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  • The Curious Case of Exploding Whales
    by Gilles Messier on December 5, 2020 at 2:00 am

    Whales are among the largest animals to have ever lived, with the Blue Whale, at a whopping 173 metric tons, holding the absolute record. Thus, the rare occasions when a dead whale washes ashore tend to cause massive headaches for the local population and authorities, not only due to the massive bulk and nauseating smell, but also the alarming tendency [...] The post The Curious Case of Exploding Whales appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • The Forgotten Plague During Prohibition
    by Gilles Messier on December 5, 2020 at 1:18 am

    In February of 1930, Dr. W.H. Miles, Health Officer for Oklahoma City, began hearing of an alarming number of patients presenting to hospitals with unusual symptoms. The muscles in their lower legs had become paralyzed, making them unable to straighten their feet and causing them to walk with a bizarre slapping gait. At first doctors suspected Polio or Guillain-Barre syndrome, [...] The post The Forgotten Plague During Prohibition appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • The Absolute Legend That was Timothy Dexter- First in the East and West and Greatest Philosopher in the Western World
    by Zach Stewart on December 5, 2020 at 1:18 am

    In the vast annals of history it can’t surprise anyone that the occasional great man gets lost as records of them are sparse, or were all burned by some rival empire. It is surprising, though, when there are men of whom there is possibly TOO much evidence who still disappear from most historical records. One of America’s first eccentric rich [...] The post The Absolute Legend That was Timothy Dexter- First in the East and West and Greatest Philosopher in the Western World appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • The Curious Case of Radioactive Apartments
    by Gilles Messier on December 4, 2020 at 2:00 am

    One day in October 1982, 604 tons of scrap metal arrived at the Hsin Jong Iron and Steel Company in Taiyuan, Taiwan. It was soon melted down and used to produce over 20,000 tons of rebar, which between 1982 and 1983 was used in the construction of more than 200 buildings throughout Taiwan, including 30 schools and 100 tower blocks [...] The post The Curious Case of Radioactive Apartments appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • What Happens in the Real World if You Find a Buried Treasure?
    by Pierre-Louis Blanchard on December 4, 2020 at 1:19 am

    Ever wonder what happens if you actually found a buried treasure or some sort of National Treasure-esk haul of ancient loot? Well, wonder no more. To begin with, as ever in just about everything, the answer to that is complicated. The bottom line is that most countries have laws that regulate what has to be done when something precious is [...] The post What Happens in the Real World if You Find a Buried Treasure? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • The Worst Military Airplane Ever
    by Gilles Messier on December 4, 2020 at 1:19 am

    The history of aviation is filled with truly terrible aircraft. For every Sopwith Camel there was the SPAD S.A, which placed the gunner precariously in front of the propeller to clear his field of fire. For every Spitfire there was the Boulton-Paul Defiant, a WWII turret fighter based on outdated WWI tactics. For every Boeing 747 there was the Bristol [...] The post The Worst Military Airplane Ever appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • That Time the French Intentionally Bombed a Civilian Ship
    by Gilles Messier on December 4, 2020 at 1:18 am

    France detonated its first atomic bomb, codenamed Blue Jerboa, on February 13, 1960, becoming the fourth nation to do so after the United States, the Soviet Union, and Great Britain. At first the French tested their nuclear weapons in their then-colony of Algeria, but after the country gained its independence in 1962 testing moved to French Polynesia. These tests heavily [...] The post That Time the French Intentionally Bombed a Civilian Ship appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • How Cap’n Crunch Gave the World the iPhone and the Surprisingly Heated Debate Over Whether He’s Really a Captain
    by Jared Miracle on December 3, 2020 at 1:48 am

    Anyone who has seen Mad Men knows that the 1960s in America were a time of unmitigated consumerism. Advertising was largely unregulated—a fact that continues to influence certain industries. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the cereal aisle. Several mainstays of the canonically fuzzy cereal multiverse have their origins in the Wild West period of children’s marketing: Lucky the [...] The post How Cap’n Crunch Gave the World the iPhone and the Surprisingly Heated Debate Over Whether He’s Really a Captain appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • That Time Colonel Sanders Tried to Kill the Competition by Literally Trying to Murder the Manager of the Competition
    by Daven Hiskey on December 3, 2020 at 1:39 am

    Born September 9, 1890 in Henryville, Indiana, Harland Sanders’ wasn’t exactly born with a silver spoon. His father passed away when he was six and his mother had to work several jobs to make ends meet. Because of this, he was tasked with looking after his two younger siblings and taking care of the home, which is where his passion [...] The post That Time Colonel Sanders Tried to Kill the Competition by Literally Trying to Murder the Manager of the Competition appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • Winning the Battle of Britain with Miss Shilling’s Orifice
    by Gilles Messier on December 3, 2020 at 1:33 am

    In the pantheon of iconic aircraft, perhaps none is more revered than the Supermarine Spitfire. Considered one of the most beautiful fighters ever designed, along with its stablemate the Hawker Hurricane the Spitfire has become emblematic of  Britain’s determined resistance against Nazi Germany in the early days of the Second World War. Yet despite its legendary reputation, the Spitfire was [...] The post Winning the Battle of Britain with Miss Shilling’s Orifice appeared first on Today I Found Out.