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Mark Twain Was Born and Died in the Same Years That Halley?s Comet Flew By the Earth
Mon, 21 Oct 2013 07:10:22 +0000 - Today I found out that Samuel Clemens was born and died during Halley?s comet years. This is a somewhat uncommon occurrence given that Halley?s comet only passes by the Earth approximately every 76 years. What makes it even more remarkable is that Cle...

Why Buffalo Wings Are Called That
Mon, 21 Oct 2013 07:02:48 +0000 - Today I found out why buffalo wings are called that. Unsurprisingly, neither the origin of the name nor the food item itself have anything to do with actual buffalo, nor American Bison which many people call buffalo even though they are not. Rather, this ...

This Day in History: October 21st
Mon, 21 Oct 2013 07:00:32 +0000 - Today in History: October 21, 1967 On this day in history, 1967, nearly 100,000 people – hippies, professors, women?s groups, radicals, war veterans, liberals, and people from most every walk of life ? gathered in Washington D.C. to protest the ...

Weekly Wrap: Volume 9
Sat, 19 Oct 2013 07:00:28 +0000 - This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Dr. Seuss Wrote “Green Eggs and Ham” on a Bet The bet was made in 1960 with Bennett Cerf, the co-founder of Random House, and was for $50 (abou...

The Acoustic Shadow and the American Civil War
Fri, 18 Oct 2013 07:10:41 +0000 - Where sound goes to die, acoustic shadows are areas where sounds, from a certain direction and on a given day, will not penetrate; these acoustic phenomena occur either because the sound waves are absorbed, refracted or simply blown in a different directi...

Grape-Nuts Contain Neither Grapes Nor Nuts
Fri, 18 Oct 2013 07:05:58 +0000 - Today I found out that Grape-Nuts cereal contains neither grapes nor nuts. Grape-Nuts is a wheat and barley cereal developed by C.W. Post in 1897, and it has actually made some interesting contributions to American food history. A box of Grape-Nuts actual...

This Day in History: October 18th
Fri, 18 Oct 2013 07:00:56 +0000 - Today in History: October 18, 1469 Ferdinand and Isabella were one of the most famous power couples in European history. In their eyes, their crowning achievement wasn?t expanding their empire to include the New World, or uniting the various dominions t...

When Star Wars and Indiana Jones Collide: Attack of the Easter Eggs
Thu, 17 Oct 2013 07:10:18 +0000 - From a young age I was introduced to what are still two of my favourite movie franchises of all time ? Star Wars and Indiana Jones. I suppose it was inevitable, really. With parents who named me after a Doctor Who character, I would expect them to conti...

Do Earwigs Really Lay Eggs in Your Ears?
Thu, 17 Oct 2013 07:05:56 +0000 - Nathan asks: Do earwigs really burrow into your brain and lay eggs? Let me just say I hate earwigs. Small, slimy-looking, fast moving, and always popping out of some dark place when I least expect it- no insect short of a silverfish fills me with more rev...

This Day in History: October 17th
Thu, 17 Oct 2013 07:00:59 +0000 - Today in History: October 17, 1777 The Battle of Saratoga, which was actually two battles that took place during September and October of 1777, was a major victory for the American Revolutionaries and a crucial turning point of the Revolutionary War. It w...

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