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Abraham Lincoln Established the Secret Service on the Day He was Shot by John Wilkes Booth

Abraham Lincoln Established the Secret Service on the Day He was Shot by John Wilkes Booth

Daven Hiskey September 8, 2012 7

Today I found out Abraham Lincoln established the Secret Service on the day he was shot by John Wilkes Booth. Unfortunately, even had the organization been instituted earlier, it wouldn’t have helped.  The Secret

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8 Amazing History Stories

8 Amazing History Stories

Noreen July 16, 2012 3

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The Can Opener Wasn’t Invented Until 48 Years After the Invention of the Can

The Can Opener Wasn’t Invented Until 48 Years After the Invention of the Can

Scott June 4, 2012 12

Today I found out the can opener wasn’t invented until 48 years after the invention of the can. In 1795, Napoleon Bonaparte was having problems with his supply lines. Specifically, they were too long

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During WWII, Lyudmila Pavlichenko Sniped a Confirmed 309 Axis Soldiers, Including 36 German Snipers

During WWII, Lyudmila Pavlichenko Sniped a Confirmed 309 Axis Soldiers, Including 36 German Snipers

Daven Hiskey June 2, 2012 9

Today I found out Lyudmila Pavlichenko sniped a confirmed 309 Axis soldiers, including 36 German snipers, during WWII. While most of the world shied away from putting women on the front line, the Soviet

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This Day in History: A Proposal by the Joint Chiefs of Staff Suggesting That the U.S. Military Should Commit Acts of Terrorism in the U.S. and Blame it on Cuba is Presented to the Secretary of Defense

This Day in History: A Proposal by the Joint Chiefs of Staff Suggesting That the U.S. Military Should Commit Acts of Terrorism in the U.S. and Blame it on Cuba is Presented to the Secretary of Defense

Daven Hiskey March 13, 2012 4

This Day In History: March 13, 1962 On this day in history, 1962, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Lyman Lemnitzer, submitted a proposal to the Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara,

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What Grog was Originally Made From

What Grog was Originally Made From

Daven Hiskey February 11, 2012 7

Today I found out what grog was originally made from. Although today the word “grog” has more or less turned into a slang term to refer to just about any alcoholic beverage in many

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January 13th: Dr. William Brydon, One of the Only Survivors of the Massacre of Elphinstone’s Army That Included Over 16,000 People Killed, Safely Makes it to the Garrison in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

January 13th: Dr. William Brydon, One of the Only Survivors of the Massacre of Elphinstone’s Army That Included Over 16,000 People Killed, Safely Makes it to the Garrison in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Daven Hiskey January 13, 2012 1

This Day In History: January 13, 1842 On this day in history, 1842, Dr. William Brydon, who had part of his skull sheared off at the time, rode an exhausted horse into the British

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Two Men Murdered 15 People Over the Course of a Year in Order to Sell the Bodies as Cadavers for College Students to Dissect

Two Men Murdered 15 People Over the Course of a Year in Order to Sell the Bodies as Cadavers for College Students to Dissect

Daven Hiskey January 4, 2012 2

Today I found out about William Burke and William Hare: two men who murdered 15 people (though sold 16 bodies overall) over the course of a year to make extra money, selling the bodies

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Origin of the Chinese Fire Drill

Origin of the Chinese Fire Drill

Daven Hiskey December 14, 2011 6

Today I found out the origin of the Chinese Fire Drill. In World War I, British soldiers came up with the phrase “Chinese Landing” to describe a clumsy or bad landing.  It should be

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Laminated Safety Glass was Invented by Accident

Laminated Safety Glass was Invented by Accident

Daven Hiskey November 8, 2011 2

Today I found out laminated glass, also known as “Safety Glass”, was invented by accident. Laminated glass can be found in car windshields, bank teller protective barriers, and a variety of other places where

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The Tunguska Event, a 1908 Explosion Estimated at 1000 Times More Powerful Than the Atomic Bomb Dropped on Hiroshima

The Tunguska Event, a 1908 Explosion Estimated at 1000 Times More Powerful Than the Atomic Bomb Dropped on Hiroshima

Daven Hiskey November 1, 2011 7

Today I found out about the Tunguska Event, which was a 1908 explosion estimated to have been nearly 1000 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 and about 1/3

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Lighters Were Invented Before The Match

Lighters Were Invented Before The Match

Jon October 19, 2011 7

Note: This is a guest article contributed by frequent TIFO visitor and owner of DumpADay.com, Jon. Today I found out that lighters were invented before the match. This one had me scratching my head

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Jimmy Stewart Was a Two Star General in the U.S. Military

Jimmy Stewart Was a Two Star General in the U.S. Military

Daven Hiskey October 10, 2011 11

Today I found out Jimmy Stewart was a two star general in the United States military. In 1940, Jimmy Stewart was drafted into the United States Army, but ended up being rejected due to

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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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Origins of the Jolly Roger

Origins of the Jolly Roger

Daven Hiskey September 1, 2011 2

Today I found out the origins of the Jolly Roger flags. Ships throughout history typically stocked a variety of different flags used for sending a message, signaling other ships, and for identifying themselves.  For

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The Signers of The Declaration of Independence Did So On August 2nd, 1776 Not July 4th

The Signers of The Declaration of Independence Did So On August 2nd, 1776 Not July 4th

Daven Hiskey July 4, 2011 12

Today I found out most the signers of the Declaration of Independence did so on August 2nd, 1776, not July 4th.   In fact, nobody signed it on the 4th.  This is contradictory to

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The Symbol on the “Pound” or “Number” Key (#) on a Telephone is Also Called An Octothorpe

The Symbol on the “Pound” or “Number” Key (#) on a Telephone is Also Called An Octothorpe

Daven Hiskey June 15, 2011 5

Today I found out the symbol on the “pound” or “number” key (#) is also called an “octothorpe”. The origins of this term date back to the 1960s and 1970s in Bell Labs with

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Why the Toilet is Commonly Known as “The Crapper”

Why the Toilet is Commonly Known as “The Crapper”

Daven Hiskey May 15, 2011 5

Today I found out why the toilet is also often called “The Crapper”. It all started with U.S. soldiers stationed in England during WWI.  The toilets in England at the time were predominately made

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