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Zidbits – Learn something new everyday! | September 1, 2014

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Did Penguins Once Inhabit The Northern Hemisphere?

November 3, 2013 | 1

The Southern Hemisphere is home to those familiar, black and white flightless birds we know as the penguin. But what about the Northern Hemisphere? Are there any species of penguin that once called the Arctic Circle home?Read More

How Long Will The Hoover Dam Last?

May 19, 2013 |

Even today, 75 years after it was built, it remains one of the largest, most reliable hydroelectric generators in the US. Something like that can’t last forever, can it? Does the Hoover Dam have a set lifespan or expiration date?Read More

Why Is The Bunny Associated With Easter?

April 8, 2012 | 3

Easter is the Christian holiday which celebrates Jesus’s resurrection. Children enjoy treats brought by the Easter Bunny, coloring eggs and often enjoying some time off school as many school’s spring breaks are scheduled around this time. Where does the Easter Bunny come from, and what does it have to do with Jesus?Read More

What Is The Most Decorated Military Unit In US History?

December 10, 2011 | 2

In 1944, the most decorated unit in US military history was fighting fiercely on the European front. You’d be surprised to find out that their families back in the states were in an internment camp of all places.Read More

Why Are Carbonated Beverages Called “Soft Drinks”?

July 14, 2011 |

A soft drink (also referred to as soda, coke, pop, soda pop, or fizzy drink) is a non-alcoholic beverage that usually contains carbonated water, a sweetener, and a flavoring agent. Where did the word ‘soft drink’ come from? Today we find out…Read More

What Was The World’s First Robot?

May 15, 2011 |

When we think of robots, we normally think of electronic machines in the shape of humans – like cyborgs and androids – or other autonomous devices like the Roomba.Read More

Did America Have A Secret President?

April 8, 2011 |

Did America have a secret president at one point? Who was really running the country in 1919? Today we explore history little known facts.Read More

Why Do Witches Fly On Broomsticks?

February 19, 2011 | 7

The depiction of a witch riding a broomstick goes back a long way. It’s become a bit of an iconic image. It reminds us of Halloween and thanks to the Wizard of Oz, scared the pants off of us when we were children. But what’s the origin?Read More

What was in the briefcase in Pulp Fiction?

January 29, 2011 | 2

It’s easily the most asked question about Pulp Fiction. “What was in the briefcase?” Everyone has an opinion or theory about it, let’s explore some of them and then you can draw your own conclusions.Read More

Why Didn’t The Europeans Get Wiped Out By Native American Diseases?

January 16, 2011 |

Why didn’t the Europeans get wiped out by Native American diseases? Or did they? Today we’ll look at how Indian diseases impacted Europeans.Read More

The World’s Most Expensive Flower?

January 4, 2011 | 1

Chinese scientists in agricultural research grew an orchid that was sold at auction for a record amount. It’s the world’s most expensive flower.Read More

Where Did Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Come From?

December 10, 2010 |

Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer was created by the department store chain Montgomery Ward as a way to save money on their annual Christmas promotions.Read More