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Mexican Jumping Beans

What are Mexican jumping beans and how do they jump?

Short answer: A Mexican jumping bean is a name given to a type of Mexcian bean pod that appears to randomly move around.  The moving is actually caused by a small moth larva that living inside the pod.
Statue of Liberty

What is the backstory of the song, “God Bless America?”

“I’d like to write a great peace song,” Irving Berlin told a journalist in 1938, “but it’s hard to do because you have trouble dramatizing peace.”Years before John Lennon or Bob Dylan were even...
bubble gum

Does gum really take seven years to digest?

Maybe you couldn't find a nearby trashcan, or perhaps you were enjoying the taste just a little too much. Whatever the case, you did what most of us have done at one point or another: You swallowed your chewing gum. And if one old wives' tale is true, that gum will be with you, in your digestive system, for the next seven years, wreaking who knows what kind of havoc.Thankfully the legend is false.
Ice lake

What is a fortnight?

Short answer: The word fortnight derives from an Old English word and is defined as a period of fourteen nights.Unfortunately, there isn't much to write about here. The etymology of the word fortnight is...