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The Cicada Invasion is Here

The Cicada Invasion is Here

Jeremy Megraw May 30, 2013 1

They’re coming. If you live on the Eastern seaboard of North America, prepare this summer for a large-scale invasion of a species of cicada (“cicada” being the Latin for “tree cricket”) that hasn’t happened in

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10 Interesting Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Ben Franklin

10 Interesting Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Ben Franklin

Kathy Padden May 29, 2013 12

Ben Franklin was a man of many and varied accomplishments- a Renaissance man in the grand tradition of Leonardo da Vinci. He was a writer, scientist, musician, inventor and innovator, despite only ever receiving

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The Great Chicago Fire Wasn’t Started by a Cow

The Great Chicago Fire Wasn’t Started by a Cow

Emily Upton May 28, 2013 10

Myth: The Great Chicago Fire was started by a cow. The Great Chicago Fire destroyed 3.3 square miles of Chicago, Illinois, burning for two days in 1871—between October 8th and October 10th. It killed

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12 Crazy Sports From the Ancient World

12 Crazy Sports From the Ancient World

List25 May 27, 2013 7

This is a post by the authors at List25.com. For more interesting lists, subscribe to their newsletter here. 1) Pankration: While today we have MMA, the Ancient Greeks had something known as Pankration, which

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How World War I Helped Popularize the Bra

How World War I Helped Popularize the Bra

Terynn Boulton May 25, 2013 7

Corsets dominated the undergarments of wealthier women in the Western world for centuries, until WWI. So how did the war help popularize the bra?  In a word, or two words in this case: metal

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The Curious Case of Alien Hand Syndrome

The Curious Case of Alien Hand Syndrome

Melissa May 23, 2013 3

Although modern medicine has made tremendous advances in many areas, even mapping the human genome, there remain aspects of human health that continue to elude our full understanding. Alien hand syndrome is one of

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10 Interesting Language Facts (Part-3)

10 Interesting Language Facts (Part-3)

Noreen May 22, 2013 1

Embed This Infographic [Source: Today I Found Out] For more Language Facts see: 10 Common Word & Pronunciation Mistakes 10 Interesting Word & Phrase Facts 10 More Interesting Words & Phrases Facts The Origins

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The Origin of Toasting Drinks

The Origin of Toasting Drinks

Tegan Jones May 20, 2013 5

Steph B. asks: Why do we make toasts with drinks and why is it called that? Humans throughout history have made a habit of basing a great deal of our traditions and customs around

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The Origin of the Loch Ness Monster

The Origin of the Loch Ness Monster

Emily Upton May 19, 2013 4

Today I found out the origin of the Loch Ness Monster myth. Loch Ness is a long, narrow lake southwest of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. It is the second largest loch in Scotland

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How Voltaire Made a Fortune Rigging the Lottery

How Voltaire Made a Fortune Rigging the Lottery

Andy Williamson May 16, 2013 13

While history knows him as a great Enlightenment thinker, Voltaire was once Francois-Marie Arouet, the charismatic and rebellious youngest son of a middle-class French family. In his early life, Voltaire fell consistently afoul of

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Where “Catch-22″ Came From and the Origins of Other Famous Words and Phrases

Where “Catch-22″ Came From and the Origins of Other Famous Words and Phrases

Melissa May 15, 2013 2

Not set in stone, the English language is constantly evolving to describe new developments and experiences and to match the zeitgeist of the times. With words created out of necessity to describe a new

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Why Storks are Associated with Delivering Babies

Why Storks are Associated with Delivering Babies

Emily Upton May 13, 2013 8

Today I found out why storks are associated with delivering babies. We all know how babies are made. The stork can be seen flying over rooftops with a little cloth bundle before landing at

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10 Bizarre Facts (Part-5)

10 Bizarre Facts (Part-5)

Noreen May 10, 2013 0

Embed This Infographic [Source: Today I Found Out] For Part 1 of this series go here: 10 Bizarre Facts For Part 2 of this series go here: 10 Bizarre Facts (Part-2) For Part 3

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People in Columbus’ Time Did Not Think the World Was Flat

People in Columbus’ Time Did Not Think the World Was Flat

Melissa May 8, 2013 24

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue… with a whole lot of maps and information about the very round Earth. Contrary to popular belief, not only did Columbus realize the world was round, so

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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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