They say that knowledge brings more knowledge — the more you know, the easier it is to learn new things. Luckily, we have an endless source of information right there at our fingertips, so discovering something novel is as easy as tapping on a few links on our screens. Still, if you’re looking for a reminder to sharpen your mind and expand your mental horizons, the Today I Learned subreddit is here to save the day.

With a mind-boggling 27.2M members and counting, this Reddit powerhouse is on a mission to share "interesting and specific facts about something that you just found out." People there collect precious tidbits of wisdom and continue to share quick and exciting facts every single day.

So let’s celebrate their efforts by taking out our notebooks, grabbing our pens, and allowing ourselves to learn something different, new, and potentially useful. Bored Panda has collected some of the best facts from this online community for you to enjoy, so continue scrolling and upvote the ones you enjoyed most! And when you’re done, be sure to check out our previous posts with more interesting trivia here, here, and here.

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50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL the wolves/dogs used to film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005) had to have CGI butts/tails because they were too happy to appear menacing.

FntasticJellyBabies Report

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50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that figure skater Mabel Fairbanks, who was was banned from rinks as a child due to her African American and Native American ancestry, went on to coach skating greats like Scott Hamilton, Kristi Yamaguchi, and Debi Thomas, and was the first African American in the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

RedditPrat Report

To find out more about how learning keeps our minds healthy, we reached out to Nate Kornell, Ph.D., a professor of cognitive psychology at Williams College. When asked why so many people find factual knowledge interesting, he told Bored Panda that “it’s crazy to think about some of the things that are true.”

Like how much water there is in the ocean. Or why are there no trees in Iceland. It’s simply fascinating for us to better understand our world and notice how it changes. After all, learning is a constant process that’s necessary to keep our minds sharp and active.

So if you would like to be seen as the most innovative and creative person in the room, just start spending a little time every day learning something new. And don’t listen to the people who say that learning fun facts is a waste of time. The professor completely disagrees with them: “Fun is fun, and if you have fun learning some facts, all the better. But we all need to know more facts than just the fun ones.”

#3

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that two buttons in WWII RAF uniform can be put together to make a mini compass which indicates towards north.

LiuKang69 , Paul Kirkley Report

Matt Ang
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

that is impressive! i have a feeling this will be in a movie or somthin

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#4

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL in the Red Sea, giant moray eels have been observed hunting cooperatively with coral groupers. The grouper approaches an eel's hiding place and shakes its head rapidly to indicate that it wants to hunt. The eel recognizes the signal and accompanies it on the hunt where they work in tandem.

AquamarineCheetah , David Clode Report

#5

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that some urban birds like finches and sparrows use cigarette butts as a form of pest control for their nests. The nicotine in the cigarettes helps keep parasites away.

Hilla007 , National Autonomous University of Mexico Report

Absorbing tidbits of information that feed our curiosity is rewarding, motivating, and generally makes life more exciting. “Factual knowledge is the foundation,” Kornell added. “We build progress and creativity on top of it.”

Barbara Oakley, Ph.D., a professor and author of Learn Like a Pro, agrees with this line of thinking. In a previous interview, she said that “your new knowledge serves as a sort of mental trellis that allows new neurons to survive, thrive, and grow. If you’re not engaged in learning, your new neurons, instead of nestling into your neural lattice, will wither and die. And you can find yourself becoming less flexible in your thinking as you increasingly rely on older neurons.”

#6

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that by 400 BC, Persians had developed Yakhchal, Ancient Refrigerators capable of storing solid ice in the summer in the desert.

Severe-Draw-5979 , Pastaitaken Report

Caro Caro
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The ice was brought in during the winters from nearby mountains in bulk amounts, and stored in a Yakhchal, or ice-pit. These ancient refrigerators were used primarily to store ice for use in the summer, as well as for food storage, in the hot, dry desert climate of Iran. The ice was also used to chill treats for royalty during hot summer days and to make faloodeh, the traditional Persian frozen dessert. https://eartharchitecture.org/?p=570

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#7

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that Michigan police once rounded up a group of local drug dealers by inviting them to the fake wedding of two of the dealers' regular customers, who were really undercover police officers. The arrests got underway after the band (also undercover police officers) played "I Fought the Law".

PikesPique , Mitchell Orr Report

Caro Caro
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And then the band played "I shot the sheriff" :)

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#8

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that during his time as the narrator for the US version of the first four seasons of the children's TV show Thomas the Tank Engine, George Carlin spoke his lines to a teddy bear in the booth because he was nervous about performing without an audience.

FuriouSherman , Little David Records Report

Virtually any kind of new learning helps keep our brains fresh — whether it’s bringing back our old rusty skills, studying a new language, or taking up a new hobby or sport. And since we have the internet at arm’s reach, picking up new facts is a great way to increase our intelligence. It “gives us incredible opportunities to learn from some of the best teachers in the world,” Oakley added.

#9

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL the mother of the last Comanche chief was a white woman who was kidnapped at age 9 & assimilated into the tribe. She later married a chieftain & bore him 3 children before she was found at age 33 & returned to her bio-family. She never accepted white society & committed suicide by starvation.

Shark-Farts , Leufroy Report

Luther von Wolfen
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"White society" kidnapped her at age 33 and apparently wouldn't let her return to her husband and children.

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#10

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that the Animal Planet reality series ‘River Monsters’ ended because star Jeremy Wade was able to catch essentially every exceptionally large freshwater fish species on earth, leaving no remaining content for the show.

the_freshest_scone , Animal Planet Report

Foxxy (The Original)
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10 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm sure they could find some other fishing related content for Jeremy to do. I found him to be very respectful and insightful. Although one episode got me riled up a bit. He was in Australia doing a doco called Dark Waters. In the episode he caught a carp and then released it. They are a HUGE problem to our ecosystem and are in fact illegal to throw back. So I don't know how he didn't get into trouble or fined for it.

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#11

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL the crawfish farming industry in Louisiana grew after rice farmers began breeding them in their rice fields. They realized that they could farm crawfish throughout the year without it affecting their rice. It also served as an extra source of income for them.

dilettantedebrah , Sydney Pearce Report

Still, even if the internet is a good tool that can quickly assist us in our journey, some information there is false and should be taken with a pinch of salt, Kornell argued. “Always be skeptical,” he said. “Try to see if it’s a reputable source.”

“Fact-checking is important because anyone can say anything on the internet and you want to know that the information you consume is grounded in reality,” Daniel Markuson, a cybersecurity expert at NordVPN, previously told Bored Panda. “A general rule of thumb is to make sure that your news comes from established, well-known sources. These outlets get their information straight from primary sources and must uphold their reputation,” the expert added.

#12

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that during a murder trial in 1994 an English jury got drunk and consulted an Ouija board to determine the killer. This led to a retrial.

SilasMarner77 , Tingey Injury Law Firm Report

DUN DUN (she/her)
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

But whom did the Ghost declare guilty?? I need to know!

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#13

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that smokers whose insula got damaged after a stroke were able to quit smoking easily one day after the stroke, with no relapse and urges, suggesting that this brain region might play a role in nicotine addiction.

PBGr12 , Andres Siimon Report

Got Myself 4 Pandas
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My Gran started smoking when she was about 9. At around 80 she suddenly just stopped for no particular reason, just stopped with zero side effects. Thus now makes me wonder if something like this happened to get and somehow went unnoticed. I mean, she went from being a really heavy smoker to nothing overnight - she was already very frail and basically bed bound - but I always thought it was odd (in a good way of course)that she stopped so suddenly without any cravings/withdrawals etc

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#14

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that In 2015, that a three-story tall lamp post became so corroded by urine that it snapped and fell over, crushing a nearby car.

BringsHomeBones , dailymail Report

Hseed
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The owner of that car was pissed. Ok, goodbye, have a nice day, I'll close the door from the outside.

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So, remember that you can easily look into the author and make sure that what they’re saying is, in fact, true. And once you do, don’t be shy and dive deep into the world of knowledge. “Most people reach a point where they think they’re good enough, so they stop learning and improving,” Kornell added. “Don’t stop if you want to get to the top!”

#15

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL Jimi Hendrix and Neil Young stole a pickup truck in order to get to Woodstock to play their sets.

Coocat86 , Wikipedia Report

Kindlovinghumble
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Backstory as told by Neil: As it turns out, the charter plane I was on with Jimi Hendrix flew into the wrong airport. We were supposed to be picked by a helicopter. The roads were jammed and there was nobody at the airport, so we had no way to get to the concert.” He then added: “So we’re standing at the airport with Melvin Belli [an attorney] trying to figure out what to do. And Melvin Belli steals this pickup truck parked at the airport. So it’s the three of us in this stolen pickup truck trying to get to the Woodstock concert to play—Jimi, Melvin and me. That’s what I really remember about Woodstock.”

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#16

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that dingoes were brought to Australia by humans around 4,000 years ago, and are actually an ancient breed of domestic dog.

BainVoyonsDonc , Craig Manners Report

Foxxy (The Original)
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The origins have been traced back to South East Asia and are believed to be an ancient breed of domestic dog. Now they are considered native to Australia and are important to our wildlife as they kind of replace our extinct thylacine as the big apex predator. After that it's the Tasmanian devil.

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#17

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL about Operation Meetinghouse - the single deadliest bombing raid in human history, even more destructive than the atomic bombing of Hiroshima or Nagasaki. On 10 March 1945 United States bombers dropped incendiaries on Tokyo. It killed more than 100,000 people and destroyed 267,171 buildings.

HootOill , Ishikawa Kōyō Report

Laura Henderson
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This should be more widely known. It is smoothed over too often.

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#18

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL Oreo has to call the white center "creme" instead of "cream" because the FDA does not allow manufacturers to use the word "cream" to describe a food that contains no cream at all.

nathanthrax , Brad West Report

Foxxy (The Original)
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10 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They are also vegan friendly. EDIT- they are vegan friendly for those that aren't too strict and will eat things that "may contain traces of milk, eggs etc" or the fact they use bone char in the manufacturing process. I do know a few vegans that still eat them though.

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#19

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL in 2015 an Australian woman put a bet on a horse at 100-1 and won $825, she then took a selfie with the winning bet slip, posted it to Facebook, somebody saw it and put the barcode into an automated betting machine and stole her winnings.

Status-Victory Report

#20

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that two dim stars from the Big Dipper served as an ancient eye test. If you had lived in the time of the early Romans and could see them, you would have been eligible to be an archer in the Roman army.

transylvanea , sebastien lebrigand Report

T. D. Bostick
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Can you see them?" "Umm...yes?" "Ok, you're an archer."

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#21

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL: Robin Williams autopsy revealed he had about 40% loss of dopamine neurons and almost no neurons were free of Lewy bodies throughout his entire brain and brainstem from Lewy body disease (LBD).

Whitn3y , Eva Rinaldi Report

#22

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL Wild Rodents Will Run on Mouse Wheels if You Leave Them in the Woods.

SurrealKeenan , Alexas_Fotos Report

#23

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that In 2010, a black Nigerian couple living in London gave birth to a white, blond haired & blue eyed baby that they called 'The Miracle Baby'.

xhqshs , Peter Simpson Report

Mimi La Souris
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

what amazes me the most is the amount of hair this adorable baby has! blond babies often look bald

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#24

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that a "Silent Man" in the UK repeatedly gets arrested for standing on a certain road to block traffic. He never speaks a word, not even to the court or his own lawyer. Everytime he is released, he repeats the crime and remains completely silent.

Wordlife4461 , South Wales Police Report

#25

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that the snow used in the Wizard of Oz was actually asbestos fibre.

LatinaNinaa , Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Report

Foxxy (The Original)
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Judy Garland never stood a chance of a long and healthy life. The amount of crap she had to go through is insane.

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#26

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL the samurai Yanagizawa Yoshisato helped his samurai clan pay off their debts by selling goldfish. He took his best goldfish breeders over to the town of Koriyama so they could use its plentiful waters for this. His clan made goldfish more available to the general public and not just the rich.

dilettantedebrah , Skitterphoto Report

Matt Ang
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you, samurai for making them my pets!

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#27

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL of J. L. Hunter "Red" Rountree, who after his wife passed and seemingly with nothing left to live for decided to commit his first bank robbery at the age of 86. Red blamed banks for making him bankrupt and by the time he passed away in 2004 he had robbed 2 more banks.

Status-Victory , Tucson Police Department Report

#28

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL the record for the longest name ever used was held by a German-American man. The name is so long it can't fit in this title but was abbreviated as Hubert B. Wolfe + 666 Sr. The name has its origins in his Great-Grandfather's sarcastic response to a law mandating German Jews take a second name.

Ornery-Jackfruit-510 , Guinness Book of World Records Report

LuckyL
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wolfeschlegel­steinhausen ­bergerdorff ­welche­ vor altern­ waren ­gewissenhaft ­schafers­wessen ­schafe ­waren ­wohl­ gepflege ­und­ sorgfaltigkeit­ beschutzen­ vor­angreifen­ durch ­ihr­ raubgierig­ feinde ­welche­ vor ­altern­ zwolfhundert­tausend­jahres ­voran­ die ­erscheinen ­von ­der­ erste ­erdemensch­ der­ raumschiff ­genacht­mit­tung stein ­und­ sieben­ iridium ­elektrisch­ motors­gebrauch ­licht­ als ­sein­ ursprung­ von ­kraft ­gestart­s ein­lange ­fahrt­ hin zwischen­ sternartig ­raum ­auf­ der ­suchen­ nachbarschaft­ der­ stern­ welche­ gehabt­ bewohnbar­ planeten ­kreise ­drehen­ sich­ und ­wohin­ der­ neue­ rasse­ von­ verstandig ­menschlichkeit­ konnte ­fortpflanzen ­und ­sich­er freuen­ an ­lebenslanglich­ freude­ und ­ruhe­ mit­ nicht­ ein­ furcht­ vor­angreifen ­vor ­anderer ­intelligent ­geschopfs­ von­ hin zwischen ­sternartig ­raum Sr

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#29

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL That a journalist accidentally discovered his wife was the world's best Tetris player.

scootscoot1477 , Hello I'm Nik Report

Matt Ang
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Another Fact: D-Pad players are probably gonna be better at tetris than joy-stick users. Why? Um.... joysticks are pretty hard to use to drop blocks.

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#30

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that in the 1990s, actor Marlon Brando would often spend time in AOL chatrooms getting into political arguments with unsuspecting strangers. His account was frequently suspended for ending arguments by telling others to “F*ck Off”.

dennismarr , Paramount Pictures Report

No you didn't
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I can totally see that 🙃 Sounds like something he would do.

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#31

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL the 1972 Attica prison uprising in Upstate New York, in which the prisoners demanded better living conditions, ended on the 5th day when law enforcement stormed in and killed 29 prisoners and 10 hostages. Prisoners were then stripped naked and forced to crawl through the latrine and beaten.

mankls2 , Jayu Report

BoredPip
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some prisons are absolutely horrible, not only in the US. What can end up happening is that someone going to prison for failing to pay a fine can get horrible living conditions, lack of privacy, and generally a traumatic experience while someone who commited murder can be in a nice prison, with stuff to pass the time, clean area, and, apart from the time period obviously, have a much more enjoyable stay

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#32

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL about Frieda Caplan, a pioneer in the world of produce who built a successful business in the 1960s by promoting items that, at the time, were relatively unheard of in the U.S. such as mangoes, shallots, and a New Zealand fruit originally called "Chinese gooseberry," which she dubbed the kiwi.

PikesPique , Alexas_Fotos Report

Norm Gilmore
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

New Zealand growers developed the Kiwifruit from the original chinese native. Freda marketed the Kiwi fruit under that name which was given to it by the original breeders in the late 50s.

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#33

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL Miranda Gibson lived on a small platform 60 metres above the ground in a 400-year-old Eucalyptus tree to protect the surrounding forest. A bush fire forced her to evacuate after 449 days but Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area was officially extended by 170,000 hectares a few months later.

Str33twise84 , Matt Palmer Report

Caro Caro
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is so cool. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miranda_Gibson

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#34

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that actor Gary Busey once refused to perform a scene set in heaven because he said the set design looked nothing like the real heaven he visited during a near-death experience while in a coma.

dennismarr , JessicaPinney Report

80 Van
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That’s good to know that he’s so committed to realism in his movies. Like the time he starred in Sharknado 3.

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#35

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that, on average, half of all service dogs fail their training. Due to this poor rate, South Korea experimented with cloning service dogs that had already passed their training. The resulting clones passed at rates much higher than average.

Yurekuu , Ralph Kayden Report

thEBOrdeSTpaNDA
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My friends and I love dogs, and always adopt rejected service dogs, as well as dogs rejected from police training for 'being too friendly'

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#36

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL: Sum41 named their album "Chuck" after the UN Peacekeeper who got them out of their hotel in the Congo near a warzone.

Tyloor , Sum $1 Report

#37

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL Rio de Janeiro was once the capital of Portugal. Following the conquest of Portugal by Napoleon, the Portuguese royal family fled to Brazil (1808-1821). They then established the capital of Portugal in Rio de Janeiro.

Cogz45 , guertzen Report

#38

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL 45 years ago, ahi (tuna) were caught for fun and ground into pet food. In Japan, tuna was called neko-matagi, meaning “fish that even a cat would disdain”.

olagon , ReinhardThrainer Report

Sam
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Lobster and oysters used to be the food of poor people too and in New England they were often ground into fertilizer.

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#39

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that during a college football game in US, many people gathered upon the roof of a glass blowing factory to watch for free. The roof collapsed, spilling fans onto a furnace. Twenty-three people were killed but the game continued. The event is known as The Thanksgiving Day Disaster.

thisCantBeBad , San Francisco Examiner Report

DUN DUN (she/her)
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10 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Twenty-three people were killed but the game continued." What 😨😰

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#40

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that Iceland was once covered in trees until the Vikings came and cut them down to make room for sheep.

zahrul3 , Kamil Porembiński Report

#41

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL Women have been legally allowed to go topless in public in New York City since 1992.

danuser8 , Courtney Cook Report

Mimi La Souris
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10 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

and French women can legally wear pants since 2013 (but still without pocket)

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#42

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL the King of Norway's firstborn, Princess Märtha Louise, is a self-described 'clairvoyant'. She has started a school for communicating with angels and dead souls, and is currently dating a self-described shaman.

borkborkbutt , Frankie Fouganthin Report

#43

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL Freshwater snails are one of the world's most deadly animals because they transmit the organism that causes schistosomiasis (aka bilharzia), which is, in and of itself, one of the most deadly parasites on the planet! Nearly 230m people were infected in 2014 and there are~200,000 deaths annually.

ecstaticadventure , Agricultural Research Service Report

DUN DUN (she/her)
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10 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

WE JUST HAD HUGE SNAIL PROBLEMS AT MY HOUSE AND NOW I GET TO READ THIS!!!?? I am scared for my life now, I don't think I'm going to make it. Farewell fellow Pandas, the ghost of DUN dies again ☠

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#44

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL: For The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., Bruce Campbell auditioned by grabbing himself by the collar, then performing a forward-flip, a trick he and Raimi had taught themselves back in high school.

Dudegabebrown , Gage Skidmore Report

May
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

TIL Campbell and Rami went to high school together

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#45

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL the modern gas container, the jerry can, was invented in 1937 Germany. In the start of WWII, the UK used leaky, flimsy tin containers called "flimsies" but soon captured jerry cans and the Allies started copying the German design.

Specialist_Check , Arche-foto, Burkhart Rüchel Report

Caro Caro
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

LOL Well I'll be !!!! I never knew Jerry can was German but the penny just dropped. WOW.

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#46

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL spaces between words in documents first appeared in Irish and Anglo-Saxon Bibles in the seventh century. Paleographers today identify the extinction of 'scriptio continua' as a critical factor in augmenting the widespread absorption of knowledge in the Pre-Modern Era.

coffeeinvenice , Unknown Report

Luther von Wolfen
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Many of the early documents that make up the Bible were written without breaks between words and without puncuation.

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#47

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that a proposed 1896 Pennsylvania law required motorists who encountered livestock to: stop their vehicle, disassemble it, and conceal the parts until the livestock were sufficiently pacified.

SomeGuy671 , Unknown Report

Caro Caro
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pennsylvania Governor Daniel Hastings also had a very direct impact on America’s nascent automotive industry–defending it from the most oppressive and bonkers regulation ever concocted. The "Red Flag Laws" The laws were so-named because famous examples of them required someone to be walking, waving a red flag or lantern in front of any motor vehicle. As you can imagine, this was not exactly what most early motorists wanted—the whole point of the automobile was to avoid being stuck behind some large, hairy, farting mammal. https://jalopnik.com/this-governor-vetoed-americas-most-insane-automotive-la-1837183057

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50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL in Minnesota in 2017, a 20 year old woman shot her 22 year old boyfriend through an encyclopedia from about a foot (30 cm) away for a Youtube video and he died. She was sentenced to 6 months in prison.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Who came up with that stupid idea in the first place? Idiots.

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#49

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL Eurypterids, an order of arthropods completely wiped out by the world's biggest mass extinction, were scorpion-like giants that could reach almost ten feet in length.

wauwy , H. Zell Report

theswallowii
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I bet they lived in Australia...Can't be otherwise

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#50

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that in 1429, King Charles VII of France exempted the town of Domrémy from paying taxes "forever", after a promise to Joan of Arc. Taxes were imposed again during the French Revolution.

nunped , Louvre Report

ADHORTATOR
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

sometimes you win, sometimes you lose

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#51

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) first started painting when he was in his late twenties. It was only at the age of 27 in 1880 that he began attending art school. Most of his paintings date to just the last two years of his life.

John_Denver1 , Art Institute of Chicago Report

Luther von Wolfen
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Van Gogh is a good example of what study and practice can do. His early drawings aren't noteworthy. He became a great artist through dedication and hard work.

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#52

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL the Scottish town of Stenhousemuir once boasted a unique example of an intact Roman temple. However, it was destroyed in 1743 because the local landowner needed stone to build a dam with.

WilliamofYellow , Alexander Gordon Report

#53

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that a tiger went on an 800-mile journey to find a mate, crossed 11 villages and there was a solitary incident with a human, only when the villager came to take a selfie.

xanedro , Blake Meyer Report

LeighAnne Brown-Pedersen
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sad commentary on the scarcity of tigers. Poaching and habitat loss. 🙁

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#54

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL Tetrachromats (mostly women) can distinguish up to 100 million colours since they posses a 4th type of cone cell, apart from having the regular RBG cone cells.

whomDev , Greyson Joralemon Report

Tamra Stiffler
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Which is why, when my husband says "that's a nice green curtain", I give him a look and say "actually honey, that's *chartreuse*". 🙂

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#55

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL Mozart was actually in the top 5% of wage earners for his time. He squandered most of his money by the time of his death, and was buried in a pauper's grave.

d1t0m6 , Stanford University Press Report

Andy Acceber
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Squandered most of his money by the time of his death." I mean, he couldn't take it with him. His wife remarried after his death. Only two of his children survived. It makes sense that leaving a large pile of money behind wasn't high on his priority list.

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#56

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL That the transition of the Ming to Qing dynasty in China took 65 years and cost approximately 25 million lives.

Faceless-Pronoun , Wu Youru Report

Laura Henderson
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is a literally mind-boggling statistic. In the UK, we're taught how wasteful our civil wars of succession (Steven and Matilda; Wars of the Roses; Civil War of Charles I) were, but this is another scale we can't even imagine.

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#57

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that the first Supreme Court confirmation hearing was held in 1916 - because President Woodrow Wilson nominated a Jew for the seat.

ManOfLaBook , Harris & Ewing Report

Sam
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Shocking, given how racist Wilson was that he nominated anyone but a WASP

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#58

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL That Sheep fighting is an illegal sport in Algeria where two sheep fight. There is no gambling on the fights, but the loser is sentenced to slaughter while the winner has its value increased. The sheep are given names that inspire fear, like Hitler, Ebola or Lawyer.

Not_Daniel_Dreiberg , Patisserie Report

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#59

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL Professional wrestler Scott Hall was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, years after killing a man in self defense. Hall wrestled away the drunken man’s gun, and shot him in the head, outside of Hall’s place of work.

borderbox , WWE Report

#60

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL MLB player Oscar Gamble, known for his afro, was not allowed to keep his afro when he was traded to the Yankees because of their strict appearance policy. Gamble had a commercial deal for Afro Sheen and lost the deal when he cut his afro. He was reimbursed $5k by the club owner for the lost deal.

AstroRhythm_ , New York Yankees Report

Jaguarundi
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now the "Crown Act" will prevent this from happening to people in the future. Cultural discrimination is idiocy in its' finest.

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#61

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL the Death Camas plant is so toxic that there is only one known pollinator. The plant is visited by a specialist mining bee, which can tolerate its toxins - others are fatally poisoned. One plant species name is Toxicoscordion venenosum var. venenosum ≈ toxic bulb poisonous poisonous.

ForthWorldTraveler , Walter Siegmund Report

Kirsten Kerkhof
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You just know some people would take a name like that not as a warning but as a challege ...

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#62

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL Michael Berryman, known for his iconic roles in horror movies (The Hill Have Eyes), has a very unique physical appearance due to hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, a rare condition characterized by the absence of sweat glands, hair, and fingernails.

Bluest_waters , Stefan Borggraefe Report

Mr Zipperface
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Can we keep this between us? I'd hate to lose my teaching job...

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#63

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL during WW1, Canadians exploited the trust of Germans who had become accustomed to fraternizing with allied units. They threw tins of corned beef into a neighboring German trench. When the Germans shouted “More! Give us more!” the Canadians tossed a bunch of grenades over.

yohananloukas116 , LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA Report

#64

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that when ascending to the throne, royals may pick their regnal name from any of their Christian or middle names. Charles Philip Arthur George could also be King Philip, King Arthur, or King George if he wanted to.

nejicanspin , Arnaud Bouissou Report

User# 6
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He has already indicated it's not going to be King Charles III, given the history of the previous Kings Charlies.

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#65

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL about Johnny Clem, who joined the Union Army as a drummer boy at age 10. Clem became a legend when he shot and killed a Confederate Colonel at the Battle of Chickamauga in 1863.

DiosMioMan63 , Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Report

Mazer
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My relative, John L. Graham was killed at the battle of Chickamauga. He and his brothers felt so strongly against slavery that the brothers and in laws all packed up moved out of New York to Kansas to increase the anti-slavery vote of that State. His brother survived the war snd went on to become a judge. Graham County Kansas is named in their honor. I just donated some of the family relics to the Chattanooga - Chickamauga National Military Park.

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#66

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL The 2005 film ‘Hostel’ damaged Slovakia’s representation and tourism economy so badly that director Eli Roth was invited to an all expenses paid trip to clear false allegations the film made about the country, such as it being a ‘crime riddled, corrupt, lawless, poor and dangerous’ place.

Valert1 , pinguino k Report

Jayne Kyra
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10 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We, uh, have nice nature and cheap beer?

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#67

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL 12 of the 20 drunkest cities in the US are in Wisconsin.

LightAzimuth , Jacob Bentzinger Report

Paul C.
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What made Milwaukee famous, has made a loser out of me.

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#68

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL: The U.S. Airforce assigns aircraft to be "Wild Weasels". These aircraft act as bait to draw anti-aircraft fire, allowing the squad to locate and destroy the anti-aircraft batteries. Their motto is "YGBSM" or "You Gotta Be Sh*ttin' Me".

DoomGoober , Air Force Report

Layne Rodgers
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When proposed to the pilots that their job would be to fly and make the enemy SA-2 surface to air missile system fire at them so they can find, fix, and track the system, they simply responded with, "Yo gotta be shittin me. Im a proud weasel currently.

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#69

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL a Canadian transit fare box repair man stole 37 tons of coins worth $2.4 million from fare boxes using a magnet attached to a car radio antenna and telling bank employees that the coins came from a vending machine business.

aerostotle , Amelia Spink Report

#70

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL Chinese checkers was invented in Germany in 1892 and called 'Chinese' as part of a marketing scheme.

meanturing , Hephaestos Report

Eva
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's funny because in Germany this game ist simply known as "Halma", nothing with "Chinese".

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#71

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that prior to the 1920s, up to 70% of children in parts of the United States had goiters due to iodine deficiency.

queen_oops , I8r8oosh Report

Caro Caro
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10 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Iodine is found mainly in animal protein foods and sea vegetables, and to a lesser extent in fortified foods like breads, cereals, and milk https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/iodine/

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#72

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that early in Edgar Allen Poe's writing career, he published an essay exposing a fake chess-playing automaton that was actually operated by a chess master hidden inside. The essay employs a method of deduction called 'ratiocination' which is used by C. Auguste Dupin, Poe's fictional detective.

TheTriviaPage , Michael Report

T'Mar of Vulcan
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That chess board is either set up wrong or the picture has been flipped. The white square (where the rook is) should be at bottom right, not left.

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#73

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that the US Navy had the largest naval fleet in history with 6768 ships at the end of World War II.

MatijaReddit_CG , United States Navy Report

Mazer
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Many built in one month at a cost of just over 1.5 million. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area where many of the ships were built. There are still street signs denoting the era, like Liberty Ship Way etc. in fact there is still housing originally built for warship workers and The Rosie the Riveter Museum is just across the bay, it honors the contribution of women during the war

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#74

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that the night before his inauguration as Vice President, Andrew Johnson attended a party in his honor at which he drank heavily. The following morning, a hungover Johnson delivered a rambling, incoherent address in the Senate Chamber as Abraham Lincoln, the Congress, and dignitaries looked on.

Pres-John-F-Kennedy , Brady-Handy Report

User# 6
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

For the past few years, rambling, incoherent addresses are the norm rather than the exception in the Senate.

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