Big Questions, History

Why Do Witches Ride Brooms?

Matt Soniak

Why Do Some Elements Have Symbols That Aren’t in Their Names?

Matt Soniak

The chemical symbol for oxygen is O. Makes sense. Calcium gets repped by a Ca. Sounds good. Hydrogen? H. Cobalt? Co. Lithium? Li. With you so far. Lead? Pb. Stop the presses!

What’s the Oldest Trick in the Book?

Matt Soniak

Magicians have been practicing their craft for ages, but what’s the first magic trick that was recorded for posterity?

Where Did the Chicken Nugget Come From?

Matt Soniak

Matt Soniak answers today's Big Question.

What Are the Seven Seas?

Matt Soniak

There more than 100 bodies of water in the world that are either officially named seas or commonly referred to that way.

Can Anyone Just Make a Citizen’s Arrest?

Matt Soniak

Matt Soniak answers today's Big Question.

What’s the Deal with Those Last 4 Digits on ZIP Codes?

Matt Soniak

Why Do We Go Trick-or-Treating on Halloween?

Matt Soniak

Historians link trick-or-treating to a few different ancestors, some old and some new.

What’s the Origin of “Chinese Fire Drills"?

Matt Soniak

What is Ricin?

Matt Soniak

Here’s what you need to know about the toxin everyone is talking about.

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