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  • The Roman Emperor Who Tried to Make His Horse Consul
    by Colin Parry on August 4, 2020 at 7:00 am

    When one thinks of Roman Emperors, often two kinds come to mind- the heroic generals and brilliant philosophers, like Caesar Augustus and Marcus Aurelius, or the insane and depraved despots like Nero and Commodus. The latter two are well known for their long list of antics, for a video on Nero’s famous fiddle incident and the truth about all that, [...] The post The Roman Emperor Who Tried to Make His Horse Consul appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • The Nazi Interrogator Who Killed Them With Kindness
    by Kent Cubbage on August 3, 2020 at 7:00 am

    Hitler. Himmler. Goering. Goebbels. Even the most casual student of history knows this roster of infamous Nazis that were responsible for some of the greatest evils the world has ever known. Of the millions that were killed by German hands during World War II, countless thousands were prisoners of war. Often massive numbers of prisoners were killed at a time [...] The post The Nazi Interrogator Who Killed Them With Kindness appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • How Do German Schools Teach About WWII?
    by Nasser Ayash on August 2, 2020 at 7:00 am

    After World War II, the German state was utterly destroyed. It was split in four parts, and to top it all, coming face to face with the scale of the atrocities their government and armies committed through public events like the Nürnberg trials. This in combination with the process of de-nazification, which can be seen as a large-scale rehabilitation program, [...] The post How Do German Schools Teach About WWII? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • Making Diamonds
    by Daven Hiskey on August 1, 2020 at 8:37 am

    In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we are start out looking at the rather interesting way the couple hundred million dollar Hope Diamond has been transported a couple times. Next up we have a brief message from our sponsor Skillshare for 2 months for free here: http://skillshare.com/brainfood Next up, we discuss how diamonds went from a mostly worthless [...] The post Making Diamonds appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • How Did WWI Pilots Shoot Through Their Aircraft Propeller?
    by Gilles Messier on August 1, 2020 at 7:00 am

    On June 7, 1912, Lieutenant Roy Kirtland took off from a field outside College Park, Maryland in a Wright Model B, the first aircraft ever purchased by the American Army Air Services. To his right sat Captain Charles Chandler, a Lewis light machine gun cradled between his legs. As Kirtland banked the aircraft 300 feet over the field, Chandler took [...] The post How Did WWI Pilots Shoot Through Their Aircraft Propeller? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • So How Do Animals Swallowed Alive Actually Die and Do Any Animals Ever Get Out Alive After?
    by Eric Flynn on July 31, 2020 at 7:00 am

    We’ve all heard the story of Jonah being swallowed by the whale, and then, along with his father Geppetto, creating a fire so that the whale sneezes them out … Or something like that. Whatever the case, being swallowed whole is a fate that has permeated our mythology and stories throughout time. But what is the actual typical progression to [...] The post So How Do Animals Swallowed Alive Actually Die and Do Any Animals Ever Get Out Alive After? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • Why is Superman Described as Leaping Tall Buildings with a Single Bound When He Can Fly?
    by Matthew Theriault on July 30, 2020 at 7:05 am

    “Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!” Well, of course Superman could hurdle skyscrapers. He can fly after all. Compared to the kind of aerial self-propulsion that Daedalus couldn’t have conceived of, jumping over even the Burj Khalifa seems hardly worth mentioning. Super-vaulting seems more along the lines [...] The post Why is Superman Described as Leaping Tall Buildings with a Single Bound When He Can Fly? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • That Time the Soviets Decided to Try to Extinguish a Fire with a Nuke For Reasons…
    by Gilles Messier on July 30, 2020 at 7:00 am

    The phrase ‘the peaceful use of nuclear weapons’ might sound like the ultimate oxymoron. While nuclear reactors are widely used to peacefully generate electricity and medical isotopes, it is difficult to imagine a peaceful use for atomic bombs on account of the whole, you know, radioactive BOOM. But incredibly, between 1961 and 1989, both the United States and the Soviet [...] The post That Time the Soviets Decided to Try to Extinguish a Fire with a Nuke For Reasons… appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • The Widespread Nuclear Disaster Everyone Promptly Forgot About
    by Gerardo Amador on July 30, 2020 at 5:02 am

    If you’ve ever heard of Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico at all, it’s probably because for a time the densely populated town next to El Paso, Texas was known as “the most dangerous city in the world”. But it turns out that at one point a bizarre sequence of events led to a rather odd nuclear disaster occurring there. Now, you [...] The post The Widespread Nuclear Disaster Everyone Promptly Forgot About appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • Can the Iron in Your Blood Be Removed By a Super Powerful Magnetic Source?
    by Adam Ziebelman on July 30, 2020 at 4:14 am

    Magnets are everywhere. Just about every electronic device uses them including the speakers you’re using to listen to me talk right now. Deriving their name from the Greek Island of Magnesia, magnets have come to play an integral part of our modern world. As anyone whose ever watched a certain particularly powerful mutant of the villainous variety do his thing [...] The post Can the Iron in Your Blood Be Removed By a Super Powerful Magnetic Source? appeared first on Today I Found Out.