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How a Smoke Alarm Works

How a Smoke Alarm Works

Scott April 10, 2012 1

Today I found out how a smoke alarm works. At their core, smoke alarms are very simple devices that need only two functions: a way of detecting smoke and a way of alerting people

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Most Streets in Japan Don’t Have Names

Most Streets in Japan Don’t Have Names

Daven Hiskey April 9, 2012 0

Today I found out most streets in Japan don’t have names. In Japan, they use a very different addressing system than is used in most Western countries.  Rather than streets having names (the space

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The Inventor of the Pringles Can was Buried in One

The Inventor of the Pringles Can was Buried in One

Scott April 6, 2012 8

Today I found out that the inventor of the Pringles can was buried in one (part of him, anyway). Upon his death in 2008, just 20 days shy of his 90th birthday, the inventor

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Chuck Norris’ First Name is Actually Carlos

Chuck Norris’ First Name is Actually Carlos

Daven Hiskey April 3, 2012 1

Today I found out Chuck Norris’ first name is actually Carlos. “Chuck” Norris was born Carlos Ray Norris all the way back in 1940 (yes, he’s 72 years old now and even recently had

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There is a Parody Set of Nobel Prizes Given Out Annually for Trivial Scientific Achievements, The IG Nobel Prizes

There is a Parody Set of Nobel Prizes Given Out Annually for Trivial Scientific Achievements, The IG Nobel Prizes

Daven Hiskey April 1, 2012 7

Today I found out there is a parody set of Nobel Prizes given out annually for trivial scientific achievements. These prizes (10 per year in a variety of categories) are called the IG Nobel

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There Once was a Little Person Who Played in Major League Baseball

There Once was a Little Person Who Played in Major League Baseball

Daven Hiskey March 28, 2012 6

Today I found out there once was a little person who played in Major League Baseball. This man was 26 year old, 3 feet, 7 inch tall Eddie Gaedel.  Gaedel was signed by Bill

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Eric Clapton was to Meet Up with Jimi Hendrix on the Night Hendrix Died; He was Also With Stevie Ray Vaughan On the Night He Died

Eric Clapton was to Meet Up with Jimi Hendrix on the Night Hendrix Died; He was Also With Stevie Ray Vaughan On the Night He Died

Daven Hiskey March 27, 2012 10

Today I found out Eric Clapton was to meet up with Jimi Hendrix on the night Hendrix died.  He was also with Stevie Ray Vaughan on the night he died. Clapton was good friends

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The Word “Droid” is a Registered Trademark of Lucasfilm Ltd.

The Word “Droid” is a Registered Trademark of Lucasfilm Ltd.

Daven Hiskey March 24, 2012 1

Today I found out the word “droid” is a registered trademark of Lucasfilm Ltd. Shortly before Verizon launched their “DROID” line of mobile devices, Lucasfilm Ltd. swept in and filed a trademark on October

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What E Pluribus Unum Means

What E Pluribus Unum Means

Daven Hiskey March 22, 2012 14

Today I found out what “E pluribus unum” means. E pluribus unum translates from Latin to English as follows: “e” meaning “from” or “out of”; “pluribus” being the ablative plural of the Latin for

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Abner Doubleday Did Not Invent Baseball

Abner Doubleday Did Not Invent Baseball

Daven Hiskey March 20, 2012 4

Myth: Baseball was invented by Abner Doubleday This myth has been widely spread since 1907 and even today is sometimes presented by such people as Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig.  The fact of

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All Snakes can Swim

All Snakes can Swim

Daven Hiskey March 15, 2012 5

Today I found out all snakes can swim. If you’re one of those people who are afraid to swim in lakes, rivers, and the like, here’s another reason for you to stay out of

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Apple Seeds Contain Cyanide

Apple Seeds Contain Cyanide

Scott March 13, 2012 14

Today I found out apple seeds contain cyanide. The seeds of apples, also known as “pips”, contain a sugar/cyanide compound called “amygdalin”, which turns into hydrogen cyanide when it is metabolized in your body.

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There Was Once a One Man Invasion Attempt of the Island Nation of Sark

There Was Once a One Man Invasion Attempt of the Island Nation of Sark

Scott March 10, 2012 3

Today I found out there was once a one man invasion attempt of the island of Sark. Andre Gardes was an unemployed nuclear physicist from France. Mr. Gardes believed himself the rightful heir and

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The Origin of the Green, Yellow, and Red Color Scheme for Traffic Lights

The Origin of the Green, Yellow, and Red Color Scheme for Traffic Lights

Scott March 8, 2012 15

Today I found out the origin of the green, yellow, and red color scheme for traffic lights. This color scheme derives from a system used by the railroad industry since the 1830s. At this

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It Costs More Than Double What Pennies and Nickels are Worth to Produce Them

It Costs More Than Double What Pennies and Nickels are Worth to Produce Them

Scott March 8, 2012 6

Today I found out that it currently costs more than double what pennies and nickels are worth to produce them. In 2006, the U.S. Mint sent a letter to Congress informing them that for

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Charlie Sheen Once Bought 2,615 Tickets to a Major League Baseball Game so He Could Improve His Odds of Catching a Home Run Ball

Charlie Sheen Once Bought 2,615 Tickets to a Major League Baseball Game so He Could Improve His Odds of Catching a Home Run Ball

Jon March 7, 2012 4

Note: This is a guest article contributed by frequent TIFO visitor and owner of Daily Random Facts, Jon. Today I found out Charlie Sheen once bought 2,615 tickets to a single Angels’ baseball game,

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There is an Octopus With a Detachable Penis

There is an Octopus With a Detachable Penis

Scott March 6, 2012 1

Today I found out there is an octopus with a detachable penis. Known as the Argonaut, this male mollusc has a very sacrificial way of impregnating their female counterparts. The male has one arm

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Honey can be Used for a Variety of Medicinal Purposes

Honey can be Used for a Variety of Medicinal Purposes

Scott March 3, 2012 11

Today I found out honey can be used for a variety of medicinal purposes. You may be skeptical about this because many such “natural” alternatives to medicine put forth are not backed by any

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