Author Archives: Daven Hiskey

Weekly Wrap Volume 90

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This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Bonsai! Long before the bonsai art form of creating miniature trees came to Japan, the wealthy in China were perfecting their craft known as “penzai” and “penjing.” The former means “tray plant” and the latter “tray scenery.” It is from the […]

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When Did Men Start Getting Circumcised?

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Mark asks: When did people first start cutting the foreskins off penises? Having served variously as a mark of virility, servility and gentility, circumcision has throughout the centuries, worn many symbolic hats. While anthropologists disagree as to the definitive origins of circumcision, the earliest hard evidence comes from the first ancient Egyptian mummies of considerable vintage, around 2300 BC. That […]

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Who Invented the QWERTY Keyboard, the Truth About the Origin of the Fortune Cookie, Fascinating Harry Potter Facts and More

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In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we discuss who invented the QWERTY keyboard and how it became the defacto configuration for keyboards, the truth about who really invented the Fortune Cookie, the interesting story behind the song “A Boy Named Sue” and what famous children’s poet wrote it, and a bunch of fascinating Harry Potter facts. Be sure […]

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Weekly Wrap Volume 89

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This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. The Truth About Your Flammable Farts Contrary to popular belief, it’s probably not methane leaking from behind that reckless “bros” light on fire (known as pyroflatulence); rather, it’s most likely primarily hydrogen. In a typical, healthy body, human farts are comprised […]

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What Happens When You Freeze Water In a Container That Won’t Let It Expand, Why a Baker’s Dozen is 13 Instead of 12 and More…

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In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we discuss what happens when you freeze water in a container that won’t let it expand, why figure skaters don’t seem to ever get dizzy when they spin, how smoke detector’s work, and the fascinating story behind how the dwarf planet Pluto got its name.  Be sure and subscribe to our YouTube […]

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Why Humans Get Old

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In this video from MinuteEarth, they discuss why humans age and how certain other creatures avoid this. If you like TodayIFoundOut, odds are you’ll also greatly enjoy their videos. So go check them out and subscribe to their channel here. You can also join us in supporting their efforts to make more videos like this by donating via their Patreon […]

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Why We Get Ice Cream Headaches, The Rockstar Who has a PHD, What Causes Hiccups and More

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In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we discuss why we get ice cream headaches, why engines are commonly measured in horsepower, what causes hiccups, what the Hokey Pokey is all about, and the Rockstar with a PhD.  Be sure and subscribe to our YouTube Channel for many more videos like this. What Causes Ice Cream Headaches Why Engines […]

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Weekly Wrap Volume 88

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This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Why Some Cheeses Come in Wheels and Others in Blocks Whether a block, a wheel, a cylinder or a pyramid, a cheese’s shape is dictated by concerns with pressure, salt absorption, ripening, economics and/or tradition. Cheeses that are made in wheels, […]

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Fourth of July Fact Round Up

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For those in the United States celebrating Independence Day and looking to have something interesting to talk to your friends and relatives about at your respective barbeques, here is some conversation fodder to both make yourself look smarter and avoid having to discuss once again how your cousin’s three year old daughter is already showing every sign of being the […]

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Why We Call the Seasons as We Do, What PEZ Stands For, Who was the First to Pee on the Moon, The Coming Banana Apocalypse, and More…

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In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we discuss why we call the seasons Summer, Autumn (or Fall), Winter, and Spring; what PEZ stands for and some interesting things about its creator; the fact that soon enough the type of banana we eat today probably won’t be available in the supermarkets anymore; who was the first to pee on […]

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How ‘Gay’ Came to Mean ‘Homosexual’

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Today I found out how ‘gay’ came to mean ‘homosexual’. The word “gay” seems to have its origins around the 12th century in England, derived from the Old French word ‘gai’, which in turn was probably derived from a Germanic word, though that isn’t completely known. The word’s original meaning meant something to the effect of “joyful”, “carefree”, “full of […]

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