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The History of Burritos

The History of Burritos

Emily Upton April 1, 2014 0

Burritos are one of the most popular Tex-Mex items on the menu. Anyone who knows a little Spanish has probably raised their eyebrows at the name, however. In Spanish, a “burro” is a donkey,

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The North’s Air Force During the American Civil War

The North’s Air Force During the American Civil War

Emily Upton April 1, 2014 0

Today I Found Out about the Union Army Balloon Corps. If you thought that air warfare was reserved for a time after airplanes were invented, you thought wrong. During the American Civil War, the

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36 Fascinating Baseball Facts to Kick Off the Season

36 Fascinating Baseball Facts to Kick Off the Season

Daven Hiskey March 31, 2014 0

A new baseball season is upon us and, to kick it off, we thought we’d do a roundup of all the interesting baseball facts we’ve covered on TodayIFoundOut to date to give you some

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The Last Gasp of the Vietnam War: Operation Frequent Wind

The Last Gasp of the Vietnam War: Operation Frequent Wind

Melissa March 31, 2014 0

Over two days in April 1975, as the forces of the North Vietnamese Army were poised to take the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon, members of the U.S. armed forces, its embassy in South

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Why There is an Area of New York Called “The Bronx” and Why Ambulances are Called That

Why There is an Area of New York Called “The Bronx” and Why Ambulances are Called That

Daven Hiskey March 31, 2014 3

Why There is an Area of New York Called “The Bronx” This is thanks to a seventeenth century Scandinavian man by the name of Jonas Bronck, originally from Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands. In

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Weekly Wrape Volume 32

Weekly Wrape Volume 32

Daven Hiskey March 29, 2014 0

This is a weekly wrap of our Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here. Why Cashews are Not Sold to Consumers in Their Shells and Why Pistachios Used to Be

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That Time the Inventor of Whac-A-Mole Accidentally Blew Up His Warehouse

That Time the Inventor of Whac-A-Mole Accidentally Blew Up His Warehouse

Matt Blitz March 28, 2014 2

It was lunch time on a muggy late September day in 2013 when an explosion shook downtown Orlando, Florida. A warehouse on west Jefferson street was the casualty. Police cars, ambulances, and fire trucks

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Origin of the Military Song “Taps”

Origin of the Military Song “Taps”

Melissa March 28, 2014 0

M. Havens asks: Where did the Taps song come from that is played during military funerals? Since 1862, “Taps” has played at military funerals to honor the sacrifice of fallen service members. Originally, however,

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Where the F-Word Came From

Where the F-Word Came From

Melissa March 28, 2014 3

By necessity, this one contains a bit of profanity. So you may or may not want to read through it first if you normally share these articles with humans of the particularly youthful persuasion.

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One Million Downloads

One Million Downloads

Daven Hiskey March 27, 2014 0

After just about three and a half months since launching, our Daily Knowledge Podcast has reached 1 million downloads.  Thanks for listening!  If you have any feedback for us on it, we’re always interested.

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Why Do We Need Sleep?

Why Do We Need Sleep?

Melissa March 27, 2014 1

Karla asks: Why do we need sleep? It left Hamlet’s father vulnerable to fratricide, sent Alice down the rabbit-hole, enabled Delilah’s betrayal of Samson and facilitated Gregor’s transformation into a giant beetle. Yet without

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How the Sun Burns Your Skin and How Sunscreen Prevents This

How the Sun Burns Your Skin and How Sunscreen Prevents This

TheMedicineJournal.com March 27, 2014 0

Our resident medical expert, Scott, and a buddy of his recently started The Medicine Journal, where you can learn all sorts of interesting facts about all things medical related. Below is a sample article

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Why Certain Types of Traps are Called “Booby Traps”

Why Certain Types of Traps are Called “Booby Traps”

Daven Hiskey March 27, 2014 1

It turns out this has nothing to do with the mammaries of the fairer sex, but rather has its origins in the Spanish word “bobo,” meaning “stupid,” “fool,” or “naïve.” This Spanish word in

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Why Police Officers are Sometimes Called “Pigs” and Why “Poindexter” is Slang for “Nerd”

Why Police Officers are Sometimes Called “Pigs” and Why “Poindexter” is Slang for “Nerd”

Daven Hiskey March 26, 2014 1

Why Police Officers are Sometimes Called “Pigs” Unlike so many other nicknames for the police, such as cops, peelers, and the fuzz, this particular term has a relatively well known origin. You see, starting

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Jumping Frenchmen of Maine

Jumping Frenchmen of Maine

Melissa March 26, 2014 1

In the connected 21st century, it can be hard to imagine how, for most of history, different cultures existed in relative isolation from each other. Even as late as the 19th century, those living

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Why Native Americans Didn’t Wipe Out Europeans With Diseases

Why Native Americans Didn’t Wipe Out Europeans With Diseases

Emily Upton March 26, 2014 4

Greg H. asks: Diseases from Europe wiped out most of the Indians, so why didn’t the Europeans also get wiped out by diseases from America? While estimates vary, approximately 20 million people are believed

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TodayIFoundOut and Neatorama Giveaway

TodayIFoundOut and Neatorama Giveaway

Daven Hiskey March 25, 2014 2

We’ve partnered up with our good friends over at the ever popular Neatorama to hold a contest with super awesome prizes and a bunch of easy ways to enter. The Grand Prize winner will

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The Unmasking of Moriarty

The Unmasking of Moriarty

Melissa March 25, 2014 0

Jill T. asks: My dad told me Professor Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes was based on a real person. Is this true and if so, who? Genius and philosopher, with a “brain of the first

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