Grab your thinking caps, dear Pandas, it’s time to expand our minds! It’s time for another loving rendition of ‘Today I Learned,’ a list of all the cool and interesting (and really surprising!) things that the people of the internet learned about the world recently.

From science to history to everything and anything in between and more, the TIL community over on Reddit has got it all. And with so many curious people in the world, the subreddit keeps on expanding, now closing on a whopping 26 million members. Need some more yummy facts about everything and anything? Check out Bored Panda’s latest lovingly-crafted TIL articles here and here, as well as here. Got some cool trivia tidbits to share with the rest of the class? You can tell us all about them in the comment section.

Learning new things isn’t as easy as we’d like as we grow up. But it’s far from impossible! All it takes a spark of curiosity and the willingness to be open-minded and humble.

#1

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL about BACA, a biker gang that will defend kids who were abused or bullied, give them their own vest, take them the school, and will even guard a house 24/7 to make sure the kid can sleep

Met76 , Vanessa Serpas Report

Camilla Koutsos
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1 month ago

I saw a video about this organisation. They stay with abused children through court proceedings, at school, etc. if the abuser isn't remanded to custody. Really Solid work.

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#2

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL a bus driver in Paris kicked all the passengers out when they refused to make space for a wheelchair bound man

__aks , moovitapp Report

James016
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1 month ago

Hail to bus driver

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#3

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL Queen Elizabeth once hid in a bush with her corgis to avoid talking to Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu and his wife.

Fun_Wonder_4114 , Bill Ingalls Report

Helwin
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1 month ago

That's so relatable...

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Here’s the thing about knowledge—if our metaphorical cup is full, if we always want to prove others wrong, and if we get overly defensive whenever a factoid threatens our worldview, then we’ll only ever live in our own private echo chamber.

Sure, it’s comfy and cozy in this homogenous bubble of views, but it doesn’t help us grow and evolve as human beings much. We have to be willing to question everything. And even if we turn out to be right about something… well, there’s a lot to be said for being graceful and diplomatic with our words if we want to teach others, not just create an argument out of thin air.

#4

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL Gorillas hum happy songs when they eat. “And if it’s their favourite food, they sing louder.”

onlyupliftingcomment , Mad Ball Report

Friday
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1 month ago

I think I do this too

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#5

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL Stephen King sells the rights to some of his short stories for just $1, allowing aspiring filmmakers and students to adapt them into movies. This arrangement is known as the Dollar Baby.

killHACKS , Stephanie Lawton Report

Steve Barnett
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1 month ago

Stephen King's (Richard Bachman) stories are so prolific. Kudos Mr King, your respect and inspiration for others is admirable.

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#6

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL a woman named Frances Perkins was outside the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory during the fire and saw dozens of people jump to their deaths due to unsafe work conditions. She went on to become the first female Secretary of Labor and founded the Factory Investigating Commission to improve work safety

PM_me_no_clothes_pic , Library of Congress Report

Aeon Flux
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1 month ago

That is amazing. I'm glad she was able to put that horror to god use in her own life, and directly address the root causes.

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Lenore Skenazy, the president of Let Grow and the founder of the Free-Range Kids movement told me during an earlier interview that we should try and learn something from authority figures who are clearly wrong about something, instead of being overly combative.

“The key is to discover things together. If something sounds strange or unlikely, respond with curiosity—ask the person to tell you more, and how they found this information out, and where you should go if you want to delve into it further,” the expert said.

#7

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL Gillian Lynne did so badly in school teachers thought she had a learning disorder & her mom took her to a doctor. Lynne began dancing to his radio; the doctor said: She’s not disordered, she’s a dancer; put her in dance school. Lynne became a world-renowned dancer & music theater choreographer.

TheRealLuckyBlackCat , ItzKingFran123 Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

Not everyone learns the way things are taught in schools. Both my kids are very visual learners and learn better when they are actually included/involved in the lesson. Theory work is a real struggle for them. If I could afford it, I would have sent both my kids to a Montessori school.

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#8

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL before any details of Pixar’s ‘Soul’ were public, a Black chauffeur told Kemp Powers (the film’s co-writer & co-director) that he knew Pixar was making a Black movie because he had never driven so many Black people to Pixar before.

CocaTrooper42 , pixar Report

Aeon Flux
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1 month ago

Kind of depressing and clever elements both here.

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#9

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL that Utah’s Great Salt Lake used to be the home of a single flamingo named Pink Floyd, who escaped from the zoo and would be seen wintering in Utah socializing with seagulls

TheSpecksynder , Manuel Ramos Inostroza Report

*me*
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1 month ago

Ok... that’s really funny actually

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“Then if the sources they give you seem dubious—well, probably so is whatever they gleaned from them. But if the sources seem legit, read them with an open mind. They may be right after all!” Lenore told Bored Panda earlier.

Even if somebody gets their facts wrong, we shouldn’t get angry at them… well, unless they’ve been deliberately misleading us. “Ever since the Age of Enlightenment, humans have realized that the best way to get closer to the truth is by saying something out loud and seeing if it stands up to scrutiny. If not—hooray. We are one step closer to the truth because we've just jettisoned a misconception.”

#10

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL Pope Benedict XVI resigned in 2013, but announced it in Latin. One reporter got the scoop and broke the story because she understood Latin. Most other reporters waited for official translations.

amansaggu26 , Mangouste35 Report

Eslamala
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

They made him resign for wanting to do something about the systematic covering up of pedophilia, out of guilt like any good catholic, of course. Downvote away, but it's a known fact. Just as known as Sinead O'Connor's claims against the former scumbag pedo pope they even sainted. What a fkcn joke!

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#11

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL that the Quran references Jesus's mother Mary 70 times and holds her in very high regard, identifying her as the greatest of all women

a2soup , Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato Report

LottieH
Community Member
1 month ago

The Muslims in my town have a parade and celebrate Jesus' birthday (not Christmas) every year. Sorry if this is done everywhere and it's all Muslims I have only ever seen it in the town I live in now. It's a wonderful day where they give out food and sweets, the colours are amazing, brightens up this otherwise gloomy British town for a few hours.

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#12

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL that three german students got sued by their alma mater for 10,000€ because they graduated "too fast". They completed their bachelors and masters degree within 4 instead of 11 semesters by attending different lectures and sharing notes. Then they founded a ghostwriting agency!

Markusdo , Pixabay Report

James016
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1 month ago

They should be applauded for their ingenuity.

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Instead of being confrontational when we learn that an authority figure in our lives has been wrong about something, we should look at the situation as a great learning opportunity.

“If it turns out that you do find some information that contradicts what the other person—your teacher or boss or anyone—has stated as true, again, the best approach is not confrontation. It's assuming that the other person didn't mean to steer you wrong,” Lenore said.

#13

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL That rats can be trained to detect a chemical compound within explosives, meaning they ignore scrap metal and can search for mines more quickly. Also, an African giant pouched rat named Magawa has been awarded a prestigious gold medal for his work detecting land mines.

Hebdomero , pete beard Report

TmKhr
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1 month ago

Good boy

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#14

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL that when you eat pineapple and your tongue begins to hurt it is due to the fact that the pineapple is eating you back thanks to bromelain.

heyysooos , Gabriel Yuji Report

Steve Barnett
Community Member
1 month ago

True, but your digestive tract will combat this once swallowed.

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#15

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL on several late 60's recordings, prominent jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman used his 10-year-old son to play drums, though he could have employed high-profile adult jazz drummers. He prized the child's joyful child musical curiosity over a more technically skilled adult

GregJamesDahlen , Frank Schindelbeck Report

Omar Pearson
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1 month ago

Keep it in the family!

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“So if you bring in information that contradicts the person, don't say, ‘SEE??? YOU WERE WRONG!' Say something more like, ‘I was so interested in what you were talking about that I did some research and now I'm a little confused. Can we look at this together?'"

People tend to get defensive if we throw accusations their way and that’s not good for anybody. “So don't be rude, be engaged. This works in the classroom, in the office, and pretty much everywhere.”

#16

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL in 2018 a French historical theme park named Puy du Fou trained six Rooks, a member of the crow family, to pick up cigarette butts and trash. When one of them takes a piece of trash to a special box the device dispenses bird food

f_GOD , Andreas Trepte Report

Y T
Community Member
1 month ago

Maybe teach the French not to throw trash on the ground instead.

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#17

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL That in the late 1780's, an Irishman met an impressive performing bear while travelling France. When the bears owner prodded him with a stick, the bear shouted something in Irish, which led to the discovery that the performing bear was actually another Irishman who had been sown into the suit.

CooKeeeeeeee , Sharon Mollerus Report

James016
Community Member
1 month ago

I heard about this recently. IIRC the guy in the bear suit was shipwrecked and rescued by the Frenchman

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#18

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL that rats left unaided in water will drown in a few minutes because they feel hopeless, but if they know there is hope of being rescued they will last for days.

grpagrati , Tambako The Jaguar Report

DforDory
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1 month ago

Poor fellas 😔

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#19

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL an Intern at NASA once stole a safe full of moon rocks, sprinkled them on a hotel bed, and had sex with his girlfriend on top of them. He was sentenced to 8 years

geek_fest , Wknight94 Report

KJ
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1 month ago

How uncomfy must that have been.

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#20

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL that veterinarians kill themselves at rates 2.5 to 3.5 times the general population, due in part to online trolling and threats from pet owners who blame them for the death of a pet, and easy access to lethal medicines

geekteam6 , Tima Miroshnichenko Report

Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

That's so sad.

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#21

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL that barns are red because farmers made their own sealant using linseed oil and rust. The rust protects the wood from algae and fungal growth but also colors the mixture red.

EtOHMartini , Sonja Report

Aahzmandus Pervect
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1 month ago

US barns, that is.

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#22

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL For millennia, Europeans did not know where birds went in Winter time. The mystery was partly solved in 1822, when a German hunter shot down a stork. The stork had a 80cm long Central African spear impaled in its neck. This provided the first evidence that they migrated to Africa.

amansaggu26 , Thomas Bresson Report

Friday
Community Member
1 month ago

Very unlucky stork

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#23

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL that Thomas Edison proposed to his future wife in morse code, she accepted in the same way

FnordDesiato , Louis Bachrach Report

Omar Pearson
Community Member
1 month ago

Didn't he steal patents?

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#24

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts Today I learned IKEA is an acronym which stands for Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd, which is the founder’s name, farm where he grew up, and hometown.

URLcrazy , Kgbo Report

she/they and definitely gay
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1 month ago

y'know whats funny is that I was looking that up yesterday.

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#25

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL about the mysterious worldwide epidemic of Encephalitis lethargica. The disease attacks the brain, leaving some victims in a statue-like condition, speechless and motionless. Between 1915 and 1926, 500,000 dead or incapacitated from it. It disappeared as mysteriously as it came in to the world.

Shibuya-Overlord , Wellcome Library Report

lara
Community Member
1 month ago

Actually occurred parallel with the "Spanish Flu" and some researchers think that both might have been caused by the same flu variant. The Spanish Flu killed over 50,000,000 people. Whole villages in remote areas were wiped out.

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#26

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL just before lethal hypothermia, a person will undress themselves because they perceive themselves to be burning up when indeed they're freezing (paradoxical undressing). Consequently people frozen to death are often found naked and misidentified as a victim of a violent crime.

clingyfungus , Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division (LI) Report

Becky Samuel
Community Member
1 month ago

That happened to me. I just about remember feeling sooo warm. Don't remember much after that until I woke up in the hospital.

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#27

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL the term "crimes against humanity" was first used to describe the atrocities committed by Leopold the 2nd of Belgium in the Congo Free State, a regime so brutal that the mercenaries hired by Leopold had to show a human hand for every bullet they used to prove the bullet wasnt used for hunting.

adr826 , Wikimedia Commons Report

Omar Pearson
Community Member
1 month ago

The bastard is responsible for the deaths of 10 million africans in the Congo.

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#28

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL that the Venus flytrap naturally grows in very few areas in the Carolinas, so park rangers have to keep most of their grow sites a secret to keep them safe from poachers.

Scruffy_Nerf_Hoarder , Blondinrikard Fröberg Report

Frank Hassler
Community Member
1 month ago

This is a pretty common practice for any rare plant, at least here in the US. Here in WI we closely guard the locations of ginseng and orchids.

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#29

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL In 1980 a dingo ate an Australian couple's baby while camping, causing the mother to sentenced to life in prison for murder. Three years later, the babies clothes were found near a dingo lair.

Longboarding-Is-Life , Peripitus Report

Missy Moo Moo
Community Member
1 month ago

It was trial by media and a disgrace! The Northern Territory ran a smear campaign so as not to see a loss in tourism. It was disgusting to see what they put poor lindy through

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#30

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL in 1998, a married couple was left behind during a diving trip to the Great Barrier Reef. Two days passed before anyone realized what had happened. Despite a 5-day search, the couple was never found. A dive slate was later recovered which read "... rescue us before we die..."

fleece_pants , Jan Report

Láďa Durchánek
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1 month ago

Our dive guide told this story when explaining why we need to sign off after every dive.

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#31

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL the Adamites were a 2nd century Christian sect that sought to re-create the innocence of the Garden of Eden. To this end they called their church “Paradise”, practiced nudism, rejected marriage and claimed they could do whatever they wanted because they had no knowledge of good/evil.

Ok-Needleworker-8876 , Wikimedia Commons Report

James016
Community Member
1 month ago

Good effort though

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#32

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL despite modern connotations of death as evil, the Greek god Hades was actually more altruistically inclined. Very few individual aspects of his personality were recorded, as Greeks refrained from giving him much thought to avoid attracting his attention.

Myrandall , Carole Raddato Report

RandomBeing
Community Member
1 month ago

Hades is comparatively a pretty well behaved god. Tho pretty much everybody is well behaved compared to Zeus.

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#33

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL that "Jazz" is statistically the hardest word to guess in hangman. It has to do with it being a short word, having only one vowel, and using "j" and "z"---letters that people rarely guess in hangman.

whisk_of_power , McGeddon Report

Steve Barnett
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1 month ago

No wonder I always lose thinking it's Jizz.

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#34

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL that "ringworm" is a fungal infection and no actual worms are involved

huxley75 , Gzzz Report

Gosiaatje
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1 month ago

A relief to know that

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#35

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL that the Bermuda triangle isn't statistically more dangerous than almost any other place on the world's oceans per capita, the traffic there is just much higher.

SnooPaintings4445 , Chris F Report

Wouldiwas Shookspeared
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1 month ago

That’s what they want you to think… /j

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#36

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL after their characters unsuccessfully flirted in Jurassic Park, Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern actually dated and got engaged

GirthWindNFire , Georges Biard Report

Mary Veltri
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1 month ago

He is so awesome I bet everyone he meets falls in love with him. That voice.....

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#37

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL In 2019, Pope Francis approved changing the lord's prayer. The phrase “lead us not into temptation” changed to “do not let us fall into temptation”. He said the original was a bad translation because it suggested God caused the temptation.

amansaggu26 , Jeffrey Bruno Report

Luther von Wolfen
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1 month ago

"Save us from the time of trial" is also used.

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#38

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL that Michael Jackson suffered from severe insomnia and did not get any real sleep for 60 days prior to his death. Instead, his personal doctor had been putting him under general anestheisa every night.

a2soup , Constru-centro Report

Omar Pearson
Community Member
1 month ago

His doctor, Conrad Murray, received 4 years for involuntary manslaughter for Mike's death.

Otter
Community Member
1 month ago

He deserved it. I work in an ICU, I deal with the drugs that he gave, his actions were so dangerously incompetent that he's lucky he only got four years.

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Crochet lady
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1 month ago

I'm 58 and have had chronic insomnia since I was 13. Last week 4 nights in a row I only got 3 hours of sleep. It's extremely debilitating and makes depression so much worse. I keep building up tolerances to sleep medications and doctors don't want to prescribe many of the old ones that are actually useful anymore. My son introduced me to THC and that helps a lot. I can understand MJ's desperation to try propofol but my understanding is while it knocks you out it doesn't mimic sleep at all and his doc should have explained that to him, it didn't help at all, other than psychologically, he thought he was getting sleep.

V33333P
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm just 31 but I've had insomnia since I was 13 too, and have the same tolerance build up for sleep meds. It's infuriating. THC isn't subsidized here yet, so if I want some it's $320 a bottle of 25ml and I'm annoyed. And tired. Mostly tired.

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Monty Is Fiennes
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1 month ago

How do you get into a routine of this kind and think it is going to end well. When you have to be anesthetised to get any sleep, it is time to reach out for help from someone who does not think this is appropriate... not someone willing to do that and line their pockets with your agony...

Y T
Community Member
1 month ago

You didn't know that?? The doctor went on trial because that's what killed him!

Let’s All Just Try And Be Decent
Community Member
1 month ago

Having had general anaesthesia multiple times, I can imagine that this was not even remotely helpful. The point of it is that from the second you close your eyes and go under, to the second you are brought round again, whether it's 1 minute, 1 hour, 10 hours, your brain cannot physically process it. So however long you're out, your body maybe resting but your mind isn't. It tricks your brain. So from your perspective, you literally close your eyes, and then one second later open them again. So your perception is that you've had zero rest. You can't dream, your mind cannot rest. So to him.... he would still have felt like he wasn't sleeping. I cannot imagine how much that would mess you up physically and mentally for that amount of time. It's torture.

Ted w
Community Member
1 month ago

The insomnia is a big sign of opiate abuse. Opiates disrupt REM sleep..

Sam Kunz
Community Member
1 month ago

I wonder if Michael was suffering from Fatal Familial Insomnia, a very rare disease in which you gradually lose the ability to sleep. Eventually you dont sleep at all and you die after 30 days of no sleep slowly going insane. It's horrific.

Ted w
Community Member
1 month ago

Most likely he had some sort of addiction to sleeping pills or opiates of some sort. Opiates are well known to disrupt a sleep cycle..

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Jessica Cole
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1 month ago

This is beyond f****d up

patricia matthews
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1 month ago

I think k his whole life was a sad story.

Emma Cook
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh my goodness

Brandy Grote
Community Member
1 month ago

Propofol reduces and even stops respiration. It should only be used in surgical applications!

Alex E. Hentay
Community Member
1 month ago

The use of propofol in and of itself does not constitute “general anesthesia.”

Millar
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah, funny how habit forming drugs become a habit

Becky Samuel
Community Member
1 month ago

Michael Jackson suffered from excruciating and constant pain deriving from the accidental burns he suffered while filming a Pespi ad. It is a well-documented syndrome that often causes sufferers to go completely insane. It is suspected that Howard Hughes suffered the same thing. He barely slept from the agony, but was still expected to perform onstage on a gruelling schedule. A little more empathy might be nice. (No, I'm not making excuses for his other behaviour, that's 100% on him.)

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Lyn Moffett
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1 month ago

Strange that!! I wonder if it was anything to do with the accusations against him

Downunderdude
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1 month ago

Poor, sad, troubled man. (Not condoning his child molesting, of course)

Aunt Messy
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1 month ago

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Was it guilt about all the kids he raped?

JessG
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1 month ago

You do know that that isn't true, and there was never any proof right? He was a brilliant yet troubled man, and unfortunately, some people saw fit to to try and extort him on the basis of lies.

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#39

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe nearly died of scarlet fever in 1962, of hypothermia in 1974, and of a lightning strike in 1986.

electricmaster23 , kris krüg Report

Daniel Atkins
Community Member
1 month ago

So that’s explains why he feels fine in It’s the End of the World as we know it”

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#40

Interesting-Today-I-Learned-Til-Facts TIL that Sid Meier (of Sid Meier's Civilization and Sid Meier's Pirates!) began placing his name in the title of his games because of a suggestion made by Robin Williams in the 1980's

Hammy_Sagar , Official GDC Report

KJ
Community Member
1 month ago

Sid Meier made some awesome games, a good chunk of my childhood pc time was spent on his works.

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