What is Broken Secrets?

This site is all about things you probably don’t know but might find entertaining or useful. Generally, the “secrets” are not things you shouldn’t know; more likely, they’re just interesting things you don’t know yet.

This site is regularly updated, so visit often or have the secrets delivered to you in one of the following ways:

Broken Secrets was started by Chad Upton on November 19, 2009. He started this site because he loves hacks and little known facts and realized that a lot of other people do too. In 2010, the site grew to unexpected popularity, scoring many awards and many more readers. Other great writers have contributed articles in the past.

Who is Broken Secrets?

Chad Upton
The founder and editor of Broken Secrets. Currently, he works as a Software Developer and Consultant by day and a blogger by night. He likes reading, writing, and has an obscene gadget addiction. Past experience includes sales, advertising and information technology. Chad won a Webby Award and W3 Award (Copywriting) for Broken Secrets. He also contributes to Yahoo! and Business Insider.


Stephanie Wolek
Stephanie Wolek is a science writer and editor. She holds a Bachelor’s of Biology with a minor in Chemistry and a Master’s in Marine Affairs. She has also worked in marine biology and environmental science laboratories as part of a research team.

Stephanie has a background in education, having run STEM workshops for middle school-aged girls as well as working as a science tutor for over ten years. In addition to her science studies, Stephanie has a passion for animals and nature. She’s worked in animal rescue and has several pets of her own. She’s written articles for a pet forum blog, specializing in animal training and nutrition, exotic pets, and aquariums. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, gardening, and playing with her dog.

Kaye Nemec
Kaye is a 29 year old freelance writer and first time mom. Her writing experience includes authoring a children’s book, blogging and contributing to Demand Media and Associated Content. Kaye’s love of reading and writing fueled her decision to graduate from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with a major in Communications and a minor in Professional/Technical Writing. Prior to freelance writing, Kaye spent time in event marketing and, most recently, worked as a Community Relations Manager for Barnes & Noble in Orange County, CA.

In addition to contributing to Broken Secrets, Kaye also writes two personal blogs, one covering bits & pieces of every day life and one showcasing the whimsical and mysterious behavior of her dog, Newport. Kaye currently resides in Brookfield, Wisconsin along with her husband Scott, her son Brayden and the infamous Newport.

Kyle Kurpinski
Kyle holds more professional degrees (including a PhD in Bioengineering) than is socially acceptable, but he also likes college football, so it balances out. In the daytime Kyle works for a medical device startup company in Northern California, but in the evenings he frequently attempts to be a writer. Kyle is the co-author of How to Defeat Your Own Clone – a satirical look at cloning and biotechnology in pop culture – and is constantly looking for his next creative outlet. A self proclaimed “Internet junkie,” you can find Kyle on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Gmail, his homepage, and occasionally in real life (hyperlink unavailable).

Terry D. Johnson
Terry has an MS in chemical engineering from MIT and currently teaches bioengineering at UC Berkeley. He does this to train graduates who will be capable of repairing him as he ages. The subjects of his classes range from tissue engineering to mathematical biology, displaying a versatility that has prevented him from achieving any actual expertise in a single subject. He is co-author of the book How to Defeat Your Own Clone, former io9.com Ask a Biogeek columnist, and proud owner of a home page, Twitter, and Facebook.

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If you know something that most other people don’t, share your secret today.

9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ronald  |  April 9, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Great blog, super informative and fun, loads of praises. I came across i link that would be a nice fit to your page, its a post apocalyptic guide to survival along the same vein as ure blog, fun and informative. The url is: http://www.collegesurfing.com/blog/2010/04/08/15-post-apocalyptic-college-hipster-survival-tips/. Keep up the great work!


  • 2. La La  |  June 4, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    I stumbled across your site when I was finally clearing out some emails cluttering up my gmail box. I found one for a site called AllMyFaves. Your site/blog is listed as a site of the week. It sounded interesting so I check it out. Love it, love the info, love you. Makes me think, and it makes me want to blog when I learn something new. So there you go! Thanks for being a muse Chad:) Maybe someday I will write a song about you and your tendency to “break secrets.”

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  • 4. Ninja Consumer  |  November 8, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Love your articles! I added it to my blog roll on my new consumer site! Keep it up! :D

  • 5. Jess  |  May 23, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I love this website. I had the EXACT same idea for a website like this. I love things like Imponderables and have TONS of Imponderables books as well. I also have a lot of books on “useless trivia” and other random information, and a bunch of How-To books also. I was thinking of making a website with random bits of info and how-to’s, interesting random stuff I learn or have learned from my books or the web or wherever. It’s really a great idea for a website. Keep up the good work!

  • 6. n.darling  |  October 3, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    I need all the help I can get…thank you for your beautiful mind:)

  • 7. Antony Williams  |  December 27, 2011 at 3:22 am

    Just discovered and you look real fun.
    Think I’m going to enjoy this immensely!

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