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Why are the Emmy Awards Called Emmys?

Why are the Emmy Awards Called Emmys?

Daven Hiskey July 26, 2012 0

Rebecca S. asks: The other day you answered why the Oscars are called the Oscars, now why are the Emmy Awards called “Emmy”? This one’s got a more succinct and well documented answer than

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Why is There a Light in the Refrigerator and Not the Freezer?

Why is There a Light in the Refrigerator and Not the Freezer?

Daven Hiskey July 24, 2012 6

vipman.g asks: Why is there a light in my refrigerator and not in my freezer? While your freezer doesn’t have a light (or is perhaps just burnt out; you should check! ;-)), in fact,

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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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Why Iodine is Added to Salt

Why Iodine is Added to Salt

Daven Hiskey June 11, 2012 9

Today I found out why iodine is added to salt. Iodine first began being added to salt commercially in the United States in 1924 by the Morton Salt Company at the request of the

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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 Plural of “Hero” is “Heroes”, Not “Heros”

The Plural of “Hero” is “Heroes”, Not “Heros”

Daven Hiskey May 28, 2012 7

You should know the plural of “hero” is “heroes”, not “heros”. With it being Memorial Day and so many people posting on Facebook/Twitter/etc. about all the “heros” out there, I thought I’d do a

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Why Does Your Nose Run When You Cry?

Why Does Your Nose Run When You Cry?

Daven Hiskey May 28, 2012 1

Emma asks:  Why does your nose runs when you cry? Well when you’re crying, if you find your nose running and your feet smelling, perhaps you’re upside down? *crickets* In truth, your nose runs

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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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How to Treat a Jellyfish Sting

How to Treat a Jellyfish Sting

Daven Hiskey May 26, 2012 12

You should know how to treat a jellyfish sting. Contrary to popular belief, you should never urinate on a jellyfish sting. This will just make the problem worse, as does washing the sting with

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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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What is the Origin of the Spelling Bee Contest?

What is the Origin of the Spelling Bee Contest?

Daven Hiskey May 23, 2012 0

Ali asks: What is the origin of Spelling Bee contest, its rules and regulation and interesting facts about it, the first winner, etc? Though spelling competitions were very likely around long before “spelling bees”,

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