Monthly Archives: October 2008

Why did Lady Godiva take a naked horse ride?


In an argument over taxing peasants, Lady Godiva — whose real name was actually Godgifu — called her husband’s bluff and rode naked through the marketplace. Or did she? learn more about the fact and fiction surrounding Lady Godiva in … Continue reading

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How can a corpse be incorruptible?


Within hours after death, decay usually sets in and the human body begins to rot. However, some human bodies simply don’t seem to decompose, and scientists have yet to figure out why. Check out this podcast to learn more about … Continue reading

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What happened to the lost colony at Roanoke?


In 1587, English colonists in Roanoke mysteriously disappeared, leaving only a few cryptic clues behind. For centuries since, researchers have wondered what became of the lost colonists. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more.

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Do political parties influence the First Lady’s duties?


The role of First Lady is extraconstitutional, and the functions of this position have varied across administrations. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about the influence political parties may have on the role of the First Lady.

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Was an Irish monk the first European to find America?


Although Columbus is often thought to be the first European in America, an Irish monk may have reached the New World in the sixth century. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about the fact and fiction surrounding St. … Continue reading

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How Presidential Pardons Work


The U.S. Constitution grants several powers to the President, including the ability to pardon anyone for several types of crime. Learn about the origins of pardons in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.

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What was America’s first terrorist threat?


When the U.S. was still a young nation, the notorious Barbary pirates demanded tribute from countries across the world. Rumor has it that President Jefferson was the first to stand up to the pirates. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to … Continue reading

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