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Episode 1578

Today I Learned

Youngsters want to know: What’s the difference between barely and nearly, and what’s so clean about a whistle, anyway? Plus, adults recount some misunderstandings from when they were knee-high to a grasshopper. Kids do come up with some...

fire in the hole

fire in the hole  n.— «The prank, known as “fire in the hole,” has become common in the past year. It happened July 25 to fast-food worker Jessica Ceponis at the drive-through of the Taco Bell in Merritt Island, about 50 miles...

flour gold

flour gold  n.— «You can find nuggets. California is renowned for having larger pieces. But primarily what you’re going to find at first is fine gold, or flour gold as they call it. That’s all worth money too. Don’t throw it out, or be...

hopsicle

hopsicle  n.— «New Adult Treat: Beer On A Stick Dubbed Hopsicle…Frank Morales, the restaurant owner, is selling the adults only frozen treats in flavors like “Raspbeer-y” and “Fudgesicle.” They cost $4 for the 6...

curve bender

curve bender  n.— «He had a pretty good start, weighing in an ounce shy of 9 pounds so you couldn’t call him a low-birth, high-growth “curve bender,” as they say in the cattle catalogs. He’s more of a high-birth, high-growth...