Today I Found Out

  • The Top Secret Navy Mission that Accidentally Rediscovered the Titanic
    by Gilles Messier on August 19, 2022

    More than a century after it struck an iceberg and sank beneath the waves, the Royal Mail Ship Titanic continues to capture the popular imagination. It is a classic fable of ambition, hubris, and the tragic social divisions of the Gilded Age, and has inspired countless books, documentaries, TV programs, and one of the highest-grossing feature films of all time. […] The post The Top Secret Navy Mission that Accidentally Rediscovered the Titanic appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • The Flying Bandit and One of the Greatest Gold Heists in History
    by Gilles Messier on August 19, 2022

    On December 14, 1979, a light aircraft of Sabourin Lake Airways disappeared while on an air ambulance flight out of Red Lake, in the Canadian province of Ontario. Aboard were pilot Ken Leishman, nurse Janet Meekus, and patient Eva Harper, an indigenous woman who had broken her hip in a snowmobile accident. So wild and remote was the crash site […] The post The Flying Bandit and One of the Greatest Gold Heists in History appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • The Littlest Naval War: Britain’s Balls to the Wall Bid to End German Domination of a Single Lake
    by Gilles Messier on August 19, 2022

    When we picture the First World War, we tend to think of the mud and slaughter of the trenches in the fields of Belgium and France. But this is only a very narrow view of the conflict, for true to its name the First World War was very much a world war, with combat taking place as far afield as […] The post The Littlest Naval War: Britain’s Balls to the Wall Bid to End German Domination of a Single Lake appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • The Mad Aussie Who Stung Himself and His 9 Year Old Son With a Deadly Creature FOR SCIENCE!!!
    by Gilles Messier on August 2, 2022

    Australia is infamous for its abundance of absurdly dangerous wildlife. From highly-venomous brown snakes and funnelweb spiders to giant saltwater crocodiles and great white sharks, nearly everything that slithers, crawls, or swims in the Land Down Under seems perfectly designed to inflict the most horrible death possible. But one Aussie creature stands above the rest, its sting so painful its […] The post The Mad Aussie Who Stung Himself and His 9 Year Old Son With a Deadly Creature FOR SCIENCE!!! appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • The Impossibly Badass Story of Mills’ Marauders
    by Gilles Messier on August 2, 2022

    South Georgia lies 54 degrees south of the equator in the South Atlantic Ocean, some 1,900 kilometres off the coast of Argentina. A cold and inhospitable place covered in jagged snow-capped mountains, fjords, and glaciers, until its discovery by European sailors in 1675 the island had no permanent native population. For the next three hundred years the island would remain […] The post The Impossibly Badass Story of Mills’ Marauders appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • The Heart of a Nuclear Bomb and “Tickling the Dragon’s Tail”
    by Gilles Messier on August 2, 2022

    At the heart of every nuclear weapon lies the core or pit, a sphere of plutonium the size of a baseball and weighing around 6 kilograms. When a nuclear weapon is triggered, a shell of conventional high-explosive “lenses” wrapped around the core detonates, creating a spherical shock wave that squeezes the core to criticality and sets off the nuclear chain […] The post The Heart of a Nuclear Bomb and “Tickling the Dragon’s Tail” appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • The Immortal Woman Whose Death Changed the World
    by Gilles Messier on August 1, 2022

    Over the past 70 years one woman has contributed to countless major medical and biological breakthroughs, advancing our understanding of cancer, haemophilia, and Parkinson’s disease; unlocking the secrets of human ageing; and helping to develop vaccines for polio, measles, mumps, and HPV. She has travelled the globe, rocketed into space, and stood in the path of nuclear bombs – and […] The post The Immortal Woman Whose Death Changed the World appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • Is Ockham’s Razor Actually Valid or Just Something People Say to Sound Smart?
    by Yehia Amin on August 1, 2022

    If you’ve ever spent any time arguing on the internet, you’ve likely come across a philosophical principle known as ‘Ockham’s Razor.’ Along with ad hominem attacks and comparing people you don’t like to Hitler, Ockham’s Razor is a favourite argument of keyboard warriors everywhere, most often understood as meaning “the simplest argument is most often the correct one.” But where […] The post Is Ockham’s Razor Actually Valid or Just Something People Say to Sound Smart? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • Is There Such a Thing as a Sound or Smell So Strong it Can Kill You?
    by Nasser Ayash on August 1, 2022

    There are very many things in this world that may kill you – in fact, there is almost nothing that cannot – but can your own senses be a danger to you? Is there a noise loud enough to kill you or can you be so assaulted by a bad smell that you never recover from it? The answer to […] The post Is There Such a Thing as a Sound or Smell So Strong it Can Kill You? appeared first on Today I Found Out.

  • Why Do We Want to Squeeze/Bite/Pinch Cute Stuff So Badly?
    by Gilles Messier on July 20, 2022

    Has this ever happened to you? You are presented with something unbearably cute – a baby, perhaps, or a puppy or a kitten – and are suddenly gripped by an overwhelming desire to pinch, squeeze, crush, or even bite the little thing. You clench your hands, grit your teeth, and maybe even let out an audible growl, so overtaken are […] The post Why Do We Want to Squeeze/Bite/Pinch Cute Stuff So Badly? appeared first on Today I Found Out.