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TIL is home to 27.3 million members who enjoy pumping their trivia muscle and coming to the subreddit to recharge their memory banks.

Created back in December 28, 2008, the community has become a destination for daily tidbits of knowledge and interesting facts. The best part, TIL is basically a never-ending stream of wisdom goodness, so if you ever have a spare moment to kill or simply need some cool things nobody knows to impress your date, TIL facts make for lightyears of scrolling. So in case you feel adventurous, more Today I Learned facts await here, here and here.

#1

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL in 1818, the US began building a fort near the New York-Quebec border to defend against invasions from Canada. After two years of construction, they realized the fort was actually on the Canadian side. They abandoned it and named it Fort Blunder.

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Kat Unst
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2 months ago

HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

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#2

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that in 1950 in Beatrice, NE, a church exploded five minutes after choir practice started. No one was hurt because every single member of the choir was late for completely separate reasons, so the church was empty.

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Premislaus de Colo
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2 months ago (edited)

The explosion was due to gas leak btw

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#3

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL during a financial crisis in 1720, the British parliament debated a resolution for bankers to be sewn into sacks with snakes and dumped into the Thames river.

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Jo Johannsen
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2 months ago

I've already claimed the concession rights the last time this was posted.

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#4

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL Keeping cats on ships has been a long held seafaring tradition due to their efficiency as a form of pest control and the supposed luck they brought to vessels. It is thought that cats were spread around the world by groups such as the Ancient Egyptians, Vikings, and Age of Discovery explorers.

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M Rob
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2 months ago

And thought of as the real reason the Dodo was wiped out. Between the cats, killing the birds and rats eating the eggs.

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#5

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that Charles Darwin often gave his old papers to his children for them to doodle on. Thus, much of what survives of his original Origin of Species manuscript represents the best of his children's writing and drawings, rather than the best of his work.

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David Woollands
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2 months ago

One of his notebooks was stolen from Cambridge library and has only just been returned with a note saying ‘Librarian…. Happy Easter’ 22 years after being stolen! https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-60980288.amp

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#6

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL in 1952, a bus driver (Albert Gunter) was driving over Tower Bridge, when to his surprise, the bridge started opening. The double - decker bus was at the edge of the south bascule when it started rising. He made a split decision and accelerated clearing the 6ft drop. Later receiving a £10 bonus.

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WilvanderHeijden
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2 months ago

£10 bonus in 1952 would be a £300 bonus now.

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#7

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that Stan Lee had a younger brother, Larry, who co-created Thor, Iron Man, and Ant-Man. Larry Lieber is currently 90 years old and only retired from pencilling comics in 2018.

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Paola Barbosa
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2 months ago

how come we didn't hear about him as much as Stan Lee?

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#8

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that (former) Dutch footballer Dennis Bergkamp is afraid of flying to the point that he would take car/ferry/train to away games, or not travel at all. His Aviophobia gave him the nickname of the "Non-Flying Dutchman".

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Jef Bateman
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2 months ago

I applaud the person who came up with that nickname.

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#9

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL in Egypt, around 17000 divorce cases in 2018 cited "Candy Crush" as the cause of divorce.

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Katie Nelson
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2 months ago

I read "around 1700" and thought that candy crush had divorced them in 1700. me is dum

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#10

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL there are 13 remaining secret apartments on the top floors of New York City’s branch libraries.

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Katie Nelson
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2 months ago

HOW MUCH

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#11

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that two 16-year-olds got lost in the Canadian wilderness while snowboarding, but were able to stay warm by burning their homework. The two boys were rescued the following day and managed to avoid frostbite, sustaining only minor injuries.

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Julieandthephatones
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2 months ago

sir, the fire ate my homework!!

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#12

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL cheetahs were at one point so close to extinction, their genetic diversity has become too low for their immune system to recognize a "nonself". Skin grafts exchanged between unrelated cheetahs are accepted as if they were clones or identical twins.

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Ozacoter
Community Member
2 months ago

I think the stimation is that they went as low as having only 7 fertile individuals at some point. (Plus old ones and cubs)

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#13

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL John von Neumann regularly recalled complete novels and pages of the phone directory. He could divide two 8-digit numbers in his head and converse in Ancient Greek at age 6, and was proficient in calculus at age 8. When he enrolled in university at 16, he had already written a research paper.

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Chinmayee Kalghatgi
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2 months ago

Human google

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#14

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that the Eurasian magpie is one of the most intelligent birds, and one of the most intelligent of all non-human animals. The expansion of its nidopallium is approx. the same in its relative size as the brain of humans. It is the only bird known to pass the mirror test.

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Olivia Lisbon
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2 months ago

For those wondering, the mirror test is where an animal is put to sleep, and then marked with a coloured dot or sticker (in a location they can’t easily see themselves), woken up and given access to a mirror. If they touch the spot they see in the mirror on themselves, they pass.

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#15

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL In 1924, the federal government funded enormous concrete arrows to be built every 10 miles or so along established airmail routes to help the pilots trace their way across America in bad weather conditions and particularly at night, which was a more efficient time to fly.

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Brandy Grote
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2 months ago

Many can still be seen!

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#16

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL the hit version of “Tom’s Diner” was remixed by the group DNA and circulated to clubs without the permission of the artist Suzanne Vega or her label. When Vega heard the remix, she advised the label to buy it and officially release it rather than sue the group for copyright infringement.

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Olivia Lisbon
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2 months ago (edited)

Wise. I’m sure the lawyers tried to convince her otherwise, since they’d be the only ones ultimately benefitting most from a lawsuit,

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#17

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL Aurora Rodríguez Carballeira wanted to have a perfect daughter. Her daughter Hildegart read at 2, spoke 4 languages at 8, joined law school at 13, becoming professor there at 18, writing on socialism and sexuality, writing to figures. On 1933 her mother shot her.

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schooldamage
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2 months ago

This sounds like a narcissistic mother. They want a perfect daughter to be proof that they, too, are perfect, superior. There is tolerance if the daughter rises to expectations, abuse and neglect if she doesn't. Once the daughter grows into a strong and self reliant person, the mother would rather destroy what they perceive to be "their" creation. When the daughter no longer serves the purpose of bringing accolades to the mother (usually at adulthood), the daughter is no longer useful and can be discarded. Usually, emotionally discarded, not literally murdered.

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#18

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that the "lower bar" on women's bikes is antiquated and was created to accommodate the heavy dresses women wore in the late 1800s.

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Ozacoter
Community Member
2 months ago

Its wonderful and should be the standard. I never wear skirts but when i was still cycling i had a lot of trouble using "mens" bikes. Just put the low bar for everybody! It serves no purpose now that materials are stronger. Many mountain bikes have a small bar but much lower than the traditional ones. Also you can get hurt with the bar if you get hit.

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#19

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL, that Lieutenant Elmo Zumwalt III contracted cancer and died at 42, after getting exposed to Agent Orange while deployed in Vietnam. It was his father, Admiral Elmo Zumwalt who ordered the use of Agent Orange in Vietnam.

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Katie Nelson
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2 months ago

It changes the entire story if the father knew.

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#20

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL English is not an official language of New Zealand despite it being spoken by 90% of the population. The two official languages are Te reo Māori and NZ sign language.

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Katie Nelson
Community Member
2 months ago

If there's so many sheep, baaing should make it up there!

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#21

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that a 4-year-old was arrested for witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials. Little Dorothy Good spent 10 months chained in a prison cell after confessing to a local judge that she had a pet snake that could talk.

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Ozacoter
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2 months ago

Humans are the worst. I cannot express how horrified I am thinking about that girl.

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#22

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that in the 4th century CE, Roman bishop Acacius of Amida sold the all church's treasures to free 7000 Persian prisoners captured by the Romans during war. The Persian emperor was so impressed by the act that he ordered an end to Christian persecution throughout his empire.

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Premislaus de Colo
Community Member
2 months ago

TIL that the sculpture here presents St Adalbert, it can be seen in Prague in St Adalbert's chaple, and that image sof Acacius of Amida are widely accesible in the Internet...

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#23

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that the crust of the Earth is so thin, that it makes up 1% of the earth's volume that contains all known life in the universe and can be compared with a peel of an apple.

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Brandy Grote
Community Member
2 months ago

Yet it's too deep to drill past. The thinnest part is 3 miles, but is at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. The deepest drill was about 6 miles, but was not even close to the mantle. Frankly, we really SHOULDN'T drill past the crust!

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#24

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL F1 driver Kimi Raikkonen nearly bankrupted his Lotus team. They put a €50k bonus per point in his contract thinking they wouldn't score many, Kimi scored 390 in two years including 15 podiums and 2 race wins.

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Seán Baron
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2 months ago

Shut up, I know what I'm doing!

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#25

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL Cancun was founded by the Mexican government using computer models to find a nice spot for tourists.

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Katie Nelson
Community Member
2 months ago

Canputer!

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#26

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL Philadelphia Cream Cheese was invented in New York and has never been made in Philadelphia. Its name was part of a clever marketing strategy, because at the time (1880s) Philadelphia was known for its high quality dairy.

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Fus
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2 months ago

There is a small town in New York named Philadelphia. They claim ownership.

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#27

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL of the "Boring Billion". From roughly 1.8 billion BC to 0.8 billion BC, relatively nothing happened on earth. There was tectonic stability, a static climate, and hardly any biological evolution. It has been termed "The Dullest Time in Earth's History"

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Katy McMouse
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2 months ago

This planet needs a little "dull time" right about now.

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#28

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that Sesame Street was initially banned in several states, such as Mississippi, for casting black and hispanic actors.

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
2 months ago

Won't be long before Sesame street will be banned again in several states for the exact same reason and some more.

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#29

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL Scooby Doo was designed by Iwao Takamoto, who first learned illustration from fellow prisoners in the Manzanar concentration camp for Japanese-Americans.

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Agnes Jekyll
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2 months ago

Read George Takai's autobiographical graphic novel--They Called us Enemy.

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#30

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL the IRS still operates largely on mainframe computers running 60 year old code.

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Jo Johannsen
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2 months ago

Oh, if ever we needed a blue screen of death...

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#31

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL of 'Truck Wages' or 'Company Scrip, where an employer will pay employees in company minted money that is only redeemable in company owned stores. It is referenced in the sea shanty 'Wellerman' and the last company to get sued for using it was Walmart Mexico.

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Brandy Grote
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2 months ago

I owe my soul to the company stoooooore...

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#32

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL of the Octomom case of 2009, where a single mom was implanted with 12 embryos and gave birth to 8 babies (octuplets). They are currently the longest surviving octuplets ever. Ultimately her fertility doctor had his license revoked.

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Lord Mysticlaw
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2 months ago

There are people who don't know of Octomom? I feel old now.

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#33

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New IL of Audie Murphy, an American soldier from World War II that earned every military combat med offered by the U.S Army, including the Medal of Honor at age 19. He also won medals from France and Belgium.

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Brandy Grote
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2 months ago (edited)

Then had an acting career after the war. Died at 43 in a plane crash. His wife worked at my VA clinic until 2005.

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#34

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that since 2004 at least 18 have people died from contracting rabies after receiving organs from infected donors. Transplanted organs are not typically screened for rabies virus, which can incubate for up to a year or more before symptoms manifest, after which time it is nearly 100% fatal.

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Katie Nelson
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2 months ago

But we're [sort of] moving forward with medical work. I think.

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#35

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that there is a strong positive correlation between how fast someone walks and the population of the city that they're from. If a city is 10x larger than another, people will walk 24% faster on average.

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Mad Dragon
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2 months ago

I walk really quickly because I used to wait tables. For 12 years, I walked as quickly as possible for up to 8 hours a day. I have been out of the business for ten years, but I can’t shake the habit.

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#36

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that Aluminum was once more expensive than gold. It was a status symbol that emperor Napoleon III reserved a prized set of aluminum cutlery for special guests at banquets. Less favored guests used gold knives and forks.

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Eric G
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2 months ago (edited)

Need to build a time machine out of a DeLorean and go visit Napoleon with empty beer cans to trade for gold to buy more beer to get empty cans to trade for gold to buy more beer to.....

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#37

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that while impressed by his book "Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica", the UK's science academy couldn't publish Isaac Newton's book due to being nearly bankrupt from spending all of its money printing the "History of Fish". Thankfully, scientist Edmond Halley's funded the printing.

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Kira Okah
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2 months ago

And after he financed Principia, the Royal Society (not the "UK science academy", it was the Royal Society in both cases) informed Halley that they couldn't afford his annual £50 salary due to the failure of De Historia Piscium, and so started paying his salary in unsold copies of De Historia Piscium.

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#38

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that in the years preceding the French Revolution, the price of bread went from costing about 50% of a laborer's daily wages to about 88% of their income.

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Katie Nelson
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2 months ago

deja vu!!!

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#39

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL in 1993, college basketball coach Bob Knight invented a fictitious player named Ivan Renko to expose disreputable basketball recruiting experts. Sure enough, the "experts" began listing Renko as a prospect and some even claimed to have footage of the nonexistent player.

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Bacony Cakes
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2 months ago

We should do this more often.

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#40

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that NASA was inspired by Fritz Lang's film, 'Frau im Mond', to use a countdown for rocket launches. NASA used the countdown to not only help technicians synchronise, but also found that announcing the countdown would build suspense for those watching at home.

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Zophra
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2 months ago

And it certainly does.

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#41

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (A Few Good Men, The Social Network) takes six to eight showers a day to get over writer’s block. If writing isn’t going well, he takes a shower, puts on different clothes, and tries again.

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Cadena Norton
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2 months ago

Must have one hell of a water heater

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#42

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL In Space there's only 9 to 12 seconds to be conscious outside airlock and humans are totally rescuable for at least 30 seconds.

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Chinmayee Kalghatgi
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

And also, your body won’t explode if you go into an area with little to no pressure like inthose movies. Depending on how fast the pressure changes you may experience a very uncomfortable condition called “bends”. Divers get it when they resurface too quickly.

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50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL in 1323, the Mexica, founders of the Aztec Empire, asked the King of Culhuacan for his daughter, to which the King of Culhuacan agreed. The Mexica then sacrificed her and flayed her skin, and invited the King of Culhuacan to a feast, during which a Mexica priest came out wearing her flayed skin.

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Julieandthephatones
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2 months ago

welp

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#44

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL of Shi Pei Pu, a Chinese opera singer turned spy who obtained secrets from a French embassy worker for twenty years by masquerading as a woman. He even took a child and pretended it was theirs.

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Cadena Norton
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2 months ago

Apparently he could turn his um sack inside out to imitate Intercourse

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#45

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL Before 2012, Pizza Hut was the largest purchaser of kale in the US, but they only used it as garnish for their salad bars.

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Jo Johannsen
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2 months ago

I would say what a waste, but...kale. 🤷

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#46

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that tapeworm can live inside humans for up to 30 years and grow to 80ft in size.

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2 months ago

I didn't need to know that

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#47

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL only white cars are allowed in Boracay island, Philippines. It is a municipal ordinance that was signed in 2001.

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Bron
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2 months ago

That seems rather bizarre.

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#48

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL the most destructive single air attack in human history was the napalm bombing of Tokyo on the night of 10 March 1945 that killed around 100,000 civilians in about 3 hours.

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Wandering Hammer
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2 months ago

Wrong photo

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#49

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL that a California court ruled that a man was not entitled to the $3 billion market value of his cells, which his doctor had secretly commercialized after removing his spleen.

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Jo Johannsen
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2 months ago

Why not?

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#50

50 New ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Prove It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New TIL cry rooms were an amenity movie theaters had starting in the 1940s. These were small areas at the back of a theater where those with unruly kids could continue to watch the film. The presence of these rooms declined greatly by the 1970s due to the rise of multiplex theaters.

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Mike Ray
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2 months ago

It was a room in the back the width of the theater separated from the rest of the theater by a large 'picture widow' so parents could watch the movie. Yea, I'm that old

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