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The Name for the Dwarf Planet Pluto was Suggested by an 11 Year Old Girl

The Name for the Dwarf Planet Pluto was Suggested by an 11 Year Old Girl

Daven Hiskey September 10, 2012 7

Today I found out the name for the dwarf planet Pluto was suggested by an 11 year old girl. The girl was Venetia Burney of Oxford, England.  Venetia’s great uncle, Science Master of Eton

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Abraham Lincoln Established the Secret Service on the Day He was Shot by John Wilkes Booth

Abraham Lincoln Established the Secret Service on the Day He was Shot by John Wilkes Booth

Daven Hiskey September 8, 2012 7

Today I found out Abraham Lincoln established the Secret Service on the day he was shot by John Wilkes Booth. Unfortunately, even had the organization been instituted earlier, it wouldn’t have helped.  The Secret

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The Cotton Candy Making Machine That Made Widely Consumed Cotton Candy Possible was Co-Invented by a Dentist

The Cotton Candy Making Machine That Made Widely Consumed Cotton Candy Possible was Co-Invented by a Dentist

Daven Hiskey September 2, 2012 5

Today I found out the cotton candy making machine was co-invented by a dentist, who  later became the President of the Tennessee State Dental Association. (Coincidence?  I think not!  Wake up Sheeple!). While candy

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Origin of the Olympic Flame Tradition and the Nazi Origin of the Olympic Torch Relay

Origin of the Olympic Flame Tradition and the Nazi Origin of the Olympic Torch Relay

Daven Hiskey August 12, 2012 1

Today I found out the origin of the Olympic Flame tradition and the Nazi origin of the Olympic Torch Relay. The Olympic Flame tradition has its origins in the Ancient Greek Olympics where a

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From 1860-1916 the Uniform Regulations for the British Army Required Every Soldier to have a Moustache

From 1860-1916 the Uniform Regulations for the British Army Required Every Soldier to have a Moustache

Guest August 11, 2012 13

Today I found out that uniform regulation in the British Army between the years 1860 and 1916 stipulated that every soldier should have a moustache. Command No. 1,695 of the King’s Regulations read: The

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The Origin of the Olympic Rings

The Origin of the Olympic Rings

Daven Hiskey August 10, 2012 3

Today I found out the origin of the Olympic Rings. The Olympic ring symbol was designed by Baron Pierre de Coubertin in 1912.  The idea of using rings intertwined with one another came from

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The Official Olympic Salute Stopped Being Popularly Used After WWII Due to Strongly Resembling the “Heil Hitler” Salute

The Official Olympic Salute Stopped Being Popularly Used After WWII Due to Strongly Resembling the “Heil Hitler” Salute

Daven Hiskey August 8, 2012 6

Today I found out the official Olympic salute strongly resembles the “Heil Hitler” or “Nazi” salute. In this Olympic salute, your right arm should be held out, slightly to the side, and pointing in

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The First Olympic Flag Went Missing for 77 Years After the 1920 Games Until a 1920 Olympian Revealed He’d Had It In His Suitcase The Whole Time

The First Olympic Flag Went Missing for 77 Years After the 1920 Games Until a 1920 Olympian Revealed He’d Had It In His Suitcase The Whole Time

Daven Hiskey August 4, 2012 2

Today I found out the original Olympic flag was missing for 77 years until 1920 Olympian Hal Haig Prieste revealed he’d had it the whole time. The year was 1920. The Summer Olympics were

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The Famous “HOLLYWOOD” Sign Originally Read “HOLLYWOODLAND” and Was Lit By About 4,000 Light Bulbs Embedded in the Letters

The Famous “HOLLYWOOD” Sign Originally Read “HOLLYWOODLAND” and Was Lit By About 4,000 Light Bulbs Embedded in the Letters

Daven Hiskey July 22, 2012 6

Today I found out the Hollywood sign originally read “HOLLYWOODLAND” and was lit with about 4,000, 20 watt light bulbs, which would flash “HOLLY” then “WOOD” then “LAND” then “HOLLYWOODLAND” repeatedly. The sign was

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The Current Version of the U.S. Flag was Proposed by a High School Student Who Initially Received Only a B- for His Design

The Current Version of the U.S. Flag was Proposed by a High School Student Who Initially Received Only a B- for His Design

Daven Hiskey July 11, 2012 3

Today I found out the most recent version of the United States’ flag was designed by a high school student who initially received only a B- for his proposed design. In his own words

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The Melody for the Star Spangled Banner was Taken From a Drinking Song

The Melody for the Star Spangled Banner was Taken From a Drinking Song

Daven Hiskey July 4, 2012 1

Today I found out the melody for the Star Spangled Banner was taken from a song in homage to drinking. The melody that would be borrowed for the Star Spangled Banner was extremely popular

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The Female Prostitute That Rose to Become One of the Most Powerful Pirates in History and Whose Armada Took on the Chinese, British, and Portuguese Navies… and Won

The Female Prostitute That Rose to Become One of the Most Powerful Pirates in History and Whose Armada Took on the Chinese, British, and Portuguese Navies… and Won

Daven Hiskey June 13, 2012 13

Today I found out about the prostitute that rose to command a huge armada that controlled the South Chinese Sea and the Guangdong province. While female pirates weren’t uncommon off the coast of Asia

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The Can Opener Wasn’t Invented Until 48 Years After the Invention of the Can

The Can Opener Wasn’t Invented Until 48 Years After the Invention of the Can

Scott June 4, 2012 7

Today I found out the can opener wasn’t invented until 48 years after the invention of the can. In 1795, Napoleon Bonaparte was having problems with his supply lines. Specifically, they were too long

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Ben Franklin’s Proposal of Something Like Daylight Saving Time was Written as a Joke

Ben Franklin’s Proposal of Something Like Daylight Saving Time was Written as a Joke

Daven Hiskey May 10, 2012 17

Today I found out Ben Franklin’s proposal of something like daylight saving time was written as a joke. In a comedic letter he wrote, An Economical Project (published in 1784), “to the authors of the journal

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John F. Kennedy’s Statement “Ich Bin Ein Berliner” was Not Interpreted as “I am a Jelly-Filled Doughnut”

John F. Kennedy’s Statement “Ich Bin Ein Berliner” was Not Interpreted as “I am a Jelly-Filled Doughnut”

Daven Hiskey April 25, 2012 8

Myth: John F. Kennedy blundered in one of his most famous speeches, saying in German “I am a jelly-filled doughnut” instead of what he meant (in the figurative sense) “I am a person from

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Mississippi Didn’t Officially Outlaw Slavery Until 1995

Mississippi Didn’t Officially Outlaw Slavery Until 1995

Daven Hiskey April 18, 2012 13

Today I found out Mississippi didn’t officially outlaw slavery until 1995. While the Thirteenth Amendment was set into law, thus outlawing slavery anywhere in the United States, on December 6, 1865 when it secured

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There Once was a Little Person Who Played in Major League Baseball

There Once was a Little Person Who Played in Major League Baseball

Daven Hiskey March 28, 2012 5

Today I found out there once was a little person who played in Major League Baseball. This man was 26 year old, 3 feet, 7 inch tall Eddie Gaedel.  Gaedel was signed by Bill

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Abner Doubleday Did Not Invent Baseball

Abner Doubleday Did Not Invent Baseball

Daven Hiskey March 20, 2012 4

Myth: Baseball was invented by Abner Doubleday This myth has been widely spread since 1907 and even today is sometimes presented by such people as Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig.  The fact of

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