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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 7

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 19

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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“The [American Civil] War Began in My Front Yard and Ended in My Parlor.”

“The [American Civil] War Began in My Front Yard and Ended in My Parlor.”

Rebecca McTear March 18, 2013 8

“The war began in my front yard and ended in my parlor.” This statement about the start and the end of the U.S. Civil War was spoken by Wilmer McLean and is surprisingly almost

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The Accidental Invention of the Chocolate Chip Cookie

The Accidental Invention of the Chocolate Chip Cookie

Kate Krake March 15, 2013 7

It’s difficult to imagine that the chocolate chip cookie, one of the world’s most beloved sweet treats, was actually invented by accident. The invention of the chocolate chip cookie happened in 1930 when Ruth

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The Famous “Wilhelm Scream” Heard in Over 200 Films is Thought to Have Come from the Vocal Talents of the Guy Who Wrote and Sang the Song “Purple People Eater”

The Famous “Wilhelm Scream” Heard in Over 200 Films is Thought to Have Come from the Vocal Talents of the Guy Who Wrote and Sang the Song “Purple People Eater”

Amanda Poitras March 15, 2013 9

Even if you don’t recognize the name, odds are you’ve at least heard the Wilhelm Scream (listen to it here). It’s that classic scream that movie goers around the world remember and is sometimes

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It Does Not Take “7 Years” to Digest Gum

It Does Not Take “7 Years” to Digest Gum

Ann Pietrangelo March 12, 2013 2

“Don’t swallow your gum! It’ll take seven years to digest it!” If you chew gum, chances are you’ve been told that it’s dangerous to swallow it. You’ve probably even heard horror stories about giant

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Why Mustard is Yellow

Why Mustard is Yellow

Matt Blitz March 12, 2013 1

Today I found out why mustard is yellow. A common misconception is that yellow mustard (the kind you put on your hot dog) is yellow because of the mustard seed. This is not true.

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Häagen-Dazs and Frusen Glädjé are Both American Companies

Häagen-Dazs and Frusen Glädjé are Both American Companies

Daley Francis March 11, 2013 0

Today I found out that both Häagen-Dazs and Frusen Glädjé are American companies, something that may come as a shock to the many people who assumed – and presumably still assume in some cases – that

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How Shrunken Heads Were Made

How Shrunken Heads Were Made

Staci Lehman March 11, 2013 5

Today I found out how shrunken heads were made. For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, a shrunken head is a decapitated human head that is shrunk through a cooking process by

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New Authors

New Authors

Daven Hiskey March 11, 2013 0

I recently put out a job listing for some new writers to add to the team here on Today I Found Out.  I received well over 300 applicants, with a shockingly high percentage of

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The Woman Who Carried a Fetus in Her Body for 60 Years

The Woman Who Carried a Fetus in Her Body for 60 Years

Daven Hiskey March 8, 2013 5

The woman was Huang Yijun from China.  When she was 31 in 1948, she became pregnant only to find out that she had an ectopic pregnancy, meaning the egg had not attached in the

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Why Sideburns are Named as They Are

Why Sideburns are Named as They Are

Daven Hiskey March 6, 2013 3

Today I found out why sideburns are named as they are. It turns out, despite this particular brand of facial hair style being around as far back as at least 100 BC (with one

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The Only Major League Baseball Player to Refuse a Hit

The Only Major League Baseball Player to Refuse a Hit

Eddie Deezen March 5, 2013 0

Paul Glee Waner played baseball in the big leagues for 20 seasons, from 1926 to 1945.  They called him “Big Poison” despite Waner being a small man at 5 ft. 8 1/2 in. in

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Cracking Your Knuckles Does Not Cause Arthritis

Cracking Your Knuckles Does Not Cause Arthritis

Scott March 1, 2013 8

Myth: Cracking your knuckles throughout your lifetime will eventually cause you to have arthritis. Have you ever cracked your knuckles and had someone yell at you to stop because it causes arthritis? 25-54% of

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The Beatles’ Worst Experience

The Beatles’ Worst Experience

Eddie Deezen February 28, 2013 2

The Beatles arrived in Manila to give two concerts in early July of 1966.  This was to be one of their gigs on their 1966 final-ever tour; they had just finished a few very

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Caffeine Does Not Stunt Your Growth

Caffeine Does Not Stunt Your Growth

Scott February 28, 2013 4

Myth: Caffeine will stunt your growth We all remember being 12 years old and seeing your mom guzzling down her 3rd cup of coffee and really wanting some. When we asked if we could

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Does Cranberry Juice Get Rid of Urinary Tract Infections

Does Cranberry Juice Get Rid of Urinary Tract Infections

Scott February 26, 2013 14

Matt asks: Does cranberry juice really help with urinary tract infections? The short answer is probably not according to recent research on the subject, though of course there are certainly many who swear by

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