Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
An insect called the cochineal is the source of an edible dye called carmine, which is used in a variety of food and cosmetics.

Teenagers at high schools where condoms were available were no more likely to have sex than other teens, a study published in the American Journal of Public Health finds.

Alchemist Johann Konrad Dippel - said to be an inspiration for Mary Shelley's Dr. Frankenstein - tried to create an elixir of life. He died while testing the formula on himself - it turned out to be a poison and when his body was found it had turned a beautiful shade of blue. In later years, his concoction was discovered to be Prussic Acid, an ingredient in the dye Prussian blue.

Don't like web worms on your trees? Just poke a hole in the web with a long stick. Wasps will take care of the worms.

By his own admission, some people consider Rush Limbaugh a liberal.

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