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Hawaiian Punch was Originally an Ice Cream Topping

Hawaiian Punch was Originally an Ice Cream Topping

Guest October 19, 2012 2

This is a guest post by Stacy Jameson Today I found out Hawaiian Punch was originally supposed to be used as an ice cream topping. The brand was originally “Leo’s Hawaiian Punch” sold under

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The Man Responsible for the Modern Frisbee Design and the “Father of Disc Golf” was Cremated and Had His Ashes Molded Into Frisbees

The Man Responsible for the Modern Frisbee Design and the “Father of Disc Golf” was Cremated and Had His Ashes Molded Into Frisbees

Daven Hiskey September 6, 2012 3

Today I found out the man responsible for the modern Frisbee design and the “Father of Disc Golf” was cremated and had his ashes molded into Frisbees to give to friends and family. While

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The United States Doesn’t Have an Official Language

The United States Doesn’t Have an Official Language

Daven Hiskey August 29, 2012 17

Today I found out the United States doesn’t have an official language. President Theodore Roosevelt stated in 1907, “We have room for but one language in this country, and that is the English language,

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Many Public Toilets Used to Be Pay as You Use

Many Public Toilets Used to Be Pay as You Use

Eddie Deezen August 23, 2012 10

Today I found out many public toilets used to be pay as you use. Or, for those of you like me who’ve been around for more than a few decades, “Today I found out

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There Once was a Major League Baseball Player Who Stole First From Second

There Once was a Major League Baseball Player Who Stole First From Second

Daven Hiskey August 18, 2012 2

Today I found out there once was a MLB player who stole first from second. We’ve all seen the occasional child playing football accidentally run the wrong way on the field, and if you

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Most Thermostat Controls in Large Office Buildings Don’t Do Anything

Most Thermostat Controls in Large Office Buildings Don’t Do Anything

Daven Hiskey July 18, 2012 3

Today I found out thermostat controls in large buildings, such as many office buildings, don’t usually do anything. These placebo controls for large HVAC systems do nothing but make you think you are adjusting

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Many Crosswalk Signal Buttons Don’t Do Anything Anymore

Many Crosswalk Signal Buttons Don’t Do Anything Anymore

Daven Hiskey July 7, 2012 19

Today I found out many crosswalk signal buttons actually don’t do anything when you press them.  They are only there to give you something to press, called “placebo buttons”. In New York City, for

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There was Once a Baseball Player Traded for Bats

There was Once a Baseball Player Traded for Bats

Daven Hiskey May 30, 2012 4

Today I found out there once was a baseball player traded for baseball bats. “Bat Man”, as he was nicknamed after the trade, was actually named John C. Odom.  His life ended tragically just

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The Novel ‘Gadsby’ has 50,110 Words, Yet None of them Contain the Letter “E”

The Novel ‘Gadsby’ has 50,110 Words, Yet None of them Contain the Letter “E”

Daven Hiskey May 1, 2012 7

Today I found out Ernest Vincent Wright’s 1939 novel Gadsby is over 50,000 words long, yet doesn’t contain a single letter “e” anywhere other than the cover. Given that ‘e’ is the most commonly

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In High School, MLB Star Justin Verlander Traded a Small Percentage of His Eventual $3.12 Million Signing Bonus for a Chocolate Milk

In High School, MLB Star Justin Verlander Traded a Small Percentage of His Eventual $3.12 Million Signing Bonus for a Chocolate Milk

Daven Hiskey April 20, 2012 6

Today I found out that in High School, Major League Baseball star pitcher Justin Verlander traded a small percentage of his eventual $3.12 million signing bonus for a 50 cent chocolate milk. This happened

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Most Streets in Japan Don’t Have Names

Most Streets in Japan Don’t Have Names

Daven Hiskey April 9, 2012 2

Today I found out most streets in Japan don’t have names. In Japan, they use a very different addressing system than is used in most Western countries.  Rather than streets having names (the space

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The Inventor of the Pringles Can was Buried in One

The Inventor of the Pringles Can was Buried in One

Scott April 6, 2012 10

Today I found out that the inventor of the Pringles can was buried in one (part of him, anyway). Upon his death in 2008, just 20 days shy of his 90th birthday, the inventor

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It Costs More Than Double What Pennies and Nickels are Worth to Produce Them

It Costs More Than Double What Pennies and Nickels are Worth to Produce Them

Scott March 8, 2012 6

Today I found out that it currently costs more than double what pennies and nickels are worth to produce them. In 2006, the U.S. Mint sent a letter to Congress informing them that for

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How Baseball Groundskeepers Achieve Checkerboard Patterns in the Ballpark Grass

How Baseball Groundskeepers Achieve Checkerboard Patterns in the Ballpark Grass

Samantha March 2, 2012 3

Today I found out how baseball groundskeepers achieve checkerboard patterns in the ballpark grass. Most of us have had the opportunity to stand in awe as our eyes perceive the beauty of a perfectly

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Why Anvils are Shaped as They Are and Why Blacksmiths Often Tap the Anvil After a Few Strikes on the Object They’re Working On

Why Anvils are Shaped as They Are and Why Blacksmiths Often Tap the Anvil After a Few Strikes on the Object They’re Working On

Daven Hiskey February 8, 2012 11

Today I found out why anvils are shaped the way they are and why blacksmith/farriers/etc. sometimes tap the anvil after a few strikes on the object they’re working on. Anvil shape has evolved greatly

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The Origin of Basketball

The Origin of Basketball

Daven Hiskey January 20, 2012 10

Today I found out the origin of the sport basketball. Surprisingly, unlike most sports whose origins are somewhat obscure, often being the combination of other sports and developed gradually through time, basketball has a

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Marshmallows Were Originally Made from the Sap of the Marshmallow Plant

Marshmallows Were Originally Made from the Sap of the Marshmallow Plant

Samantha January 18, 2012 2

Today I found out marshmallows were once made from the sap of marshmallow plants. Whether they are a hot chocolate topping treat, in the form of a sugar-coated critter, or roasting over a campfire,

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Clifford the Big Red Dog was Originally Going to be Named Tiny

Clifford the Big Red Dog was Originally Going to be Named Tiny

Samantha January 16, 2012 1

Today I found out Clifford the Big Red Dog was originally going to be named “Tiny”. Most of us know the story of Clifford the Big Red Dog: being born the runt of a

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