Today I Found Out

  • What was the First Religion?
    by Rachel Soland on May 5, 2024

    Ever wonder what the first known religion is? Well, wonder no more. To begin with, according to anthropologists Hervey C. People and Frank W. Marlowe, religion can be broadly defined as “a set of beliefs and behaviors based on a shared worldview that separates the sacred, or supernatural, from the profane.” With that broad interpretation in mind, possible, though not […] The post What was the First Religion? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • Is There Any Actual Proof Jesus Existed?
    by Daven Hiskey on May 3, 2024

    Throughout history humans have many stories discussing various supposed humans and other beings that we dismiss as legend as a matter of course. Perhaps no source of such legendary figures is more robust than figures related to various religions, with basically no one today, for example, thinking that Hercules ever actually existed, despite the countless and sometimes rather detailed tales […] The post Is There Any Actual Proof Jesus Existed? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • But Why Carat and Karat?
    by Gilles Messier on April 16, 2024

    So you and your significant other have been dating for a while, and you’ve finally decided to pop the question. Well the first thing you’re going to need is a ring, right? Preferably diamond, and costing the equivalent of three months’ salary? After all it’s traditional, isn’t it? Never mind that this so-called ‘tradition’ is less than 100 years old, […] The post But Why Carat and Karat? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • A Deal with the Devil- That Time Britain and Germany Became Partners In the Middle of WWI
    by Gilles Messier on April 16, 2024

    On Christmas Day, 1914, the guns of the Western Front suddenly fell silent. All along the line, tens of thousands of soldiers lay down their weapons, climbed out of their trenches, and wandered into no-man’s land. Men who just hours ago had been actively trying to kill each other suddenly began fraternizing like old friends, exchanging food and gifts, recovering […] The post A Deal with the Devil- That Time Britain and Germany Became Partners In the Middle of WWI appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • How Did the Ancient Romans Make Concrete So Much Better Than Ours?
    by Gilles Messier on March 26, 2024

    In the heart of Rome stands one of the Eternal City’s most famous and well-preserved ancient monuments: the Pantheon. Constructed during the reign of Emperor Hadrian in the Second Century C.E, the building has been in near-continuous use for two millennia, first as a temple dedicated to the Olympian Gods, and then as a Catholic Basilica. Home to exquisitely preserved […] The post How Did the Ancient Romans Make Concrete So Much Better Than Ours? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • How Did One Actually Become a Spartan Warrior?
    by Yehia Amin on March 26, 2024

    When we think of Sparta, the first thing that comes to mind is the Spartan warrior. Unlike other historical warrior peoples like the Samurai, the Spartan warriors were pretty close to our imagined conception of them. They were manly warriors who were very muscular, fought wearing red capes, and holding big shields. They were the face of Sparta, to the […] The post How Did One Actually Become a Spartan Warrior? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • Could the Allies Really Have Crushed Germany Right at the Start of WWII?
    by Gilles Messier on March 26, 2024

    On the first of September, 1939, nearly 1.5 million troops, 2,750 tanks, and 2,300 aircraft of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich stormed over the border into Poland. We all know what happened next: despite declaring war in solidarity, Poland’s allies Britain and France stood by and did nothing as Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union overran and occupied the country in […] The post Could the Allies Really Have Crushed Germany Right at the Start of WWII? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • Canada’s Plan to Unleash a Bacteriological Apocalypse
    by Gilles Messier on March 26, 2024

    Grosse Île lies 50km east of Quebec City, one of 21 islands in the middle of the St. Lawrence River. Though its name means “Big Island” in French, Grosse Île is barely two kilometres square, home to a small collection of buildings from its days as a quarantine station for Irish immigrants arriving in Canada. Designated a National Historic Site […] The post Canada’s Plan to Unleash a Bacteriological Apocalypse appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • The Many Myths Surrounding Nikola Tesla
    by Chris Wheatley on March 24, 2024

    In the mid-19th century, the Austrian Empire, which stretched for over a thousand miles (1600 km) from Italy to Ukraine, was a place of contradictions. The ruling patriarch, Minister of the Interior Baron Alexander von Bach, was on the one hand something of a despot, abolishing public trials, reducing the freedom of the press and imprisoning political opponents. Conversely, his rule […] The post The Many Myths Surrounding Nikola Tesla appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • Are Booster Seats Actually Safer Than Just Seatbelts
    by Daven Hiskey on March 24, 2024

    If you are like many parents watching your children’s booster seats slide around while they hop into the vehicle and otherwise wonder what precisely is the way you’re supposed to incorporate the seatbelt around the bits so it’s properly positioned on the kids (we’ll get into how to always do this one correctly later in this video), or lord help […] The post Are Booster Seats Actually Safer Than Just Seatbelts appeared first on Today I Found Out.