Facts & History

How Do You Clean a City?

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  What will future cities look like? Will there be flying cars? Towering skyscrapers? Will people travel through tubes instead of sidewalks? Will they be shiny and clean? Or will they be full of trash and pollution? When we imagine future cities in pictures and movies, they’re often cleaner than today’s cities. Is that just a dream? Many of today’s cities are…

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How are mortgage rates determined?

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  What’s life without a little risk? That may sound cliché, but in today’s credit-dependent culture, it can be difficult or even unwise to go through life without taking some sort of gamble with your finances. To make a living, you’ll need a job. To get the job you want, you may need formal education. To…

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How Much Actual Money Is There in the World?

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  To make this question answerable, let’s start by asking, “How much money is there in actual United States dollars?” Since the statistics for the U.S. are easy to come by, we can examine this question in a couple of different ways. The first way to look at it might be, “How much cash is…

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What is Manifest Destiny?

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Expansion westward seemed perfectly natural to many Americans in the mid-nineteenth century. Like the Massachusetts Puritans who hoped to build a “city upon a hill, “courageous pioneers believed that America had a divine obligation to stretch the boundaries of their noble republic to the Pacific Ocean. Independence had been won in the Revolution and reaffirmed…

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What Are Days and Nights Like on the Moon?

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  “Destroy All Monsters,” a classic sci-fi movie from Japan’s Toho Studios, predicted that mankind would colonize the moon by the year 1999. Needless to say, that didn’t happen — and it still hasn’t happened all these years later. But there have been serious talks about the feasibility of building a permanent lunar outpost or…

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School Prayer: Separation of Church and State

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  Why Johnny Can’t Pray — At School While the phrase “separation of church and state” does not appear in the U.S Constitution, it forms the basis of the reason that organized prayer, as well as almost all types of religious ceremonies and symbols, have been banned at U.S. public schools and most public buildings…

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What Are Wisdom Teeth?

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  Unlike most teeth, which erupt in childhood, “wisdom teeth” (also known as “third molars”) generally appear between the ages of 17 and 25. Linguists believe these teeth received the nickname of “wisdom teeth” because they appear later in life than other teeth — at an age when a person has matured into a young adult. So why do…

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Where Did the Right to Privacy Come From?

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  Constitutional Merits and Congressional Acts The right to privacy is the time-travel paradox of constitutional law: Even though it didn’t exist as a constitutional doctrine until 1961 and didn’t form the basis of a Supreme Court ruling until 1965, it is, in some respects, the oldest constitutional right. This assertion that we have “the…

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What is Organic Chemistry Introduction

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  Organic chemistry is more than simply the study of carbon or the study of chemicals in living organisms. Organic chemistry is everywhere.   What Organic Chemistry Is Organic chemistry is the study of carbon and the study of the chemistry of life. Since not all carbon reactions are organic, another way to look at organic chemistry would be…

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Why Do Bananas Bruise?

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  Bananas are a sensitive bunch. Though they can withstand peeling, slicing, chipping, and frying, age is not so kind to them. At one time or another, nearly everyone has peeled back the skin of a banana to discover a mushy brown spot inside. But what makes good bananas go bad? In order to understand banana bruising, let’s take a peek at the banana‘s ripening process.…

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How Can You Be a Human Compass?

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  Be it a voyage on a steam liner, a camel caravan through the desert, or a summer road trip in a minivan, there is one question passengers have been asking for as long as they’ve been along for the ride: are we there yet? But getting from here to there wasn’t always easy as it is today. In a time before…

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Twenty-One Crazy Facts About The Number 12

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  Did you know that in English, twelve is the largest number that has just one syllable? Twelve is my lucky number, before writing these facts for you all to read, I really had no idea on how amazing this number actually is! So, check out these random facts about the number 12! There are…

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What Was the so called Watergate Scandal?

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  What qualities do you look for in a leader? Fairness? Intelligence? How about creativity? Communication skills? These are all important traits for a leader. Many people would add honesty to the list. Then what should you do when a leader isn’t fair or honest? You might say, “Find a new leader, of course!” But it isn’t…

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What Was the Babington Plot?

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  Would you like to be a queen? Or a king? What do you think it would be like? You might imagine having servants at your beck and call. You would have access to just about anything you wanted. Would you dine on the best food? Relax in the greatest luxury? Well, maybe. If you look at history,…

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10 Freezingly Fascinating Facts About Ice Hockey

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  Skip to content Did you know that ice hockey pucks used to be made out of cow dung? People of all ages love the fast-paced action of ice hockey. While you may already know some basics about playing the sport, you’ll be surprised at some of these weird and interesting facts about the game.…

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Is the Piano a Percussion or String Instrument?

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  Have you ever strummed the strings of a guitar? Do you often hum a tune or beat a rhythm? If so, you know what a joy it can be to make music. Music helps people express emotions, connect with others, and just have fun. Many even believe that making music improves brain function. And there are…

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Did You Know You Can Eat Hostas?

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  Why settle for a boring lettuce salad or the same ol’ side dish when you could forage for a delicacy that might be growing right in your yard? Hostas, those versatile shade-loving plants that are part-and-parcel of urban and suburban landscapes alike, are actually edible. And not in a post-apocalyptic-we-have-to-survive way. Hostas are a delicacy that…

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What Is the Smallest Country in the World?

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  If you’ve been WONDERing with us for a while, then you probably already know about the world’s largest cave. You may have learned all about the largest jungle. You might even know about the largest pile of trash! But Wonders don’t always have to be large. In fact, we think some of the most WONDERful things in…

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What Are Marfa Lights?

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  Imagine you’re on a scenic drive through the desert with your family. Prickly cacti, twisted trees, and howling coyotes flash by along the road. It’s late, and you feel as if you’re falling asleep when—what’s that? Do you see them? Right there! A handful of floating orbs of light, far out in the desert. You blink a few…

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Do Kids Have Rights?

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  Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. Freedom of the press. These may sound familiar—they’re rights given to many people across the globe. In the U.S., they’re protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution. As a kid, though, you may have WONDERed . . . do these rights belong to you, too? The answer is…

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Worm, Harvest, Blue: Every Full Moon Has a Name

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  A full moon is an unmistakable celestial event that basks Earth with its lunar glow, inspiring songwriters, scientists, and the occasional werewolf rampage. Throughout human history, moon phases have signaled changes in seasons and marked important cultural transitions, such planting or hunting, all reasons that people took to inventing monikers for each full moon. Ancient full moon…

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22 of the most Fabulous Facts About Thursday

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  Did you know that in Australia, most movie premiers are often held on a Thursday? Thursday is sometimes referred to as “Friday’s Friday,” meaning it’s the herald of Friday, and therefore the weekend. Many students call Thursdays ‘Thirsty Thursdays” due to a decreasing number of lessons students have on a Friday making it the…

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How Do You Purify Water?

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  What one thing could you never live without? Your favorite video game? Maybe a book you like or your favorite food? Sure, life would be a lot less enjoyable without those things. But people could certainly live without them, as long as their basic needs are met. Basic needs are things that people can’t live without. They include…

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How Do You Make a Comic Book?

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  Do you love reading about the adventures of the X-Men? How about Superman? Maybe Scott Pilgrim is more your style. If any of these stories are familiar, you’ve likely been reading one of the most popular types of books around—comic books! For many, though, just reading comic books isn’t enough. Do you ever dream…

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What is a Zebra Giraffe?

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  Before we get into today’s Wonder of the Day, how about a riddle? Here it is: What’s black and white and red all over? Do you know the answer? It’s a zebra with a sunburn! Okay, one more… what’s black and white and has a giraffe cousin? Does that one have you stumped? The answer…

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How Do You Harvest Honey?

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  They buzz. They pollinate. They crown a queen. Sometimes they sting! Yes, bees are some of the most interesting little creatures around. And, perhaps best of all, they make the sweet, delicious substance called honey. Have you ever spread honey on toast? Maybe you mix it into a cup of tea or put it in your cereal. Most people agree…

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Biography of Elizabeth Proctor

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    Elizabeth Proctor was convicted in the 1692 Salem witch trial. While her husband was executed, she escaped execution because she was pregnant at the time she would have been hanged. Age at time of Salem witch trials: About 40 Dates: 1652 to Unknown Also known as: Goody Proctor   Before the Salem Witch Trials Elizabeth Proctor was…

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What Is Distributive Justice?

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  Distributive justice concerns the fair allocation of resources among diverse members of a community. The principle says that every person should have or have access to approximately the same level of material goods and services. In contrast to the principle of due process, which is concerned with the equal administration of procedural and substantive law, distributive…

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What Really Happened to Zealandia?

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  Can you name the continents of the world? You may have learned them in school. Some kids even sing a song about their names. Can you help us name them all? There’s North America, South America, and Africa. We know Asia, Australia, and Europe. What’s the last one? Oh yeah—Antarctica! But there may be a continent…

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What is a Firenado? and what does it look like?

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  You’ve likely heard of tornadoes. You might even know that some tornadoes are made of fish. But did you know other tornadoes are made of fire? That’s right. Today we’re learning about firenadoes! Firenadoes are sometimes called “fire whirls.” They also go by “fire devils” and “fire twisters.” They’re huge towers of fire that rise, twisting,…

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Can You Move Your Ears?

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  Isn’t the human ear fascinating? We think so! For such a small body part, it has so many pieces. There’s the eardrum, of course. And the ear canal. Most people know about the ear lobes. But did you know your ears also have many tiny muscles? They do! In fact, those muscles are what help you move…

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What Are Markers Made Of?

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  Some of them are permanent. Others can be wiped or washed away. They come in every color—and sometimes everyscent—imaginable. And some of them are even magic! That’s right, today’s Wonder of the Day is about one of the most popular art and office supplies around—the marker. If you’re like many kids, you’ve probably been around your…

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Why Do We Feel Pain?

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  What makes people say, “Ouch!” when they get a paper cut? What makes someone pull their hand back after touching a hot stovetop? Have you ever had either of these experiences? If so, you’ve likely considered today’s Wonder of the Day before. Why do people feel pain? The feeling of pain helps the brain protect…

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Can Cows Swim?

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  Can you do a backstroke? How about a butterfly? Are you the master of the doggy paddle? Maybe you don’t spend much time swimming at all. Some humans are very good swimmers. Others have to work hard just to float on their backs. The same can be said for much of the animal kingdom. Fish are great swimmers,…

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Is Breakfast Really the Most Important Meal of the Day?

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  Bacon. Eggs. Buttered toast and biscuits. Cereal, hash browns, and French toast. A tall stack of fluffy pancakes covered in maple syrup. Are you hungry yet? We sure are! After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Or is it? For years, people have talked about the importance of breakfast. They list its benefits. They…

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Are Thylacines Real?

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  Many Wonder Friends know about the Tasmanian devil. But there are many other interesting animals in Tasmania. The island is also home to wombats and emus. And today’s Wonder of the Day may still live there, too. That’s right! Today, we’re talking about thylacines! Thylacines are also known as Tasmanian tigers or Tasmanian wolves. They were…

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Why Can No One Really Read the Voynich Manuscript?

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  If you’ve been WONDERing with us for a while, you might be pretty good at reading secret messages. But even the most experienced decoders are stumped by the topic of today’s Wonder of the Day. What are we talking about? The Voynich Manuscript! Experts think the Voynich Manuscript was written in the 15th Century. Who wrote it?…

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What Are Prisms?

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    Do you like rainy days? They’re great for staying in with a board game or a good book. For many, the best part of a rainstorm is what sometimes comes after. Have you ever looked up to the sky after heavy rain and seen a bright, colorful rainbow? If you’ve been WONDERing with us…

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Biography of Jean Baptiste Lamarck

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  Jean-Baptiste Lamarck was born in Northern France on August 1, 1744. He was the youngest of eleven children born to Philippe Jacques de Monet de La Marck and Marie-Françoise de Fontaines de Chuignolles, a noble but not rich family. Most men in Lamarck’s family went into the military, including his father and older brothers.…

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How Does a Hoverboard Work?

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  Do you ever daydream about the future? What might the world be like in a few decades? Could there be cars without drivers? Trucks that fly? Boats driving on land and water? You may already know about self-driving cars and hovercrafts. But what about hoverboards? Picture it: You’re flying down the sidewalk on an object that looks like…

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The Difference Between Procedural Law and Substantive Law

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  Procedural law and substantive law are the two primary categories of law in the dual U.S. court system. When it comes to criminal justice, these two types of law play different but essential roles in protecting the rights of individuals in the United States. Terms Procedural law is the set of rules by which courts in…

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Why Racial Profiling Is a Bad Idea

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  The hardest thing about advocating reform of racial profiling practices, at a policy level, is convincing political leaders that it isn’t just a “politically incorrect” or “racially insensitive” practice, but rather a destructive, ill-conceived, and ultimately ineffective law enforcement technique. This means looking hard at what racial profiling does, what it doesn’t do, and what…

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United States v. Jones: Supreme Court Case, Arguments, Impact

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  Can Police Officers Use GPS to Track a Vehicle? In United States v. Jones (2012) the U.S. Supreme Court found that attaching a GPS tracker to a private vehicle constituted an illegal search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Fast Facts: United States v. Jones Case Argued: November 8, 2011 Decision Issued: January 23, 2012 Petitioner: Michael…

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How Did Benedict Arnold Become America’s Most Infamous Traitor?

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  One of the oddest monuments in America is the Boot Monument in Saratoga National Park in New York, which commemorates a “most brilliant soldier” on the American side in the revoution, who was wounded and nearly lost his leg as he led troops in the defeat of the British in the Battle of Saratoga in…

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Colorado Facts: Cities, Attractions, Climate and More

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  INTERESTING FACTS Capital: Denver Population: 5,355,866 Demonym: Coloradoan/Coloradan Highest Point: Mount Elbert (14,400 ft) Lowest Point: Arikaree River (3,717 ft) State Bird: Lark Bunting Climate: Complex – mountain climate with extremes of temperature in mountainous regions Lakes: Over 2,000 natural lakes, reservoirs and rivers Mountains: 55 summits that are over 1,640 ft above sea level Motto: Nil Sine Numine (Nothing without providence) There…

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Mark Cuban Wants to Solve the U.S. Prescription Drug Price Crisis

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  Billionaire business owner Mark Cuban is on a mission to “disrupt” the pharmaceutical industry and sell low-cost prescription drugs directly to Americans. His startup venture, the Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company, is offering steeply discounted prices on hundreds of generic prescription drugs. Some of the potential savings are staggering. A generic leukemia drug called Imatinib currently retails…

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How Fish and Chips Became England’s National Dish

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  The irresistible combination of a thick hunk of battered cod resting atop a mound of steaming hot chips (known as french fries in America) is the quintessential British comfort food. Whether eaten on a plastic lap tray in front of the “telly,” or gobbled down from a makeshift paper cone on the way home from the…

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Does running increase testosterone?

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  Fact or fiction – does running increase testosterone? We speak to the experts to find out. Its physical and mental health benefits are well documented, but does running increase testosterone levels? Higher testosterone levels are associated with a plethora of health benefits including boosted bone density, increased muscle growth and improved mood, so it’s…

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Why Do Painters Really Wear White?

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  White is normally associated with purity. This is why we see brides wearing white gowns because it conveys the sanctity of marriage. White also has positive meanings including cleanliness and safety. This is why hospitals, kitchens, and other rooms in your house you want cozy are painted white. Painters are usually seen sporting a…

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Why Is “Airplane” Also Spelled “Aeroplane”?

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  Every editorial product is independently selected, though we may be compensated or receive an affiliate commission if you buy something through our links. Ratings and prices are accurate and items are in stock as of time of publication. The spelling difference is more than a matter of personal preference. There are plenty of interesting airplane…

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If You Throw a Compostable Cup in the Trash, Does It Still Break Down?

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  Compostable products are all the rage these days. But what happens to these items — including compostable straws and silverware — when they’re thrown into a landfill instead of a compost heap? The answer is not as green as you might think. The composting process requires oxygen and, for the most part, landfills are…

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Is it Dangerous to Shower During a Thunderstorm?

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The answer may surprise you. When we were younger, we blindly accepted the lesson that you should never shower during a thunderstorm. Our rationale was simple: storms and lightning are dangerous, and so we should abide by all safety precautions to escape potential electrocution. Looking back, it may seem silly that we were ever so scared…

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What are prebiotic foods?

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  These five prebiotic foods can be found in most kitchens and will help your gut bacteria to thrive A balanced diet is essential for good health, so prebiotic foods are important. What we eat not only has a direct impact on our body, it also makes a big difference to the countless microbes that reside in…

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Earth: Facts about the Blue Planet

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  Find out how Earth formed, what it’s made of and more. Earth is our home planet, the only place in the universe where we know for certain that life exists. Earth formed over 4.6 billion years ago from a swirling cloud of gas and dust that gave rise to our entire solar system, including our…

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How to Grow Sunflowers

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  Spruce up your garden with these bright flowers. Sunflowers are easy and fun flowers to plant, and they’ll bring bees and songbirds to your garden. Plus, you can later harvest and roast the seeds from the heads, or cut the flowers to create beautiful bouquets for your home. Sunflowers thrive best during long, hot…

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What Overturning Roe v. Wade Could Mean for the United States

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  What would the end of Roe v. Wade mean for women’s health, civil rights, and American politics? The Reader’s Digest Version:  A leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court revealed that it may overturn Roe v. Wade, leaving abortion decisions to individual states. Roe v. Wade gave women the constitutional right to abortion based on the concept…

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How does protein give you energy?

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  We all know that protein can help to support an active lifestyle, but how does protein give you energy? How does protein give you energy? If you’ve ever finished a tough workout and felt completely drained, like your muscles have turned to jelly and the steps leading to your front door look like Mount…

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Indonesia Facts : Economy, History, Languages and More

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  INTERESTING FACTS Official Name: Republik Indonesia Location: Southeast Asia Capital: Jakarta Religion: Islam, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism Motto: Unity in Diversity Size: 735,000 square miles in area Cities: Jakarta, Surabaya, Bandung, Bekasi Currency: Indonesian rupiah Government: Unitary presidential constitutional republic Literacy Rate: 93% Indonesia Facts Infographics Indonesia Is the Fourth Most Populous Country…

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Europe Facts: History, Politics, Tourism & More

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  INTERESTING FACTS Population: 742,452,000 Area: 3,930,000 square miles Largest Country: Russia Smallest Country: Vatican City rgest City: Istanbul Highest Point: Mount Elbrus, 18,510 feet above sea level Lowest Point: Caspian Sea, 92 feet below sea level Popular Countries: France, Spain, Italy, UK, Germany Popular Cities: Paris, Barcelona, Rome, London, Berlin Religions: Christianity, Islam Europe…

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Delaware Facts

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  INTERESTING FACTS Capital: Dover Largest City: Wilmington Area: 1,982 square miles Highest Point: Ebright, Azimuth (447 feet) Lowest Point: At the Atlantic Ocean (sea level) Abbreviation: DE or Del State Bird: Delaware Blue Hen Population: 935,614 Demonym: Delawarean Motto: “Liberty and Independence” Delaware Is One of the Narrowest States in the USA Delaware Map The first of our interesting Delaware facts centres on its…

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Why Snakebite Antivenom Is So Astronomically Expensive

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  By all accounts, being bitten by a venomous snake is painful, dangerous and terrifying. But did you know it’s also astronomically expensive? In 2015, the treatment for one California man’s rattlesnake bite in the United States cost more than $150,000, with the bulk of that accounted for in pharmacy charges. That high ticket is because treatment for…

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Sandspurs: The Spiky Scourge of Feet and Lawns

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  Not everybody agrees on what constitutes a weed, but it’s generally agreed to be a plant that people don’t want around. Some people love thistles and dandelions, while others can’t abide them in their yards. Sandspurs, though, are pretty universally reviled — nobody likes a grass that bites. Grown men and children alike have been known to…

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5 Natural Ways to Keep Bugs Away

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  You and your home will stay bug free with these tips. Next time you reach for the mosquito repellent, consider these natural ways to keep outdoor bugs at bay. 1. Natural mint mouthwash spray Insects do not like the smell of mint in any form. Transfer your favorite natural mint mouthwash into a spray…

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Women’s Autoimmune Diseases: Doctors Share 3 Reasons They’re So Common

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  Out of every 10 people, one has an immune system that attacks their own body—and 80 percent of those people are women. Why? We got answers. Chronic pain, insomnia, joint pain, rashes, gastrointestinal issues, severe allergies, hair loss, brain fog, and fatigue are just a few of the debilitating symptoms that Ami Paulsen, a 40-year-old mom of two,…

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The 12 Overturned Supreme Court Cases

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  The U.S. Supreme Court is the highest court in the United States. Its decisions set precedents that all other courts then follow, and no lower court can ever supersede a Supreme Court decision. In fact, not even Congress or the president can change, reject or ignore a Supreme Court decision. American law operates under the doctrine…

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How to improve your mood

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Discover how to improve your mood with these ways of lifting your spirits If you’ve been wondering how to improve your mood, rest assured, you’re not alone. While all of us can experience bad days from time to time when we feel upset, sad or disheartened, for some of us, it can be more long…

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