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  • What Exactly Happens When the Queen Dies?
    by Daven Hiskey on September 18, 2019 at 2:16 am

    HailCaesoo asks: What all happens when the queen of England dies? Queen Elizabeth II has reigned over the UK and the Commonwealth for almost seven decades, but it turns out what happens when she sheds this mortal coil has been planned out in detail going all the way back to shortly after she ascended the throne in the 1950s, with [...] The post What Exactly Happens When the Queen Dies? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • Why is the Stereotypical Image of Aliens Green/Grey Bald Humanoids?
    by Daven Hiskey on September 17, 2019 at 8:37 am

    Joyme asks: Who first came up with the “little green men” stereotype for aliens? Flying saucers, little green men, and anal probes have been a staple of our perception of aliens for as long as most of us have been alive. The reasoning behind the latter is a obvious- human scientists also can and do learn a lot about an [...] The post Why is the Stereotypical Image of Aliens Green/Grey Bald Humanoids? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • Who Invented Rock, Paper, Scissors and What’s the Best Way to Win Consistently?
    by Matt Blitz on September 15, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Jay Soy asks: Who invented rock, paper, scissors? Hand based games have been around seemingly as long as humans have been humaning. As to the exact genesis of Rock, Paper, Scissors, however, this appears to originate in hand games from China, supposedly going back about two thousand years, though primary documented evidence of this is scant. That said, the trail [...] The post Who Invented Rock, Paper, Scissors and What’s the Best Way to Win Consistently? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • That Time Christie’s Auction House Made Millions of Dollars by Winning a a Game of Rock, Paper Scissors
    by Daven Hiskey on September 15, 2019 at 5:57 am

    While you’ve probably never heard of Maspro Denkoh, a Japanese company founded in 1952 that makes various TV reception equipment, among other things, they will likely forever be remembered in the annals of business lore thanks to a rather oddball decision made by Takashi Hashiyama- the man who would head the company for a little over half a century before [...] The post That Time Christie’s Auction House Made Millions of Dollars by Winning a a Game of Rock, Paper Scissors appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • What’s Up with the All Seeing Eye on the Dollar Bill?
    by Daven Hiskey on September 12, 2019 at 9:44 am

    Diego Berri: Why is the all seeing eye on the dollar bill? A long standing bit of fodder for conspiracy theorists of the American persuasion includes various imagery found on the United States’ one dollar bill, with the most infamous of graphics on said nefarious item being the so-called “All-Seeing Eye”, more properly titled the “Eye of Providence”. To add [...] The post What’s Up with the All Seeing Eye on the Dollar Bill? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • Why Do Some Countries Have People Drive on the Left and Others on the Right? (+Contest Winners)
    by Daven Hiskey on September 11, 2019 at 5:22 am

    *Just an addendum to one of the tangents I forgot to mention- pulling up like crazy in a plane while rapidly hurtling towards the ground is a phenomenal way to ensure the wings of the plane cease to remain attached to it. 😉 In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we start off looking at the little known much [...] The post Why Do Some Countries Have People Drive on the Left and Others on the Right? (+Contest Winners) appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • How Did the Whole Stan Lee Cameo Thing Start? (And the Hilariously Awkward Way He Convinced His Future Wife to Go Out With Him)
    by Karl Smallwood on September 9, 2019 at 8:23 am

    UrselD: How did the Stan Lee cameo in the Marvel movies thing start? Born Stanley Martin Lieber almost a century ago in 1922, the man who would become far better known by his pen name, Stan Lee, was born into a family of very modest means with Stan, his brother, and Romanian immigrant parents sharing a single room apartment in [...] The post How Did the Whole Stan Lee Cameo Thing Start? (And the Hilariously Awkward Way He Convinced His Future Wife to Go Out With Him) appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • Do People Really Have Repressed Memories or Is It Just Things They’ve Forgotten?
    by Melissa on September 6, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Astryx_x asks: Do suppressed memories actually exist? We’ve all seen it in movies- a character will be going along in their lives blissfully unaware of some extremely traumatic event in their long distant past… that is, until a bit of syrup dribbles onto their cheek and they are transported back in their mind to that time they were abducted by [...] The post Do People Really Have Repressed Memories or Is It Just Things They’ve Forgotten? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • What Did People First Think When They Found Dinosaur Bones?
    by Karl Smallwood on September 5, 2019 at 2:23 am

    Karuika asks: Who was the first person to figure out what dinosaur bones were? From around 250 to 66 million years ago various dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Today the only dinosaurs left are birds, which are coelurosauria theropods- funny enough the same sub-group Tyrannosauruses belong to. (Think about that the next time you’re enjoying a McDinosaur sandwich or scrambling up [...] The post What Did People First Think When They Found Dinosaur Bones? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • How Did the Ancient Romans Manage to Build Perfectly Straight, Ultra Durable Roads?
    by Karl Smallwood on September 2, 2019 at 3:04 am

    Marbleezy asks: How did the ancient Romans manage to build perfectly straight roads hundreds of miles long? The ancient Romans were a people famed for their architectural prowess, something no better demonstrated than by their ability to build almost perfectly straight and incredibly durable roads spanning expansive distances. For example, in Britain alone, the Romans built well over 50,000 miles [...] The post How Did the Ancient Romans Manage to Build Perfectly Straight, Ultra Durable Roads? appeared first on Today I Found Out.