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Identical Twins Don’t Have Identical Fingerprints, Even from Birth

Identical Twins Don’t Have Identical Fingerprints, Even from Birth

Julia February 1, 2011 46

Today I found out that no two people in this world have identical fingerprints, not even identical twins. You would expect identical twins to have the same fingerprints as they are monozygotic, which means

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How People Swallow Swords In Stage Shows

How People Swallow Swords In Stage Shows

Julia January 31, 2011 3

Today I found out how people swallow swords. But, don’t try this at home! If you always considered swallowing swords a gimmick, you may be surprised to find out that is not always the

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Why the Number Four Is Considered Unlucky In Some East Asian Cultures

Why the Number Four Is Considered Unlucky In Some East Asian Cultures

Julia January 20, 2011 14

Today I found out why the number four is considered to be unlucky in some East Asian cultures (mainland China, Japan, Korea,  and Taiwan,  among others). In the Chinese culture, whether a number is

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Why Garlic Makes Your Breath Smell Bad

Why Garlic Makes Your Breath Smell Bad

Daven Hiskey January 10, 2011 12

Today I found out why garlic makes your breath smell bad. There are a few things going on to cause this bad smell, but principally the root cause is various sulfuric compounds from the

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Why Amish Men Grow Beards But Not Mustaches

Why Amish Men Grow Beards But Not Mustaches

Daven Hiskey January 7, 2011 31

Today I found out why Amish men grow beards but not mustaches. This tradition stems back to the early days of the Amish when wearing elaborate mustaches was common among those in the military. 

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Why Pop Rocks Pop

Why Pop Rocks Pop

Daven Hiskey January 4, 2011 6

Today I found out why Pop Rocks pop. Much like other hard sugar candies, Pop Rocks are made primarily of sugar, corn syrup, water, and artificial flavoring.  It turns out, what causes it to

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How the Gun on the Original Duck Hunt Game Worked

How the Gun on the Original Duck Hunt Game Worked

Daven Hiskey December 28, 2010 21

Today I found out how the gun on the original Duck Hunt game worked. If you’ve ever played Duck Hunt or any of the other NES games that used the NES Zapper gun, you

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Why Golf Balls Have Dimples

Why Golf Balls Have Dimples

Daven Hiskey December 17, 2010 5

Today I found out why golf balls have dimples. It turns out, somewhat counter intuitively, those dimples significantly decrease the drag on the golf ball as it flies through the air, compared to a

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It’s Possible to Briefly Remain Conscious After Being Beheaded

It’s Possible to Briefly Remain Conscious After Being Beheaded

Jon December 16, 2010 3

Note: This is a guest article contributed by frequent TIFO visitor and owner of DumpADay, Jon. Today I found out that it is possible for a person to briefly remain conscious after being beheaded.

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What the Eight Juices are in V8 Vegetable Juice

What the Eight Juices are in V8 Vegetable Juice

Daven Hiskey December 16, 2010 0

Note: This is a guest article contributed by frequent TIFO visitor and owner of StevenHumour.com, Steven. Today I found out what the eight juices are in V8 vegetable juice. The included juices in the

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Why Paper Cuts Hurt So Much

Why Paper Cuts Hurt So Much

Daven Hiskey December 15, 2010 10

Today I found out why paper cuts hurt so much. The generally accepted reason paper cuts are so painful primarily lies in the fact that you usually get them on your fingers, particularly your

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How Many Licks It Takes to Get to the Center of a Tootsie Pop

How Many Licks It Takes to Get to the Center of a Tootsie Pop

Daven Hiskey December 13, 2010 3

Today I found out how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie roll tootsie pop. Obviously this depends somewhat on a variety of factors such as the size of

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How an Etch A Sketch Works

How an Etch A Sketch Works

Daven Hiskey December 8, 2010 3

Today I found out how an Etch a Sketch works. An Etch a Sketch is a remarkably simple device.  The primary components are just a small sheet of glass; a stylus controlled by two

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Was Created By the Department Store Chain Montgomery Ward

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Was Created By the Department Store Chain Montgomery Ward

Daven Hiskey December 2, 2010 4

Today I found out Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was created by the department store chain Montgomery Ward as a way to save money on one of their annual Christmas promotions. The year was 1939;

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How the Tradition of the Detroit Lions Playing on Thanksgiving Got Started

How the Tradition of the Detroit Lions Playing on Thanksgiving Got Started

Daven Hiskey November 17, 2010 0

Today I found out how the tradition of the Detroit Lions playing on Thanksgiving got started. In 1934, radio executive G.A. Richards bought the Portsmouth, Ohio Spartans NFL team, moved them to Detroit, and

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Ben & Jerry’s Was Originally Going to Be a Bagel Company

Ben & Jerry’s Was Originally Going to Be a Bagel Company

Daven Hiskey November 15, 2010 2

Today I found out Ben & Jerry’s was originally going to be a bagel company. Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield ended up changing their minds when they found out how much it would cost

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Why Rice Krispies Pop

Why Rice Krispies Pop

Daven Hiskey November 12, 2010 4

Today I found out why Rice Krispies pop when milk is poured over them.  Specifically, the popping is a result of the walls of the Rice Krispies kernels fracturing.  There are two prevalent theories

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50% of the Ownership of Domino’s Pizza Was Once Traded for a Used Volkswagen Beetle

50% of the Ownership of Domino’s Pizza Was Once Traded for a Used Volkswagen Beetle

Daven Hiskey November 9, 2010 2

Today I found out fifty percent of the ownership of Domino’s Pizza was once traded for a used Volkswagen Beetle. The year was 1961, just a little under one year after brothers Tom and

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