Author Archives: Simon Whistler

Brazil Nuts are Not from Brazil and are Not Nuts, and 12 Other Fascinating Food Facts

In this video from our new YouTube channel (click here to subscribe), we take a look at 13 fascinating food facts you probably didn’t know. For many more videos like this, be sure and subscribe to our channel. If you liked this video, you might also enjoy: The Greatest Practical Joke of the 19th Century Who is Craig from Craigslist? […]

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The Real First Person Around the World, Exploding Dogs, the Superhero Who Powered Up By Smoking and More

In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we discuss who was the real first person to circumnavigate the globe, the superhero who powered up by smoking, what a “blue moon” really is, the sad story of the exploding anti-tank dogs of WWII, why aluminum foil is shiny on one side and not the other, and what people used for toothpaste […]

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What Causes the Smell After Rain, When People Started Smiling in Photographs, How 911 Became the Defacto Emergency Number, and More

In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we discuss what causes the smell after rain, whether Nero really fiddled while Rome burned (and whether it really burned at all), when and why people started smiling in photographs, the fascinating origin of Scrabble, and how 911 became the emergency number in the United States. Click here to subscribe to our […]

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Prank Calling the Pope- The Blue Box, “Woz,” and Steve Jobs

In this video from our new YouTube channel (click here to subscribe), we take a look at Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak’s first business together- making and selling “blue boxes” that allowed people to make completely free, illegal phone calls to anyone in the world. If you liked this video, you can find hundreds more like it on our YouTube […]

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The Colosseum’s Big Brother, Dung Beetles and the Stars, When the Sun Will Die, and More

In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we discuss the structure used by Ancient Romans that made the now more famous Colosseum look tiny, the dung beetle and their ability to navigate using the stars, when the Sun will die, the truth about Marie Antoinette and “Let Them Eat Cake,” and that time Carl Sagan and co. put together […]

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The Origin of Looney Tunes’ “ACME”, The Slave Who Helped Make the Freedom Statue, Why the Monopoly Pieces are as They are and More

In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we discuss the origin of the “ACME” brand name in Looney Tunes, the slave who helped make the famous Freedom Statue in Washington DC, why the Monopoly pieces are as they are, that time a tulip cost more than a house, and the truth about whales and their blowholes (aka, why Dory […]

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The Fascinating Story Behind How Pluto Got Its Name

In this video from our new YouTube channel, we look at the fascinating story behind how Pluto got its name. If you liked this video, you might also enjoy: Why Superheroes Wear Their Underwear on the Outside The Surprisingly Long Time You Could Survive in Space Without a Space Suit The Interesting Origins of the Word Geek and Nerd Why […]

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