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Two Men Murdered 15 People Over the Course of a Year in Order to Sell the Bodies as Cadavers for College Students to Dissect

Two Men Murdered 15 People Over the Course of a Year in Order to Sell the Bodies as Cadavers for College Students to Dissect

Daven Hiskey January 4, 2012 0

Today I Found Out about William Burke and William Hare: two men who murdered 15 people (though sold 16 bodies overall) over the course of a year to make extra money, selling the bodies

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Baby Ruth Candy Bars Actually Were Named After Babe Ruth

Baby Ruth Candy Bars Actually Were Named After Babe Ruth

Daven Hiskey December 15, 2011 3

Today I Found Out Baby Ruth candy bars really were named after Babe Ruth. The rumor that they were not was actually started by the company who made them originally, the Curtiss Candy Company

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Origin of the Chinese Fire Drill

Origin of the Chinese Fire Drill

Daven Hiskey December 14, 2011 5

Today I Found Out the origin of the Chinese Fire Drill. In World War I, British soldiers came up with the phrase “Chinese Landing” to describe a clumsy or bad landing.  It should be

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A Real Life White Whale that Destroyed Over 20 Whaling Ships and Survived Encounters with Another 80

A Real Life White Whale that Destroyed Over 20 Whaling Ships and Survived Encounters with Another 80

Daven Hiskey December 7, 2011 5

Today I Found Out about a real life white whale that destroyed over 20 whaling ships and reportedly survived encounters with another 80 or so. The massive 70 foot long albino sperm whale was

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Why Lead Used to Be Added To Gasoline

Why Lead Used to Be Added To Gasoline

Scott November 14, 2011 7

Today I Found Out why lead used to be added to gasoline. “Tetraethyl lead” was used in early model cars to help reduce engine knocking, boost octane ratings, and help with wear and tear

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Play-Doh was Originally Wallpaper Cleaner

Play-Doh was Originally Wallpaper Cleaner

Daven Hiskey November 12, 2011 7

Today I Found Out Play-Doh was originally used as a wallpaper cleaner.  Further, the compound that eventually became Play-Doh debuted a full 22 years before Play-Doh hit the shelves.  It also twice saved a

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Post-It Notes Were Invented By Accident

Post-It Notes Were Invented By Accident

Daven Hiskey November 9, 2011 11

Today I Found Out Post-It Notes were invented by accident. There were actually two accidents that lead to the invention of the Post-It note.  The first was by Spencer Silver.  According to the former

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Laminated Safety Glass was Invented by Accident

Laminated Safety Glass was Invented by Accident

Daven Hiskey November 8, 2011 2

Today I Found Out laminated glass, also known as “Safety Glass”, was invented by accident. Laminated glass can be found in car windshields, bank teller protective barriers, and a variety of other places where

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Silly Putty was Invented by Accident

Silly Putty was Invented by Accident

Daven Hiskey November 7, 2011 2

Today I Found Out Silly Putty was invented by accident. Silly Putty was originally invented by James Wright, working at General Electric’s New Haven, Connecticut lab in 1943.    At the time, the Allies

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The Bluetooth Standard is Named After a 10th Century Scandinavian King

The Bluetooth Standard is Named After a 10th Century Scandinavian King

Daven Hiskey October 31, 2011 5

Today I Found Out the Bluetooth standard is named after a 10th century Scandinavian king. The man was Harald I of Denmark.  “Bluetooth” is the English translation of “Blåtand”, which was an epithet of

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One of the Great Practical Jokes of the 19th Century, the Berners Street Hoax

One of the Great Practical Jokes of the 19th Century, the Berners Street Hoax

Daven Hiskey October 30, 2011 3

Today I Found Out about one of the great practical jokes of the 19th century, the Berners Street Hoax. The year was 1809.  Famed English author, Theodore Hook, made a bet with one of

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Lighters Were Invented Before The Match

Lighters Were Invented Before The Match

Jon October 19, 2011 3

Note: This is a guest article contributed by frequent TIFO visitor and owner of DumpADay.com, Jon. Today I Found Out that lighters were invented before the match. This one had me scratching my head

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Jimmy Stewart Was a Two Star General in the U.S. Military

Jimmy Stewart Was a Two Star General in the U.S. Military

Daven Hiskey October 10, 2011 8

Today I Found Out Jimmy Stewart was a two star general in the United States military. In 1940, Jimmy Stewart was drafted into the United States Army, but ended up being rejected due to

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Velcro Was Modeled After Burrs of the Burdock Plant that Stuck to Velcro’s Inventor’s Pants After a Hunting Trip

Velcro Was Modeled After Burrs of the Burdock Plant that Stuck to Velcro’s Inventor’s Pants After a Hunting Trip

Daven Hiskey September 9, 2011 6

Today I Found Out Velcro was modeled after burrs of the burdock plant that stuck to Velcro’s creator’s pants after a hunting trip. The inventor of Velcro, more generically known as a “hook and

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Origins of the Jolly Roger

Origins of the Jolly Roger

Daven Hiskey September 1, 2011 2

Today I Found Out the origins of the Jolly Roger flags. Ships throughout history typically stocked a variety of different flags used for sending a message, signaling other ships, and for identifying themselves.  For

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Mexico is Really Called the United Mexican States

Mexico is Really Called the United Mexican States

Daven Hiskey August 29, 2011 8

Today I Found Out that Mexico is really called the United Mexican States or Estados Unidos Mexicanos.  Specifically, there are thirty one states in the UMS, with 111 million people making it the 11th

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Teflon was Invented by Accident

Teflon was Invented by Accident

Daven Hiskey August 26, 2011 3

Today I Found Out Teflon was invented by accident. The man who accidentally invented it was Dr. Roy Plunkett.  After receiving his BA, MS, and eventually PhD in organic chemistry, Dr. Plunkett took a

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The Microwave Oven Was Invented by Accident by a Man Who was Orphaned and Never Finished Grammar School

The Microwave Oven Was Invented by Accident by a Man Who was Orphaned and Never Finished Grammar School

Daven Hiskey August 24, 2011 9

Today I Found Out the microwave oven was invented by accident by a man who was orphaned and never finished grammar school. The man was Percy Spencer.  At the age of just 18 months

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