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  • Is it pronounced “Jif” or “Gif”?
    by Gilles Messier on June 17, 2021 at 3:45 am

    It is the single most profound question of the 21st Century, a debate which has dominated intellectual discourse for more than three decades. Some of the greatest minds and institutions in the world have weighed in on the issue, from top linguists and tech giants to the Oxford English Dictionary and even the President of the United States. Yet despite [...] The post Is it pronounced “Jif” or “Gif”? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • Scamming Pan Am
    by Gilles Messier on June 17, 2021 at 3:32 am

    Being an early adopter can be a risky proposition, especially for a large company. On the one hand, no company wants to fall behind as its competitors take full advantage of a new game-changing technology. On the other hand, many seemingly revolutionary developments ultimately turn out to be nothing but overhyped fads, leaving early adopters saddled with expensive white elephants. [...] The post Scamming Pan Am appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • Is Stockholm Syndrome Actually a Thing?
    by Gilles Messier on June 16, 2021 at 7:09 am

    At 10AM on August 23, 1973, Jan-Erik Olsson, a convict on leave from prison, walked into the Kreditbanken Norrmalmstorg bank in Stockholm, Sweden. Dressed in a wig with his face painted black, as he entered the bank lobby he pulled a submachine gun from under his coat, fired into the air, and yelled out: “The party has just begun!” Thus [...] The post Is Stockholm Syndrome Actually a Thing? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • The Curious Case of the Cat that was Turned Into a Living Telephone FOR SCIENCE!!!
    by Gilles Messier on June 16, 2021 at 7:02 am

    The domestication of Felis catus, AKA the common house cat, began around 10,000 years ago, when their skill at hunting rats, mice, and other vermin was seemingly first taken heed to. Since then cats have enjoyed a rather comfortable relationship with humanity, even being revered by the Ancient Egyptians as representatives of the goddess Bastet. But history hasn’t all been [...] The post The Curious Case of the Cat that was Turned Into a Living Telephone FOR SCIENCE!!! appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • That Time a Farmer was Given Ultimate Power Twice and Changed the World Forever By Walking Away Both Times
    by Nasser Ayash on June 16, 2021 at 7:00 am

    The subject of what a political leader in a democracy does after his term has ended and the merits of gracefully resigning from power has been on the news recently. Enter the subject of today’s story which takes place in ancient Rome, at the dawn of the Republic Era. The person in question was Cincinnatus, whose actions in terms of [...] The post That Time a Farmer was Given Ultimate Power Twice and Changed the World Forever By Walking Away Both Times appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • How WWII Made Everybody Think Carrots Were Good for Eyes and Why It Didn’t Really Have to Do With Tricking the Germans
    by Gilles Messier on June 16, 2021 at 6:44 am

    “Carrots help you see in the dark.” Most of us were taught this fact from an early age, presumably in a vain attempt to convince us to eat our vegetables. And on the surface, this makes sense: after all, carrots are rich in beta-carotene and Vitamin A, essential to maintaining the health of our retinas and corneas. But while carrots [...] The post How WWII Made Everybody Think Carrots Were Good for Eyes and Why It Didn’t Really Have to Do With Tricking the Germans appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • The World’s Most Dangerous Tree
    by Gilles Messier on June 15, 2021 at 3:51 am

    In 1999, British radiologist Nicola Strickland went on holiday with a friend to the Caribbean island of Tobago. While exploring a deserted beach looking for seashells, the pair came upon a number of small, round, yellow-green fruits scattered among the fallen coconuts and mangoes. Intrigued, they decided to try the fruits and found them to be pleasantly sweet. But that [...] The post The World’s Most Dangerous Tree appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • The Real Life Ocean’s Eleven Heist and How the Mastermind Behind It Road His Way to Freedom After Being Caught
    by Gilles Messier on June 15, 2021 at 3:36 am

    The morning of July 19th, 1976  started out like any other in the French city of Nice, its citizens having just enjoyed a relaxing three-day weekend for the national holiday of Bastille Day. But for customers of the Société Générale bank on Avenue Jean Médecin, it was quickly becoming clear that something was very wrong. All weekend the ATM outside [...] The post The Real Life Ocean’s Eleven Heist and How the Mastermind Behind It Road His Way to Freedom After Being Caught appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • The Forbidden Book Written in the Blood of Saddam Hussein
    by Gilles Messier on June 14, 2021 at 7:28 am

    Deep beneath the Umm al-Qura mosque in Baghdad, locked away in a secret vault, is an object that can only be described as a theological paradox – an object so blasphemous Islamic law dictates it must be destroyed, but so inherently holy that it can’t be. This is the Blood Qur’an, a copy of the Islamic holy book written entirely [...] The post The Forbidden Book Written in the Blood of Saddam Hussein appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • Japan’s Forgotten Kamikaze Diver Unit
    by Gilles Messier on May 14, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    On October 25, 1944, off the island of Leyte in the Philippines, the crew of the American aircraft carrier USS St. Lo watched in horror as a lone Japanese A6M Zero fighter screamed down towards him. Despite a withering barrage of antiaircraft fire the aircraft never strayed from its course, drawing closer and closer until finally slamming into the flight [...] The post Japan’s Forgotten Kamikaze Diver Unit appeared first on Today I Found Out.