Today I Found Out

  • Japan’s Forgotten Kamikaze Diver Unit
    by Gilles Messier on May 14, 2021

    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.

  • The Cancer Pandemics Spread By Bites and Mosquitoes
    by Daven Hiskey on May 14, 2021

    In an oversimplified nutshell, cancer is, to quote cancer.gov, a disease “in which abnormal cells divide without control and can invade nearby tissues.”  Given its propensity to spread and divide in an uncontrolled manner throughout a person’s body, it brings up the question of whether it’s possible for cancer cells to make their way from one living thing to another […] The post The Cancer Pandemics Spread By Bites and Mosquitoes appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • Where Did the NASA Expression Steely-Eyed Missile Man Come From?
    by Gilles Messier on May 14, 2021

    In the 2011 novel The Martian and its 2015 film adaptation, orbital dynamics expert Rich Purnell devises a maneuver to get NASA’s Hermes spacecraft back to Mars and rescue marooned astronaut Mark Watney. Upon carrying out the maneuver, the crew of the Hermes sends a signal back to Mission Control, stating: “Houston, be advised: Rich Purnell is a steely-eyed missile […] The post Where Did the NASA Expression Steely-Eyed Missile Man Come From? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • The Surprisingly Plausible Theory that the Pyramids were Poured from Ancient Concrete
    by Gilles Messier on March 16, 2021

    The Egyptian pyramids at Giza are among the most famous and storied monuments in the world. The oldest  of the seven wonders of the ancient world – and the only ones still standing – they have awed and inspired travellers, scholars, poets, and artists for thousand  of years. Yet despite this timeless fascination, relatively little is known about who built […] The post The Surprisingly Plausible Theory that the Pyramids were Poured from Ancient Concrete appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • The Curious Case of Exploding Whales
    by Gilles Messier on December 5, 2020

    Whales are among the largest animals to have ever lived, with the Blue Whale, at a whopping 173 metric tons, holding the absolute record. Thus, the rare occasions when a dead whale washes ashore tend to cause massive headaches for the local population and authorities, not only due to the massive bulk and nauseating smell, but also the alarming tendency […] The post The Curious Case of Exploding Whales appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • The Forgotten Plague During Prohibition
    by Gilles Messier on December 5, 2020

    In February of 1930, Dr. W.H. Miles, Health Officer for Oklahoma City, began hearing of an alarming number of patients presenting to hospitals with unusual symptoms. The muscles in their lower legs had become paralyzed, making them unable to straighten their feet and causing them to walk with a bizarre slapping gait. At first doctors suspected Polio or Guillain-Barre syndrome, […] The post The Forgotten Plague During Prohibition appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • The Absolute Legend That was Timothy Dexter- First in the East and West and Greatest Philosopher in the Western World
    by Zach Stewart on December 5, 2020

    In the vast annals of history it can’t surprise anyone that the occasional great man gets lost as records of them are sparse, or were all burned by some rival empire. It is surprising, though, when there are men of whom there is possibly TOO much evidence who still disappear from most historical records. One of America’s first eccentric rich […] The post The Absolute Legend That was Timothy Dexter- First in the East and West and Greatest Philosopher in the Western World appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • The Curious Case of Radioactive Apartments
    by Gilles Messier on December 4, 2020

    One day in October 1982, 604 tons of scrap metal arrived at the Hsin Jong Iron and Steel Company in Taiyuan, Taiwan. It was soon melted down and used to produce over 20,000 tons of rebar, which between 1982 and 1983 was used in the construction of more than 200 buildings throughout Taiwan, including 30 schools and 100 tower blocks […] The post The Curious Case of Radioactive Apartments appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • What Happens in the Real World if You Find a Buried Treasure?
    by Pierre-Louis Blanchard on December 4, 2020

    Ever wonder what happens if you actually found a buried treasure or some sort of National Treasure-esk haul of ancient loot? Well, wonder no more. To begin with, as ever in just about everything, the answer to that is complicated. The bottom line is that most countries have laws that regulate what has to be done when something precious is […] The post What Happens in the Real World if You Find a Buried Treasure? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • The Worst Military Airplane Ever
    by Gilles Messier on December 4, 2020

    The history of aviation is filled with truly terrible aircraft. For every Sopwith Camel there was the SPAD S.A, which placed the gunner precariously in front of the propeller to clear his field of fire. For every Spitfire there was the Boulton-Paul Defiant, a WWII turret fighter based on outdated WWI tactics. For every Boeing 747 there was the Bristol […] The post The Worst Military Airplane Ever appeared first on Today I Found Out.