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The United States v. Paramount and How Movie Theater Concessions Got So Expensive

The United States v. Paramount and How Movie Theater Concessions Got So Expensive

Melissa November 21, 2014 5

Walter K. asks: Why are movie theaters allowed to make their concessions so expensive? In 1948, the Supreme Court ended the stranglehold Hollywood studios and distributors had on the U.S. movie market. Declaring the

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The Shockingly Old Origin of the Fax Machine

The Shockingly Old Origin of the Fax Machine

Matt Blitz November 20, 2014 1

Today, we mostly think of the fax machine as an outdated piece of technology. While there are still some uses for it in an office-setting, technological advances are sending the fax machines to the

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How Were Kamikaze Pilots Chosen?

How Were Kamikaze Pilots Chosen?

Karl Smallwood November 19, 2014 0

Pat A. asks: Were Kamikaze pilots all just volunteers or how exactly did they get selected? During WWII, thousands of Japanese pilots made the ultimate sacrifice for their country by becoming, essentially, flying suicide

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Who was Humpty Dumpty?

Who was Humpty Dumpty?

Emily Upton November 18, 2014 0

Nevin asks: Why is “Humpty Dumpty” always depicted as an egg? As you seem to have noticed, in the “Humpty Dumpty” nursery rhyme, nowhere does it say that Humpty is an egg, yet he

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Why Don’t Birds’ Legs Freeze?

Why Don’t Birds’ Legs Freeze?

Karl Smallwood November 17, 2014 3

Eddie C. asks: How do ducks and other birds keep their feet from getting frostbite in the winter? How a bird reacts to the cold depends on what kind of a bird it is

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Does Canadian Beer Really Contain More Alcohol Than Beer Made in the United States?

Does Canadian Beer Really Contain More Alcohol Than Beer Made in the United States?

Melissa November 14, 2014 3

Paul E. asks: Is it true that Canadian beer has a lot more alcohol in it than American beer? Canadians boast longer lives, safer communities, free nationalized healthcare, a cleaner environment, the most gold

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Why Don’t Hot Dogs and Hot Dog Buns Come in Packs of Equal Number?

Why Don’t Hot Dogs and Hot Dog Buns Come in Packs of Equal Number?

Karl Smallwood November 13, 2014 6

Jason H. asks: Here’s one for you I’ve never found a satisfactory answer on. Why don’t hot dogs and hot dog buns come in packs of the same number? Has it always been this

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Why Tattoos Don’t Fade as Skin Regenerates

Why Tattoos Don’t Fade as Skin Regenerates

Karl Smallwood November 12, 2014 3

Ryan C. asks: How do they make tattoos permanent? In other words, how do they get tattoos to remain even as your skin is constantly regenerating? Depending on the source you consult, anywhere from

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The Origins of the Mathematical Convention of Using “X” as the Unknown

The Origins of the Mathematical Convention of Using “X” as the Unknown

Melissa November 11, 2014 5

Linda P. asks: Why do we always use “x” for everything in math? For hundreds of years, x has been the go-to symbol for the unknown quantity in mathematical equations. So who started this

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Podcast Episode #270: Jus Primae Noctis- First Night

Podcast Episode #270: Jus Primae Noctis- First Night

Simon Whistler November 10, 2014 0

In this episode, you’re going to learn whether European lords really ever practiced jus primae noctis (aka “First Night”)- sleeping with each of the peasant women on their lands on the women’s wedding nights. 

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10 Bizarre Facts- Part 6

10 Bizarre Facts- Part 6

Noreen November 7, 2014 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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How Do the Media and Police Estimate Crowd Sizes?

How Do the Media and Police Estimate Crowd Sizes?

Karl Smallwood November 6, 2014 1

Keith H. asks: When the police and media report crowd sizes of a parade or something, what do they base their numbers on? Although the task of determining how many people attend something as

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Can You Really Bust a Gut from Eating Too Much at Once?

Can You Really Bust a Gut from Eating Too Much at Once?

Melissa November 5, 2014 4

R. Lee asks: In Seven an obese man is made to stuff himself until his stomach bursts. Is this really possible? Wouldn’t you just naturally throw up? Although extremely rare, some people actually have

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Why Do We Call Parents “Mom” and “Dad”?

Why Do We Call Parents “Mom” and “Dad”?

Karl Smallwood November 4, 2014 5

Becky E. asks: Why do we call parents mom and dad? Calling our parents anything other than mom, dad or one of the many variations thereof is an almost alien concept to many (and

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Did English Speakers Really Not Use Contractions in the 19th Century as Depicted in True Grit?

Did English Speakers Really Not Use Contractions in the 19th Century as Depicted in True Grit?

Melissa November 3, 2014 3

Karl A. asks: In the movie True Grit, they don’t use contractions. Is it true that people back then didn’t use them? Won’t, don’t, wouldn’t, isn’t and even ain’t- where would we be without

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Interesting Halloween Facts Roundup

Interesting Halloween Facts Roundup

Daven Hiskey October 30, 2014 0

We’ve covered quite a few Halloween related facts here on TodayIFoundOut over the years. Here’s a list of all of them, as well as some interesting facts about various candies. Happy Halloween! Halloween Related

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Child Actors and Coogan’s Bill

Child Actors and Coogan’s Bill

Melissa October 30, 2014 0

Born into acting, by the age of five Jackie Coogan, Jr. was a veteran stage performer when Charlie Chaplin first spotted him in 1919. Immediately cast in Chaplin’s A Day’s Pleasure, the hard-working Coogan

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What Happens to Your Social Security Number When You Die?

What Happens to Your Social Security Number When You Die?

Melissa October 29, 2014 0

U. Grening asks: What happens to your social security number when you die? Does it get used again? Since 1935, the Social Security Administration has been issuing numbers to permanent residents of the United

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