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  • Why Doesn’t the Heart Get Tired and Need to Rest Like Other Muscles?
    by Daven Hiskey on November 11, 2019 at 9:49 am

    Mindy N. asks: After a long run my leg muscles are tired, but my heart is not.  Why doesn’t the heart need any rest? An average of around 60 to 100 times every minute of every day of every year of your ultimately meaningless life, your heart beats… until it doesn’t. Not long after it stops, all knowledge of your [...] The post Why Doesn’t the Heart Get Tired and Need to Rest Like Other Muscles? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • The Fascinating Origins of Everyday Things (Part 2)
    by Daven Hiskey on October 31, 2019 at 3:46 am

    In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we start off looking at that time the United States government banned pre-sliced bread… Really. Next up, we have a brief message from a sponsor, Blinkist, which gives you the key ideas from more than 3,000 bestselling nonfiction books in just 15 minutes instead of having to listen to the full audiobook [...] The post The Fascinating Origins of Everyday Things (Part 2) appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • The Fascinating Origins of Everyday Things (Part 1)
    by Daven Hiskey on October 30, 2019 at 4:39 am

    In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we start off looking at the surprisingly interesting origin of the paperclip and why a person who had nothing to do with its design commonly gets all the credit for it, including having a giant statue of it made in his honor only a couple decades ago. 🙂 Next up, we have [...] The post The Fascinating Origins of Everyday Things (Part 1) appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • What was It Actually Like to Be a Court Jester in Medieval Times?
    by Karl Smallwood on October 26, 2019 at 6:07 am

    LegitMarmalade asks: Is it true medieval jesters could insult the King in any way they wanted without risk of getting executed? Although you might assume that being made to wear a stupid costume, be mocked, and act like an idiot for the entertainment of fatuous rulers would be a job nobody would want- like the position of Groom of the [...] The post What was It Actually Like to Be a Court Jester in Medieval Times? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • That Time the U.S. Military Launched a Half a Billion Needles to Space for Reasons…
    by Melissa on October 25, 2019 at 6:07 am

    In the early 1960s, international communications were limited to transmissions through undersea cables or occasionally unreliable radio signals bounced off of the ionosphere. As you might imagine from this, many in the Western world weren’t too keen on the state of the situation given that were to someone, say, the Soviet Union, cut those cables before launching an attack, international [...] The post That Time the U.S. Military Launched a Half a Billion Needles to Space for Reasons… appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • Can You Really Pull a Grenade Pin with Your Teeth and Do Soldiers Ever “Cook” Grenades?
    by Karl Smallwood on October 25, 2019 at 2:27 am

    GatGatCat asks: Is cooking grenades and pulling the pins with your teeth something people really do or just something in games? We’ve all seen it- the protagonist of a film whips out a hand grenade, dashingly yanks the pin with his teeth as his hair flows in the wind, counts one-potato, two-potato, three and hucks it at nearby teeming hoards [...] The post Can You Really Pull a Grenade Pin with Your Teeth and Do Soldiers Ever “Cook” Grenades? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • That Time a Guy Put $2-$4 Million Worth of Valuables in a Treasure Chest Left Somewhere in the Rockies
    by Daven Hiskey on October 24, 2019 at 10:29 am

    Born on August 22, 1930 in Temple, Texas, Forrest Fenn did not begin his life wealthy, with his father working to support the family via a job as a principal at a local school. Things would change, however, during the latter half of his life thanks to a love of exploring and collecting various artifacts. His first such object was [...] The post That Time a Guy Put $2-$4 Million Worth of Valuables in a Treasure Chest Left Somewhere in the Rockies appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • Why is Wine Almost Always Drunk in Wine Glasses Instead of Regular Glasses?
    by Daven Hiskey on October 20, 2019 at 12:20 am

    Macuzila asks: Why does everyone only drink wine out of wine glasses? For a lot of people, a nice glass of wine is used to enhance enjoyment of things like the four F’s that make life worth living- friends, family, food, and… one other thing… Regardless of when or where you’re drinking that wine, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll be [...] The post Why is Wine Almost Always Drunk in Wine Glasses Instead of Regular Glasses? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • How are Rich People Able to Buy Exotic Pets Like Tigers?
    by Karl Smallwood on October 18, 2019 at 7:16 am

    Amikkik asks: How do celebrities buy exotic pets like a tiger like Mike Tyson has? How is that legal? As you may or may not know, there are around twice as many tigers in the United States, around 5,000-10,000, as there are in the wild in the rest of the world, with the vast majority of those big cats belonging [...] The post How are Rich People Able to Buy Exotic Pets Like Tigers? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • The Badass WWII Squadron of Female Pilots Known as the Night Witches
    by Daven Hiskey on October 17, 2019 at 5:21 am

    Throughout the 1930s pilots around the world were continually trying to push the limits of anything that had been done before in the air. While the likes of Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart are more familiar names in the Western World, the Soviets had their own equivalents such as Mikhail Gromov who, in 1937 along with his two man crew, [...] The post The Badass WWII Squadron of Female Pilots Known as the Night Witches appeared first on Today I Found Out.