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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 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.
In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we start off looking at why superheroes wear their underwear on the outside. Next up, we have a brief message from our sponsor, Jeremy Scott, perhaps best known for his work on CinemaSins, but also the author of the books “The Ables” and the sequel that just came out, “Strings”, both of [...] The post That Time a Major Studio Intentionally Made a Crappy “Fantastic Four” Movie and Why Superheroes Wear Their Underwear on the Outside appeared first on Today I Found Out.
*Just an addendum to one of the tangents I forgot to mention- pulling up like crazy in a plane while rapidly hurtling towards the ground is a phenomenal way to ensure the wings of the plane cease to remain attached to it. 😉 In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we start off looking at the little known much [...] The post Why Do Some Countries Have People Drive on the Left and Others on the Right? (+Contest Winners) appeared first on Today I Found Out.
In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we start with the rather curious way in which George Eastman, founder of Kodak, died. Next up, we have a brief message from our sponsor, Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of amazing classes covering dozens of creative and entrepreneurial skills. You can take classes in everything from photography [...] The post Forgotten History Part 2: The First Film and the Murder That Nearly Killed It appeared first on Today I Found Out.
In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we skip the quick fact because this one took forever to research and put together and I ran out of time. 😉 Instead we jump right into the main topic which is a very real phenomenon that popped up off and on for several hundred years called Dance Mania or St. Vitus’ [...] The post The Forgotten Plague- DANCE MANIA!!! appeared first on Today I Found Out.
In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we start by looking at whether or not male humans can get pregnant and carry a baby to full term naturally. (Spoiler- yes and yes. And even breastfeed too! It doesn’t even require fancy science or advanced medical techniques.) Moving on to the meat of today’s episode, we jump into a variety [...] The post How Porcupines Mate, the Bizarre Sex Habits of Giraffes (and Much, Much More) appeared first on Today I Found Out.
Twice Executed

Twice Executed

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Sorry for the long gap between episodes. We’ll be getting a bit more regular going forward.  Also apologies for my audio quality in this one. Adobe kept crashing on me, so we had to use the audio Simon was receiving which isn’t ideal. Also a bit under the weather and lost my voice before recording, so maybe for the best [...] The post Twice Executed appeared first on Today I Found Out.
In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we start by looking at how exactly Al Capone got the scars that got him the nickname “Scarface”. Moving on to the meat of today’s episode, we jump into the rather interesting story behind one of the many so called “trial of the century” of the 20th century.  In this case involving [...] The post Taking the Mystery Out of Murder- A Couple of Dumbbells appeared first on Today I Found Out.
In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we start by looking at the interesting story behind where the Monopoly pieces came from. Next we discuss our sponsor, RetailMeNot. Visit http://bit.ly/2BXvyAk to download the free RetailMeNot Genie browser extension today and start saving the easy way. Moving on to the meat of today’s episode, we jump into the truth about [...] The post How Everyone Plays Monopoly Wrong Which Makes It Worse, Where the Game Pieces Came From, Who Really Invented It and Much More appeared first on Today I Found Out.
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Manjushri

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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Bradley Frost

I've been following Simon since 2013 when I discovered him on Top Tenz. I learned of Daven when I stumbled on to TodayIFoundOut.com and then one day I learned that the 2 of them know and work with each other and were starting up a podcast I nearly sh!t literal bricks. This is my favorite podcast and I listen to a lot. I hope one day that Simon will watch The Princess Bride and that they'll be able to upload on a regular basis. When they are able to actually sit down and do a podcast it makes my week. I enjoy them so much that I listen to them over and over. Simon gets a pass on Star Wars but not The Princess Bride. Sorry. Subscribe to Biographics!

May 8th
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Virginia Shahan

I love this podcast! I've subscribed here and to the show on YouTube. Our family uses it not only for entertainment, but also for education during homeschool. thank you for taking the time to curate some of the most interesting things I've ever learned.

Apr 29th
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Collin Winter

I tried to look up business blaze on the pod cast app. apparently some other dude took the business blaze pod cast name. the other blaze by not simon.

Apr 15th
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Aaron Berta

I absolutely, without a doubt can not hold back my exquisite love for the Brain Food Show! I totally wish you guys would upload the podcast once a week. Also Simon and Daven you are a great team. How did you two meet? You should do your next podcast over that because that sounds awesome. I recommend this show to anyone who wants there thirst for knowledge quenched. Also... I really hope I win the Amazon gift card 😂

Mar 30th
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Manfred Askeljung

Great podcast, perfect trivia for falling asleep to. Great complement to all the YouTube channels. Only sad thing is the fact that episodes aren't uploaded more often 10/10

Mar 29th
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Alon Judkovsky

The difference between brass and woodwind instruments has nothing to do with the material from which they are made

Mar 23rd
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Mike W

love the show, keep it up

Mar 18th
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Matt Johnson

I absolutely love this podcast! I found biographics on YouTube and then Today I Found Out and now I'm hooked on this podcast! Love listening to it while I'm driving and working!

Mar 10th
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Mario Moser

American dude that doesn't like to eat anything tells me how to differentiate olive oil qualities. Just reading up on guidelines doesn't make you a food expert. Great research podcast but cringy when that dude talks about food. I like the history episodes

Mar 7th
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Liz DiB

I cut and peel my apples because I can't digest fruit or veggie skins

Mar 7th
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Moncsi

that's amazing guys! I'm a female fan as well ;P I love toptenz and today I found out. keep it up! you guys are awesome!

Feb 29th
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Mike Brock

This was my favorite episode ever!!

Feb 25th
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zagXXIX

🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 Davin really knows his stuff and Simon really speaks posh. Together this unlikely duo contribute to making an enjoyable and informative listening experience. I have almost consumed all of the content available here and was enthralled by the fascinating origin's of every day objects series. It's a shame I am not able to recommend this podcast to my peers or they would know where my recent wealth of useless knowledge has come from. Although this platform does not allow star ratings I have awarded this podcast 4 emoji stars, I will consider revising this to 5 emoji stars if this comment results in me winning £1000

Feb 13th
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Phil Scheg

This podcast is very informative and interesting. Keep up the good work guys!

Jan 30th
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Mario Moser

Used to like it but they basically just make an episode when a new sponsoring deal comes in. I get that it isn't free to host the podcast and so on but some stability would really benefit it.

Jan 30th
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John Metcalf

Long time subscriber of your many YouTube channels here, just recently decided to check out the podcast and I'm glad I did, amazing work. Looking forward to more episodes.

Jan 17th
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lew1298

best podcast by far

Jan 8th
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