If you've been visiting Reddit for a while, you know a single click in the wrong direction can lead you to a terrible place. But communities like braincels aside, the site has been offering awesome content too.

Take the subreddit Today I Learned (TIL) for example. It's a place where users submit surprising yet totally legit facts to broaden each other's knowledge of the world.

Whether it's the everyday life of former presidents or the recreational use of x-rays in the 1890s, these guys constantly unearth something interesting.

If you're done scrolling and the list leaves you thirsty for more trivia, check out Bored Panda's earlier pieces on Today I Learned here, here, and here.

#1

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TIL in the anatomy building at Dalian Medical University, where medical student can practice on cadavers, there's a sign with a quote from a donor that reads "I’d rather let students try something 20 times on me than see them make one mistake on a future patient.”

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N G
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1 year ago

I'm leaving my body to science - why not, it's no good to me since I'll be dead, burial is a waste of land and cremation is polluting. Take out the bits that can prolong someone else's life and do what you like with the rest - I've finished with it!

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#2

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TIL that Muhammad Ali went to Iraq in 1990 against the then president George H.W. Bush's wishes and secured the release of 15 american citizen hostages held in Iraqi prisons, and brought them home.

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Dave In MD
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1 year ago

This just shows that Iraq saw an opportunity to embarrass a US president and went for it.

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#3

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TIL 30 years ago a tank crushed a small red car in Osijek, Croatia, as a show of force. In 2011 a monument was built: a tiny red car, crushing a tank.

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What's In Your Head?
Community Member
1 year ago

I like this! :-D

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#4

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TIL Graça Machel was married to the President of Mozambique until he died in a plane crash, she later married Nelson Mandela while he was President of South Africa. She is the only person in modern history to be First Lady of two different countries.

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Nurânia Hussen
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1 year ago

🇲🇿🇲🇿🇲🇿🇲🇿🇲🇿🇲🇿 She's a great lady.

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#5

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TIL that some hikers and researchers have spotted wild birds swearing. It is belived that birds that escaped from captivity teach other wild birds how to speak and swear in English.

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Seabeast
Community Member
1 year ago

"If you see a human approaching, tell it to *&^% off."

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#6

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TIL a defibrillator doesn't restart a stopped heart. In fact quite the opposite, it actually stops a heart in the middle of a cardiac event, allowing the heart’s natural back-up system to take over and return it to normal sinus rhythm.

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N G
Community Member
1 year ago

The clue (if you're into medical terminology) is in the name. When the heart goes into ventricular fibrillation (the fib part of defib) it's wobbling like a jelly and not able to beat or contract properly to pump the blood. A defib interrupts the wobble signal. (Yes, I've mixed medical terminology with the layman's version - ventricular wobbles! - but sometimes it helps)

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#7

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TIL Goku from DBZ in Japan is voiced by an 84 year old woman, who holds world records for her long-running voice acting career

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magnadar
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1 year ago

84 now or then?

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#8

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TIL a legend goes that during the Thirty Years' War, a Catholic army wanted to destroy Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Germany for resisting the Count of Tilly. Tilly declared that if anyone could drink a 3.25 L drink of wine in one go, he would spare the town. The local mayor saved the town that day.

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Shelp
Community Member
1 year ago

I knew that story with beer!

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#9

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TIL in 2018, an electrical engineer on board the Bellingshausen Research station in Antartica stabbed a fellow coworker in the chest multiple times because the colleague had been giving away the endings of books available in the research station’s library.

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Auntriarch
Community Member
1 year ago

Seems entirely reasonable to me

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#10

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TIL when the UN's Nordic Battalion was sent to Bosnia in 1993 it disobeyed orders, broke rules of engagement, faked loss of communication to HQ, and became known as one the most trigger-happy peacekeeper units. This enabled them to achieve their mission objective: to protect civilians at all cost.

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Nisse Danielsson
Community Member
1 year ago

It was a Swedish battalion, lead by Senior Colonel Henriksson. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulf_Henricsson

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#11

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TIL that FDR's White House served notoriously terrible meals. First Lady Eleanor wanted to set an example for the country during the Depression by serving economical meals made from scraps

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Eslamala
Community Member
1 year ago

Back when politicians and their families actually served their countries, unlike now, where the whole country serves them.

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#12

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TIL the first Soviet citizen to visit the White House was a female WWII sniper with 309 confirmed kills, one of which was a sniper she dueled for 3 days.

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Shelp
Community Member
1 year ago

IIRC more than 1 million women fought in the Red Army during WW2, making it the most feminized army at that time.

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#13

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TIL British banknotes increase in size as they increase in value to help blind people tell them apart

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Banana
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1 year ago

But isn't that standard everywhere?

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#14

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TIL as a prank, a man once climbed Mount Hood in the middle of the night and surreptitiously left a morning newspaper and a quart of milk for his friends, who were spending the night on the summit

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A.J Milne
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1 year ago

Hehe, master prankster

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#15

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TIL that energy consumption in the UK is around the same as the 1970s, due to more efficient appliances and domestic solar technology

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James016
Community Member
1 year ago

I saw a huge difference when I replaced my 11 year old TV with a new one a couple of years ago. We have an old smart meter which can't report back but still works. Very noticeable difference on the usage graph.

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#16

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TIL that in 1524, a statue of the Virgin Mary at the Cathedral in Riga, Latvia, was accused of being a witch. They put it on trial by throwing it in the river. Since the wooden statue floated, they declared it guilty and burned it.

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RadiatorAnkleSpider
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1 year ago

They must of been super bored in 1546 in Latvia.

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#17

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TIL Denmark received a week's notice to get a team ready for Euro Cup in 1992, to replace Yugoslavia as it was disqualified due to the Yugoslav Wars. Less than a month later, the underdogs were champions.

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SykesDaMan
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1 year ago

I still remember this... Peter Schmeichel rise to fame! :)

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#18

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TIL in 1948, Milwaukee burger chain George Webb’s said they would give free hamburgers if the local baseball team won 12 games in a row. Since then it’s only happened twice: in 1987, and 2018. They honored the promise and gave out hundreds of thousands of free burgers.

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Dippin Dot
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1 year ago

I had a Webb’s in my hometown. Greasy a.f. But so good.

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#19

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TIL that in 1929, determined to prove his hypothesis, Werner Frossman tricked a nurse, inserted a catheter through his own arm, and walked with the inserted tube to an x-ray lab to photograph his discovery, thereby inventing cardiac catheterization and winning a Nobel Prize for it later.

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Goth Nurse
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1 year ago

How did he trick her?

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#20

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TIL The Brothers Grimm, being from a lower class, were excluded from university admission & tuition aid due to being poor. But upon publishing their 1st volume of 86 folk tales, they received honorary doctorate degrees from universities in Berlin, Marburg, & Wrocław.

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Neil Bidle
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1 year ago

The irony that being poor excluded you from tuition aid...

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#21

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TIL It is quite common for older homes to have piles of razor blades in their walls.

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RadiatorAnkleSpider
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1 year ago

Explanation please.

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#22

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TIL about Acclimatisation Societies. Groups of people from the 19th century that would purposely introduce exotic species to new places. They are responsible for massive ecological disasters.

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Amy Dodds
Community Member
1 year ago

Just stop it. You can never be sure what the consequences will to to the highly balanced ecosystems

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#23

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TIL Disney's Fireworks use pneumatic launch technology, developed for Disneyland as required by CA's South Coast AQMD. This uses compressed air instead of gunpowder to launch shells into the air. This eliminates the trail of the igniting firework and permits tight control over height and timing.

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Sara G
Community Member
1 year ago

When did they start doing that? I went to Disney world in Florida in 2005, and watched the fireworks kill ducks on the lake. It was awful.

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#24

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TIL capybaras, the largest extant rodent, have adapted well to urbanization in South America, and they can be found in many urban parks and lakes. Capybaras are quite docile and often allow humans to pet them though it is discouraged as the mammals' ticks can carry the Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

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J. F.
Community Member
1 year ago

A lot of animals adapt to urban areas - there are a lot of foxes running around in cities here in Germany. Cute little beggars ^^

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#25

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TIL nearly all French wine grapes are grown on vines grafted to root stock from Missouri. in the 1860s, phylloxera bugs threatened to destroy the vineyards, but roots from the US were resistant. Hundreds of thousands were shipped in and used to save the French vines.

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Jill
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1 year ago

You would think that BP could find a better picture for this TIL.

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#26

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TIL about the Tarantula Hawk, which has a sting that causes "...immediate, excruciating, unrelenting pain that simply shuts down one's ability to do anything, except scream."

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Louise B
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Coincidentally, ten minutes of me attempting small talk at a party has the same effect on people 🤔

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#27

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TIL that in 1923, a man petitioned to change his surname from Kabotchnik to Cabot. Several members of the Cabot family, one of the oldest and wealthiest families in Boston society, sued to stop him, but the judge ruled against them because there was “nothing in the law to prevent it.”

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Kevin Harford
Community Member
1 year ago

There is a Cabot family in Fallout 4 which takes place in Boston. I now know where they came up with the idea for that family.

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#28

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TIL of "Janet" Airlines, a secret, full-service airline that carries military and contractor employees to sites such as Area 51.

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James016
Community Member
1 year ago

That's what they want you to think is does.

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#29

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TIL that when a plane was hijacked over Switzerland in 2014, the neighboring countries of Italy and France had to send their own fighter jets to the scene because the incident happened outside of the Swiss Air Force's business hours, and even hijackings weren't important enough to pay for overtime.

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Neil Bidle
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1 year ago

Love the Swiss, neutral to the end!

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#30

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TIL many whiskeys in the saloons of the Old West contained added Strychnine, a lethal poison. Diluted Strychnine was thought to have curative effects, a belief reinforced by the fact that in many towns the poisoned whiskey was still safer to drink than the local available water.

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Sabs
Community Member
1 year ago

They used to serve a drink called rattle snake shot, which had strychnine in it, it would cause the drinker to go into a stupor and become catatonic (rigid body like a mannequin) and topple over. If you survived you were considered a tough cowboy.

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