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Icing the kicker

Does “icing the kicker” work in football?

In the sport of American football, the act of icing the kicker or freezing the kicker is a tactic employed by the defending team in an effort to disrupt the process of kicking a field...
Colonel Henry

Why is the word Colonel pronounced like it has an “r” in it?

Here in the U.S, "Colonel" is pronounced like "kernel." Why is it spelled so differently you ask? In the 1500's, English borrowed a handful of military terms from French,...
Corned beef

Is there corn in corned beef?

The word “corn” derives from an Old English word meaning “large grain" and large grains of rock salt are traditionally used to preserve corned beef. Corned beef is preserved...
Tennis scoring

Where did the tennis scoring system come from?

In sports, if you don't score, it's said you scored a "big ole goose egg." Some believe a similar French term is the reason why having zero points in...
Argentinian Station

How many people live in Antarctica?

For the most part, there are two types of people that reside in Antartica, those working in research stations and tourists. It has no long-term residents, commercial business, towns,...
cold shoulder

Where does the phrase, “giving me the cold shoulder,” originate?

Short answer: It was a mistranslation of a phrase from the Vulgate Bible.
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.

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.