Today I Found Out

  • Why Do We Need Oxygen and What Does It Do in the Body?
    by Scott on May 17, 2022

    Jean D. asks: Why do we need oxygen to live? Take a deep breath. Now repeat. Do this about 16 times per minute and you usually get all the oxygen your body needs. Every wonder why you need oxygen to survive in the first place? All life as we know it occurs because of how atoms and molecules interact with […] The post Why Do We Need Oxygen and What Does It Do in the Body? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • What Do Scientologists Actually Believe?
    by Karl Smallwood on May 12, 2022

    Laura A. asks: What exactly do Scientologists believe? Oh boy, we can already tell that the comment section for this one is going to be a ton of fun, so let’s just get straight to it. The Church of Scientology has a reputation as an infamously secretive and litigious organisation that hides its inner workings far from the prying eyes of […] The post What Do Scientologists Actually Believe? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • How Dangerous are Rubber Bullets and Stun Guns?
    by Karl Smallwood on May 12, 2022

    Ashley K asks: How dangerous are rubber bullets? Utilised the world over, rubber bullets and stun guns are controversial additions to the arsenals of police forces and militaries due to their tendency to do the exact opposite of what they’re designed to do, rather than be non-lethal, occasionally killing the people they are leveled at. But how dangerous are they […] The post How Dangerous are Rubber Bullets and Stun Guns? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • How are Guide Dogs Trained?
    by Karl Smallwood on May 11, 2022

    Dignified, loyal and, above all, very fury, guide dogs are a vital tether to the outside world for many blind and visually impaired people that allow them to live more independent, if dog hair covered, lives. As you’d expect, training one of these wonder-dogs is no easy feat and requires teaching the canine in question to ignore many of its […] The post How are Guide Dogs Trained? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • Has Anyone Ever Actually Stuck a Rodent Up Their Butt?
    by Karl Smallwood on May 6, 2022

    Nick G. asks: Please do one on the myth of people sticking small rodents up their anus. Few people are more creative than horny men and if you’ve searched around online for the more… unusual ways people get off, like we’ve had to do EXTENSIVELY in researching this article… only for that reason…, you may have stumbled across allusions to […] The post Has Anyone Ever Actually Stuck a Rodent Up Their Butt? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • What’s the Deal with the $2 Bill?
    by Karl Smallwood on May 6, 2022

    Contrary to popular opinion the $2 bill is neither rare nor out of circulation, with millions of them being printed by the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing each and every year. Despite this, you’ll occasionally get cashiers who refuse to accept them, thinking them fake, and even the occasional news report of the cops being called on someone who […] The post What’s the Deal with the $2 Bill? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • That Time British Witches Tried to Stop a Nazi Invasion Using Magic
    by Gilles Messier on May 5, 2022

    In the summer of 1940, Britain stood balanced on a knife edge. The British Expeditionary Force had narrowly escaped the beaches of Dunkirk, and on July 10 the German Luftwaffe launched a massive air assault, starting what became known as the Battle of Britain. As the bombs fell, the nation braced for the inevitable German invasion. With much of the […] The post That Time British Witches Tried to Stop a Nazi Invasion Using Magic appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • How the Nazis Teamed Up with IBM for Mass Murder, and the Incredible Story of the First Ethical Hacker
    by Gilles Messier on May 5, 2022

    In the era of Big Data, few figures are more divisive as that of the hacker. On the one hand, malicious or “black hat” hackers cause billions of dollars of damage every year, breaking into private and public networks to steal money or personal data or simply to create chaos. On the other hand, so-called ethical or “white hat” hackers […] The post How the Nazis Teamed Up with IBM for Mass Murder, and the Incredible Story of the First Ethical Hacker appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • That Time a U.S. President Killed a Man in Cold Blood and Got Away With It Scot-Free
    by Daven Hiskey on May 5, 2022

    On May 30, 1806, Andrew Jackson dueled with famed marksman Charles Dickinson, killing him, after Dickinson insulted Jackson in a variety of ways including calling Jackson’s wife of bigamist.  This latter point was a sore spot for Jackson as his wife really had married him while she was still married to her former husband.  She had separated from her first […] The post That Time a U.S. President Killed a Man in Cold Blood and Got Away With It Scot-Free appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • What Happened to the Members of the Fellowship of the Ring After The Lord of the Rings?
    by Matthew Theriault on May 5, 2022

    “Well, I’m back.” Not including the six appendices, these are the last words of the final chapter of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. They’re spoken by Sam Gamgee to his wife Rosie as he returns from seeing Frodo and the rest of the Ring-bearers depart from the Grey Havens into the True West. Implied, but not overtly stated, […] The post What Happened to the Members of the Fellowship of the Ring After The Lord of the Rings? appeared first on Today I Found Out.