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Why is Friday the 13th Considered Unlucky?
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What’s the Origin of Jack-O’-Lanterns?
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Why is “Pound” Abbreviated as “lb”?
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Where Does the Word 'Hoser' Come From?
Fans of the legendary sketch comedy show 'SCTV' are probably familiar with Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas’ dim-witted characters Bob and Doug McKenzie, the Molson beer-swilling Canadian brothers who ended each sentence with everyone’s favorite stereotypical Canadian interjection, “eh.” But it was the pair's catchphrase—“Take off, you hoser!”—that really gained traction in popular language.... READ ON
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How Did Spring Break Get Its Start?
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Why Is U.S. Currency Green?
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Why Is the NBA Shot Clock 24 Seconds?
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Why Do College Basketball Teams Cut Down the Nets?
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What’s the Purpose of the Dots on a Basketball?
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How Do Generations Get Their Names?
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