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Why are Potatoes Called “Spuds”?

Why are Potatoes Called “Spuds”?

Daven Hiskey June 12, 2012 4

Chelsea asks: Why are potatoes called “spuds”? Among other definitions, a “spud” is a “sharp, narrow spade” used to dig up large rooted plants.  Around the mid-19th century (first documented reference in 1845 in

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Country Music was Originally Called “Hillbilly Music”

Country Music was Originally Called “Hillbilly Music”

Daven Hiskey May 30, 2012 0

Country music was originally called “hillbilly music”.  In the 1940s, Ernest Tubb helped re-brand this type of music “country music”. In an interview about this, Tubb stated, “Hillbilly, that’s what the press used to

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How to Stop Windows Update from Automatically Restarting Your Computer

How to Stop Windows Update from Automatically Restarting Your Computer

Daven Hiskey May 29, 2012 19

You should know how to prevent Windows Update from automatically restarting your computer. There are few more annoying default settings than Windows’ developers choosing to have the default on Windows Update be to automatically

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George Washington was Taphephobic (A Person Terrified of Accidentally Being Buried Alive)

George Washington was Taphephobic (A Person Terrified of Accidentally Being Buried Alive)

Daven Hiskey May 29, 2012 0

The first president of the United States, George Washington, upon his death bed told his attendants “I am just going.  Have me decently buried and do not let my body be put into the

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The Actor Who Played the Ewok Wicket in Return of the Jedi also Played Yoda in The Phantom Menace

The Actor Who Played the Ewok Wicket in Return of the Jedi also Played Yoda in The Phantom Menace

Daven Hiskey May 28, 2012 3

In The Phantom Menace, in scenes where Yoda was walking around, Warwick Davis played Yoda, obviously in a Yoda suit.  Davis also played the Ewok, Wicket, in Return of the Jedi and of course

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Each Second About Four Million Metric Tons of Matter is Converted to Energy Within the Sun’s Core

Each Second About Four Million Metric Tons of Matter is Converted to Energy Within the Sun’s Core

Daven Hiskey May 27, 2012 0

Each second about four million metric tons of matter is converted to energy within the Sun’s core.  This gives the Sun a lifetime as a main sequence star of about 10 billion years with

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Popping Popcorn Completes its Expansion in About 1/50th of a Second

Popping Popcorn Completes its Expansion in About 1/50th of a Second

Daven Hiskey May 26, 2012 0

A typical kernel of popcorn once it pops will complete the popping/expanding process in under 1/50th of a second. Why Popcorn Pops

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Dolphins Teach Their Young to Use Tools

Dolphins Teach Their Young to Use Tools

Daven Hiskey May 25, 2012 0

Dolphins have been observed to teach their young to use tools.  They also have a complex communication system and have been observed to display a variety of cultural characteristics such as holding a type

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Miss Piggy’s Full Name is “Pigathia Lee”

Miss Piggy’s Full Name is “Pigathia Lee”

Daven Hiskey May 24, 2012 2

Miss Piggy’s full name is “Pigathia Lee”, as revealed on episode 106 and 116 of The Muppet Show.  ‘Pigathia’ is derived from ‘Piganthius’, which is Greek for “river of passion”. Reference

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The Difference Between an Acronym and an Initialism

The Difference Between an Acronym and an Initialism

Daven Hiskey May 24, 2012 11

You should know the difference between an acronym and an initialism. Both acronyms and initialisms are abbreviations, but there is a key difference between the two, at least at present. Due to rampant misuse

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Thomas Jefferson Created a Version of the Bible that Cut Out All the Parts He Didn’t Like

Thomas Jefferson Created a Version of the Bible that Cut Out All the Parts He Didn’t Like

Daven Hiskey May 23, 2012 2

Thomas Jefferson didn’t just write the Declaration of Independence, he also re-wrote the Bible to his liking.  Jefferson didn’t hold with the supernatural elements of the Bible.  He thus set about making his own

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Redheads are Harder to Sedate Than Any Other Group

Redheads are Harder to Sedate Than Any Other Group

Daven Hiskey May 22, 2012 1

Redheads are harder to sedate than any other group. Using most common anesthetics, they require on average about 20% more anesthesia.  They also have a higher tolerance for pain than ‘normal’ people. This is

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The Term ‘Retarded’ Replaced the Psychological Terms ‘Idiot’, ‘Moron’, and ‘Imbecile’ Because These Terms Gradually Became Considered Derogatory

The Term ‘Retarded’ Replaced the Psychological Terms ‘Idiot’, ‘Moron’, and ‘Imbecile’ Because These Terms Gradually Became Considered Derogatory

Daven Hiskey May 21, 2012 0

Funny enough, the term ‘retarded’ was used to replace the terms ‘idiot’, ‘moron’, and ‘imbecile’ due to the fact that these terms gradually became thought of as derogatory. This obviously only worked for a

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Whoopi Goldberg’s Real Name is Caryn Elaine Johnson

Whoopi Goldberg’s Real Name is Caryn Elaine Johnson

Daven Hiskey May 20, 2012 2

Caryn Elaine Johnson, better known as Whoopi Goldberg, chose the first part of her stage name from often being called “like a whoopee cushion” due to her fondness for frequent flatulence when performing.  The

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It’s Bad Rap, Not Bad Wrap

It’s Bad Rap, Not Bad Wrap

Daven Hiskey May 19, 2012 2

You should know that the expression to describe when someone is falsely convicted of a criminal charge or is on the receiving end of unjustified criticism is “bad rap”, not “bad wrap”. Further, “rap”

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Henry Chadwick, the Creator of the Baseball Box Score, Also was the First to Prove that the Rotation of a Baseball Could Cause the Ball to Curve in the Air

Henry Chadwick, the Creator of the Baseball Box Score, Also was the First to Prove that the Rotation of a Baseball Could Cause the Ball to Curve in the Air

Daven Hiskey May 19, 2012 0

Henry Chadwick, the creator of the baseball box score, was the first to setup a demonstration proving that the rotation of a baseball could cause the ball to curve.  Before this, some pitchers had

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The Sun is Brighter Than About 85% of the Rest of the Stars in the Milky Way

The Sun is Brighter Than About 85% of the Rest of the Stars in the Milky Way

Daven Hiskey May 18, 2012 0

Once regarded by astronomers as a small and relatively insignificant star, the Sun is now known to be brighter than about 85% of the stars in the Milky Way.  Contrary to popular belief, it

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How Do Bees Produce a Queen Bee?

How Do Bees Produce a Queen Bee?

Daven Hiskey May 17, 2012 2

J. Doherty asks: How do Honey bees produce a queen bee? I mentioned this in an article on Honey bees a couple years ago in the Bonus Facts, but for those who missed it,

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