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Commercial Banana Plants are Perfect Clones of One Another

Commercial Banana Plants are Perfect Clones of One Another

Daven Hiskey June 22, 2010 6

Today I found out nearly all commercial banana plants are perfect clones of one another and most originate from one single plant from Southeast Asia.   Now to be clear, there are approximately 1000 different

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A Coffee “Bean” is Not Actually a Bean

A Coffee “Bean” is Not Actually a Bean

Daven Hiskey June 18, 2010 12

Today I found out a Coffee bean is not actually a bean, rather it is a seed. Now I know you are saying to yourself right now, “Aren’t beans seeds and seeds beans?”  Surprisingly,

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What Causes the Pain in Your Side You May Occasionally Feel While Running

What Causes the Pain in Your Side You May Occasionally Feel While Running

Daven Hiskey June 7, 2010 17

Today I found out what causes the pain in your side you may occasionally feel while running or doing other jarring activities. This pain, known often as “side stitch” and more technically as “exercise

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What Causes “Eye Floaters”

What Causes “Eye Floaters”

Daven Hiskey June 3, 2010 148

Today I found out what causes “eye floaters”. For those who’ve never experienced this phenomenon, eye floaters are little oddly shaped objects that appear in your vision, often when one looks at bright light

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The Difference Between Jelly and Jam

The Difference Between Jelly and Jam

Daven Hiskey May 27, 2010 31

Today I found out the difference between jelly and jam. The difference between jelly and jam is that jelly is made strictly from the juice of fruit while jam is made from crushed fruit. 

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All Lifesavers Spark When Chewed, Not Just Wintergreen

All Lifesavers Spark When Chewed, Not Just Wintergreen

Daven Hiskey May 17, 2010 7

Today I fount out that all lifesavers spark when chewed, not just the Wintergreen Lifesavers (also known as Wint-O-Green). The flash you see when these hard sugar candies are crunched is caused by triboluminescence,

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The Tongue Doesn’t Have Zones for Different Tastes

The Tongue Doesn’t Have Zones for Different Tastes

Daven Hiskey May 11, 2010 34

Today I found out that the tongue doesn’t have zones specializing in specific tastes, contrary to popular belief.  So why did your third grade teacher tell you they did and make you memorize each

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There Was Once a Woman Who Had Immortal Cells

There Was Once a Woman Who Had Immortal Cells

Daven Hiskey May 10, 2010 40

Today I found out there was once a woman who had immortal cells.   These immortal cells have multiplied to the point that if you were to weigh all of them that live today, they’d

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Why the Sky is Blue

Why the Sky is Blue

Daven Hiskey May 7, 2010 9

Today I found out why the sky is blue. For the short answer, when light from the sun enters our atmosphere it collides with molecules in the air.  The blue part of the light

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Moon Dust Smells Like Spent Gunpowder

Moon Dust Smells Like Spent Gunpowder

Daven Hiskey April 23, 2010 9

Today I found out Moon dust smells like spent gunpowder.  This is according to the astronauts that have had the opportunity to smell fresh Moon dust that had been tracked into the lunar module

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How Glow in the Dark Stuff Works

How Glow in the Dark Stuff Works

Daven Hiskey April 22, 2010 9

Today I found out how glow in the dark stuff works.  Glow in the dark products all contain some type of phosphor.  Phosphors are any substance that radiates light after being energized in some

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The Red Juice in Raw Red Meat is Not Blood

The Red Juice in Raw Red Meat is Not Blood

Daven Hiskey April 20, 2010 32

Today I found out the red juice in raw red meat is not blood. Nearly all blood is removed from meat during slaughter, which is also why you don’t see blood in raw “white

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Carrots Used to Be Purple Before the 17th Century

Carrots Used to Be Purple Before the 17th Century

Daven Hiskey April 15, 2010 53

Today I found out, before the 17th century, almost all cultivated carrots were purple. The modern day orange carrot wasn’t cultivated until Dutch growers in the late 16th century took mutant strains of the

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Seattle Doesn’t Get That Much Rain

Seattle Doesn’t Get That Much Rain

Daven Hiskey April 13, 2010 140

Today I found out that Seattle doesn’t really get that much rain compared to most U.S. cities. In fact, Seattle ranks 44th among major U.S. cities in average annual rainfall, getting approximately 38 inches

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Almonds Are Not Nuts

Almonds Are Not Nuts

Daven Hiskey April 7, 2010 11

Today I found out that almonds are not nuts.  In fact, an almond is the seed of the fruit of the almond tree.  This tree bears fruits with a “stone-like” seed within. Fruits with

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Why Your Stomach Growls When You Are Hungry

Why Your Stomach Growls When You Are Hungry

Daven Hiskey March 30, 2010 14

Today I found out why your stomach growls when you are hungry. Generally speaking stomach growling, or as the Greeks named it and Doctors call it today “borborygmi” (which is an onomatopoeia), is the

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What Causes Red Hair

What Causes Red Hair

Daven Hiskey March 26, 2010 64

Today I found out what causes people to have red hair.  It turns out, it is not because they are the spawn of Satan or otherwise evil at heart (Well, supposedly.  Everyone knows a

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About 85% of People Only Breathe Out of One Nostril at a Time

About 85% of People Only Breathe Out of One Nostril at a Time

Daven Hiskey March 17, 2010 56

Today I found out around 85% of humans only breathe out of one nostril at a time.  Even more interesting is that the pattern of switching from breathing out of one nostril to the

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