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Where the Term “Jackpot” Came From

Where the Term “Jackpot” Came From

Daven Hiskey November 13, 2012 0

Today I found out the origin of the term “jackpot”. Jackpot originally popped up around the 1870s and was from the poker game “Jacks or Better”.  This is much like traditional five card draw,

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The First Time John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr Played Together

The First Time John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr Played Together

Eddie Deezen November 12, 2012 5

It was the autumn of 1960 in Hamburg, Germany. The young, fledgling group who had recently changed their name officially to “The Beatles” were playing at a local club called The Kaiserkeller. Hamburg was

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The First Person to Use the Temporary Insanity Defense was a Congressman Who Murdered the Son of the Composer of “The Star Spangled Banner”

The First Person to Use the Temporary Insanity Defense was a Congressman Who Murdered the Son of the Composer of “The Star Spangled Banner”

Eddie Deezen November 11, 2012 5

You might think the temporary insanity defense was a relatively new thing.  I mean, maybe it began in the 1940s or possibly the ’30s.  What with all the psychobabble around in those times.  But,

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The Woman Who Batted During a Major League Baseball Game

The Woman Who Batted During a Major League Baseball Game

Eddie Deezen November 9, 2012 2

It’s pretty obvious that no Major League Baseball player would be caught dead wearing a dress to the plate.  But one batter wore one, and turned the at-bat into an outrageous incident that left

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Why Meeting Notes are Called “Minutes”

Why Meeting Notes are Called “Minutes”

Eddie Deezen November 5, 2012 1

Jesse asks: Why are the notes taken at a meeting called the “minutes”? Was this because the note taker records the notes along with the time? Not quite.  In fact, the “minutes” here have

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“Ye” in Names Like “Ye Olde Coffee Shoppe” Should Be Pronounced “The”, Not “Yee”

“Ye” in Names Like “Ye Olde Coffee Shoppe” Should Be Pronounced “The”, Not “Yee”

Daven Hiskey November 3, 2012 8

Today I found out the “ye” as in “Ye Olde Coffee Shoppe” should be pronounced “the”. The “Ye” here is not the “ye” as in “Judge not, that ye (you) be not judged”, but

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Why Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Split Up

Why Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Split Up

Eddie Deezen November 1, 2012 14

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis were, in my own humble opinion, the greatest comedy team in the history of show business. I like Laurel and Hardy very much; I love the Marx Brothers and

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More Daily Posts

More Daily Posts

Daven Hiskey November 1, 2012 0

As mentioned about a week and a half ago, starting today we’re going to be doing a lot more daily posts here on Today I Found Out than previously.  We’ll still be doing the

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The Woman Who is the “Mother” of Us All

The Woman Who is the “Mother” of Us All

Scott November 1, 2012 16

Today I found out that all humans can be traced back to a single female known as Mitochondrial Eve. This woman is thought to be the “mother” of all humans alive today. Seems like

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Sleeping Beauty is Based on a Story Where a Married King Finds a Girl Asleep and Can’t Wake Her, So Rapes Her Instead

Sleeping Beauty is Based on a Story Where a Married King Finds a Girl Asleep and Can’t Wake Her, So Rapes Her Instead

Daven Hiskey October 29, 2012 3

Today I found out Sleeping Beauty is based on a story where a married king finds a girl asleep and can’t wake her, so rapes her instead. The story is called The Sun, the

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The Colossal Squid Has a Doughnut Shaped Brain With Their Esophagus Running Through the Hole

The Colossal Squid Has a Doughnut Shaped Brain With Their Esophagus Running Through the Hole

Daven Hiskey October 27, 2012 2

Today I found out the Colossal Squid, which is the largest known squid in terms of mass on Earth, has a doughnut shaped brain with their esophagus running through the hole in the center.

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The Only Victim of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse was a Three Legged Dog

The Only Victim of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse was a Three Legged Dog

Daven Hiskey October 26, 2012 5

Today I found out the only victim of the Tacoma Narrows, “Galloping Gertie”, bridge collapse was a three legged dog. The three legged dog in question was a black Cocker Spaniel left in the

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10 Strange Major League Baseball Feats That Have Only Been Accomplished Once

10 Strange Major League Baseball Feats That Have Only Been Accomplished Once

Eddie Deezen October 24, 2012 11

One of the great things about baseball is that it’s amazing with how many games there are per season, even lifelong fans frequently see things during games that they’ve never seen happen before. With

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The First Gas/Electric Hybrid Vehicle was Invented in 1900

The First Gas/Electric Hybrid Vehicle was Invented in 1900

Daven Hiskey October 23, 2012 0

This post is sponsored by Chucker & Reibach Today I found out the first gas/electric hybrid vehicle was invented in 1900. While hybrid and electric cars are often touted by the media and automobile

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More Daily Posts

More Daily Posts

Daven Hiskey October 22, 2012 0

Starting November 1st, we’ll be trying something a little different on Today I Found Out, more posts per day… a boatload more.  We’ll still have the normal 5-6 regular article / infographic type posts

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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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Where the Expression “I For One Welcome Our New X Overlords” Came From

Where the Expression “I For One Welcome Our New X Overlords” Came From

Daven Hiskey October 16, 2012 9

Today I found out where the expression “I for one welcome our new X overlords” came from. For those not familiar with this now popular funny meme, the basic idea is to substitute X

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The Mass Murdering Warlord Turned Christian Evangelist Who Was Known as General Butt Naked

The Mass Murdering Warlord Turned Christian Evangelist Who Was Known as General Butt Naked

Dan Lewis October 15, 2012 10

This is a guest post by Dan Lewis. Dan runs the wildly popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”). To subscribe to his daily email, click here. Today

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