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Randy and Sharon Marsh and Gerald and Shelia Broflovsky Were Named After the Two South Park Creator’s Parents

Randy and Sharon Marsh and Gerald and Shelia Broflovsky Were Named After the Two South Park Creator’s Parents

Daven Hiskey October 6, 2011 0

Today I found out Randy and Sharon Marsh and Gerald and Shelia Broflovsky were named after Trey Parker’s and Matt Stone’s parents respectively. Trey Parker’s dad’s name is Randy Parker and, like Randy Marsh, he’s

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Helen Keller was Not Born Blind or Deaf

Helen Keller was Not Born Blind or Deaf

Daven Hiskey October 5, 2011 9

Myth: Helen Keller was born blind and deaf. In fact, Helen Keller was born able to see and hear just fine and continued to be able to do so until she was about one

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The First Woman to Cast a Vote in Chicago Did So With Her Feet

The First Woman to Cast a Vote in Chicago Did So With Her Feet

Daven Hiskey October 4, 2011 3

Today I found out the first woman to cast a vote in Chicago did so with her feet. The woman was Kittie Smith.  Smith lost her arms as a child, after having both her

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How To Read An EKG (electrocardiograph)

How To Read An EKG (electrocardiograph)

Scott October 2, 2011 17

Today I found out how to read an EKG. While some people might say that kind of skill should require 13 years of preparatory school, four years of college, four years of medical school

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There Once was a Man Hit on the Head By A Falling Baby, Twice!

There Once was a Man Hit on the Head By A Falling Baby, Twice!

Scott September 27, 2011 0

Today I found out there once was a man was hit on the head by a falling baby… twice! According to Time Magazine (Miscellany, Oct. 17, 1938), the year of the first event was

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Dick Cheney Likely Doesn’t Have a Pulse, No Really

Dick Cheney Likely Doesn’t Have a Pulse, No Really

Scott September 26, 2011 4

Today I found out that Dick Cheney likely doesn’t have a pulse. No, really! Dick has had several heart attacks since 1978. These heart attacks have made his heart extremely weak and he is

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Why Leaves Change Color in the Fall

Why Leaves Change Color in the Fall

Daven Hiskey September 22, 2011 6

Today I found out why leaves change color in the fall. The primary thing that triggers the changing of colors in leaves is the length of day.  However, moisture and temperature play a role

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How a Heart Attack Works

How a Heart Attack Works

Scott September 21, 2011 6

Today I found out what exactly is going on with the heart during a heart attack. We’ve all seen the 70 year old man on TV who suddenly clutches his chest and yells “Oh,

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The Origin of the Term “Going Postal”

The Origin of the Term “Going Postal”

Scott September 19, 2011 6

Today I found out where the term “Going Postal” came from. It seems to be common knowledge that if you have a co-worker who appears they might take out a 9mm handgun and play

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Why Salt Enhances Flavor

Why Salt Enhances Flavor

Daven Hiskey September 16, 2011 7

Today I found out why salt enhances flavor. This is partially simply due to the fact that “saltiness” is one of the five primary basic tastes the human tongue can detect.  Those five tastes being: salt, bitter, sweet,

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What Causes Red Eyes In Photographs

What Causes Red Eyes In Photographs

Scott September 15, 2011 4

Today I found out what makes your eyes red in flash photographs.  Simply put, that crazy zombie look people tend to get, as if they are about to use you as a pre-lunch snack,

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Why Breathing Helium Changes the Sound Of Your Voice

Why Breathing Helium Changes the Sound Of Your Voice

Scott September 14, 2011 10

Today I found out why inhaling helium can change the sound of your voice. The physics behind this little phenomenon, practiced in the back corners of parties everywhere, are actually fairly simple. What is

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How Trick Candles Work

How Trick Candles Work

Scott September 12, 2011 6

Today I found out how trick candles work. There is nothing more humorous then seeing a person become woozy and light-headed at a feeble attempt to blow out candles that fight back! Candles themselves

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Velcro Was Modeled After Burrs of the Burdock Plant that Stuck to Velcro’s Inventor’s Pants After a Hunting Trip

Velcro Was Modeled After Burrs of the Burdock Plant that Stuck to Velcro’s Inventor’s Pants After a Hunting Trip

Daven Hiskey September 9, 2011 7

Today I found out Velcro was modeled after burrs of the burdock plant that stuck to Velcro’s creator’s pants after a hunting trip. The inventor of Velcro, more generically known as a “hook and

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How Fish Gills Work

How Fish Gills Work

Scott September 7, 2011 6

Today I found out how fish gills work. These fantastic little organs allow the fish to absorb oxygen from the water and use it for energy. Functionally, gills are not that dissimilar to the

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The Paperclip was Not Invented by Johan Vaaler

The Paperclip was Not Invented by Johan Vaaler

Daven Hiskey September 7, 2011 0

Myth: The paperclip was invented by Johan Vaaler One very popular false origin of the paperclip was that it was invented by Norwegian patent office manager, Johan Vaaler. He was even granted patents in

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What Causes Hickeys

What Causes Hickeys

Scott September 6, 2011 4

Today I found out what causes hickeys, that infamous badge of shame that requires most teenage boys to seriously consider buying make up to cover their necks before they go home to mom and

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Welcome a New Writer to Today I Found Out

Welcome a New Writer to Today I Found Out

Daven Hiskey September 6, 2011 0

Please help me welcome Scott as a regular contributing writer to Today I Found Out. Scott is a long time paramedic and fire fighter who has obviously particular expertise in the medical field and

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