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Excite Had a Chance to Buy Google for $750K, But Turned It Down

Excite Had a Chance to Buy Google for $750K, But Turned It Down

Radhika Basuthakur March 26, 2013 4

Google is practically synonymous with “search” today. But back in 1999, Excite (better known today as Ask.com) was a bigger force in the online world. It was one of the most recognized brands of

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The Origin of the Looney Tune’s “ACME” Corporation Name

The Origin of the Looney Tune’s “ACME” Corporation Name

Nicola Quinn March 25, 2013 2

For those of you who didn’t spend your childhood with your eyes glued to the TV screen watching Saturday morning cartoons, “ACME” is the name of the fictional company that appeared in almost every

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8 Facts You May Not Have Known About Salt

8 Facts You May Not Have Known About Salt

Noreen March 22, 2013 4

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The Story Behind the Man Who was Killed in the Famous “Saigon Execution” Photo

The Story Behind the Man Who was Killed in the Famous “Saigon Execution” Photo

Lauren Corona March 19, 2013 11

Perhaps one of the most iconic images to come out of the Vietnam War (see photo here), this photo depicts a uniformed South Vietnamese officer shooting a prisoner in the head. When you look

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“The [American Civil] War Began in My Front Yard and Ended in My Parlor.”

“The [American Civil] War Began in My Front Yard and Ended in My Parlor.”

Rebecca McTear March 18, 2013 8

“The war began in my front yard and ended in my parlor.” This statement about the start and the end of the U.S. Civil War was spoken by Wilmer McLean and is surprisingly almost

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The Famous “Wilhelm Scream” Heard in Over 200 Films is Thought to Have Come from the Vocal Talents of the Guy Who Wrote and Sang the Song “Purple People Eater”

The Famous “Wilhelm Scream” Heard in Over 200 Films is Thought to Have Come from the Vocal Talents of the Guy Who Wrote and Sang the Song “Purple People Eater”

Amanda Poitras March 15, 2013 5

Even if you don’t recognize the name, odds are you’ve at least heard the Wilhelm Scream (listen to it here). It’s that classic scream that movie goers around the world remember and is sometimes

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10 Fascinating Food Facts (Part-4)

10 Fascinating Food Facts (Part-4)

Noreen March 14, 2013 0

Embed This Infographic [Source: Today I Found Out] [Some images used in the infographic via Shutterstock] For Part 1 of this series go here: 12 Fascinating Food Facts For Part 2 of this series

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Why Mustard is Yellow

Why Mustard is Yellow

Matt Blitz March 12, 2013 0

Today I found out why mustard is yellow. A common misconception is that yellow mustard (the kind you put on your hot dog) is yellow because of the mustard seed. This is not true.

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The Woman Who Carried a Fetus in Her Body for 60 Years

The Woman Who Carried a Fetus in Her Body for 60 Years

Daven Hiskey March 8, 2013 5

The woman was Huang Yijun from China.  When she was 31 in 1948, she became pregnant only to find out that she had an ectopic pregnancy, meaning the egg had not attached in the

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The Origin of Saint Patrick’s Day

The Origin of Saint Patrick’s Day

Daven Hiskey March 7, 2013 3

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 liked this video and the Bonus

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Why Sideburns are Named as They Are

Why Sideburns are Named as They Are

Daven Hiskey March 6, 2013 3

Today I found out why sideburns are named as they are. It turns out, despite this particular brand of facial hair style being around as far back as at least 100 BC (with one

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How Nintendo, Lego, Adidas and 17 other Major Companies Got Their Names

How Nintendo, Lego, Adidas and 17 other Major Companies Got Their Names

List25 March 4, 2013 14

This is a guest post by List25.com for more interesting lists, subscribe to their newsletter here. Lego:  In 1934, Danish carpenter Ol Kirk Kristiansen, the founder of what we now know of as Lego®,

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The Beatles’ Worst Experience

The Beatles’ Worst Experience

Eddie Deezen February 28, 2013 2

The Beatles arrived in Manila to give two concerts in early July of 1966.  This was to be one of their gigs on their 1966 final-ever tour; they had just finished a few very

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Caffeine Does Not Stunt Your Growth

Caffeine Does Not Stunt Your Growth

Scott February 28, 2013 3

Myth: Caffeine will stunt your growth We all remember being 12 years old and seeing your mom guzzling down her 3rd cup of coffee and really wanting some. When we asked if we could

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10 Totally Random Facts (Part-3)

10 Totally Random Facts (Part-3)

Noreen February 28, 2013 2

Embed This Infographic [Source: Today I Found Out] [Some images used in the infographic via Shutterstock] For Part 1 of this series go here: 10 Totally Random Interesting Facts For Part 2 of this

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Why We Call the Seasons Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring

Why We Call the Seasons Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring

Daven Hiskey February 26, 2013 1

J.K. asks: Why are the seasons called winter, spring, summer, and fall? “Winter” derives from the Proto-Germanic *wentruz, meaning winter.  This in turn probably comes from the Proto-Indo-European (PIE) *wed, meaning “wet”.  Alternatively, it

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10 Wild and Wacky Animal Mating Rituals (Part-2)

10 Wild and Wacky Animal Mating Rituals (Part-2)

Noreen February 25, 2013 0

Embed This Infographic Source: Today I found out [Some images used in the infographic via Shutterstock] Text Version: 1. Bowerbirds: When looking for a mate, bowerbirds (found in northern parts of Australia) put in

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10 Wild and Wacky Animal Mating Rituals

10 Wild and Wacky Animal Mating Rituals

Noreen February 22, 2013 1

Embed This Infographic Source: Today I found out [Some images used in the infographic via Shutterstock] Text Version: 1. Flatworms: Like most aquatic invertebrates, flatworms are hermaphrodites, which means they have reproductive organs of

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