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The British Equivalent of “That’s What She Said”

The British Equivalent of “That’s What She Said”

Daven Hiskey December 30, 2010 44

Today I Found Out there is a British equivalent to “that’s what she said” that’s been around for over a century, namely, “said the actress to the bishop”.  This phrase is thought to have

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Where the Word “Algebra” Came From

Where the Word “Algebra” Came From

Daven Hiskey December 29, 2010 4

Today I Found Out the origins of the word “Algebra”. It all started back around 825 AD when a man named Abū ʿAbdallāh Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī, the “father” of Algebra, wrote a book

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Uncle Phil From ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Was Shredder

Uncle Phil From ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Was Shredder

Daven Hiskey December 29, 2010 7

Today I Found Out the actor who played Uncle Phil in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was also the voice of Shredder in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cartoon series. *mind blown* Bonus factoids:

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How the Gun on the Original Duck Hunt Game Worked

How the Gun on the Original Duck Hunt Game Worked

Daven Hiskey December 28, 2010 21

Today I Found Out how the gun on the original Duck Hunt game worked. If you’ve ever played Duck Hunt or any of the other NES games that used the NES Zapper gun, you

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What the SOS Distress Signal Stands For

What the SOS Distress Signal Stands For

Daven Hiskey December 27, 2010 15

Today I Found Out what SOS stands for. It is commonly held that SOS is an acronym for “Save Our Ship” and thus often written “S.O.S.”.  Interestingly though, SOS actually stands for nothing at

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Why Asparagus Makes Pee Smell

Why Asparagus Makes Pee Smell

Daven Hiskey December 23, 2010 14

Today I Found Out why asparagus makes pee smell. The smell comes from the way certain chemical compounds in asparagus break down inside people’s bodies.  This is why cooking asparagus in various ways does

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The “Pull and Pray” Method Works About as Well as a Condom for Preventing Pregnancy

The “Pull and Pray” Method Works About as Well as a Condom for Preventing Pregnancy

Daven Hiskey December 21, 2010 32

Today I Found Out that the “Pull and Pray” method statistically is just about as effective as condoms for preventing pregnancy. Indeed, according to Dr. John Guillebaud in his book Contraception: Your Questions Answered,

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Eating Kentucky Fried Chicken is a Christmas Tradition for Many Japanese

Eating Kentucky Fried Chicken is a Christmas Tradition for Many Japanese

Noreen December 20, 2010 14

Today I Found Out Kentucky Fried Chicken is a Christmas tradition  for many Japanese. So how exactly did Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, become synonymous with a bucket of fried

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Why Golf Balls Have Dimples

Why Golf Balls Have Dimples

Daven Hiskey December 17, 2010 5

Today I Found Out why golf balls have dimples. It turns out, somewhat counter intuitively, those dimples significantly decrease the drag on the golf ball as it flies through the air, compared to a

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Duck’s Quacks and Wolf’s Howls Both Echo

Duck’s Quacks and Wolf’s Howls Both Echo

Daven Hiskey December 17, 2010 0

Myth: Duck’s quacks and wolf’s howls don’t echo. First, it was commonly held that a duck’s quack didn’t echo. The earliest place I could find where this myth was debunked was by Cecil Adams

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It’s Possible to Briefly Remain Conscious After Being Beheaded

It’s Possible to Briefly Remain Conscious After Being Beheaded

Jon December 16, 2010 3

Note: This is a guest article contributed by frequent TIFO visitor and owner of DumpADay, Jon. Today I Found Out that it is possible for a person to briefly remain conscious after being beheaded.

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What the Eight Juices are in V8 Vegetable Juice

What the Eight Juices are in V8 Vegetable Juice

Daven Hiskey December 16, 2010 0

Note: This is a guest article contributed by frequent TIFO visitor and owner of StevenHumour.com, Steven. Today I Found Out what the eight juices are in V8 vegetable juice. The included juices in the

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Why Paper Cuts Hurt So Much

Why Paper Cuts Hurt So Much

Daven Hiskey December 15, 2010 7

Today I Found Out why paper cuts hurt so much. The generally accepted reason paper cuts are so painful primarily lies in the fact that you usually get them on your fingers, particularly your

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How Many Licks It Takes to Get to the Center of a Tootsie Pop

How Many Licks It Takes to Get to the Center of a Tootsie Pop

Daven Hiskey December 13, 2010 3

Today I Found Out how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie roll tootsie pop. Obviously this depends somewhat on a variety of factors such as the size of

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Al Gore Never Said He Invented the Internet

Al Gore Never Said He Invented the Internet

Daven Hiskey December 10, 2010 8

Myth: Al Gore said he invented the internet. One of the things Al Gore gets made fun of most often in popular media tends to be the misconception that he at one point supposedly

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What Started World War I

What Started World War I

Daven Hiskey December 10, 2010 25

Today I Found Out what started World War I. The commonly held notion that it was started out of outrage over the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie at

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How an Etch A Sketch Works

How an Etch A Sketch Works

Daven Hiskey December 8, 2010 3

Today I Found Out how an Etch a Sketch works. An Etch a Sketch is a remarkably simple device.  The primary components are just a small sheet of glass; a stylus controlled by two

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Why Some Coins in the United States Have Ridges

Why Some Coins in the United States Have Ridges

Daven Hiskey December 7, 2010 11

Today I Found Out why some coins in the United States have ridges. Putting ridges on some coins in America got its start back in the 1700′s.  At this time, coins were actually made

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