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Today I Learned, or “TIL,” is a subreddit for individuals to share tidbits of data that is probably not extensively identified, however that others could discover fascinating. Often with accompanying photos, too.
While these factoids is probably not newsworthy or extremely useful to our on a regular basis lives, they at the least produce a real “Oh, I didn’t know that, how cool!”
About each two weeks, we at Bored Panda undergo the subreddit and handpick a collection of posts we discover to be essentially the most fascinating and worthy of your time. Below, one can find what we’ve got in retailer for you this time. To view our earlier items on the subreddit, go here, here, and here.
TIL In the 1936 Olympics two Japanese pole vaulters (Shuhei Nashida & Sueo Oe) tied for second. Declined to compete in opposition to one another, Nashida was awarded silver and Oe bronze. On return to Japan that they had the medals reduce in two & joined collectively to make two ‘friendship medals’ out of silver & bronze
TIL a homeless man discovered a ten 000$ test on the road meant for an actual property dealer and located a technique to return it. So, touched, the dealer awarded him a spot to stay and organized for a job interview. A yr later, he was on the board of administrators of one in every of their foundations.
TIL During World War II, an American lieutenant, realizing his place was inundated with enemy troops, known as in an artillery barrage on himself. Following a US counterattack later that day, the lieutenant’s physique was discovered alongside roughly 100 German troopers. His title was John R. Fox.
TIL When his proprietor died in August 1936, Shep the Dog adopted the casket to the railroad station and watched it being loaded onto a practice heading to the japanese US. For six years till his personal dying, he would greet each practice that arrived every day, anticipating his grasp to return.
TIL Nordic nations have a “Freedom to Roam”, permitting individuals to take pleasure in all nature no matter possession (inside motive)
TIL Michael Jackson was a virtuoso composer, regardless of being unable to learn music or play devices properly. He wrote the elements to his songs by singing and beatboxing right into a tape recorder. “He would sing us an entire string arrangement, every part. Had it all in his head, harmony and everything.”
TIL that in 1986 an astronomer trying to trace a 75 cent computer time discrepancy for 10 months eventually found a German hacker selling defense secrets to the KGB
TIL that on October 18, 1963 French scientists launched a rocket into space, containing a cat named Felicette. She orbited close to 100 miles above earth, then descended safely to the ground via a special parachute. Felicette has the high honor of being the only cat launched into space thus far.
TIL spiders tune their webs like guitar strings, tightening and loosening strands so they can read the different frequencies caused by intruders and determine where/how big the intruders are, if they are predator or prey, or if they’re just a potential mate flirtatiously strumming their strings.
TIL about the Japanese national pillow fighting tournament. The pillow fighters start by pretending to sleep on futons. But when the whistle sounds, they spring to their feet and race to get a pillow. A mix between dodgeball and chess, teams throw pillows at each other while protecting the ‘King’.
TIL when former NFL safety Dave Duerson took his life he left a note that read, “Please see that my brain is given to the NFL’s brain bank.” He shot himself within the chest fairly than his head in order to protect his mind. Doctors confirmed that he was affected by persistent traumatic encephalopathy.
TIL there is such a thing as Earl Grey tea intoxication, where drinking 4L per day causes extensive muscle cramps and blurred vision. Cutting down to 1-2L makes the symptoms go away.
Today I learned Dana Carvey underwent heart bypass surgery for a blocked coronary artery, but the surgeon operated on the wrong artery. Eventually he won a lawsuit against the hospital and won 7.5 million dollars, all of which was donated to charity.
TIL Neuroscientists have found evidence to suggest feeling powerful dampens a part of our brain that helps with empathy. Even a small amount of power can have this effect on someone
TIL Nic Cage once crashed a Nic Cage film festival, watched 4 of his own films, did a 47-minute Q&A and read a 10-minute short story
TIL that in 1948 the Nobel Committee did not award the Nobel Peace Prize on the grounds that “there was no suitable living candidate”, implying that Mahatma Gandhi would have received it if it were not for his assassination earlier that year.
TIL when sonar was first invented, operators were puzzled by the appearance of a ‘false seafloor’ that changed depth with the time of day and amount of moonlight. It was eventually identified as a previously unknown layer of billions of lanternfish that reflect sonar waves and migrate up and down.
TIL Charles Barkley was the first black baby born at a segregated, all-white town hospital in Leeds, Alabama and was in the first group of black students at his elementary school.
TIL Owls’ ears are placed asymmetrically – at different heights on the sides of their faces – so the sounds reach each ear at different times. This is essential to identifying the exact direction of their prey.
TIL that in 1648 an angry mob of Parisians once broke into the royal palace, demanding to see the king. They were led into the bedchamber of Louis XIV, who was pretending to be asleep. Satisfied, the mob quietly departed.
TIL Poland sent the US a birthday card with 5.5 million signatures to mark the 150th anniversary of the US in 1926.
TIL: The United States Department of Defense runs Linux. “In truth, the US Army is the only largest put in base for RedHat Linux and the US Navy nuclear submarine fleet runs on Linux”
TIL many people in ancient Rome who were among the educated elite were aware that lead was poisonous and some of these people even tried to make others aware of this.
TIL When the doctor Alois Alzheimer wanted to share in a meeting his findings of the Alzheimer patology, the attendees where uninteresed and skipped the questions because they were hurried to go to the next talk that was about “compulsive masturbation”.
TIL Hummingbirds are one of the fastest animals on Earth relative to their body size. They can cover more body lengths per second than any other vertebrate and for their size can outpace fighter jets and the space shuttle – all while withstanding g-forces that would make a fighter pilot blackout.
TIL Baby horses are born with “feathers”, AKA faery fingers or golden slippers (real name eponychium). They protect the mother’s uterus during gestation and birth canal during parturition from damage from the otherwise sharp and dangerous hoof kicks. They harden and fall off very soon after birth.
TIL that when the allied forces were at the edge of the city, Hitler ordered the destruction of Paris. The Nazi commander of Paris couldn’t bring himself to execute the order and surrendered the city a few days later.
TIL that 10s of farmers die each year from Grain entrapment, which is when a person is partially or fully submerged in grain, and cannot get out without assistance. In 2019, 67 incidents of grain entrapment took place, of which 39 were fatal.
TIL in the 1900s the Austerlitz family in Omaha, Lutheran German emigrants, moved to New York City in hopes of finding fortune through their children’s vaudeville talents. The son wore a top hat and studied tango, waltz, and other ballroom dances. He would become Fred Astaire.
TIL that there is more water in the vapor and clouds above the Amazon rainforest than there is in the Amazon river
TIL that P.T. Barnum’s famous elephant Jumbo got his name from the Swahili word for chief. It was the elephant who caused the word “jumbo” to mean something large – not the other way around.
TIL that In 1979, two families escaped East Germany in a homemade hot air balloon. They flew for 28 minutes at −8 °C with no shelter as the gondola was just a clothesline railing. They landed just 10km from the border. The escape was planned out over 1 and 1/2 years and took 3 attempts.
TIL Elizabeth Swaney, a relatively amateur skier, was able to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics halfpipe by accumulating points at qualifying events leading up to the Olympics by doing flawless yet completely simple routines, outscoring opponents who often would crash in their more-ambitious runs
This is how her performance looked:
In comparison, this was the level of her competitors:
TIL that in 2016 a research ship was named The RRS Sir David Attenborough. An internet poll to suggest the name of the ship showed the actual winner was the name “Boaty McBoatface,” but the Science Minister wanted a “extra appropriate title” and chose a different name from the poll’s choices.
TIL of all the gold medals won by US swimmers in the history of the Olympics, nearly 10% were won by Michael Phelps. (23/246)
TIL in 1990 Marilyn vos Savant wrote about the “Monty Hall drawback” in her column in Parade magazine, correctly answering the statistical brainteaser. Thousands wrote to her to insist she was wrong, including many people with PhDs. Mythbusters even confirmed she was right in a 2011 episode.
TIL that guitarist Eddie Van Halen was half Indonesian, and that his family immigrated to the United States because of how badly his mixed-race parents were treated in the Netherlands.
TIL Charles Dickens’ father was imprisoned when he was boy for unpaid debts. At the age of 12, Dickens’ was forced to leave school and work 10-hour long days at a warehouse for 6 shillings per day.
TIL that unlike terrestrial mammals, whales do not have a connected mouth and respiratory system. They do not and cannot breathe through their mouths.
TIL about “formaldehyde hunger” a well-known phenomenon in anatomy labs where med students get hungry while dissecting cadavers, allegedly due to formaldehyde being an appetite stimulant.
TIL in Scandinavia the Kiruna to Narvik electrified railway carries iron ore down a steeply graded route. On the way down the trains generate large amounts of electricity by regenerative braking, which is sufficient to power the empty trains back up the track and pump excess energy into the grid.
TIL that In 1889 a lion escaped from a travelling show in Birmingham and ran into the sewers. When an angry mob formed, Frank Bostock, the owner secretly snuck another lion out the back. He then returned with the lion clearly visible and was hailed a hero. The escaped lion was still in the sewers!
TIL The solely copies of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” and “Beowulf” are unique manuscripts that came from the same private library — both were nearly destroyed in a fire in 1731.
Til the Ford Model T, of which Henry Ford famously said “Any buyer can have a automotive painted any colour that he needs as long as it’s black.” was not painted black because it was cheaper, more the fact black paint dried quicker, speeding up the manufacturing process.
TIL the opening crawl to Star Wars begins with a storybook-esque narration (“A very long time in the past in a galaxy far, distant….”) because George Lucas first imagined his films as stories being told by an ancient race of immortals. The immortals were written out for early films, but this vestige remained.
TIL that during the 1870s, 16 Black Members held seats in Congress—14 in the House, two in the Senate, and each one a Republican from the South with Hiram Revels of Mississippi having been appointed the first Black Senator in February 1870
TIL The famously large President Taft followed a weight loss program. Taft was in contact with Dr. Yorke-Davies for over twenty years and kept a daily record of his weight, food intake, and physical activity. Taft managed to go from 340 to 244 pounds and walked 3 miles to the Capitol every day.
TIL The population of Rio de Janeiro was so unsatisfied with its politicians during the election of 1988, that a well-known local monkey from a zoo received over 400,000 votes.
TIL the oldest woman to climb El Capitan is the mother of Alex Honnold (of Free Solo fame) who did it at the age of 66. Her first time in a climbing gym was when she was 57.
TIL for centuries, Poland was home to the largest and most significant Jewish community in the world. Poland sheltered Jews persecuted and expelled from various European countries. About three-quarters of the world’s Jews lived in Poland by the middle of the 16th century.
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