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  • How Famed Bank Robber John Dillinger Finally Met His Maker
    by Matt Blitz on July 19, 2018 at 7:01 am

    It was a record-breaking hot July night as three people, one man and two women, exited Chicago’s Biograph Theater. They had just seen Manhattan Melodrama, a crime film starring Clark Gable. As they left the theater at about 10:30 pm, a man standing at the door lit a cigar. While seemingly an innocent act, it was a signal. With little [...] The post How Famed Bank Robber John Dillinger Finally Met His Maker appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • The War Bear
    by Daven Hiskey on July 12, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    In this episode of The Brain Food Show, which is partially a continuation of the last, we discuss the bear that was officially a member of the Polish army, how he came to be such and what became of him after WWII ended. We follow this up by discussing the interesting origin of the Live Long and Prosper Vulcan salute. [...] The post The War Bear appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • The Bizarre Story of the Seattle Mystery Vending Machine
    by Karl Smallwood on July 12, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    In the city of Seattle, Washington there exists a vending machine that over the years has become something of a local landmark amongst residents who are familiar with its mysterious history. Situated on the corner the John Street and 10th Avenue East in the bustling Capitol Hill neighbourhood, the seemingly ancient machine is well known for dispensing random, sometimes rare, [...] The post The Bizarre Story of the Seattle Mystery Vending Machine appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • The Wine Lover Meltdown
    by Karl Smallwood on July 12, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Outside of wine snobs, I think we can all agree that wine snobs are just the worst. This is not because virtually every study ever conducted into the field of wine tasting as a whole has concluded that it’s ridiculously easy to convince even the top sommeliers that $5 boxed white wine is the finest red wine ever bottled. Nor [...] The post The Wine Lover Meltdown appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • The Prisoner (+Contest Winners)
    by Daven Hiskey on July 10, 2018 at 6:23 am

    In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we start by announcing our current contest winners as well as launch a new contest.  Next up we get into the meat of the episode discussing the remarkable individual who volunteered to be sent to Auschwitz, why he wanted to go, and what happened next. We finish off by discussing an interesting [...] The post The Prisoner (+Contest Winners) appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • The Truth About Whether Marijuana is Legal in Amsterdam and the Deal with Coffeeshops
    by Daven Hiskey on June 29, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Jeremy B. asks: Is it true that pot is legal in Amsterdam? Amsterdam is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe- a city famous for its canals, its museums, its history and, well, it’s weed. Except, it turns out the common idea that marijuana is legal in the Netherlands isn’t accurate at all. This is despite the fact [...] The post The Truth About Whether Marijuana is Legal in Amsterdam and the Deal with Coffeeshops appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • Why is Pomp and Circumstance Always Played at Graduations?
    by Matt Blitz on June 29, 2018 at 2:51 am

    Nathan K. asks: How did Pomp and Circumstance get to be the tune always played at graduations? Every year, hundreds of thousands of students march across a stage in a gown and a squared hat to receive a piece of paper that says they’ve completed a particular phase in their education. This school graduation will undoubtedly be marked by cheering, [...] The post Why is Pomp and Circumstance Always Played at Graduations? appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • The First Road Trip Part 2: In Which We Discuss All Things Tangentially Related
    by Daven Hiskey on June 27, 2018 at 7:35 am

    In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we discuss the interesting story of who came up with the unit of measurement called horsepower and why it got applied to engines.  We also discuss the late 19th century dominance of the electric car and why and when that changed.  Next up we look at the mildly humorous story of who [...] The post The First Road Trip Part 2: In Which We Discuss All Things Tangentially Related appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • The First Road Trip Part 1: The Gumption of the Bertha Benz
    by Daven Hiskey on June 22, 2018 at 4:33 am

    In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we discuss the surprisingly long history of the automobile, then move on to discussing what is generally considered the first “modern” car, the Model 3, made by Karl Benz, and how is amazing wife ultimately saved him and the vehicle from obscurity through her extreme audacity and faith in his invention. On [...] The post The First Road Trip Part 1: The Gumption of the Bertha Benz appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • Struck
    by Karl Smallwood on June 21, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Today in History: June 21, 1994 On June 21, 1994, a Spanish man by the name of Jose Martin was out for a drive with his wife when he got definitive proof that the Universe doesn’t like him, or, at least, doesn’t like his car. How? Well, it dropped a nearly 2 kilo hunk of space rock that just moments [...] The post Struck appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]