Did Sherlock Holmes Really Say “Elementary, My Dear Watson?”

The well-trod phrase “Elementary, my dear Watson” is as closely associated with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories as the deerstalker cap and the calabash pipe. But if you take a closer look at the details of Doyle’s famous detective as initially written, you might find a few surprises.

Why Do Rice Krispies Snap, Crackle, and Pop?

Rice Krispies has been known for its famous catchphrase—and the three mascots named for this catchphrase—for almost as long as it’s been available (and given that the cereal is about a century old, that’s saying something). But have you ever wondered precisely why Rice Krispies snap, crackle, and pop? What is it about puffed rice that causes it to make such bizarre sounds when you add milk to it?

Why Do We Think of Owls as Wise?

If A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stories taught us nothing else, it’s that owls are wise, knowledgeable creatures who generally mean well, even if they tend toward pedantry at times. Right? Well… maybe not. We might often think of owls as wise, but whether or not they are wise is a different story entirely.

Where Does the Saying “An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away” Come From?

Gala, Granny Smith, Fuji… there are as many kinds of apples in the world with as many different flavor profiles as you could imagine—and then some. Indeed, they’re so prevalent that many of us grow up hearing the same thing about them repeated ad nauseum: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But where does the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” come from in the first place?
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