Today I Found Out

  • Do Humans Have Pheromones?
    by Daven Hiskey on February 1, 2023

    Paul A. asks: Is there really such a thing as human pheromones? Insects, such as the male silk worm using the pheromone Bombykol have long been known to attract mates through pheromones. Moving over to the one humped camel, also known as the Arabian camel and dromedary, of all their adaptations, the grossest is probably the male dromedary’s proclivity to […] The post Do Humans Have Pheromones? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • The Mercury 13
    by Gilles Messier on February 1, 2023

    On February 14, 1960, Geraldyn “Jerrie” Cobb arrived at the sprawling Lovelace Clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and prepared to make history. At age 30, Cobb was already one of the world’s most accomplished female pilots, having been the first woman to fly the Paris Air Show and holding three world records for speed, distance, and absolute altitude for light […] The post The Mercury 13 appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • The Original Uber Eats India’s Amazing Near Century and a Half Old Dabbawala
    by Gilles Messier on February 1, 2023

    Every morning around 7 o’clock, a small army descends upon the Indian port city of Mumbai. Dressed in distinctive white uniforms and topi or Gandhi caps, they fan out across the city’s sprawling suburbs to collect their wares before regrouping at local train stations and streaming down a network of rail lines into Mumbai’s commercial heart. There, on bicycles or […] The post The Original Uber Eats India’s Amazing Near Century and a Half Old Dabbawala appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • When Does a Hill Become a Mountain?
    by Nasser Ayash on February 1, 2023

    Ever wonder when a hill becomes a mountain? Well, it turns out that language, like the universe, likes to resist simplicity… So the answer is- it’s complicated. But that’s not very interesting, so let’s dive into it shall we? To begin with, turning to our trusty Merriam-Webster Dictionary we have the following definition of a mountain: “a landmass that projects […] The post When Does a Hill Become a Mountain? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • Forgotten History- The U.S. Military’s Obsessive WWII Ice Cream Crusade
    by Gilles Messier on January 31, 2023

    An army, Napoleon Bonaparte once noted, marches on its stomach. No matter how vast its ranks, advanced its weaponry, or brilliant its commanders, a military force full of hungry, malnourished troops is unlikely to be an effective one. The central role of food in combat effectiveness goes beyond merely supplying calories; there is no quicker way to sow demoralization or […] The post Forgotten History- The U.S. Military’s Obsessive WWII Ice Cream Crusade appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • The Amazonian Arrow Poison that Revolutionized Medicine
    by Gilles Messier on January 31, 2023

    Somewhere deep in the Amazon, a monkey leaps nimbly through the rainforest canopy, blissfully unaware that it is being hunted. Down below on the forest floor, the hunter lurks patiently in the shadows, stalking its prey, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. When the moment comes, the hunter raises his long bamboo blowgun, places it to his lips, and […] The post The Amazonian Arrow Poison that Revolutionized Medicine appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • The Curious Case of the People With Split Brains
    by Gilles Messier on January 31, 2023

    In late 1961, Drs. Philip Vogel and Joseph Bogen, neurosurgeons at the California College of Medicine in Los Angeles, were preparing to carry out a radical new procedure. The patients under their care suffered from severe epilepsy, which despite their doctors’ best efforts had resisted all attempts at conventional treatment.  One such patient, a 48-year-old former paratrooper identified in medical […] The post The Curious Case of the People With Split Brains appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • Force Z and the Death of the Battleship
    by Gilles Messier on January 31, 2023

    On April 6, 1945, the Imperial Japan launched Operation Ten-Go, a desperate last-ditch naval attack against the Allied fleet supporting the invasion of Okinawa. Supported by the light cruiser Yahagi and eight destroyers, the charge was led by the pride of the Imperial Japanese Navy, the mighty battleship Yamato. A quarter-kilometre long, displacing 65,000 tons, and armed with no fewer […] The post Force Z and the Death of the Battleship appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • Tesla, Hollywood, and Inventing the Drone
    by Gilles Messier on January 27, 2023

    Drones. Whether raining down death and destruction on the battlefield, capturing sweet snowboarding and mountain bike moves for YouTube, helping farmers inspect their fields, or driving aviation authorities mad by wandering into controlled airspace, drones seem to be just about everywhere these days. Using the latest in remote control and automatic guidance technology, drones – more properly known as Unmanned […] The post Tesla, Hollywood, and Inventing the Drone appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • A Legal Clusterf$$k- Murder on Ice
    by Gilles Messier on January 27, 2023

    It was July 16, 1970, and Mario Escamilla was furious. The 33-year-old native of Santa Barbara, California, had just learned that a coworker, Donald “Porky” Leavitt, had broken into his trailer and stolen his most prized possession: a 15-gallon jug of homemade raisin wine. Determined to put an end to such theft, Escamilla grabbed a rifle and stormed off to […] The post A Legal Clusterf$$k- Murder on Ice appeared first on Today I Found Out.