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  • How Far Back in Time Could a Modern English Speaker Go and Still Communicate Effectively?
    by Daven Hiskey on July 19, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Neikoptic asks: If I was transported back in time to Medieval times like in a Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court could I still talk to people or would we not understand each other? Contrary to what many a Grammar Nazi the world over would have you believe, language is constantly evolving, occasionally extremely rapidly, and there is nothing wrong [...] The post How Far Back in Time Could a Modern English Speaker Go and Still Communicate Effectively? appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • The Bizarre Story of the Man Who Sold the Moon
    by Karl Smallwood on July 16, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Back in the halcyon days of the 1980s, when all people of the world had to worry about was total annihilation via widespread nuclear war, an American called Dennis Hope made international news when he revealed that after exploiting a loophole in the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, he had become the sole owner of our nearest celestial neighbour, the Moon. [...] The post The Bizarre Story of the Man Who Sold the Moon appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • That Time an English Dude Invented a Gun that Fired Square Bullets, and the Waterfowl’s Nightmare
    by Karl Smallwood on July 16, 2019 at 3:19 am

    Considered to be little more than a historical curio today, the early 18th century Puckle Gun was nonetheless one of the most advanced firearms of its age, capable of firing one shot every 6 seconds in an era when even the most highly skilled soldier equipped with a musket typically topped out at a rate of only about one shot [...] The post That Time an English Dude Invented a Gun that Fired Square Bullets, and the Waterfowl’s Nightmare appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • The Surprisingly Badass Life of the Inventor of the Saxophone, Adolphe Sax
    by Karl Smallwood on July 15, 2019 at 9:10 am

    The favoured instrument of the likes of Lisa Simpsons, former President Bill Clinton, and the co-author of this article and founder of TodayIFoundOut, the saxophone has variously been described as everything from “the most moving and heart-gripping wind instrument” to the “Devil’s horn”. Rather fittingly then the instrument’s inventor, Adolphe Sax, was a similarly polarising figure and led a life [...] The post The Surprisingly Badass Life of the Inventor of the Saxophone, Adolphe Sax appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • Can Professional Wine Connoisseurs Really Not Tell the Difference Between Expensive and Cheap Wines?
    by Daven Hiskey on July 14, 2019 at 7:05 am

    Alex K. asks: Is it true that sommeliers can’t tell the difference between expensive and cheap wines? Having a seasoned tongue that can detect the subtle differences between different kinds of adult grape juice is a sure sign of class. In fact, the go-to Hollywood trope for showing that a character is refined is to give them a penchant for [...] The post Can Professional Wine Connoisseurs Really Not Tell the Difference Between Expensive and Cheap Wines? appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • The Forgotten Plague- DANCE MANIA!!!
    by Daven Hiskey on July 12, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we skip the quick fact because this one took forever to research and put together and I ran out of time. 😉 Instead we jump right into the main topic which is a very real phenomenon that popped up off and on for several hundred years called Dance Mania or St. Vitus’ [...] The post The Forgotten Plague- DANCE MANIA!!! appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • What is the Best Way to Survive Falling Out of a Plane with No Parachute?
    by Karl Smallwood on July 10, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Peter E. asks: What could I do during freefall after falling out of a plane to maximize my chances of surviving? According to the Aircraft Crashes Record Office in Geneva, between 1940 and 2008 there were 157 people who fell out of planes without a parachute during a crash and lived to tell about it. A full 42 of those [...] The post What is the Best Way to Survive Falling Out of a Plane with No Parachute? appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • The Spiteful End of the Great Auk
    by Karl Smallwood on July 3, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Humanity has collectively been responsible for a depressingly large amount of animals going extinct in our relatively short time on this Earth. However, perhaps no creature was wiped from the face of the planet for as silly a reason as the great auk. Once endemic to the North Atlantic, the great auk was a flightless seabird not too dissimilar in [...] The post The Spiteful End of the Great Auk appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • That Time Campbell’s Put Marbles in Their Soup
    by Karl Smallwood on July 1, 2019 at 9:45 am

    In the world of food advertising there’s a concept known as “propping” which is industry jargon for making the food look as good as possible via sometimes rather, shall we say, unusual means. While proper lighting and setting are a given, a good food stylist, which is a thing by the way, will do much more than that. For example, [...] The post That Time Campbell’s Put Marbles in Their Soup appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • That Surprisingly Recent Time British Husbands Sold Their Wives at Market
    by Daven Hiskey on June 30, 2019 at 9:37 am

    While getting divorced in modern times in most nations isn’t exactly a walk in the park, options at least do exist in much of the world, even in cases where one spouse would rather stay together. But this is a relatively modern phenomenon. Classically, getting divorced was almost impossible. So much so that at one point about the only way [...] The post That Surprisingly Recent Time British Husbands Sold Their Wives at Market appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]