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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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How Candy Pumpkins and Halloween Helped Change Daylight Saving Time

How Candy Pumpkins and Halloween Helped Change Daylight Saving Time

Dan Lewis October 13, 2012 4

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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Alcohol Does Not Help Prevent Hypothermia, It Actually Makes It More Likely

Alcohol Does Not Help Prevent Hypothermia, It Actually Makes It More Likely

Daven Hiskey October 9, 2012 8

Myth: drinking alcohol warms your body and can be used to prevent hypothermia. In fact, drinking alcohol helps lower the core temperature of your body.  This myth likely got its start thanks to the

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“Emoticons” is Short for “Emotive Icons”

“Emoticons” is Short for “Emotive Icons”

Guest October 8, 2012 3

This is a guest post contributed by Nissi Unger Today I found out “emoticons” is short for “emotive Icons”. One of the definitions of “emotive”, of course, is “appealing to or expressing emotion”, hence

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Site Maintenance / Server Upgrade

Site Maintenance / Server Upgrade

Daven Hiskey October 6, 2012 1

I’m doing a little website maintenance this weekend, moving Today I Found Out to a more powerful server as the traffic to the site has grown beyond my old dedicated server’s capacity to serve

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Steve Jobs’ First Business was Selling Blue Boxes that Allowed Users to Get Free Phone Service Illegally

Steve Jobs’ First Business was Selling Blue Boxes that Allowed Users to Get Free Phone Service Illegally

Daven Hiskey October 5, 2012 10

Today I found out Steve Jobs’ first business was selling “blue boxes” that allowed users to get free phone service illegally. These boxes were designed in 1972 by Jobs’ close friend and future co-founder

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Why Did People Once Think the Moon was Made Out of Cheese?

Why Did People Once Think the Moon was Made Out of Cheese?

Daven Hiskey October 4, 2012 1

Ron asks: Why did people think the Moon was made out of green cheese? Because it was formed in the Milky Way? -badop-ting-… *crickets* In fact, nobody ever thought the Moon was made of

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Today I Found Out Email Subscription Contest Winners

Today I Found Out Email Subscription Contest Winners

Daven Hiskey October 4, 2012 0

The first Today I found out email subscription contest ended October 1st. (If you haven’t already, you can subscribe here to be a part of future contests and get free interesting articles every morning

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How the Marx Brothers Got Their Nicknames

How the Marx Brothers Got Their Nicknames

Eddie Deezen October 1, 2012 2

Today I found out four of the five Marx brothers got their nicknames during a poker game. The famed Marx family comedy act was made up of Julius, Adolph, Leonard, Milton, and Herbert Marx.

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Mice Don’t Like Cheese

Mice Don’t Like Cheese

Daven Hiskey September 29, 2012 8

Myth: Mice love cheese and it makes a great bait for mouse traps. In fact, as any pest exterminator or pet shop owner knows, mice don’t really like cheese at all and they’ll even

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The Teenager Who was Executed Twice

The Teenager Who was Executed Twice

Daven Hiskey September 28, 2012 6

Today I found out about a 16 year old sentenced to death who had to have that sentence carried out twice. The teenager was Willie Francis, the youngest of 13 children in a poor

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Origin of the Phrase “Blonde Bombshell”

Origin of the Phrase “Blonde Bombshell”

Eddie Deezen September 25, 2012 5

Today I found out the origin of the phrase “blonde bombshell”. “Blonde bombshell” is often used to describe an exciting, dynamic, sexy woman with blonde hair, particularly blonde celebrity sex symbols.  The expression seems

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The Leonardo DiCaprio Haircut That Had the Taliban in a Rage

The Leonardo DiCaprio Haircut That Had the Taliban in a Rage

Eddie Deezen September 24, 2012 24

Today I found out about the Leonardo DiCaprio haircut that had the Taliban in a rage. Titanic was released in December of 1997.  Many Hollywood insiders and naysayers predicted doom for the film.  After

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Where Did the Phrase “Take a Gander” Come From?

Where Did the Phrase “Take a Gander” Come From?

Eddie Deezen September 22, 2012 1

S.Belsky asks: Where did the phrase “take a gander” come from? What the hell is a “gander” and why would I want to take it? As you are no doubt aware, but for those

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Better Late Than Never

Better Late Than Never

Daven Hiskey September 21, 2012 0

As announced about two weeks ago when I posted the email subscription contest, I’m switching up the way email subscriptions are handled and today should be the last time the old email subscription system

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Why Doctors Have Men “Turn Their Heads and Cough” During Physicals

Why Doctors Have Men “Turn Their Heads and Cough” During Physicals

Daven Hiskey September 19, 2012 4

Today I found out why doctors have men “turn their heads and cough” during a physical. Pretty much all guys have been there at some point or another.  The doctor asks you to drop

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The Guy Who Played Luke Skywalker Has Played the Character of the Joker Longer Than Any Other Actor

The Guy Who Played Luke Skywalker Has Played the Character of the Joker Longer Than Any Other Actor

Daven Hiskey September 18, 2012 3

Today I found out Mark Hamill currently holds the record for playing the Batman character of “Joker” longer than any other actor and in more spinoffs. “I’ve never seen him play the Joker”, you

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The Male White-Fronted Parrot Vomits in the Female’s Mouth During Their Mating Ritual

The Male White-Fronted Parrot Vomits in the Female’s Mouth During Their Mating Ritual

Daven Hiskey September 15, 2012 8

Today I found out the male White-fronted Parrot will vomit in the female’s mouth during their mating ritual White-fronted Parrots, also known as “White-fronted Amazons” or “Spectacled Amazon Parrots”, begin their mating season around

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