When browsing the internet, not only do we rarely learn anything, but we often also forget things. Think of our long-gone attention spans that social media has cut to the brim, and ask yourself when was the last time you scrolled through something seriously beneficial.

While you wonder, let me tell you there’s the internet’s beloved corner of Reddit which makes karma, or rather our brain levels, even because it actually teaches us something. We’re talking about the 'Today I Learned' online group that celebrates curiosity by sharing some of the most interesting and lesser-known things, facts, and bits of knowledge we all appreciate.

Today is the day for the newest TIL batch, so pull your seat closer and enjoy the ride without guilt. When you’re done, be sure to check our previous TIL features here, here, and here and be sure to share them with your friends!

#1

35 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that when Yoshitaro Shibasaki and his team completed their 1907 ascent of Mount Tsurugi — thought to be the final unclimbed mountain remaining in the Japanese archipelago — they found an ancient sword at the summit that was later determined to have been left there more than 1000 years earlier.

murdered-by-swords , 唐山健志郎 Report

#2

35 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL: As far back as 1872, despite practically no women being allowed to vote, Victoria Woodhull of the Equal Rights Party became the first woman nominated for a US Presidential election. Frederick Douglass, a black abolitionist, was even chosen as her running mate

That_Charming_Otter , Mathew Brady Report

S
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Maybe the world would be different now if she had been allowed to run.

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#3

35 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL of Lauren Stratford (Wilson) who wrote a book claiming that she was in a Satanic cult in which she sacrificed her own child. After magazine reporters exposed her as never having a child, she changed her name and claimed to be a holocaust survivor, and was exposed again by the same magazine.

ButtholeBanquets , bbcsimonwarr Report

#4

35 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL A company in the 90's made pencils with the anti-drug slogan "Too Cool to Do Drugs" but had to recall them because, when sharpened, they read "Do Drugs"

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Tigerpacingthecage
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is actually funny. I like how it seems like the message is giving up with the pencil.

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#5

35 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL George Lucas not only gave his blessing to make Spaceballs, he also handed the movie over to his effects company, Industrial Light and Magic, to provide the space effects and postproduction

Bl4ckb100d , mgm Report

Danny Eglen
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Spaceballs the lunchbox, Spaceballs the colouring book, Spaceballs the breakfast cereal, Spaceballs the FLAMETHROWER! and my personal favourite, me "may the swartz be with ya!"

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#6

35 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL The only children to survive the Titanic without a parent were two brothers aged 2 and 4. Their father kidnapped them from his ex-wife and boarded the ship with a fake name. The father didn’t survive and for weeks the boys were known as the Titanic Orphans until their mother was found.

triviafrenzy , poland posts english Report

#7

35 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that a 2019 study showed that evening primrose plants can "hear" the sound of a buzzing bee nearby and produce sweeter nectar in response to it.

godsenfrik , pxhere Report

#8

35 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL US President John Adam’s beloved daughter Nabby developed breast cancer and underwent a complete mastectomy without anesthesia while strapped to a chair.

howsadley , Mather Brown Report

#9

35 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL in 1983, NFL Chiefs running back Joe Delaney sacrificed his life in an attempt to save three children from drowning. His number is unofficially retired by the team and a statue was put up in his hometown.

solojones1138 , Conman33 Report

#10

TIL Baseball player Al "The Hebrew Hammer" Rosen was an amateur boxer and known for challenging anyone who insulted his heritage, or used anti-Semitic slurs, to fight. His stated preferred method for dealing with anti-Semitism was to 'Flatten them'.

ChronosBlitz Report

#11

35 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL the boy whose exorcism was the inspiration behind The Exorcist grew up to be a NASA engineer. His work contributed to the Apollo mission in the '60s.

Adisaisa , NASA Report

Jrog
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ronald Edwin Hunkeler. The book and movie are (very) loosely based on his story. He was a spoiled kid with a strict mother in a very religious family: neighbors and other witness at the time said the mother was "[manipulating his] beliefs, turning to trickery to get her to take him out of school for a while". He later admitted it was all set up for show and attention. Went on to become an engineer and worked on the Space Shuttle Thermal Shield, but lived a troubled life both on the job and in the family. Died in 2020.

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#12

35 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL, despite its vastness, it only takes 39-40 digits of pi to calculate the size of the observable universe to an accuracy of 1 hydrogen atom. Because of this, NASA uses only 15 digits of pi in even their highest accuracy calculations.

zyonker , dano272 Report

James016
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My son would love the bowl in picture, need to track it down

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#13

35 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that Hormel Foods keeps a file of hatemail they've received from American soldiers who had to eat the notorious food product while at war overseas

BrokenEye3 , I am R. Report

#14

35 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL French secret service agents bombed the Greenpeace ship "Rainbow Warrior in order to stop Greenpeace from disrupting underwater nuclear testing in 1985.

treebob07 , greenpeace Report

Kayjunmoon
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

An act of terrorism for which they have not been properly held to account.

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#15

35 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that there are around 50-60 blue faience hippopotamus statuettes that survived from Ancient Egypt. Due to the danger hippos posed in the wild, they often snapped off the legs of hippopotamus statuettes before placing them in tombs, so the hippos wouldn’t be able to eat the soul of the deceased.

AndiamoAllie , The Metropolitan Museum of Art Report

CatsWearingHats
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Technically they could still eat them… it would just be more difficult

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#16

TIL Tom Dolan, despite having both exercise induced asthma and a narrow trachea giving him access to only about 20 percent of the air an average person breath—was at one time considered the best swimmer in the world and is a two time Olympic gold medalist and world record holder.

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#17

35 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL Episodes Five and Ten of 1960s Doctor Who story The Daleks' Master Plan were long considered missing until they were found in the basement of a Mormon church in Wandsworth. Nobody has found out how they got there.

MellotronSymphony , burrunjor Report

Huddo's sister
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There were whole seasons of Doctor Who that were thrown out or taped over when the BBC did a clean out. Some have been remastered using the audio track and animation.

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#18

35 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that during World War II, the United States published a spy manual urging middle managers in enemy territory to sabotage their employers by bringing up irrelevant issues, promoting bad workers, haggling over petty details, and holding unnecessary meetings.

PikesPique , Joe Loong Report

#19

TIL of the ancient Greek athlete Theagenes. After his death, a rival athlete who held a grudge would beat his statue. The statue fell on his rival, killing him. It was then put on trial, convicted of murder and was exiled by being thrown into the sea.

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The leech
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So people back then were really bored and really dumb. Oh wait, they still are.

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#20

35 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL about corn sweat, where corn plants release water into the air. One acre of corn can release 3,000-4,000 gallons of water per day, and can raise the humidity level up to 10%.

ClassyBroadMSP , Felix Report

rumade
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Transpiration! All plants do this. Forests create clouds

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#21

35 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that SNL called Phil Hartman "The Glue" because his professionalism and comedy skills held together so many sketches

JeremyZenith , Paul Hartmann Report

#22

35 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL in 2009 British people rebelled against the ongoing trend of X Factor victors winning Christmas number one by purchasing copies of Rage Against the Machine

Eireconnection , Mary Hutchison Report

#23

35 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL The professional bowler Chris Barnes once beat a robot optimized to throw strikes

Hrtzy , Vinod Divakaran Report

#24

35 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that dandelions are edible and are actually really nutritious and can be eaten raw

Madarathequincy , health.clevelandclinic Report

TCW Sam Vimes
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would only use young plants though, bigger and darker leaves taste very bitter.

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#25

35 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL traditional grass lawns originated as a status symbol for the wealthy. Neatly cut lawns used solely for aesthetics became a status symbol as it demonstrated that the owner could afford to maintain grass that didn’t serve purposes of food production.

vinsclortho , planetnatural Report

DuchessDegu
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And now there are still lots of boring lawn gardens!

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#26

TIL Story Musgrave is the most formally educated astronaut with seven academic degrees and only astronaut to have flown on all five space shuttles.

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#27

35 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL Consumers lose $3 billion a year in unspent gift cards, with starbucks itself having $140 million in unused gift cards.

spankacrocodile , 401(K) 2012 Report

Robert T
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What is criminal is putting expiry dates on the gift cards. There is no expiry date on banknotes - even when they are superceded and cannot be spent in shops any more, they can still be taken to a bank to get a replacement.

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#28

35 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL Quentin Tarantino directed an episode of CSI in 2005 after word of him being a fan of the show got back to the show's producers.

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Nathaniel
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Curious to see which episode it is. Does it revolve around a maniac foot fetishist by any chance?

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#29

35 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that the surgeon August Bier tested on his own assistant a form of anesthesia consisting of injecting cocaine directly into the spine, and to check how effective it was, he stuck a needle in his leg, hit him in the shins with a hammer, ripped off his pubic hair and even squeezed his testicles.

ShabtaiBenOron , Nicola Perscheid Report

KJ
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wonder how long it took until the assistant quit.

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#30

35 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that Sigmund Freud was a Cocaine Addict, and he personally prescribed it to his wife and friends

benp242 , Max Halberstadt Report

TCW Sam Vimes
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah, and you also should see his works in that light. Easy to see d***s everywhere when you're constantly doped up on coke.

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#31

TIL in 1962 boxer Emile Griffith fought Welterweight Champion Benny Paret. At the weigh-in, Paret infuriated Griffith, a bisexual man, by touching his buttocks and making a homophobic slur. Griffith won the bout by knockout; Paret never recovered consciousness and died in the hospital 10 days later.

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KombatBunni
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ah yes, the only time you get praised for beating the hooraw out of another person, and paid for it.

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#32

TIL the original version of The Game of Life had a suicide square

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Lee Macro
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Self unalived square if BP made it

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#33

35 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL of the Fontana delle Tette in Treviso, North Italy, a XVI century topless statue of a woman sprinkling water from each nipple. During celebrations, it spouts red and white wine, free to drink.

kinbeat , Didier Descouens Report

The Scout
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Unfortunately the original statue has been severely damaged by Napoleonic soldiers, and the reconstruction that was built in 1989 only spouts water.

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#34

TIL that the highest-ranking US military officer of Vietnamese descent is the only survivor of a family whose killer was photographed being shot in the head in a Pulitzer-winning photograph.

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Chancey
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nguyễn Văn Lém was a member of the Viet Cong. He was executed in Saigon during the Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War. Before being captured, Lém had allegedly murdered Lt. Col. Tuan as well as Tuan's wife, six children, and his 80-year-old mother. Lém was brought to a South Vietnamese brigadier who then executed him. The event was witnessed and recorded Eddie Adams, an AP photographer. The photograph won Adams the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography.

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#35

35 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL When Emperor Nero got his mistress pregnant, he divorced and banished his wife Octavia. When this led to a public outcry, he instead had her executed.

HeStoleMyBalloons , historynotes Report

Vinay Pai
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Yeah, yeah, ok. I'm sorry I threw her out..... There! Happy now??"

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