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How can you make a wine glass sing?

Read this article to find out just how can you make a wine glass sing with video instructions and more.

Why do people tap on soda cans before opening them?

Ever wondered why people tap on soda cans before opening them? They do this to avoid a soda can explosion, but does it really help or is it a myth?

Where did the potato chip come from?

You know you love the salty goodness of a potato chip, but where did the potato chip come from? Learn the history behind this salty treat.

How do self-cleaning ovens work?

Self-cleaning ovens use a temperature cycle to burn off spills leftover from baking, without the use of any chemicals. Learn more about self-cleaning ovens and what to use it for.

Why do onions make you cry?

As the saying goes, there's no use crying over spilled milk. But many of us shed tears over onions. What prompts this weird physiological reaction?

How Do Brewers Measure the Alcohol in Beer?

How do beermakers know how much alcohol is in the beer? And what is the difference between percent alcohol by volume and by weight?

How does olestra work?

Olestra is a synthetic fat used in certain food products. Find out what it's made of and whether it's safe for you.

Where do salad dressings get their names?

I've enjoyed Thousand Island salad dressing for years, and I've always wondered how it got its name. For that matter, how did ranch dressing get its name? Is French dressing really from France? And what is in those dressings?

Why Do Wint-O-Green Life Savers Spark in the Dark?

My friend told me that Wint-O-Green Life Savers throw out sparks when you bite them in the dark. We stood in a closet, she bit down on a Life Saver and it was true! Where do those sparks come from? What makes the wintergreen flavor so special?

Why is a Popsicle called a quiescently frozen confection?

Ever wondered why a popsicle is called a quiescently frozen confection"? Confused as to what quiescently frozen confection even means? Find out your answers to these questions.

How are coffee, tea and colas decaffeinated?

I love decaffeinated coffee, but I've always wondered how they get the caffeine out of a coffee bean. How are coffee, tea and colas decaffeinated?

How does the widget in a beer can work?

When I open a can of Guinness or some of the other upscale beers from Europe, I notice that a plastic ball shaped widget inside the tin releases gas to aerate the beer. How does this work?

Why is it called a hamburger when there is no ham in it?

Why is it called a "hamburger" when there is no ham in it? Find out the answer to this meat mystery here.

How do kosher foods work?

When a food is labeled as Kosher, it means that the food has been prepared in accordance with the rules of food preparation set forth in the old testament of the Bible and formalized in Jewish law.

What is a Rice Krispy? What is it made out of and how do they make it?

Ever wanted to know what a Rice Krispy is? Read this article to find out what Rice Krispy is made out of and how they make them.

How much sugar do they really put in soft drinks?

You know soda pop isn't the greatest drink to consume, but do you know how much sugar they really put in soft drinks? Find out the answer here.

Why do they add iodine to table salt?

Whenever I buy salt (or even get it in little packets at a restaurant), it says that it is "iodized". What is "iodized", and why?

How do they make Fortune Cookies?

Fortune cookies are one of those things that entertain and amuse almost everyone, but how are fortune cookies made? Learn about it in this article.

How Do They Make Hollow Chocolate Easter Rabbits?

Every Easter you can buy all sorts of hollow chocolate candies. The funny thing is that the hollowness seems to give them a different taste or texture somehow. Find out how in this article.

Why do many foods have High Altitude Cooking Instructions?

Most any packaged food that involves boiling (like boxed macaroni-and-cheese dinners) will have "high altitude" cooking instructions. Find out what this means and why it matters in cooking.

How do they make maple syrup?

You love the taste of it on your flapjacks, but just how do they make maple syrup? Read this article on maple syrup to find out how this deliciously sweet condiment is made.

What is chewing gum made of?

Ever wonder what chewing gum is made of and why it doesn't dissolve in your mouth? Find out your answers in this article about chewing gum.

Where do corn oil and corn syrup come from?

Where do corn oil and corn syrup come from? When I eat corn on the cob, there's not any oil or syrup in it, so where do they get this stuff?

How Do They Make Marshmallows?

I've got three questions: What is a marshmallow? How do they make marshmallows? And why do they call them "marshmallows"?

What is root beer?

What exactly is root beer? Check out this article to learn all about root beer, how it's made, and why it's called "beer" in the first place.


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