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  • What Happened to Dead Bodies After Big Battles Throughout History?
    by Karl Smallwood on January 17, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Jen M. asks: What did they do with all the dead bodies after huge battles in history? Given we know that even Neanderthals would bury their dead (even including objects with the bodies) and various human hunter-gatherer groups likewise used to bury or cremate people at specifics sites that functioned as sort of pilgrimage locations for these nomads, it should [...] The post What Happened to Dead Bodies After Big Battles Throughout History? appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • Why Do the Eyes in Some Paintings Follow You Around the Room?
    by Karl Smallwood on January 14, 2019 at 8:10 am

    Mark B. asks: How do artists making paintings with people that have eyes that follow you around the room? Art as they say, is subjective, what one person considers a priceless masterpiece others might see as nothing more than a giant black square… But there’s one very specific kind of painting that most everyone sees the same way- the kind [...] The post Why Do the Eyes in Some Paintings Follow You Around the Room? appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • What’s the Deal with Chess Boxing?
    by Karl Smallwood on January 10, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    Pitched as the “ultimate sport”, chess boxing is – depending on who you ask – either a seamless blend of the cerebral and the physical or a joke that got kinda out of hand… Formally invented in the early 2000s, chess boxing is the brainchild of a Dutch artist Iepe Rubingh who has since recognised the appeal of chess boxing [...] The post What’s the Deal with Chess Boxing? appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • That Time a Guy Destroyed One of the Ancient Wonders of the World Just So People Would Remember Him
    by Karl Smallwood on January 9, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    Long considered the greatest of the so-called “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World”, the Temple of Artemis located in modern-day Turkey consists of nothing more than a single column of marble surrounded by random pieces of debris. Famously destroyed and rebuilt multiple times over the centuries, the temple is most notable for being burned down by a guy who wanted [...] The post That Time a Guy Destroyed One of the Ancient Wonders of the World Just So People Would Remember Him appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • That Time a Heineken Distributor Convinced the Masses That Corona Contained Human Urine
    by Karl Smallwood on January 2, 2019 at 8:00 am

    For many beer aficionados “tastes like warm piss” is perhaps the most withering insult one can hurl in the general direction of a given beer. While you wouldn’t begrudge a member of the public making such a claim about a particular beer, you’d think brewers themselves would have a little more decorum. Something nobody apparently told a certain Heineken distributor [...] The post That Time a Heineken Distributor Convinced the Masses That Corona Contained Human Urine appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • That Time Pepsi Accidentally Promised Hundreds of Thousands of People $40,000 Each
    by Karl Smallwood on January 1, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    During the never ceasing rivalry between Coke and Pepsi, each company has made some spectacularly bad marketing decisions to try and one up each other- from Coke’s baffling decision to spend $100 million to fill cans of their soda with water that smelled like farts to Pepsi somehow accidentally promising customers who bought enough of their soda a harrier jet. [...] The post That Time Pepsi Accidentally Promised Hundreds of Thousands of People $40,000 Each appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • The Woman Who was the Most Successful Pirate of All Time
    by Daven Hiskey on December 31, 2018 at 8:00 am

    *Apologies for the audio quality on this one, simultaneously our audio editor / producer was on vacation and a certain host was also a great distance away from his acoustically treated studio. 😉 In any event, in this episode of The Brain Food Show, we start by looking at what exactly grog is, where it came from, and the origin [...] The post The Woman Who was the Most Successful Pirate of All Time appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • A Christmas Gift and a Riot
    by Daven Hiskey on December 22, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we start by looking at a Christmas gift that resulted in one of the more celebrated books of all time. Next up we briefly mention our sponsor- go to https://wix.com/go/brainfood to get started on your Wix website today! And check out our new website for the Brainfood Podcast at https://www.brainfood.fm/ Moving on to the main [...] The post A Christmas Gift and a Riot appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • That Time a Guy Tried to Build a Utopia for Mice and it all Went to Hell
    by Karl Smallwood on December 20, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    In 1968, an expert on animal behaviour and population control called John B. Calhoun built what was essentially a utopia for mice that was purpose built to satisfy their every need. Despite going out of his way to ensure the inhabitants of his perfect mouse society never wanted for anything, within 2 years virtually the entire population was dead. So [...] The post That Time a Guy Tried to Build a Utopia for Mice and it all Went to Hell appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • Christmas Traditions- The Crapper, The Poop Log, the Parasitic Poop Twigs, and Much, Much More
    by Daven Hiskey on December 20, 2018 at 12:22 am

    In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we start by looking at a couple rather bizarre Spanish Christmas traditions involving holiday defecating… Next up we briefly mention our sponsor- go to https://wix.com/go/brainfood to get started on your Wix website today! And check out our new website for the Brainfood Podcast at https://www.brainfood.fm/ Moving on to the main content today we’re looking at [...] The post Christmas Traditions- The Crapper, The Poop Log, the Parasitic Poop Twigs, and Much, Much More appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]