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The Morton’s Salt Girl

The Morton’s Salt Girl

Brenden Timpe April 4, 2013 0

Most people are familiar with the “Morton”s Salt girl“. With her bright yellow dress, oversized umbrella, and leaking container of table salt, she’s an iconic figure in American grocery stores. But who is the

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The Origin of “Say Cheese” and When People Started Smiling in Photographs

The Origin of “Say Cheese” and When People Started Smiling in Photographs

Terynn Boulton April 2, 2013 18

Sue T. asks: Why do people say “say cheese” when taking pictures?  Also, why did people not smile in old pictures and when did they start? “Say cheese!” This simple command is meant to

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Why the Viet Cong Were Called “Charlie”

Why the Viet Cong Were Called “Charlie”

Alec Brenneman April 2, 2013 3

Mike T. asks: Why were the Viet Cong called “Charlie” during the Vietnam War? First, because I suspect there are at least a few people curious and it pertains to how the name “Charlie”

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The History of Yoga

The History of Yoga

Tyler Edwards April 2, 2013 2

Although yoga is something of a recent fad in the West, you’re probably aware that this system of gentle exercise and meditation has very ancient roots. What you might not know is just how

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The History of Shaving

The History of Shaving

Kathy Padden April 1, 2013 16

Kelly asks: When did women and men start shaving different parts of their body? Both sexes have a love-hate relationship with removing body hair. We’ve been pulling, plucking, burning, tweezing and ripping out undesirable

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The Origin of the American Democratic Party

The Origin of the American Democratic Party

Melanie Mayne March 29, 2013 2

Although the Democratic and Republican parties in the United States currently seem extremely polarized, they did not start out that way. In fact, these two parties originated as one, single party. This party was

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Graham Crackers Were Originally Meant to Be Part of a Diet Thought to Curb Sexual Urges

Graham Crackers Were Originally Meant to Be Part of a Diet Thought to Curb Sexual Urges

Courtney Allison March 28, 2013 6

Between 1820 and 1830, America was in the midst of a health craze. Sylvester Graham, the creator of the graham cracker, was on scene with a diet plan he thought ought to increase physical

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The 3.5 Ounce Bird That Migrates About 44,000 Miles Per Year

The 3.5 Ounce Bird That Migrates About 44,000 Miles Per Year

Savannah Humes March 27, 2013 1

Of the nearly 10,000 species of birds, about 19% (1,850 species) are considered to be migratory. While there are a few species that traverse long distances, the 13-15 inch, 3.5 ounce Arctic Tern takes

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The Origins of the Neck Tie

The Origins of the Neck Tie

O'rene Daille Ashley March 26, 2013 8

Jp23 asks: When and why did men start wearing ties? The neck tie has its roots in military history. For starters, a collection of terracotta sculptures discovered in 1974 in Xian, China gives insight

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Excite Had a Chance to Buy Google for $750K, But Turned It Down

Excite Had a Chance to Buy Google for $750K, But Turned It Down

Radhika Basuthakur March 26, 2013 5

Google is practically synonymous with “search” today. But back in 1999, Excite (better known today as Ask.com) was a bigger force in the online world. It was one of the most recognized brands of

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The Origin of the Looney Tune’s “ACME” Corporation Name

The Origin of the Looney Tune’s “ACME” Corporation Name

Nicola Quinn March 25, 2013 3

For those of you who didn’t spend your childhood with your eyes glued to the TV screen watching Saturday morning cartoons, “ACME” is the name of the fictional company that appeared in almost every

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The Scott Firefighter Stairclimb

The Scott Firefighter Stairclimb

Daven Hiskey March 24, 2013 0

One of our authors (pictured on the right), Firefighter/Paramedic Scott Hiskey (who writes most of the medical-related articles you read on Today I Found Out), every year participates in the coincidentally named Scott Firefighter

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The Man Who Personally Executed Over 7000 People in 28 Days, One at a Time

The Man Who Personally Executed Over 7000 People in 28 Days, One at a Time

Emily Upton March 22, 2013 12

Today I found out about Vasili Blokhin, the “Most Prolific Executioner” of all time, according to the Guinness World Records. Born to a Russian peasant family in 1895, as a young man he quickly

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The History of the Goodyear Blimp

The History of the Goodyear Blimp

Sharon Soberry March 21, 2013 1

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Oh… it’s, a blimp… 1925 marked the year when the first Goodyear airships ascended to the skies. More than 85 years later, the iconic Goodyear blimps can still

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Myth or Fact: Women’s Menstrual Cycles Synchronize if They are in Close Proximity for Large Amounts of Time

Myth or Fact: Women’s Menstrual Cycles Synchronize if They are in Close Proximity for Large Amounts of Time

Scott March 21, 2013 22

Do women’s menstrual cycles sync up over time if they are in close proximity to each other? Being someone who lives with 4 girls and 1 other boy, this knowledge would be very beneficial.

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The Monkey Artist Hoax

The Monkey Artist Hoax

Nikki Griffin March 20, 2013 6

In 1964, a new avant-garde artist was introduced to the art scene in the Swedish city of Gōteborg. The fresh new artist was Pierre Brassau and his work received rave reviews from critics and

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The History of Soap

The History of Soap

Melissa March 19, 2013 5

Today I found out that for something that’s supposed to be clean and pure, soap has a murky past. No one knows for sure when soap was first invented, although it appears to have

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The Story Behind the Man Who was Killed in the Famous “Saigon Execution” Photo

The Story Behind the Man Who was Killed in the Famous “Saigon Execution” Photo

Lauren Corona March 19, 2013 17

Perhaps one of the most iconic images to come out of the Vietnam War (see photo here), this photo depicts a uniformed South Vietnamese officer shooting a prisoner in the head. When you look

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