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How Do They Train Drug Sniffing Dogs?

Jesse K. asks: How are drug sniffing dogs trained? I mean, they don’t have them actually sniff drugs, right?

Stabbing Bed Bugs, Lloyd Christmas, Cliff from CliffsNotes and More in Yet Another 10 Quick Facts

1026:  Bed bugs reproduce via the male bed bug literally stabbing the female in the abdomen with his hypodermic genitalia rather than using the female’s reproductive tract.  Once he’s stabbed the female, he then releases his sperm insider her body cavity.

The Curious Case of Giant Concrete Arrows That Stretched from New York to California

The following is an article from Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader DAY TRIPPERS When the U.S. Post Office introduced airmail service in 1920, the mail could only be flown during daylight hours, when pilots could see where they were going.

The Terrifying Phenomenon of Spider Rain

Worryingly described by entomologists and arachnologists as a “not uncommon” occurrence in certain parts of the globe, spider rain can see anywhere from a few thousand to several million spiders tumble from the sky in a given area, seemingly out of nowhere.

Why Does “Doohickey” Mean a Gadget?

A commonly held folk etymology for “doohickey” is that it derives from the mark left on a leaf after dew has evaporated, with said mark essentially being akin to a the skin-blemish definition of the word “hickey.” Thus, lacking a commonly known word for such, people referred to this dew mark as a “dew hickey,” with this later evolving to “doohickey” and eventually expanded to be used to refer to anything that was a “thing” one couldn’t come up with the name of.

How Do I Donate My Body to Science After Death and What Do They Use Bodies For?

Ian asks: When someone leaves their body to science, what happens to it and how does a person opt into this?

Carter’s Farewell

The following is an article from Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Historians usually rank Jimmy Carter as one of America’s more lackluster presidents.

Why We “Drop” the Ball on New Year’s Eve

Jeremy asks: Why do we drop the ball on New Year’s eve in Times Square? dropping-the-ballWhen Adolph Ochs purchased the floundering New York Times in 1896, he made it his mission to make the newspaper the number one paper in all of New York.

Why Does the New Year Begin on January First in Many Countries?

Jamie asks: Why is New Year’s day January 1st? Because Julius Caesar said so. Early Roman Calendar Since long before Caesar’s time, date keeping was dicey.

Why We Sing “Auld Lang Syne” on New Year’s Eve

This is an excerpt from our book, The Wise Book of Whys, available on Kindle | Nook and in Print | Audiobook This tradition is mostly thanks to Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadian Band.

The British Plan to Cover Germany with Anthrax- Operation Vegetarian

The following is an article from Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader How deadly could a secret program code-named “Operation Vegetarian” be?

Weekly Wrap Volume 171

This is a weekly wrap of our popular Daily Knowledge Newsletter. You can get that newsletter for free here.

Charles Dickens’ “Sledge Hammer” for the Poor Man’s Child- The Fascinating Story Behind “A Christmas Carol”

For all the things that Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is known for, Tiny Tim, a relatively minor character in terms of appearances in the story (but, importantly, one of wholesome heart despite his physical condition), was one of the characters that Dickens wanted people to pay the most attention to.

The Christmas Bird Count

The following is an article from Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Here’s a holiday tradition that you may not have heard of if you’re not a bird-watcher.

Krampus, the Christmas Demon

Santa Claus has long been the symbol of Christmas, bringing joy and presents to all the good girls and boys.

The Very Real Reindeer and How They Became Associated With Christmas

Unlike Santa, elves or even clean coal, reindeer are real. They may not fly, but there’s a good deal of truth around the many myths of Christmas’s favorite animal.

The Inspiring Story of the Christmas Truce

Soldiers from both sides taking a picture together during the impromptu truce On the whole, people don’t generally like to kill one another.

Why are There “12 Days” of Christmas in the Song?

Karla B. asks: Why is there twelve days of Christmas in that song? Does anyone really celebrate Christmas for twelve days?

Who Invented the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon Game?

Tryst G. asks: Who first noticed Kevin Bacon could be connected to any actor in just six degrees or less?

Apparently We’ve All Been Saying “UFO” Wrong?

We here at TodayIFoundOut are firmly in the camp that language is constantly evolving and grammar lives to serve language and effective communication, not the other way around.