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Author: Simon Whistler and Daven Hiskey

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The team at the wildly popular TodayIFoundOut YouTube channel discuss a variety of fascinating topics to help you feed your brain- everything from interesting history and science, to more practical knowledge like how to build and grow a YouTube channel and business, the ins and outs of copyright law, etc.
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In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we are start out with an appetizer looking at how chopsticks came to be and why they became so popular in certain parts of the world vs things like spoons and forks. Next up we have a brief message from our sponsor… Ourselves! Go check out our new-ish channel Highlight History, an [...] The post The Fascinating Origins of Everyday Things (Part 4) appeared first on Today I Found Out.
Medieval Times [Part 5]

Medieval Times [Part 5]

2020-11-2501:24:452

In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we are start out with an appetizer looking at whether chastity belts were ever actually a thing in medieval times or if it is just a Hollywood invention. Next up we have a brief message from our sponsor… Ourselves! Go check out our new-ish channel Highlight History, an upcoming re-launch / re-think [...] The post Medieval Times [Part 5] appeared first on Today I Found Out.
Medieval Times [Part 4]

Medieval Times [Part 4]

2020-11-0101:08:143

In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we are start out with an appetizer looking at the film The Knight’s Tale and the very real historic knight Ulrich von Liechtenstein and what the real guy actually got up to. Next up we have a brief message from our sponsor… Ourselves! Go check out our new-ish channel Highlight History and [...] The post Medieval Times [Part 4] appeared first on Today I Found Out.
Medieval Times [Part 3]

Medieval Times [Part 3]

2020-10-2557:381

In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we are start out with an appetizer looking at how the slipping on a banana peel comedy gag got started. Next up we have a brief message from our sponsor NordVPN. Get 68% off NordVPN! Only $3.71/mo, plus you get an additional month FREE at https://nordvpn.com/brainfoodshow Or use coupon code: brainfoodshow Next [...] The post Medieval Times [Part 3] appeared first on Today I Found Out.
Medieval Times [Part 2]

Medieval Times [Part 2]

2020-10-2050:342

In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we are start out with an appetizer looking at how soap actually works to get rid of microbes. Next up we have a brief message from our sponsor NordVPN. Get 68% off NordVPN! Only $3.71/mo, plus you get an additional month FREE at https://nordvpn.com/brainfoodshow Or use coupon code: brainfoodshow Next up, we [...] The post Medieval Times [Part 2] appeared first on Today I Found Out.
Medieval Times [Part 1]

Medieval Times [Part 1]

2020-09-3047:194

In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we are start out looking at why the toilet is called the “Crapper” and the “John”. Next up we have a brief message from our sponsor Skillshare. For a limited time, use the following link to get a free trial of Skillshare Premium Membership: http://skillshare.com/brainfood Next up, we discuss all about what [...] The post Medieval Times [Part 1] appeared first on Today I Found Out.
Making Diamonds

Making Diamonds

2020-08-0153:403

In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we are start out looking at the rather interesting way the couple hundred million dollar Hope Diamond has been transported a couple times. Next up we have a brief message from our sponsor Skillshare for 2 months for free here: http://skillshare.com/brainfood Next up, we discuss how diamonds went from a mostly worthless [...] The post Making Diamonds appeared first on Today I Found Out.
In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we are start out looking at the rather curious phenomenon of the average of your friends being happier, wealthier, and more successful than you. Next up we have a brief message from our sponsor Backblaze and unlimited automatic backup service for just $6 a month. Try it for free for 15-days! http://backblaze.com/brainfoodshow [...] The post What We’ve Learned This Month appeared first on Today I Found Out.
In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we are start out looking at whether there is actually any difference between various men’s and women’s bathroom products like shaving cream, razors, etc and why women pay more for basically everything. We also have a brief message from a sponsor, Skillshare. Help support this show and learn a lot of interesting new [...] The post For the Love of the Word Nerds… (And Their Rather Unfortunate Nazi Brethren) appeared first on Today I Found Out.
In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we are looking at the difference between a number of things, kicking it off with the difference between BCE/CE and BC/AD systems of dating and the rather fascinating story of how those systems came to be. We also have a brief message from a sponsor, Skillshare. Help support this show and learn a [...] The post The Difference Between… [Part 2] appeared first on Today I Found Out.
In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we are looking at the difference between a number of things, kicking it off with the difference between hardwood and softwood…. which you’d think you already know, but we’re guessing for most, you don’t actually know the difference. 🙂 We also have a brief message from a sponsor, Skillshare. Help support this show [...] The post The Difference Between… [Part 1] appeared first on Today I Found Out.
In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we start by looking at the first woman in the United States to cast a political vote who for reasons we’ll get into did it with her feet… We also have a brief message from a sponsor, Skillshare. Help support this show and learn a lot of interesting new skills, as well as [...] The post The Absolutely Badass First Female U.S. Presidential Candidate appeared first on Today I Found Out.
In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we are looking at the man Frank Capra based the character of George Bailey on in It’s a Wonderful Life, and how this rather remarkable individual went on to shape quite a bit of history in a certain region of America, in a very positive way despite that almost nobody has ever [...] The post It’s a Wonderful Life [Part 2] appeared first on Today I Found Out.
In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we start off looking at why Fox tried so hard to trick people into thinking Miracle on 34th Street was not a Christmas movie when it came out. We then look at why movie trailers are called that and a bit on the evolution of them, and then look at why Miracle [...] The post It’s a Wonderful Life [Part 1] appeared first on Today I Found Out.
In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we start off looking at the interesting reason why milk is white, yet cheddar cheese is yellow/orange. Next up, we have a brief message from our sponsor, Blinkist, which gives you the key ideas from more than 3,000 bestselling nonfiction books in just 15 minutes instead of having to listen to the [...] The post The Fascinating Origins of Everyday Foods (Part 1) appeared first on Today I Found Out.
*Sorry the audio is a little funky on this one. But don’t skip it, it’s one of our best content-wise, in my opinion. 🙂 As to the audio, we had multiple technical issues that ended up resulting in us having to use the combined live, streamed audio (rather than our local recordings), which in turn had issues beyond the normal [...] The post The Fascinating Origins of Everyday Things (Part 3) appeared first on Today I Found Out.
In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we start off looking at that time the United States government banned pre-sliced bread… Really. Next up, we have a brief message from a sponsor, Blinkist, which gives you the key ideas from more than 3,000 bestselling nonfiction books in just 15 minutes instead of having to listen to the full audiobook [...] The post The Fascinating Origins of Everyday Things (Part 2) appeared first on Today I Found Out.
In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we start off looking at the surprisingly interesting origin of the paperclip and why a person who had nothing to do with its design commonly gets all the credit for it, including having a giant statue of it made in his honor only a couple decades ago. 🙂 Next up, we have [...] The post The Fascinating Origins of Everyday Things (Part 1) appeared first on Today I Found Out.
In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we start off looking at 19th century practical joke that occurred in London that is arguably the greatest of the century. Next up, we have a brief message from a new sponsor, Blinkist, which gives you the key ideas from more than 3,000 bestselling nonfiction books in just 15 minutes instead of [...] The post The Greatest Practical Joke and the Last Laugh appeared first on Today I Found Out.
In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we start off looking at how “Dick” came to be short for “Richard”. Next up, we have a brief message from one of our favorite and most useful sponsors- Backblaze! Backblaze really is super cheap and takes almost no time or effort to get setup and working. Unlimited automatic backups for your [...] The post Lord Minimus- The Renaissance Dueling Dwarf appeared first on Today I Found Out.
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Tom Musselman

I absolutly love this podcast... this and your youtube channels have gotten me thru alot of days at work. Thanks guys

Nov 25th
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Ndiana

This podcast needs Metamucil. Get regular, Stay regular. all jokes aside it's one of my favorites but the ebb and flow of episodes is maddening.

Nov 10th
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Olam Smith

these boys slap

Nov 9th
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Remley

an extremely interesting podcast series. I've listened to these guys for the last 2000 miles, which in metric is impossible. Bonus fact related to a minor point addressed in this episode, my American wife's family immigrated to Canada in 1954; in the mid 50s, the US had very limited immigration quotas, Canada was often an intermediary country for post war US immigrants.

Nov 5th
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zachary thebeau

the poop thing is for like colon cancer or something instead of doing it at a doctors office or having to bring it in, but that's the only one I heard about in which Simon was talking about

Oct 27th
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Jacob Hayden-Binder

Came here after discovering your emense amount of YouTube channels (you cold legit make a channel putting them all together in a news/highlights type style). The two of you here and the rest of the team from YouTube have not only saved my mind over lockdown but genuinely given me something to look forward to and learn from. I'm slowly making my way through from the very start and love the organic nature, genuine banter and perfectly random structure. I also really appreciate that'll you'll go back to something that was wrong or mispoken. Even though at least 80% of this seems to be picked from the air after a light bulb appears above your head. The facts get across. solid content. Well researched. Overall 5/5. Keep it up - you've got a life listener right here ❤

Oct 22nd
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Shawn Allison

so excited to hear Simon and Daven on a somewhat regular basis

Oct 21st
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Kelsey H.

Go watch some marvel movies Simon! Cap America!

Oct 21st
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Melanie Hewett Lovelace

Great podcast. I binged all the episodes in about a month. The episodes got better as they went on but I do miss the "how can we connect this topic to star trek" bonus fact. I listen to other podcasts like this one but I like that the topics seems to be anything Daven finds interesting at the time. It's fun when I have heard some of facts and references on other podcasts and now get a different aspect of the story not relevant to my other podcasts topic.

Sep 23rd
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Ziad Karson

Great podcast, I love listening to it when I go for a walk or run.

Sep 5th
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Kareem Easley

Simon is right about 2 months salary, class rings, and the postal service. what was the episode about again?

Aug 25th
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Shaun Denehy

Simon is so right about 2 months salary thing.

Aug 3rd
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Shaun Denehy

Now I'm listening to the podcast as well as the numerous YouTube channels. I think this is a good addiction.

Jul 13th
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Nora Lewis

I love to listen to this show when. I'm just walking around. The back stories are so fun to hear about and the tangents are great.

Jul 2nd
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zachary thebeau

finally finished the ep started when it first came out, yes you can legally rip and upload videos to your own personal accounts/servers just as long as you don't share it.

Jun 16th
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James P

One of my favorite podcasts! Time flies while listening to Simon and Daven!

Jun 10th
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Jay Wizzin

Great podcast, love your YouTube channels and gave your podcast a try after hearing about it on YouTube. There are so many Top Ten or some kind of lists channels that don't really give any interesting information or are just rehashed BS and Geographics and your other channels do a good job of getting better info out that makes me want to dig deeper into a lot of topics that I either never knew about or only had very shallow knowledge on. Keep up the great work!

Jun 9th
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Mjshi13

the RnD, all their research is trying to get females whom are both doing the shopping and far more choosy with their own products over what they buy for their husbands. they will just grab whats cheapest for him, and he wont care and stay with them same thing for years, while she will try new products for herself and pay more. the whole "pink tax" thing is silly, even with makeup. its at worsdt self inflicted, women who want to use makeup or purpetuate an industry standard forcinf those who don't to step up, but its not sexist imo especially considering its kept up by any successful cosmetic company etc. hell, look at YouTube. makeup tutorials. my sister does them, cuz she loves it not because her BF gives a crap lol.

May 22nd
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Brandon Schneider

love this podcast. great for work. it's like a sorbet for my mind. great to just pop on and hear the awesome material and fun banter.

May 15th
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Warren O'Keefe

I have come to think of The BrainFood Show as what would happen if a University Lecture and Night Down The Pub With A Mate got really drunk and had a child. Simultaneously meticulously well-informed and utterly devoted to a style that is devoted to making the listener feel instantly welcome and comfortable, it's one of the few podcasts I will listen to religiously. If you have any interest in informative content dressed up in the clothes of a quiet night in the local boozer, this podcast will be for you.

May 10th
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