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Reader Erica emailed to say, “I heard on Twitter, from one of those 'amazing facts' accounts, that cows moo in regional accents. Is that true?”
Let’s part the underpants-shaped veil surrounding urination information. Let’s learn about peeing.
Sean Hutchinson answers today's Big Question.
Technically, it’s not. Connecticut’s “official nickname”—there is such a thing—is the “Constitution State” because of historian John Fiske’s claim that the Fundamental Orders of 1638/1639 were the first written constitution in history.
The generic name “Pol” for a parrot can be traced back to England since at least the early 1600s. In his 1606 comedy Volpone, Renaissance playwright—and close friend of William Shakespeare—Ben Jonson assigned many of the characters animal personas which reflected their true nature. The cunning title character, for example, is a fox, while his parasitic manservant is a fly.
Magicians have been practicing their craft for ages, but what’s the first magic trick that was recorded for posterity?
"I found that the best way to handle [filmmakers] was to hang medals all over them."
Some believe February once boasted 29 days and that Augustus Caesar stole a day so he could add it to August, which was named for him. (If there’s a month named after you, why not milk it?) But that’s a myth.
It’s possible you’ve heard of North and South Dakota. You may have also heard about North and South Carolina. If so, then you already know that these states are strong, independent honeys makin’ money.
Last year's 85th Annual Academy Awards was rebranded as simply The Oscars, after the statuette winners receive. But how did the statuette get that nickname?
Most contractions in English are pretty straightforward. Put it together, and shorten it up. What could be easier? But that isn't the case for "will not" which becomes "won't" instead of "willn't."