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The Woman Credited as Being the Founder of Mother’s Day Later Spent Her Entire Family Fortune Campaigning Against the Holiday

The Woman Credited as Being the Founder of Mother’s Day Later Spent Her Entire Family Fortune Campaigning Against the Holiday

Daven Hiskey May 7, 2013 0

Today I Found Out has teamed up with Jeremiah Warren to show his awesome “trivia” related videos here. You can subscribe to Warren’s YouTube Channel here. If you like this video and the Bonus

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The Amazing Tardigrade- The Toughest Known Creature on Earth and Beyond

The Amazing Tardigrade- The Toughest Known Creature on Earth and Beyond

Jeremy Megraw May 7, 2013 4

It is surely the stuff of science fiction: An extraordinary being arrives on Earth that can withstand a tortuous array of conditions: boiling, freezing, tremendous atmospheric pressure, near total dehydration, and exposure to massive

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The Siberian Family Who Didn’t See Another Human for Over 40 Years

The Siberian Family Who Didn’t See Another Human for Over 40 Years

Matt Blitz May 3, 2013 0

To this day, the Siberian wilderness is still one of the most isolated places in the world. Known as the Siberian taiga (meaning “forest” in Russian), its harsh, cold climate greatly discourages human habitation.

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Vasili Arkhipov: The Man Who Saved the World

Vasili Arkhipov: The Man Who Saved the World

Matt Blitz May 2, 2013 7

In 1962, the U.S. and the Soviet Union were on the brink of possible mutual destruction- the world as a whole was facing a possible nuclear winter and all the devastation that would come

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The Origin of the Names of the Continents

The Origin of the Names of the Continents

Emily Upton May 1, 2013 12

Today I found out the most likely origin of each of the continents’ names. (Using the seven continent model) First on this list is Africa. There are many different theories as to the origin

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The Only Major League Baseball Player to Openly Admit He was Gay During His Career Also May Have “Invented” the High-Five

The Only Major League Baseball Player to Openly Admit He was Gay During His Career Also May Have “Invented” the High-Five

Eddie Deezen April 30, 2013 4

“They can’t say that a gay man can’t play in the Majors, because I’m a gay man and I made it.”- Glenn Burke Major League Baseball has been going strong now for well over

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The Nazi Origin of the Volkswagen Beetle

The Nazi Origin of the Volkswagen Beetle

Melissa April 26, 2013 4

Hard to believe but true- the industrial production of the lovable VW Bug was partially the brainchild of none other than Adolf Hitler. While most of us, when we think of Hitler and the

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Fingers Don’t Contain Muscles

Fingers Don’t Contain Muscles

Scott April 24, 2013 2

 We all have pet-peeves that occasionally happen around us- windshield wipers on when there isn’t enough rain to support lubrication, your husband leaving his dirty laundry on the floor, etc. One of mine is

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How the Dalai Lama is Chosen

How the Dalai Lama is Chosen

Melissa April 23, 2013 0

Byron H. asks: How is the Dalai Lama chosen? Actually, the Dalai Lama is not technically chosen; rather, he is found. But to understand how it works, you first have to learn the basics

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How Urine Can Be Used to Make Gunpowder (and Other Interesting Pee Facts)

How Urine Can Be Used to Make Gunpowder (and Other Interesting Pee Facts)

Melissa April 22, 2013 8

It turns out that something that is (usually) flushed down the toilet can actually be recycled into a number of useful products. Comprised of water, calcium, chloride, potassium, sodium, magnesium, urea, creatinine, nitrogen, uric

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Why the Beatles Split Up

Why the Beatles Split Up

Eddie Deezen April 18, 2013 9

Jim Al asks: Why did the Beatles break up? Well Jim, most failed marriages didn’t end because “I found Bill wearing my dress,” or “Sam lost the kids’ college fund in a poker game,”

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Origin of the Stock Market Terms “Bull” and “Bear”

Origin of the Stock Market Terms “Bull” and “Bear”

Daven Hiskey April 16, 2013 3

Kevin asks: Why do we call the stock market trends “bullish” and “bearish”? For those who don’t know, a “bear” market, or when someone is being “bearish” in this context, is marked by investors

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Jackie Robinson was Not the First African American to Play Major League Baseball

Jackie Robinson was Not the First African American to Play Major League Baseball

Daven Hiskey April 15, 2013 5

Myth: Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play in the Major Leagues The great Jackie Robinson accomplished an amazing amount in his lifetime both on and off the field.  Despite all the

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What Causes Acne

What Causes Acne

Scott April 11, 2013 3

Jen asks: What causes pimples? Ah, acne! The facial blemish that powers many a pubescent date request rejection. Like millions of people worldwide, in my youth I waged a war with this aesthetic foe,

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Why We Have a Seven Day Week and the Origin of the Names of the Days of the Week

Why We Have a Seven Day Week and the Origin of the Names of the Days of the Week

Emily Upton April 9, 2013 35

Today I found out why we have a seven day week and the origins of each day’s name. Two of the earliest known civilizations to use a seven day week were the Babylonians and

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Joe Engel and The Shortstop Who was Traded for a Turkey

Joe Engel and The Shortstop Who was Traded for a Turkey

Matt Blitz April 8, 2013 1

Professional sports teams have always tried to find unique ways to get fans into the seats. Whether it was the legendary Bill Veeck batting the shortest player in baseball history (Eddie Gaedel at 3

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The Fascinating History of Birth Control

The Fascinating History of Birth Control

Yona Williams April 5, 2013 3

Kerry asks: What did people use for birth control before modern methods like the pill and condoms? Pregnancy prevention around the world has a lengthy history that includes many effective yet sometimes lethal methods

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The Origin of “Say Cheese” and When People Started Smiling in Photographs

The Origin of “Say Cheese” and When People Started Smiling in Photographs

Terynn Boulton April 2, 2013 16

Sue T. asks: Why do people say “say cheese” when taking pictures?  Also, why did people not smile in old pictures and when did they start? “Say cheese!” This simple command is meant to

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