Category Archives: Misc.

Why Men’s Bicycles Have a Horizontal Crossbar and Women’s Bicycles Typically Don’t

women's bikes vs men's bikes

Today I found out why men’s bikes have a horizontal crossbar and women’s bikes typically don’t. It would seem that having a slanted crossbar like on women’s bikes would make much more sense for men’s bikes, decreasing the chance of racking the guy if he slips off the pedals or the like.  However, there is actually a really good reason […]

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Origin of the Name of the Sport Cricket

Cricket

Today I found out the origin of the name of the sport Cricket. The name is originally thought to either have been derived from the Old French “criquet”, meaning “goal, post, or stick” or from the Middle Dutch “kricke”, meaning “stick” or “staff”.  The latter Middle Dutch derivation from “kricke” is generally considered more likely due to the strong medieval trade connections […]

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The Iconic “Live Long and Prosper” Hand Gesture Was Originally a Jewish Sign

Vulcan Salute

Today I found out the iconic “live long and prosper” hand gesture was originally a Jewish sign. The hand gesture itself is a slight modification of the Hebrew gesture forming the letter “Shin”, which represents the name “Shaddai” meaning “Almighty” (God).  This gesture is still used today by orthodox Jews of the Kohanim, which are priests descended from Ahron by […]

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How Maple Syrup is Made

Maple Syrup Bottles

Today I found out how to make maple syrup.  Ever find yourself sitting there enjoying a stack of pancakes dripping with melted butter and maple syrup (getting hungry aren’t you?) and find yourself wondering, “I wonder how maple syrup is made?” Ya me neither.  However, on the off chance you’re out of maple syrup and the apocalypse comes tomorrow and […]

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How to Easily Sharpen Scissors

scissors beat paper

Today I found how to easily sharpen scissors from home. The two easiest methods, that still do a very good job, involve using sand paper or aluminum foil.  In both methods you literally just cut the material using full scissor strokes each time.  If you want to sharpen them more “professionally” and you have a grinder about, there is a […]

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How to Drastically Increase the Life of Your Shaver Razor Blade Cartridges or Disposable Razors

shaver

Today I found out how to drastically increase the life of your shaver razor blades, such as Gillette or Schick Brand razors.  This trick is incredibly simple and just as incredibly effective.  It will also save you a nice chunk of change over time and make all your dreams come true… For instance, Gillette Fusion Brand razor cartridge sets typically […]

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