Apr
26
2011
2

Why do so many people believe conspiracy theories?

Guinea pigs launch a <div style=Men never landed on the moon — the pictures and TV footage we have of the first moonwalk were actually produced in a California warehouse. The destruction of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, wasn’t a terror plot — it was a nefarious deed carried out by rogue elements in the President George [more...]

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Oct
22
2010
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Is it worthwhile to visit Costa Rica in the rainy season?

Hibiscus flower near Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.Tell your friends you’re thinking about traveling to the Costa Rican rain forest in the middle of the rainy season, and you may be told you’re crazy. But the rainy season — roughly April through November, depending on the part of the country — has its advantages. My reason for visiting Costa Rica in August [more...]

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Mar
15
2010
4

What are the most common religions in the world?

University of Sussex chapel.Christianity is by far the largest family of religions in the world, according to Adherents.com and various other sources. With about 2.1 billion (that is, 2,100 million) people belonging to some branch of Christianity, Christians make up about a third of the world's population. Christianity is also the most widespread of the major religious groups, [more...]

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Mar
05
2010
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When and where was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded?

Hilo, Hawaii, street after 1960 tsunami.A magnitude 7 earthquake that struck near coastal Concepción, Chile, on May 21, 1960, was powerful enough to send frightened residents inland. But that quake and three others of magnitude 7 or above were only foreshocks of the biggest recorded quake of them all, a magnitude 9.5 temblor centered in the Pacific Ocean to the [more...]

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Mar
01
2010
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What is Tornado Alley?

1973 tornado in OklahomaTornado Alley is a colloquial name given to that part of the United States where tornadoes most frequently occur. Although Tornado Alley has no official boundaries, it is generally thought of as including most of Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma as well as major portions of Texas, Iowa and South Dakota and adjoining areas. In its [more...]

Jan
29
2010
2

What are the differences between the Apple iPad and a netbook computer?

The iPad as seen on the day it was introduced to the public. GlennFleishman photo. CC-BY.When Apple announced the details of the iPad, it was clear that a new type of computer was being produced — something like a netbook and yet something like an oversized iPhone without the telephone capabilities or an iPod Touch on steroids. My word for the device is “netpad,” but only time will tell what [more...]

Jan
03
2010
2

What are parts of speech?

grammar game“Parts of speech” refers to categories that are used by grammarians to describe how words are used in sentences. English has traditionally been viewed as having eight parts of speech, as follows: Nouns are words that represent persons, places, things or ideas. In the sentence “Life is good,” “life” is a noun. Pronouns are words [more...]

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Dec
04
2009
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What are the differences between netbook and notebook computers?

NetbookNetbook computers have become a bright spot in the computer marketplace since they were first introduced in 2007. Essentially, a netbook is a small notebook or laptop computer designed to be lightweight and easy to carry or pack. As their name suggests, netbooks are frequently used to access the Internet and come with a built-in [more...]

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Nov
27
2009
2

How much of “The Blind Side” movie is true?

Football DropsThe Blind Side, the 2009 film featuring Sandra Bullock in a dramatic role, is promoted as a true story — and, indeed, it stays closer to history than many “true” films. It tells the story of Michael Oher, a societal nobody who seemed destined to be a another grim statistic of the slums before he [more...]

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Nov
24
2009
1

What do turkeys have to do with Turkey?

turkeySince the bird we know as the turkey originated in North America, it may seem strange that it has the same name as a country that straddles Europe and Asia. But there is a connection between the words. According to the Online Etymology Dictionary and other sources, the word “turkey” as applied to birds dates [more...]

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