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Mark Twain and His Hobby of Collecting Girls from 10-16 Years Old

Mark Twain and His Hobby of Collecting Girls from 10-16 Years Old

Emily Upton July 29, 2013 3

Today I found out that Samuel Clemens (aka, Mark Twain) used to “collect” girls between the ages of 10-16 years old. On February 12, 1908, Clemens said, “I suppose we are all collectors… As

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WWII Horror Files: Unit 731

WWII Horror Files: Unit 731

Melissa July 26, 2013 2

At the dawn of World War II, although biological and chemical weapons had been used previously in warfare, little was known of precisely how they worked on the human body. Curious, certain Japanese researchers

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How Chicago Got Its Name

How Chicago Got Its Name

Emily Upton July 25, 2013 0

Crystal asks: Why is Chicago named that? The first European to set foot in the area we know today as Chicago was Nicholas Perrot, a French trader, in 1671. He was followed a few

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The Story of the Tsar Bomba

The Story of the Tsar Bomba

Karl Smallwood July 24, 2013 4

The Tsar Bomba, or “Big Ivan” as the Soviets nicknamed it, is the single most powerful man-made explosive device in human history. But why was such a device even made? Well, for similar reasons

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The First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe was Disguised as a Man for Most of the Journey

The First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe was Disguised as a Man for Most of the Journey

Emily Upton July 23, 2013 2

Today I found out about the secret life of Jean Baret, the first woman to circumnavigate the globe. Born Jeanne Baret to a farming family in 1740, not a lot is known about her

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10 Amazing Animal Facts (Part-5)

10 Amazing Animal Facts (Part-5)

Noreen July 22, 2013 1

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

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The Chicken Who Lived Without His Head for 18 Months

The Chicken Who Lived Without His Head for 18 Months

Staci Lehman July 19, 2013 4

It turns out it’s not just politicians that can live without brains, a chicken named Mike lived without his entire head for 18 months! Mike the Headless Chicken was a Wyandotte chicken that was

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The Man Who Ate an Airplane and Three Other People Who Eat Weird Things

The Man Who Ate an Airplane and Three Other People Who Eat Weird Things

Terynn Boulton July 18, 2013 0

John Cochran impressed Survivor fans this past season by winning a food challenge in which he had to eat beetle larvae, shipworms, a balut (duck/bird embryo complete with feathers and a beak), and finally

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Jane Elliot and the Blue-Eyed Children Experiment

Jane Elliot and the Blue-Eyed Children Experiment

Terynn Boulton July 17, 2013 3

On April 4, 1968, Jane Elliot, a third grade teacher in Riceville, Iowa, turned on her television set to learn more about Martin Luther King’s assassination and was appalled at what she heard from

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Why Area 51 is Thought by Some to House Aliens

Why Area 51 is Thought by Some to House Aliens

Karl Smallwood July 16, 2013 5

Kathy asks: Why do people think Area 51 contains alien bodies? Area 51 is now so ingrained into popular culture that it’s virtually synonymous with Aliens; it’s impossible to mention one without the other

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Joseph Pujol, World Famous Farter

Joseph Pujol, World Famous Farter

Terynn Boulton July 13, 2013 0

When asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up,” most children reply with the standard, “firefighter, police officer, teacher”. Some go less traditional  with “circus performer, singer or professional athlete”. I

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When Boston Drowned in Molasses

When Boston Drowned in Molasses

Kathy Padden July 12, 2013 1

On a relatively mild January day in 1919, Boston was the setting for one of the more bizarre disasters to ever happen on American soil. The incident was also the impetus behind the longest

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Apple Pie Isn’t Really “American”

Apple Pie Isn’t Really “American”

Emily Upton July 11, 2013 3

“As American as apple pie” is a common phrase used to describe things that are undeniably American, like Uncle Sam, McDonald’s, and fireworks and barbecues for the 4th of July. But as popular as

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The Forgotten Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, Norton I

The Forgotten Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, Norton I

Emily Upton July 10, 2013 7

Today I found out about the largely forgotten colorful benevolent dictator of the United States and protector of Mexico, Emperor Norton I. His Imperial Majesty Joshua Abraham Norton I was born between 1811 and

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The Bizarre Tale of Phineas Gage

The Bizarre Tale of Phineas Gage

Terynn Boulton July 8, 2013 5

What was supposed to be just another day on the job for 25-year-old Phineas Gage turned out to be anything but, with events transpiring to make him a legend – in neurology anyway. On that fateful

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10 Fascinating Fourth of July Facts

10 Fascinating Fourth of July Facts

Noreen July 4, 2013 0

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The Language Made Up Entirely of Whistles

The Language Made Up Entirely of Whistles

Emily Upton July 3, 2013 4

Today I found out about Silbo Gomero, the whistling language. In Spanish, “Silbo Gomero” means “Gomeran whistling.” It is a language “spoken” on La Gomera in the Canary Islands (which incidentally may have been

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Nero Didn’t Fiddle While Rome Burned

Nero Didn’t Fiddle While Rome Burned

Emily Upton July 1, 2013 14

Myth: Nero played music while Rome burned to the ground. The infamous phrase—“Nero fiddled while Rome burned”—has come to mean a person who is neglecting their duties, probably by doing something frivolous. Nero is

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