Category: Fun Fact of the Day

There is no J St.

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Washington D.C., for all its terrible traffic, was a planned city. The core of the city was put on a grid. Number streets going North-South, with letter streets going East to West, and just for fun, Diagonal Streets named after

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The 4th Voice Creates a 5th Harmony

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This here is an amazing example of what makes a barbershop quartet so pleasant to hear. This song is done a capella, with Hollens playing all the parts. Listen to the magic that happens when three singers become 4. When the

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Observations on my journey reading the Bible cover to cover Part 2: MATZO!

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Possibly the most amusing thing I have found in my journey reading the Bible cover to cover: Moses very clearly criticises the taste of matzo, even while reiterating that it should be eaten on Passover, calling it “The bread of

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The IDEA of being Irish

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today is a day to celebrate not so much Irish national pride, but a view of a shared Irish heritage, which is why St. Patrick’s Day has transcended purely being about Irish nationalism.   Like I

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On the 12th Day of Christmas…The Three Kings Arrived

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I am often befuddled when I see neighbors taking down the Christmas decoration before the new year… Often there are statements of “blank slates” and “new starts,” but my reaction is, Christmas is not over! For me, the decorations and

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Fun Fact of the Day: The Six Flags of “Six Flags”

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Why are the Six Flags theme parks called “Six Flags?” Six Flags theme parks, whose first park was in Texas, takes its name from the six flags that have flown over Texas: Spain, France, Mexico, The Republic of Texas, The

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Hanukkah: An Ancient Holiday Survivor

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I am an unabashed lover of everything Roman, for all they have done that still influences the modern world, but while we may have months named after Roman Emperors, we do not celebrate any of the great Roman feasts. It

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Coffee Over Tea in the United States

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It seems odd on that surface that in the United States, with its cultural roots in England, coffee is preferred over tea.  This was not always the case, and perhaps is also no longer as distinctly the case as it

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It is Now Time to “Pull out all the Stops!”- The Cool Story Behind a Common Phrase.

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When we say we are going to “pull out all the stops,” we are saying we are going to go to the greatest degree we can to make the thing we are doing the most impressive we can make it.

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Historian mini-rant: NAPOLEON DID NOT HAVE A NAPOLEON COMPLEX!

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I was reading a respected news site today and they had an article talking about a correlation between height and heart disease. The article’s headline was “Short People More Prone to Heart Disease” The image that accompanied the article was

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