 20, 2012 3

Felix K asks: Is white chocolate actually chocolate? That depends on who you ask, but on the whole most chocolate connoisseurs would say no. Chocolate is a range of products made with chocolate liquor,

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The Longest Game by Innings in Major League Baseball History

The Longest Game by Innings in Major League Baseball History

Eddie Deezen November 20, 2012 1

It was a cloudy, overcast Saturday morning on May 1, 1920.  Pitcher Joe Oeschger (pronounced esh-ker) didn’t even think the game would be played, as it had rained most of the morning.  And even

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The Final Day in the Life of Orson Wells

The Final Day in the Life of Orson Wells

Eddie Deezen November 19, 2012 1

On October 9, 1985, the great director and actor, Orson Welles, was scheduled to appear on “The Merv Griffin Show”, one of TV’s most popular talk shows. Griffin had actually met Welles years before

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Why Do Mentos and Diet Coke React?

Why Do Mentos and Diet Coke React?

Daven Hiskey November 16, 2012 4

Steph B. asks: Why do Diet Coke and Mentos react with each other? If you’ve ever wondered why Diet Coke and Mentos react so strongly to one another, well, wonder no more. To start,

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The Beatles Song Named for a Woman that was About a Man

The Beatles Song Named for a Woman that was About a Man

Eddie Deezen November 15, 2012 1

The Beatles were famous for their beautiful, inspired love songs dedicated to women- “Michelle”, “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds”, “Eleanor Rigby”, “Julia”, “Lovely Rita”, “Lady Madonna”, “Dear Prudence”.  Even other Beatles’ classics, not

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15 Famous People Who’ve Spent Time in Jail

15 Famous People Who’ve Spent Time in Jail

Eddie Deezen November 14, 2012 1

1) Mark Wahlberg: Wahlberg, born the youngest of nine children all living in a three bedroom apartment, dropped out of school around the age of fourteen and joined a gang.  During this time, he

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