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13 Quick Amazing Universe Facts

13 Quick Amazing Universe Facts

List25 October 8, 2012 5

Note: This is a guest post contributed by List25.com. Venus’s day is longer than its year. Venus completes an entire orbit around the Sun before it manages to turn on its axis once. For

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Honey can be Used for a Variety of Medicinal Purposes

Honey can be Used for a Variety of Medicinal Purposes

Scott March 3, 2012 11

Today I found out honey can be used for a variety of medicinal purposes. You may be skeptical about this because many such “natural” alternatives to medicine put forth are not backed by any

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Why Leaves Change Color in the Fall

Why Leaves Change Color in the Fall

Daven Hiskey September 22, 2011 6

Today I found out why leaves change color in the fall. The primary thing that triggers the changing of colors in leaves is the length of day.  However, moisture and temperature play a role

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Why Salt Enhances Flavor

Why Salt Enhances Flavor

Daven Hiskey September 16, 2011 7

Today I found out why salt enhances flavor. This is partially simply due to the fact that “saltiness” is one of the five primary basic tastes the human tongue can detect.  Those five tastes being: salt, bitter, sweet,

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Dolphins Don’t Breathe Automatically

Dolphins Don’t Breathe Automatically

Daven Hiskey July 22, 2011 6

Today I found out that dolphins don’t breathe automatically, rather it is always consciously done. An interesting consequence of the fact that they need to be conscious to control their breathing is that they

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How One-Way Mirrors Work

How One-Way Mirrors Work

Daven Hiskey April 13, 2011 5

Today I found out how one-way mirrors work (also known as “two-sided” mirrors). Interestingly, there is no such thing as a true one way mirror.  This would actually violate the laws of physics (for

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One Calorie is Equivalent to One Gram of TNT in Terms of Energy

One Calorie is Equivalent to One Gram of TNT in Terms of Energy

Daven Hiskey March 9, 2011 6

Today I found out that one Calorie is equivalent to one gram of TNT in terms of energy.  (It is important to note the capital “C” in calorie which signifies a kilo-calorie, also known

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How Flies Land on the Ceiling

How Flies Land on the Ceiling

Daven Hiskey March 7, 2011 8

Today I found out how flies land on the ceiling. A popular notion of how they accomplished this used to be that the flies would do a half barrel roll sideways just before landing

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Why Poop Is Brown

Why Poop Is Brown

Daven Hiskey November 22, 2010 28

Today I found out why poop is brown. Poop is brown due to bile from your gall bladder being metabolized by the bacteria in your intestines.  This results in a byproduct called stercobilin, which,

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Why Fingers Wrinkle in Water

Why Fingers Wrinkle in Water

Daven Hiskey November 8, 2010 19

Today I found out why fingers wrinkle in water. For the quick answer, water washes away an oily substance that protects your skin.  When that happens, a certain type of dead cell on your

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Why Getting Kicked in the Balls Causes Pain in the Abdomen

Why Getting Kicked in the Balls Causes Pain in the Abdomen

Daven Hiskey October 28, 2010 20

Today I found out why getting kicked in the balls hurts in the abdomen, not just the region that was actually impacted. Testes originally form in the abdomen near the stomach and kidneys.  The 

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Why the Moon Looks Bigger on the Horizon

Why the Moon Looks Bigger on the Horizon

Daven Hiskey October 19, 2010 6

Today I found out why the Moon looks bigger on the horizon than when it is higher in the sky. This is a question that has been debated for several thousand years.  One popular

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Why Milk is White

Why Milk is White

Daven Hiskey October 12, 2010 5

Today I found out why milk is white. Milk is made up of about 87% water and 13% solids, such as fat and various proteins.  Chief among these proteins is something called casein, four

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What Causes Ice Cream Headaches

What Causes Ice Cream Headaches

Daven Hiskey September 28, 2010 5

Today I found out what causes ice cream headaches. While many theories on what exactly causes ice cream headaches or “brain freezes” have existed for some time, it has only been very recently that

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A Shrimp Is One Of The Loudest Animals On The Planet

A Shrimp Is One Of The Loudest Animals On The Planet

Noreen September 24, 2010 7

Today I found out that a tiny shrimp known as the Snapping Shrimp or Pistol Shrimp, is on one of the loudest creatures in the World. This tiny shrimp species (Alpheus heterochaelis) belonging to

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How The Moon Was Formed

How The Moon Was Formed

Noreen September 20, 2010 9

Today I found out that the moon isn’t as old as the Earth and was formed approximately 30–50 million years after the Solar System based on what is called ‘the giant impact theory’. Although no

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Female Ferrets Will Die If They Don’t Mate

Female Ferrets Will Die If They Don’t Mate

Jon September 15, 2010 6

Note: This is a guest article contributed by a frequent TIFO visitor and owner of DumpADay.com, Jon. If you’re interested in contributing to TIFO click here to read our article submission guidelines. Today I

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Why It is Nearly Impossible to Tickle Yourself

Why It is Nearly Impossible to Tickle Yourself

Daven Hiskey August 26, 2010 14

Today I found out why it is nearly impossible to tickle yourself. It’s very hard to tickle yourself because your brain anticipates things going on around you in order to help speed up response

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