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Simon Kaufman


Simon Kaufman writes and produces for "Morning Rush." Before joining Newsy, he worked for the Big Ten Network and NBC Sports. He's a Colorado native, but that did not properly prepare him for Chicago's winters. When he's not in the newsroom, he's biking around the city in search of Chicago's best ice cream.

Recent Work
Graph of English grammar

Why Do Languages Have Gendered Words?

FBI seal on a podium before a news conference at the agency's headquarters in Washington
Jose Luis Magana / APU.S.

Why Is The FBI Accused Of Politicization?

Armando Solis / APLife

This Is Why Guacamole Costs Extra

A sign, featuring a likeness of Smokey Bear, at the entrance to Hopkinton State Park Headquarters
Steven Senne / APU.S.

The Story Of Smokey The Bear

Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo pose with 63 and 40 hot dogs
Julia Nikhinson / APLife

Why Is Chicago Against Ketchup On Hot Dogs?

A wheel of baby Swiss cheese is displayed at the biennial World Championship Cheese Contest
Carrie Antlfinger / APLife

Why Does Swiss Cheese Have Holes In It?

Two people shake hands
Scott Roth / APU.S.

Why Do We Shake Hands?

A football stadium
Adrian Kraus / APSports

Why Do Governments Fund Sports?


Why Do We Say 'God Bless You' When Someone Sneezes?

A man receives a haircut
Rich Pedroncelli / APLife

Explaining U.S. Tipping Practices

The White House
Susan Walsh / APPolitics

Why Do We Have The Electoral College?

A speedometer
Carlos Osorio / APU.S.

Why The U.S. Still Uses Imperial Measurement

The U.S. Constitution
U.S. National ArchivesPolitics

It's Hard To Amend The U.S. Constitution For A Reason

A tiger yawns
Bikas Das / APScience and Health

What Makes Yawning Contagious?

An American military plane in Afghanistan
Senior Airman Taylor Crul / U.S. Air Force / APPolitics

Why Does The U.S. Send Foreign Aid To Other Countries?

knocking on wood

Why Do We Knock On Wood?

A courtroom
Jim Watson / APU.S.

Why There's A Backlog In Criminal Courts

A grass court at Wimbledon
Gerald Herbert / APSports

Wimbledon Is Only Ever Played On Grass Courts

A jet liner
David Zalubowski / APBusiness

Why Are Commercial Airline Pilots Forced To Retire?

Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko returns a serve
Alberto Pezzali / APSports

Why Are Tennis Balls Yellow?

The White HouseLife

How Did The Fouth Of July Become 'The Fireworks Holiday?'

A national flag of Germany waves in front of the Reichag building, home of the German federal parliament Bundestag.
Michael Sohn / APWorld

What's The Deal With Long German Words?

"I voted" stickers
Sue Ogrocki / APPolitics

How U.S. Political Parties Got Their Colors

credit cards
John Raoux / APLife

Where Did Credit Scores Come From?

Georgia head women's basketball coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson
Brett Davis / APSports

Why Are Women Underrepresented In Coaching?

An orchestra rehearses for a 4th of July concert
Michael Dwyer / APLife

Why Do We Have Federal Holidays?

An image of the cosmic microwave background
NASAScience and Health

What Makes Space 'Cold?'

Atlanta Braves first baseman Matt Olson
Harkim Wright Sr. / APSports

Why Is Major League Baseball Exempt From Antitrust Laws?

An infant and caretaker
Elaine Thompson / APScience and Health

Prenatal Testing Comes With Certain Risks

Hot dogs and buns

Why Do Hot Dogs And Buns Come In Different Counts?