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There Once was a Man Hit on the Head By A Falling Baby, Twice!

There Once was a Man Hit on the Head By A Falling Baby, Twice!

Scott September 27, 2011 1

Today I found out there once was a man was hit on the head by a falling baby… twice! According to Time Magazine (Miscellany, Oct. 17, 1938), the year of the first event was

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How Trick Candles Work

How Trick Candles Work

Scott September 12, 2011 6

Today I found out how trick candles work. There is nothing more humorous then seeing a person become woozy and light-headed at a feeble attempt to blow out candles that fight back! Candles themselves

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How Rum is Made

How Rum is Made

Daven Hiskey August 31, 2011 2

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Diageo for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Today I found out how rum is made. Rum was once used as a medium

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The Rule of 72

The Rule of 72

Daven Hiskey August 30, 2011 2

Today I found out about the Rule of 72, which is a very easy way to calculate in your head how long it will take to double your money or debt based on a

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The Slinky was Originally Intended to be Used as a Tension Spring in a Battleship Engine Horsepower Meter

The Slinky was Originally Intended to be Used as a Tension Spring in a Battleship Engine Horsepower Meter

Jon August 25, 2011 2

Note: This is a guest article contributed by frequent TIFO visitor and owner of DumpADay, Jon. Today I found the Slinky was originally intended to be used as a tension spring in a battleship

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Super Glue was Invented by Accident, Twice

Super Glue was Invented by Accident, Twice

Daven Hiskey August 23, 2011 2

Today I found out Super Glue was invented by accident, twice. Super Glue, also known as cyanoacrylate, was originally discovered in 1942 by Dr. Harry Coover, who by the way died last month on

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AstroTurf Was Originally Named “ChemGrass” Before Being Used by the Houston Astros Baseball Team

AstroTurf Was Originally Named “ChemGrass” Before Being Used by the Houston Astros Baseball Team

Daven Hiskey July 21, 2011 3

Today I found out AstroTurf was originally named “ChemGrass” before being used by the Houston Astros Major League Baseball team in the Astrodome. Contrary to popular belief, AstroTurf was not first used or invented

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Tibetan Monks Can Raise the Temperature of Their Skin Through Meditation

Tibetan Monks Can Raise the Temperature of Their Skin Through Meditation

Daven Hiskey July 14, 2011 17

Today I found out that some Tibetan monks can control the temperature of their skin through meditation.  Specifically, they have been shown to be able to raise their skin temperature, measured from their toes

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The Founder of FedEx Once Saved the Company by Taking Its Last $5,000 and Turning It Into $32,000 by Gambling in Vegas

The Founder of FedEx Once Saved the Company by Taking Its Last $5,000 and Turning It Into $32,000 by Gambling in Vegas

Daven Hiskey June 2, 2011 14

Today I found out the founder of FedEx once saved the company by taking its last $5,000 and turning it into $32,000 by gambling in Las Vegas. The man is Frederick W. Smith who

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There Once was a Major League Baseball Player That was Traded for Himself

There Once was a Major League Baseball Player That was Traded for Himself

Daven Hiskey May 19, 2011 6

Today I found out there once was a Major League Baseball player that was traded for himself. That player was Harry Chiti.  Chiti was a catcher who played in the major leagues from 1950-1962,

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The “Luckiest” Building in Silicon Valley

The “Luckiest” Building in Silicon Valley

Julia May 5, 2011 3

Today I found out that 165 University Avenue, Palo Alto, California is generally considered the “luckiest” building in Silicon Valley to rent as a startup company. Located near Stanford University, 165 University Avenue has

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Babies Remember Music Heard In the Womb for Up to a Year

Babies Remember Music Heard In the Womb for Up to a Year

Julia May 5, 2011 2

Today I found out that babies are able to remember melodies they hear while inside the womb for up to a year. Recent research at the University of Leicester demonstrated that babies showed a

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The World’s Largest Item On A Menu Is Camel Stuffed with Lamb which has Been Stuffed with Chickens which has Been Stuffed with Fish or Eggs

The World’s Largest Item On A Menu Is Camel Stuffed with Lamb which has Been Stuffed with Chickens which has Been Stuffed with Fish or Eggs

Julia May 4, 2011 6

Today I found out that the largest item on a menu in the world is whole camel which is often stuffed with a lamb which has been stuffed with chickens which has been stuffed

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Newborn Babies Will Cry Without Tears Until They are Several Weeks Old

Newborn Babies Will Cry Without Tears Until They are Several Weeks Old

Julia May 3, 2011 11

Today I found out newborn babies cry without tears until they are several weeks old. Newborn babies are incapable of producing actual tears because their tear ducts haven’t fully formed yet. In many cases,

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Ben Franklin Developed a List of 13 Virtues That He Lived His Life By

Ben Franklin Developed a List of 13 Virtues That He Lived His Life By

Daven Hiskey April 28, 2011 12

Today I found out that Benjamin Franklin, through extensive study of the world’s major religions and various moral codes, came up with a list of thirteen main virtues that he felt every person should

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How Decaffeinated Coffee Is Made

How Decaffeinated Coffee Is Made

Julia April 21, 2011 17

Today I found how caffeine is removed from coffee to produce the decaffeinated version of the world’s most popular drink. There are several different methods used that can make coffee relatively decaffeinated. The drawback

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The First Professional Baseball Team Was the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings

The First Professional Baseball Team Was the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings

Daven Hiskey April 4, 2011 4

Today I found out the first fully professional baseball team was the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, ten men on salary for eight months from March 15th to November 15th.  The team was organized by

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Tofu Was Popularly Eaten As Far Back as the 2nd Century BC in China

Tofu Was Popularly Eaten As Far Back as the 2nd Century BC in China

Julia March 25, 2011 2

Today I found tofu was popularly eaten as far back as the 2nd century BC in China. Tofu’s flavor is not the same as cheese but it is processed in a similar way by

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