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Archive for January, 2013

Why Are School Buses Yellow?

Sean Hutchinson filed under: Big Questions, history Image credit:  ThinkStock Depending on their playground status, people who took the bus to school as kids either have fond or not-so-fond memories of that childhood rite of passage: those giant leathery seats, the difficult to open vertical windows, and the flashing red stop [...]

5 Questions: Chew on This

Questions: 5 Available: Always Pass rate: 75 % Backwards navigation: Forbidden Primary Category:  5 Questions site_icon:  quizzes Kara Kovalchik WHAT PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT 10 Memorable Dr. Seuss Quotes About His Work Did Blowing into Nintendo Cartridges Really Help? The Not-So-Brief History of Animaniacs 22 Fictional Characters Whose Names You Don’t Know quiz_type:  multichoice Tags:  5 Questions Rich Title:  5 Questions: Chew [...]

Brenda Lee was only 13 when she recorded “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”

Brenda Lee was only 13 when she recorded “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”

In 1997, Mikhail Gorbachev appeared in a Pizza Hut commercial.

In 1997, Mikhail Gorbachev appeared in a Pizza Hut commercial.

Every film John Cazale appeared in was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

Every film John Cazale appeared in was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

The Iron Man edition of Mr. Potato Head is named Tony Starch.

The Iron Man edition of Mr. Potato Head is named Tony Starch.

Christmas classic “Do You Hear What I Hear?” was written as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Christmas classic “Do You Hear What I Hear?” was written as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The ZIP in ZIP Code stands for Zone Improvement Plan.

The ZIP in ZIP Code stands for Zone Improvement Plan.

Presidential retreat Camp David is named after Dwight Eisenhower’s grandson.

Presidential retreat Camp David is named after Dwight Eisenhower’s grandson.

15 Colorful Entries From Mrs. Byrne’s Dictionary of Unusual, Obscure, and Preposterous Words

Caisey Robertson filed under: Lists, weird, words Image credit:  Thinkstock If you’re looking to give your vocabulary a little more pop and pizzazz, Mrs. Byrne’s Dictionary of Unusual, Obscure, and Preposterous Words (1960) has you covered. Every entry, however ludicrous, has been accepted as a legitimate English word by at least [...]