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The Origin of the QWERTY Keyboard

The Origin of the QWERTY Keyboard

Samantha July 2, 2014 0

Today I found out the origin of the QWERTY keyboard.The first typewriter was introduced to the United States in 1868 by Christopher Latham Sholes. His first attempt to build a typing device consisted of

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How Shrunken Heads Were Made

How Shrunken Heads Were Made

Staci Lehman July 1, 2014 0

Today I found out how shrunken heads were made. For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, a shrunken head is a decapitated human head that is shrunk through a cooking process by

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Why Are Continental Breakfasts Called That?

Why Are Continental Breakfasts Called That?

Melissa June 30, 2014 0

Austin asks: Why are continental breakfasts called that? Many hotels offer guests a free breakfast consisting of muffin, coffee, cereal and milk, toast, juice, bagel, and, at some, even scrambled eggs and make-your-own waffles.

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Why Do Men’s and Women’s Clothes Have the Buttons on the Opposite Sides?

Why Do Men’s and Women’s Clothes Have the Buttons on the Opposite Sides?

Karl Smallwood June 27, 2014 4

Matt asks: Why do men’s and women’s shirts and pants have the buttons on the opposite sides? When did this start? As with so many things in history, we can’t know with 100% accuracy

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10 Celebrity Facts You Probably Didn’t Know – Part 3

10 Celebrity Facts You Probably Didn’t Know – Part 3

Noreen June 26, 2014 0

Embed This Infographic [Source: Today I Found Out] If you liked this infographic, you might also enjoy: 10 Interesting Celebrity Facts 10 Celebrity Facts You Probably Didn’t Know – Part

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Why Do We Kiss?

Why Do We Kiss?

Kathy Padden June 25, 2014 4

Hannah asks: Why do we kiss? Is this something built in or do we just do it because we see others do it our whole lives? Making Out. Snogging. Canoodling. Kissing. An activity that

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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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Why Does Rhode Island Have “Island” in the Name When It is Not One?

Why Does Rhode Island Have “Island” in the Name When It is Not One?

Matt Blitz June 20, 2014 2

Aaron asks: Why is Rhode Island called an island when it is not? Most think the history of Rhode Island starts with Roger Williams, but the state’s “discovery” (at least by Europeans) dates back

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Why Graduates Wear Caps and Gowns

Why Graduates Wear Caps and Gowns

Kathy Padden June 19, 2014 6

Karla asks: Why do graduates wear caps and gowns? Also, why do we throw our caps in the air when we graduate? Inquiring minds want to know!!! Wearing academic robes is a tradition that

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Sleepwalking Murders

Sleepwalking Murders

Melissa June 18, 2014 4

Carl asks: What happens if you are sleep walking and you kill someone? Anyone who has ever tried to reason with a sleepwalker knows they can seem to be awake, yet have bizarre and

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Why Do We Still Have Pubic and Armpit Hair?

Why Do We Still Have Pubic and Armpit Hair?

Kathy Padden June 17, 2014 14

Stefan asks: Why do we still have pubic and armpit hair when we lost most of the rest of the hair on our bodies? What purpose does it serve? It’s a biological mystery that

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The Curious Case of Sun Sneezing

The Curious Case of Sun Sneezing

Matt Blitz June 16, 2014 13

Have you ever been in a dark place, say a movie theatre or a room with all the blinds close, and walked outside into the daylight when, all of a sudden, you begin to

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Glowing in the Dark, The “Radium Girls”

Glowing in the Dark, The “Radium Girls”

Daven Hiskey June 12, 2014 5

On December 21, 1898, Marie and Pierre Curie discovered the radioactive element radium (in the form of radium chloride), extracting it from uraninite. They first removed the uranium from the uraninite sample and then

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Why is Toilet Paper Always White?

Why is Toilet Paper Always White?

Karl Smallwood June 11, 2014 11

mgh23 asks: Why is toilet paper always white? Toilet paper is an odd thing. Despite the fact that we often rub it against one of the most sensitive parts of our bodies on a

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Why Does Stepping On A LEGO Hurt so Much?

Why Does Stepping On A LEGO Hurt so Much?

Karl Smallwood June 10, 2014 15

James asks: Why does it hurt so much when you step on legos with bare feet? Right up there with how the gun on the original Duck Hunt game worked, why it hurts so

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Hobbs and His Lock Picks: The Great Lock Controversy of 1851

Hobbs and His Lock Picks: The Great Lock Controversy of 1851

Matt Blitz June 9, 2014 10

In April 1851, Alfred C. Hobbs boarded the steamship Washington bound for Southampton, England. His official duty was to sell the New York City-based company Day and Newell’s newest product – the parautopic lock

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The Fascinating Story of How the “What Would Jesus Do?” Slogan Came About

The Fascinating Story of How the “What Would Jesus Do?” Slogan Came About

Karl Smallwood June 6, 2014 9

What Would Jesus Do?, often shortened to WWJD? or W.W.J.D.  is a slogan so famous that millions of objects have been emblazoned with it. However, the person who came up with “W.W.J.D.” never saw a

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How Drilling a 14 Inch Hole Accidentally Created a 1,300-Foot Deep Saltwater Lake Out of a Formerly 10-Foot Deep Freshwater One

How Drilling a 14 Inch Hole Accidentally Created a 1,300-Foot Deep Saltwater Lake Out of a Formerly 10-Foot Deep Freshwater One

Staci Lehman June 5, 2014 2

Lake Peigneur is located in Louisiana near the Gulf of Mexico. Before 1980, it was an approximately 10-foot deep fresh water lake with an island in the middle. Next to it, and partially under

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