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The Fascinating Origin of Pong and Atari + Interview with the Creators of Quest for Glory and the Upcoming Hero-U (The BrainFood Show Episode 4)

In episode 4 of The BrainFood Show podcast, we discuss the fascinating origin of Atari and the game that more or less gave birth to an industry- Pong.

Timothy Evans, Derek Bentley, Ruth Ellis and Banning the Death Penalty

Timothy Evans was no saint and there was good reason for the police to suspect him of murdering his pregnant wife and baby daughter.

Who is Buried in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier?

John I. asks: Is there anyone buried in the tomb of the unknown soldier or is it just all symbolism? It’s Armistice Day, November 11th, in the nation’s capital.

The Preposterous Pyramid (The BrainFood Show Episode 3)

In episode 3 of The BrainFood Show podcast, we discuss the fascinating origins of the Food Pyramid and why that is a horribly unhealthy way to eat (and why the USDA made it that way even though they knew well it wasn’t a healthy recommendation at the time).  We also discuss whether eating too much salt is actually bad for you or not, what actually is the difference between fruits and vegetables, and what ultra-scientifically grounded nutrition recommendations say we should eat.

Why Do the Village People Dress Like That?

Tanya G. asks: Why did the Village People dress up in those outfits? The creation of the Village People is directly attributed to French composer and producer Jacques Morali, a gay man who wanted to create disco music gay men would appreciate.

Who Invented Mudflaps (and Other Car Parts)?

The following is an article from Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader The automobile is an integral part of modern history.

The White Feather (The BrainFood Show Episode 2)

In episode 2 of The BrainFood Show podcast, we discuss what actually started WWI, with the motivations there not quite what most people think, some rather interesting things the soldiers on both sides got up to in the early days of the war, and the absolutely bizarre, but effective, Order of the White Feather.

That Time Coca-Cola Tried to Introduce Vending Machines that Charged More on Hot Days

If Coca-Cola’s own marketing is to be believed, few things are more satisfying than a cold drink on a hot day.

Did People Ever Really Put Crocodiles In Moats?

John A. asks: Are there any real examples of medieval castles having alligators in the moat to keep out intruders?

The Victorian Moustache Cup

Beyond being a staple of any self-respecting peace officer, thanks to the popularity of things like Movember, the humble moustache has made a glorious, bristly return to the faces of men all over the world in recent years.

Why Do Baseball Managers Wear the Team’s Uniform Instead of a Suit Like In Other Sports?

Denny G. asks: Why do baseball managers wear the team’s uniform instead of a suit or something like that like you see in other sports?

Under the Lights: The First Baseball Game Played at Night

On a field about fifty miles from Boston, Strawberry Hill, on the evening of September 3, 1880, history was made.

A Great Place to Go…

The following is an article from Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Let’s face it: New York City is famous for a lot of things, but the abundance and cleanliness of public restrooms aren’t among them.

DK Update

The Daily Knowledge podcast still gets a pretty shocking amount of downloads for having not been updated for so long, so we just thought for those of you still around we’d do a little update announcing our new podcast: The BrainFood Show, which you can find here:  iTunes | Google Play | RSS/XML Let us know what you think, and stay tuned because we also have an update on the DK podcast itself coming in the not too distant future.

The BrainFood Show Episode 1: Throwing Tomatoes

In this debut episode of our new The BrainFood Show podcast, we discuss the surprising similarities between online commenters and audiences throughout history, as well as how the practice of throwing tomatoes at performers got started.  We’ll also be looking at the various ways to monetize on youtube and websites and just generally explaining how all that works.

What Ever Happened to the Creator of Calvin and Hobbes?

Image from the cover of Exploring Calvin and Hobbes – An Exhibition Catalogue It was on November 18, 1985, when Calvin met Hobbes.

Why Do Drawn Hearts Look Nothing Like Real Hearts?

Mark R. asks: Why do drawn hearts look nothing like real hearts? Who first drew them this way? The heart symbol is one of the single most enduring and widely recognised symbols in modern culture.

How Do They Make White Gold White Given That It’s an Element?

Elizabeth F. asks: Is white gold really gold? If it is, how do they make it white when it’s an element?

That Time an Argument Over the Quality of Ale Resulted in a Battle Between Oxford Students and the Townsfolk

Oxford University is well known for being one of the most prestigious and elite places of learning in history.

Does the President Get Sick Days?

Joseph R.asks: What happens if the president is too sick to work? The president of the United States never technically takes a day off.