Jul
28
2014
3

What are some global statistics about death?

Yeah, it happens.You may not go gentle into that good night, but go you shall. We all do, eventually. Death is the inevitable end game of life. But how we go is a different matter entirely, as there are thousands of ways to die. Here’s what the statisticians at the World Health Organization, the CIA and elsewhere [more...]

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Apr
28
2014
5

What is the Most Common Phrase in the English Language?

"Google" peaked in the '40s, thanks to Barney Google cartoons, and again in the 1990s (image used with permission from Google)You probably already know the most common letter in the English language is the letter e. It accounts for about 12% of all the letters you’re likely to see on a given page (go ahead…count ‘em!). On your keyboard, only the venerable space bar gets more of a workout than the letter e. On a [more...]

Feb
23
2014
1

How do I Find Dead, Cached and Archived Websites and Screenshots when Wayback doesn’t have them?

How far back do you want to go? (Wikimedia image, CC-BY)You know about the Internet Archive already, affectionately nicknamed the Wayback Machine. It’s a sort of wonderful, sort of miserable resource with an enormous amount of old content, an enourmous amount of stuff that you wish was there, but isn’t, and an enormous amount that deceptively appears to be available except it’s not, all explored [more...]

Jul
21
2013
2

What Else Should Be Added to Google’s Index?

The very first box of Kleenex (source: public domain image from the USPTO)It’s getting harder and harder to remember the world B.G. — Before Google (and some of you young ‘uns out there have no memory at all of how arduous and dusty and time consuming research used to be!). Google has indeed taken massive strides forward toward its ambitious corporate mission to “organize the world’s information [more...]

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Jun
27
2013
4

Why Did the Chicken Lose Its Penis?

Over-compensation? (public domain image, USFWS)Warning! Dangerous puns below! If you grew up on a farm, you’re probably more familiar with animal genitalia than you care to admit. Even the most casual observer of domestic animals can’t help but be taken aback (and perhaps a bit jealous) at the endowment of some male farm animals, like a horse or bull. [more...]

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Mar
31
2013
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Where Can I Get Some Good, Cheap Research Done?

A typical Uclue researcher (Flickr Commons, no copyright restrictions)Everyone’s a researcher, whether you realize it or not. When you buy a new car (or computer, or house, or pair of shoes) you research the options, the prices, the best place to shop. When you go to college, you research the school’s reputation for your field of interest, overall academics and, of course, its [more...]

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Dec
28
2012
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How Do I Contact a Large Company About My Great New Idea?

Aim high...but not necessarily the tippy-tip (Flickr photo by Saucy Salad, cc)You’ve got a killer idea! A catchy new jingle for your favorite restaurant chain. A totally cool social networking scheme that will launch Web 3.0. A must-have feature for new cars. A game concept that will make Angry Birds look like chickenfeed. So, how do you contact Burger King, or Facebook, or Yahoo or any [more...]

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Oct
09
2012
1

Can I Really Buy A House For A Dollar?

hud dollar homeGet real! No one’s going to sell you a house for a measley buck. Right? Wrong! It’s actually possible, in the U.S. at least, to purchase a house for one dollar. Not only is it possible, but you’d be buying the house from your Uncle Sam — the federal government — so you at least [more...]

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Jan
26
2012
1

What Will the Internet of the Future Look Like?

Flying  Car (with Internet, of course) What is the future of the Internet? If you were to put any stock in my predictions of the future, we’d all have flying cars and robot butlers by now. So far be it from me to make any guesses what the Internet will look like years or decades from now. But when some of [more...]

Dec
06
2010
2

What is the most frequent cause for divorce?

divorce statistics cdc reportFrom the 1960′s to the 1980′s, the divorce rate in the United States doubled and has remained consistently high since then. Every year, there are about two million marriages in the U.S, and about a million divorces, leading to the much-cited statistic that half of all marriages end in divorce. You might be shocked to [more...]

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