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Miley Cyrus rocked the world, in a terribly inappropriate way, on August 26, 2013 at the MTV Music Video Awards. Before then, I had never heard the word "twerk." Turns out it's from 1930. What does it mean?
It turns out that not all pink wines taste like White Zinfandel, which is very pretty, but sweet. Rosé wine is a completely different product, one that has been around for oh, 2,600+ years. White Zinfandel was a 1975 mistake.
Most of us think "S'mores" when we think of marshmallows, or maybe Peeps, but did you know that the sweet spongy treat originally came from a plant? Neither did I.
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Have you ever looked through rose-colored glasses? If you've ever wondered about the origin of this idiom, you'll love my personal experience with rose-colored glasses.
Some people feed their dogs barf. Er, make that B.A.R.F. The idea elicits a look of disgust on most people's faces. What is it?
I learned this handy trick while watching the 2012 Summer Olympics. So much swimming. So many swimmers dealing with chlorine in their hair
. How do they do it? I found out.
I don't even fish, and I found myself fascinated by the results of fishing with swimbait. What is it? You might be surprised, too.
This is one of my all-time favorite learnings. I put our empty mussel shells in a planter on our deck after a nice paella dinner. A few weeks later, they had transformed.
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You would think I learned this in grade school, and perhaps I did. But with apologies to my teachers, I had completely forgotten. It's one of those blinding flashes of the obvious to become reacquainted with the idea as an adult.
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If you've lived in the country, the sound of coyotes is probably no surprise to you. But for a city girl transplanted, the cry of a pack of coyotes was a curious surprise.