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  • Can You Attach Money to a Letter Instead of a Stamp?
    by Karl Smallwood on May 24, 2019 at 7:29 am

    Amanda D. asks: I was just wondering what would happen if you attached money instead of a stamp to a letter and tried to mail it? As we’ve covered before in our article on What Happens to Undeliverable Mail with No Return Address? the individuals tasked with processing mail often go above and beyond what is expected of them in their [...] The post Can You Attach Money to a Letter Instead of a Stamp? appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • How Many Times Can You Shoot a Bulletproof Vest Before It Stops Working?
    by Karl Smallwood on May 22, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Luke T. asks: How many times can you shoot a bulletproof vest before it stops working? To begin with, it should probably be noted that the name “bulletproof vest” is a misnomer with “bullet resistant vest” being more apt. Or to quote John Geshay, marketing director for body armor company Safariland, “…nothing can be bulletproof, not even a manhole cover. [...] The post How Many Times Can You Shoot a Bulletproof Vest Before It Stops Working? appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • Who Started the Moon Landing Hoax Conspiracy Theory?
    by Karl Smallwood on May 20, 2019 at 7:46 am

    Kieran L. asks: Who started the conspiracy theory about the moon landing being fake? Since the early 1970s conspiracy theorists have created ever more elaborate stories about how NASA faked the moon landings, much to the annoyance of the literal hundreds of thousands of people who worked in some capacity to make these missions a reality, and even more so [...] The post Who Started the Moon Landing Hoax Conspiracy Theory? appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • What Happens When Someone DOES Object During a Wedding and Where Did This Practice Come From?
    by Daven Hiskey on May 15, 2019 at 3:50 am

    Killimimes asks: Why do they have the “speak now or forever hold your peace” part of a wedding and what happens when someone objects? While it may come as a surprise to many, it turns out the whole, “If anyone can show just cause why this couple cannot lawfully be joined together in matrimony, let them speak now or forever [...] The post What Happens When Someone DOES Object During a Wedding and Where Did This Practice Come From? appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • Could You Really Legally Kill Someone with a “Wanted: Dead or Alive” Bounty on Their Head?
    by Daven Hiskey on May 10, 2019 at 11:51 am

    Labyrinth900 asks: Were “Wanted Dead or Alive” bounties a real thing? In other words, if you found someone that is wanted dead, could you legally shoot and kill them and collect a bounty, and not be charged for murder? A classic Hollywood trope is the idea of a poster with the photo of a given criminal along with very large [...] The post Could You Really Legally Kill Someone with a “Wanted: Dead or Alive” Bounty on Their Head? appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • That Time the U.S. Made a Nuclear Gun
    by Daven Hiskey on May 6, 2019 at 12:53 am

    In the 1950s U.S. forces were stretched dangerously thin. U.S. President Dwight D Eisenhower stated of this, “My feeling…remains, that it would be impossible for the United States to maintain the military commitments which it now sustains around the world (without turning into a garrison state) did we not possess atomic weapons and the will to use them when necessary.” [...] The post That Time the U.S. Made a Nuclear Gun appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • That Time Five Guys Volunteered to Stand at Ground Zero of a Nuclear Blast Just to See What Would Happen
    by Daven Hiskey on May 3, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Unless there is a lead-lined refrigerator lying around, we’re guessing none of you reading this would be too keen on standing at ground zero of a nuclear blast. But it turns out this is exactly what six men chose to do with their afternoon in July of 1957- five of them even volunteered, with the sixth not told what he’d [...] The post That Time Five Guys Volunteered to Stand at Ground Zero of a Nuclear Blast Just to See What Would Happen appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • Why Doesn’t the United States Use the Metric System?
    by Daven Hiskey on April 25, 2019 at 12:03 am

    Finkbonner14 asks: Why doesn’t the United States stop using idiot units and go metric? In 1793, noted French scientist Joseph Dombey departed Le Havre, France bound for Philadelphia. His mission was to meet with Thomas Jefferson and give him two of the rarest items on Earth. Unfortunately for Dombey, fate had other intentions and storms pushed the ship he was [...] The post Why Doesn’t the United States Use the Metric System? appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • Would Eating My Own Limbs Help Me Survive If I Was Trapped With No Food?
    by Karl Smallwood on April 22, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Peter R. Asks: If I had to, what parts of my body are healthiest to eat and offer the most caloric benefit?  Essentially, what parts of me should I eat first to maximize my survival chances in some extreme situation?  Would eating feces be of any benefit? While of course how long one could survive without food and water varies [...] The post Would Eating My Own Limbs Help Me Survive If I Was Trapped With No Food? appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • What Does Being Shot Actually Feel Like?
    by Karl Smallwood on April 22, 2019 at 3:36 am

    Jen K. asks: Odd question, but what does being shot feel like? While there are certainly exceptions, as we’ll get into shortly, according to the majority of firsthand accounts from people who’ve been shot we could find, having a hunk of searing hot metal traveling around Mach 1 tear through part of your body doesn’t really hurt much… at first. [...] The post What Does Being Shot Actually Feel Like? appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]