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Forgotten History: The M247 Sergeant York and Its Propensity to Lock Onto Latrines Instead of Enemy Aircraft


The M247 Sergeant York was officially designated as a “self-propelled anti-aircraft gun” but was for all intents and purposes a tank chassis with anti-aircraft guns attached to the top.

How Many Words for Snow Do Eskimos Really Have?


Travis P. asks: Is it true that Eskimos have dozens of words for snow? It’s impossible to say precisely how many words for snow certain native peoples of the far north have.

Why Does Your Stomach Growl When You Are Hungry, Why Geckos Feet Can Stick to Almost Anything and Much More

In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we answer a variety of questions including why does your stomach growl when you are hungry, why a drawn heart doesn’t look like a real one, why lead was added to gasoline and much more.

When Lincoln Was Almost Assassinated Nine Months Before He was Assassinated


In August 1864, the Sixteenth President of the United States of America was nearly assassinated about nine months before he was actually assassinated.

The First U.S. Presidential Assassination Attempt


There have been four assassinations of U.S. Presidents to date. Two are very famous and two not as well-known.

Dustbin of History: The Ground Observer Corps


The following is an article from Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader SHOCK WAVE In September 1949, a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane flying over the North Pacific from Japan to Alaska detected levels of radioactivity in the atmosphere at least 20 times above normal.

Weekly Wrap Volume 138


This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here.

The Last Laugh- Millionaire Charles Vance Millar and His Practical Jokes from Beyond the Grave


For many people, being dead is a fairly limiting handicap that prevents them from doing most of the things the living take for granted.

George Washington and the United States Postal Service


It was presumably a cold, wintry February day in the United States capital of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (the capital would not move to DC until 1800) when President George Washington put pen to paper and signed the Postal Service Act of 1792.

Do Athletes Really go to Disneyland After a Big Win, Who was Miranda of the Miranda Warning, Whatever Happened to Confederate President Jefferson Davis and More

In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, Do athletes really go to Disneyland after saying they will when winning a big sporting event?

Why Do Drawn Hearts Look Nothing Like Real Hearts?


Mark R. asks: Why do drawn hearts look nothing like real hearts? Who first drew them this way? The heart symbol is one of the single most enduring and widely recognised symbols in modern culture.

The Origin of Valentine’s Day


While not thought to be directly related to modern Valentine’s Day traditions, the beginnings of celebrating love (of a sort) in February date back to the Romans.

An Astronomical Flop


The following is an article from Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? In 1985, Bary Bertiger, an engineer with the high-tech giant Motorola, had an intriguing idea: If a company could put enough low-orbit satellites in the air to attain direct access to the entire surface of the Earth, and use that network to support a satellite telephone system, then people could use the satellite phones to make calls to virtually anywhere in the world.

Weekly Wrap Volume 137


This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here.

Forgotten History: Walter Hunt and the Safety Pin


Walter Hunt is a man who is simultaneously considered to have possessed one of the finest inventive minds in all of American history while also being an individual almost no one has ever heard.

How Does a Muslim Face Mecca When Praying in Space?


Jason H. asks: How does an Islamic person know where to face when they’re in space and supposed to be praying towards Mecca?

Couch Potatoes, Why Red Meat Turns Brown When Cooking, Where Lincoln’s Bodyguard was During the Assassination and More

In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we look at why lazy people are sometimes called couch potatoes, why red meat turns brown when cooked, why you can’t tickle yourself, the fascinating story of the King of the Dudes, and why we drive on parkways and park on driveways.

Stuart Little and the Missing Masterpiece


The following is an article from Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader It’s a good bet that after you read this article, you’ll start paying more attention to background props in movies.

Weekly Wrap Volume 136


This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here.

The Origin of Gatorade and How the Tradition of the “Gatorade Shower” Got Started


chastitydetori. asks: Why do athletes dump Gatorade on their coaches after winning a game? During a typical sticky, unbearable August weekend in 1965 in Gainesville- the home of the University of Florida Gators- football practices were well underway in anticipation for the upcoming season.


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