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Why 1 is Not a Prime

Why 1 is Not a Prime

Daven Hiskey July 23, 2014 0

You may have been taught that the number 1 is a prime number, but Dr. James Grime and Brady Haran from Numberphile are here to show you why this isn’t the case. For more

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Weekly Wrap Volume 47

Weekly Wrap Volume 47

Daven Hiskey July 19, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. The “Witch of Wall Street” Long before the likes of Warren Buffet, Hetty Green dominated Wall

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The First Commercially Successfull Video Game was Meant as a Training Exercise and Wasn’t Intended to Be Released

The First Commercially Successfull Video Game was Meant as a Training Exercise and Wasn’t Intended to Be Released

Daven Hiskey July 17, 2014 0

Today I found out “Pong” was originally meant only as a training exercise for a new gaming developer at Atari, Allan Alcorn, and wasn’t intended to be released as a consumer product. When Alcorn

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Who Invented the Sporting Wave?

Who Invented the Sporting Wave?

Daven Hiskey July 15, 2014 0

Karla asks: Who invented the Mexican wave? The wave, also generally known as the “Mexican wave” outside of the United States, was the brain-child of the longest continuously active professional cheerleader (41 years and

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Why a Phone Number Pad is Laid Out Like It Is

Why a Phone Number Pad is Laid Out Like It Is

Daven Hiskey July 14, 2014 1

This is a video by video journalist Brady Haran. For more great videos like this, be sure to subscribe to Brady’s great Youtube channel Numberphile. Also, don’t forget to check out TodayIFoundOut’s YouTube channel here,

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The “Witch of Wall Street”

The “Witch of Wall Street”

Daven Hiskey July 14, 2014 3

Long before the likes of Warren Buffet, Hetty Green dominated Wall Street through extremely shrewd investing, frugality, and exploiting the lax investment rules of her age, managing to amass one of the greatest fortunes

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Weekly Wrap Volume 46

Weekly Wrap Volume 46

Daven Hiskey July 12, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Why There is Braille on Drive-Thru ATM Machines Mainly, it is because it is required by

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How Many Countries are There in the World

How Many Countries are There in the World

Daven Hiskey July 10, 2014 2

This is a video from CGP Grey. If you’re a fan of TodayIFoundOut, I guarantee you’re going to love his YouTube channel, unless you just hate videos that is. (He also has a good

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Fourth of July Fact Round Up

Fourth of July Fact Round Up

Daven Hiskey July 4, 2014 2

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

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8 Animal Misconceptions Dispelled

8 Animal Misconceptions Dispelled

Daven Hiskey July 3, 2014 0

This is a video from CGP Grey. If you’re a fan of TodayIFoundOut, I guarantee you’re going to love his YouTube channel, unless you just hate videos that is. (He also has a good

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Weekly Wrap Volume #45

Weekly Wrap Volume #45

Daven Hiskey June 28, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. How Honey Bees Keep Their Hives Warm Given That They are Cold Blooded Up until only

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Why the Moon Looks Bigger on the Horizon

Why the Moon Looks Bigger on the Horizon

Daven Hiskey June 27, 2014 0

Today I found out why the Moon looks bigger on the horizon than when it is higher in the sky. This is a question that has been debated for several thousand years.  One popular

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The Baffling Balloon Explained

The Baffling Balloon Explained

Daven Hiskey June 27, 2014 0

Yet another great YouTube channel any fan of TodayIFoundOut should probably be following is Smarter Every Day. Below is a great example of the types of videos Destin makes on that channel, which you

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Carrots Used to Be Purple Before the 17th Century

Carrots Used to Be Purple Before the 17th Century

Daven Hiskey June 26, 2014 1

Today I found out, before the 17th century, almost all cultivated carrots were purple. The modern day orange carrot wasn’t cultivated until Dutch growers in the late 16th century took mutant strains of the

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5 Historical Misconceptions Dispelled

5 Historical Misconceptions Dispelled

Daven Hiskey June 25, 2014 0

This is a video from the great CGP Grey. If you’re a fan of TodayIFoundOut, I guarantee you’re going to love his YouTube channel, unless you just hate videos that is. (He also has

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Where the Ampersand Symbol and Name Came From

Where the Ampersand Symbol and Name Came From

Daven Hiskey June 24, 2014 0

Today I found out where the ampersand symbol and name came from.The symbol for “&” comes from combination of letters in the Latin for “and”, “et”.  Specifically, in Old Roman cursive, it became common

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Where the Dollar Sign Comes From

Where the Dollar Sign Comes From

Daven Hiskey June 24, 2014 0

Today I found out where the dollar sign ($) comes from.This symbol first showed up in the 1770s, appearing in documents of English-Americans who had business dealings with Spanish-Americans.  However, it wasn’t until the

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The Top 55 Quick Facts of the Year

The Top 55 Quick Facts of the Year

Daven Hiskey June 23, 2014 2

It’s been about a year since we did our last “Top Quick Facts” post here on TodayIFoundOut, so here are 55 of our favorites from all the quick facts we’ve posted since last summer.

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