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  • When Did Having a Prisoner’s Last Meal Be Anything They Want Start?
    by Daven Hiskey on January 27, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    Johnny Pope asks: Why do people on death row get whatever meal they want right before they die? If you happen to ever find yourself slated to have society as a whole decide it would be best if they killed you, the silver lining is that in many parts of the world where this is still a thing, the last [...] The post When Did Having a Prisoner’s Last Meal Be Anything They Want Start? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • Did Any Medieval Knight Ever Actually Rescue a Damsel in Distress?
    by Daven Hiskey on January 20, 2020 at 12:01 am

    Some of the first stories humans ever deemed worthy of writing down inevitably included tales of a man or men rushing to the aid of some damsel in distress, from Perseus rescuing Andromeda, to the Achaeans assembling to go rescue, or at least reclaim, Helen. As the centuries passed, this basic theme has never gone out of style, even still [...] The post Did Any Medieval Knight Ever Actually Rescue a Damsel in Distress? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • Why Would You Add Antifreeze to Wine?
    by Karl Smallwood on January 13, 2020 at 11:04 am

    To many people adding one of the principal ingredients in antifreeze to wine sounds almost cartoonishly stupid and evil, which is probably why that exact scenario is the basis for an entire episode of The Simpsons. Nevertheless, for at least 7 years, many major wine makers in Austria decided to add this highly toxic poison to their wines, with a [...] The post Why Would You Add Antifreeze to Wine? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • Were Iron Maidens Ever Actually Used?
    by Karl Smallwood on January 8, 2020 at 5:34 am

    PandaGuy5 asks: Were people ever really tortured in Iron Maidens? The people of the Middle Ages have a reputation for wanton brutality and, as supposed evidence of this, countless instruments of torture sit in museums around the world, arguably the most famous of which being the Iron Maiden. This hellish contraption supposedly caused unthinkable pain and anguish for those unlucky [...] The post Were Iron Maidens Ever Actually Used? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • Why Does the Sound of Fingernails on a Chalkboard or Scraping a Plate Make Us Cringe?
    by Daven Hiskey on January 6, 2020 at 3:05 am

    MasaC asks: Why do fingernails on a chalkboard make us cringe? Few sounds cause humans to cringe more than nails across a chalkboard, a fork scraped on a plate, or a heavy metal chair dragged across a tiled floor.  But what exactly is it about this sort of scraping noise that is so offensive to our brains that many even [...] The post Why Does the Sound of Fingernails on a Chalkboard or Scraping a Plate Make Us Cringe? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • Why Do Outhouses Have a Crescent Moon on the Door?
    by Karl Smallwood on January 4, 2020 at 3:28 am

    Literally Everyone asks: Why are outhouses traditionally depicted with a crescent moon on the door? In all the years we’ve been answering questions from our abnormally attractive readers, one that has popped up in our inbox and in comment threads more times than any other is some form of the question “What’s the deal with crescent moons on outhouse doors?” [...] The post Why Do Outhouses Have a Crescent Moon on the Door? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • The Curious Case of the Ray-Ban Wearing Monk of Koh Samui
    by Karl Smallwood on December 27, 2019 at 5:00 am

    On the scenic Thai island of Koh Sumai, tucked away in the Wat Khunaram temple is the mummified body of one of Thailand’s most famous monks- Luang Pho Daeng. Remarkably well preserved, Luang Pho Daeng’s body was put on display sometime in the 1970s and is still there today, virtually unchanged from the day he passed away, with the notable [...] The post The Curious Case of the Ray-Ban Wearing Monk of Koh Samui appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • Who Invented the Keyboard and is the Dvorak Really Better than the QWERTY
    by Daven Hiskey on December 27, 2019 at 12:27 am

    The origin of the keyboard starts, unsurprisingly with the first typewriters. There were a variety of type-writer-like devices around going back the 18th century, before one Christopher Latham Sholes, with some help from a few other guys, came up with one that would become the first commercially successful typewriter in the 1870s. Much like many typewriters since, Shole’s device used [...] The post Who Invented the Keyboard and is the Dvorak Really Better than the QWERTY appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • The Legendary Black Samurai
    by Karl Smallwood on December 26, 2019 at 2:13 am

    The Black Samurai, despite sounding like a name that’d be more at home in a movie or a comic book than the real world, is a genuine nickname given to a mysterious man from feudal Japan, otherwise known only as Yasuke. The rank of samurai was, of course, considered one of great prestige and it came with a number of [...] The post The Legendary Black Samurai appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • What Happens if You Commit a Crime in Space?
    by Daven Hiskey on December 23, 2019 at 9:56 am

    Milesperawesome asks: Could you get in trouble legally if you murdered someone in space? Asking for a friend. While it might seem like something out of science fiction, given that humans are presently in space and soon enough mass space tourism is going to open up the possibility for many, many more, it’s only a matter of time before someone [...] The post What Happens if You Commit a Crime in Space? appeared first on Today I Found Out.