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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 27

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 50

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 138

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 6

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 12

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 63

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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How a Sewing Machine Works

How a Sewing Machine Works

Daven Hiskey March 16, 2010 2

Today I found out how a sewing machine works. Modern day sewing machines typically use something called “lock stitch”; in older machines a “chain stitch” was fairly popular, but is generally no longer used

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The Mathematical Volume of a Pizza is Pizza

The Mathematical Volume of a Pizza is Pizza

Daven Hiskey March 12, 2010 8

Today I found out that the mathematical volume of a pizza is pizza.  How does that work you say?  Well if z = radius of the pizza and a = the height then Π

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How an LED Works

How an LED Works

Daven Hiskey March 8, 2010 6

Today I found out how an LED works.  An LED or “Light Emitting Diode” is basically as the name describes; it is a special type of diode that is specifically optimized to give off

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What Happens When You Stick Your Head Into a Particle Accelerator

What Happens When You Stick Your Head Into a Particle Accelerator

Daven Hiskey March 4, 2010 53

Today I found out what happens when you stick your head into a particle accelerator. Exhibit A: Anatoli Petrovich Bugorski, a Russian scientist who has the distinction of being the only person to ever

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The Sun is White Not Yellow

The Sun is White Not Yellow

Daven Hiskey March 1, 2010 64

Today I found out the Sun is white, not yellow. For you graphics people or web developers out there, the exact color of the sun is #fff5f2.  The reason the Sun looks yellow to

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Baking Soda Makes a Good Cheap Teeth Whitener

Baking Soda Makes a Good Cheap Teeth Whitener

Daven Hiskey February 22, 2010 12

Today I found out that baking soda makes a good teeth whitener.   Specifically it works by breaking down stains in your teeth caused by such things as dark sodas, wine, smoking, coffee, etc. Baking

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Poinsettias Are Not Poisonous

Poinsettias Are Not Poisonous

Daven Hiskey February 17, 2010 7

Today I found out that poinsettias are not poisonous, contrary to popular belief. The belief that they are poisonous originally seems to have started around 1919 when a two year old child of a

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There is No Difference Between Fur and Hair

There is No Difference Between Fur and Hair

Daven Hiskey February 12, 2010 8

Today I found out that there isn’t any difference between fur and hair; it’s all just hair. We tend to refer to a lot of animal hair as “fur”, while referring to our own

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Sitting Close to the TV Will Not Damage Your Vision

Sitting Close to the TV Will Not Damage Your Vision

Daven Hiskey February 8, 2010 5

Today I found out that sitting too close to the TV will not damage your vision, contrary to popular belief. So why do parents the world over still say this to their kids?  Surprisingly,

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The 7-11 Double Big Gulp Holds 200% More Than the Average Adult Human’s Stomach

The 7-11 Double Big Gulp Holds 200% More Than the Average Adult Human’s Stomach

Daven Hiskey January 28, 2010 72

Today I found out that the 7-11 Double Big Gulp holds about twice the amount of fluid than the average adult human’s stomach. The average adult human’s stomach can hold comfortably about 32 ounces

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Five Interesting Things You Learn From Being a Paramedic

Five Interesting Things You Learn From Being a Paramedic

Scott January 18, 2010 5

Today I found out five interesting things you learn from being a paramedic.  This article is a little change of pace from my normal articles, but I couldn’t resist posting it, as it is

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