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  • The Badass Story of the First Helicopter Pilot to Receive the Medal of Honor
    by Karl Smallwood on November 18, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    While it might seem a little odd at first glance, it turns out the first helicopter pilot ever to receive the United States’ prestigious Medal of Honor, John Kelvin Koelsch, was born and and mostly raised in London, England. Considered an American citizen thanks to his parentage, Koelsch moved back to the US with his family in his teens, and [...] The post The Badass Story of the First Helicopter Pilot to Receive the Medal of Honor appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • Tech History Part 3: FIRST!!! + Many, Many Bonus Facts and Contest Winners
    by Daven Hiskey on November 15, 2018 at 1:54 am

    In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we start by looking at a rather interesting fact about Pulp Fiction and Samuel L Jackson’s character’s most famous lines in the film. We then move on to briefly mentioning our sponsor for today- Wix.com, where you can go to create awesome looking, exceptionally easy/fast to create websites for free, as we [...] The post Tech History Part 3: FIRST!!! + Many, Many Bonus Facts and Contest Winners appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • The Dude Who Burned Down the Greatest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World Because of Reasons
    by Daven Hiskey on November 7, 2018 at 12:52 am

    *Note: This is still a little out of order, as we are needing to further delay publishing of the Tech History Part 3 owing to, ironically enough, technical difficulties.  We’ll have it up within the week most likely though. In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we start by looking at what literal battleships had to do with the [...] The post The Dude Who Burned Down the Greatest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World Because of Reasons appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • Did Booby Traps Really Exist in Ancient Egyptian Tombs
    by Karl Smallwood on November 5, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    Mike A. asks: I was recently playing the game Tomb Raider & I got to thinking about the trope of the booby trapped or puzzle in an ancient ruin. We see it in comics, movies like Indiana Jones, & games. Is this pure fantasy or were there ever there traps, puzzles, or just intricate mechanical mechanisms from the ancient world [...] The post Did Booby Traps Really Exist in Ancient Egyptian Tombs appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • What Happens to Your Stuff When You Get Sent to Prison for Life?
    by Karl Smallwood on November 5, 2018 at 2:39 am

    Jill T. asks – Would you be able to explain what happens to peoples money and property if they end up going to jail forever? Prison, by design, is a place where a number of your rights are either stripped away or are severely limited in some manner. The right most pertinent to the topic of conversation today is the [...] The post What Happens to Your Stuff When You Get Sent to Prison for Life? appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • Why Do Racehorses Have Such Weird Names?
    by Karl Smallwood on November 3, 2018 at 1:30 am

    Jared asks: Why do racehorses have such weird names? Who picks them? In the world of horse racing, the name of a given horse is considered to be almost as important as its ability to run. Thanks, in part, to a large number of rigid rules put in place by the the various governing bodies of the sport, picking a [...] The post Why Do Racehorses Have Such Weird Names? appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • Macabre Part 4: The Vampire of Cinkota and a Truly Horrific Love Story
    by Daven Hiskey on October 31, 2018 at 7:07 am

    *Note: This is a little out of order, but we had to delay publishing of the Tech History Part 3 owing to, ironically enough, technical difficulties.  We’ll have it up soon enough. But for now, in this Halloween special of The Brain Food Show, we start by looking at whether it’s actually safer to use a crosswalk instead of a [...] The post Macabre Part 4: The Vampire of Cinkota and a Truly Horrific Love Story appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • The Japanese Battleship with Guns that Weighed More than Entire American Battleships
    by Karl Smallwood on October 23, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Prior to WW2, knowing that they couldn’t compete with the numbers of the US navy, the Imperial Japanese Navy quietly authorised the construction of the two largest battleships by weight ever seen in warfare- the Musashi and her sister ship, the Yamato. The origins of these two behemoths can be traced back to Japan’s 1934 withdrawal from the League of [...] The post The Japanese Battleship with Guns that Weighed More than Entire American Battleships appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • That Time a Luftwaffe Pilot Risked His Own Life to Save an American Bomber
    by Karl Smallwood on October 19, 2018 at 6:26 am

    The pilot community, on the whole, is surprisingly close-knit, with fellow pilots seemingly always willing to extend a helping hand to their winged brethren. This is seemingly the case even during war amongst pilots otherwise trying to kill one another, as illustrated previously in our article on the real Red Baron and in the subject of today’s article- that time [...] The post That Time a Luftwaffe Pilot Risked His Own Life to Save an American Bomber appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]

  • Tech History Part 2: Who Invented the Internet, Email, and the Web?
    by Daven Hiskey on October 16, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we start by looking at a the absolutely bizarre way bedbugs mate. Next up, we jump into the main part of the show on who invented the Internet and how it works. We also look at who invented email and the web, and what Al Gore had to do with all this. [...] The post Tech History Part 2: Who Invented the Internet, Email, and the Web? appeared first on Today I Found Out. […]