Today is a brand new day and before it turns into yet another small and insignificant spot somewhere in a 365-day bender, there’s time to make it worthwhile. So today, we baked you a special treat of a list that features some of the most entertaining facts you probably didn’t know.

Thanks to our dear friends and the powerhouse of Reddit, “Today I Learned,” we have quite a read to scroll through right below. The group’s whopping 26.2 million members prove that too many of us love that sense of discovery, no matter how big or small it be. And often all it takes is one specific fact to pump up your trivia muscle!

After you're done, be sure to check out our previous TIL posts here, here and here.

#1

30 ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Show It’s Never Too Late To Learn (New Pics) TIL 110 years ago Dr Charles Campbell constructed 30 feet high bat roost to fight malaria. Bats that lived in the roost ate the mosquitoes and Mitchell's lake municipality was malaria-free in 4 years.

ketanpande , Larry D. Moore Report

Loty
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1 month ago

Bats are good people

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#2

30 ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Show It’s Never Too Late To Learn (New Pics) TIL that the first child protective services organization in the world was created after the founder of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals realized laws protecting animals from abuse were stronger than laws protecting children

Stock_Trading_Pro , Anna Shvets Report

Ren Karlej
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1 month ago

First child cruelty case in the UK was prosecuted under animal welfare legislation.

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#3

30 ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Show It’s Never Too Late To Learn (New Pics) TIL Mexico was the only country to protest the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany. To honor that support, there is a square in Vienna named "Mexikoplatz"

iSleepUpsideDown , Bwag Report

Serial pacifist
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1 month ago

Good job Mexico.

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#4

30 ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Show It’s Never Too Late To Learn (New Pics) TIL about a man who shot a protected saguaro cactus down with his shotgun in 1982. The cactus fell on him, crushing and impaling him to death.

Pups_the_Jew , Sullynyflhi Report

Aahzmandus Pervect
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1 month ago

Darwin's award winner?

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#5

TIL that in 2013, Star Wars was dubbed into Navajo, making it the first major motion picture translated into a Native American language

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Devil's Advocate
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1 month ago

Depressing it took so long! We need to keep older languages alive. Moana was released in Tokelauan, and there are songs that were never translated into English to encourage natives to keep their language alive.

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#6

30 ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Show It’s Never Too Late To Learn (New Pics) TIL that the song "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" by the artist Skrillex was observed as a mosquito repellent due to its low-frequency vibrations. The scientists also found that mosquitoes exposed to the song had sex "far less often" than other mosquitos without music.

30phil1 , Weekly Dig Report

Serial pacifist
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1 month ago

I hear that much of contemporary pop music is a repellent.

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#7

30 ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Show It’s Never Too Late To Learn (New Pics) TIL The British army breaks step when crossing bridges. This is because in 1831 a suspension bridge collapsed from all the soldiers marching in unison.

OntarioIsPain , Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files Report

NsG
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1 month ago

Look up what happened with the Millennium Bridge. Pedestrians hit the resonant frequency of the bridge by accident, but then the effect was multiplied when people started correcting their steps to keep their balance.

Nathan Pogorzala
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1 month ago

There is an old law that prohibits an army pf cats from crossing the Golden Gate Bridge in order to protect from the same phenomena.

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Devil's Advocate
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1 month ago

Pretty certain this is ALL military across the world

Laugh or not
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1 month ago

Yes, since at least the Romans. Who were very good at both building bridges and having a disciplined army.

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Viktor Feurer
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1 month ago

There is a training for that in every army.

Rózsa Nyerges
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1 month ago

And even at the police.

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ASP
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1 month ago

I had learned that is was already known to Roman armies?

Arienne Libbrecht
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1 month ago

Mythbusters tested this and found it to be true.

Dave P
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1 month ago

All Armies do this, not just the British, countries have laws about this.

Lomion
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1 month ago

there even is a sign on Albert Bridge in London! 2016-05-15...b48949.jpg 2016-05-15-11-58-03-61600a2b48949.jpg

Chris Longski
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1 month ago

"Route Step" on bridges and piers. Most military formations you will see do it. Stops rhythmic, sympathetic vibrations that could damage the structure.

Linda Roy
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1 month ago

What does the term 'break step' mean?

TheAnimalLady
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1 month ago

To purposely stop walking "in step"/matching strides.

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HellVetios
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1 month ago

All armies do that.

Riley Quinn
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1 month ago

This is something Roman soldiers were taught. The info must've been lost or forgotten over the intervening years.

backatya
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1 month ago

Oops

Jules Marten-Feldmann
Community Member
1 month ago

I learned this while in London, there is a sign on one of the bridge that says they need to break step when crossing.

smugdruggler
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1 month ago

I thought that "Mythbusters" had dispelled this one.

Brandy Grote
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1 month ago

All military members know break step.

Brian Bennett
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1 month ago

I guess we should all watch are step - literally!

Lyn Moffett
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1 month ago

How the hell are they gonna stop cats? Especially an army of them. I would run like hell if I seen an army of cats.

AnnaBanana
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1 month ago

I wouldn't! I'd lie down with my arms open!

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Lyn Moffett
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1 month ago

Didn't know that

Guido Pisano
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1 month ago

I knew that all armies did that

Stephanie A Mutti
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1 month ago

In Basic Air Force Training, you also get to casual harch over bridges for the same reason.

AnnaBanana
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1 month ago

Why is it called "harch"? Have always wondered.

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J. F.
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1 month ago

We in Germany have a special law against marching in unison over bridges for THIS exact reason

Downunderdude
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1 month ago

It has happened - or nearly happened - much more often than that.

snipergun
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1 month ago

This is common occurrence in engineering, only sometimes forgotten to be checked.

Nubis Knight
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1 month ago

Not only British Army, think that's common knowledge in armies

Sonja
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1 month ago

iwee were taught that all armies do that.

Sky Render
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1 month ago

Hm, this gives me an evil idea... A decoy bridge that can attune its harmonic resonance to the footsteps of anyone crossing it, like a giant tuning fork. Unless everyone in a large group walked across it with a different step, it would attune to the most common resonance and shake itself apart.

Annika Postler
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1 month ago

Doppler Effect

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#8

30 ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Show It’s Never Too Late To Learn (New Pics) TIL that the FTC actually recommends against organizations using regular password changing policies as it only encourages users to use simple, easy to remember passwords that they then only alter in predictable ways.

Gullible_Skeptic , Tima Miroshnichenko Report

Something
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1 month ago

Alternatively, it causes users to come up with passwords so secure that even they can't access their accounts.

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#9

30 ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Show It’s Never Too Late To Learn (New Pics) TIL that in China 209 BC two generals were going to be late which was punishable by death. They realized that the punish for rebellion was the same as the one for being late, so they decided to rebel and created an uprising.

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Richard Liu
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1 month ago (edited)

They're not general but just low level officer. Their names are Chen Sheng & Wu Guang (surname first). Their revolt was suppressed in just 6 months.

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#10

30 ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Show It’s Never Too Late To Learn (New Pics) TIL that Enya lives in a castle in Ireland, and when Bo Burnham wanted to include Orinoco Flow in his film, he had to send her a hand written letter

cugzkani , Sardaka Report

Devil's Advocate
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1 month ago

Learned it. Not surprised by it.

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#11

TIL of Lady Lucy Houston, a British philanthropist who, after WWI, recognized the need for a strong Air Force... when the British government refused, she funded development of what became the Spitfire. She passed before WWII, and never saw how much that investment paid off.

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Caro Caro
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1 month ago

This is interesting. What a great woman. http://www.warfaremagazine.co.uk/articles/Lady-Lucy-Houston-The-Unsung-Heroine/224

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#12

TIL that a guy drove 3.25 million miles with his Volvo that he bought in 1966 until his death in 2018

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Devil's Advocate
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1 month ago

Only in a Volvo :)

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#13

30 ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Show It’s Never Too Late To Learn (New Pics) TIL, While alcohol made from apples is called cider, alcohol made from pears is called "Perry"

APleasantMemory , Bicanski Report

Scagsy
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1 month ago

It goes down like water as well and is usually quite strong. Perfect for a hot summers day but watch yourself on it.

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#14

TIL: President Nixon, wife Pat, and Henry Kissinger took lessons and practiced for months to learn to use chopsticks properly, in preparation for the dinner banquet on his visit to China in 1972

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Serial pacifist
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1 month ago

And then they brought out spoons and forks.

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#15

TIL that Filipino churches built during Spain's colonial period used millions of egg whites in the concrete to make it more durable. This is also why Filipino desserts often use lots of egg yolks- many were developed to use up all the extra yolks from construction projects

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Tomas Holicka
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1 month ago

Pretty famously, Charles Bridge in Prague also used egg whites to strengthen the mortar, but I don't think Czech cuisine adapted to use more yolks.

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#16

30 ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Show It’s Never Too Late To Learn (New Pics) TIL James Blunt(singer) developed scurvy in university when he ate only meat for two months 'out of principle' to annoy vegetarian classmates

saeijou , Dani Dapena Report

Ren Karlej
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1 month ago

He added orange juice to his diet to try to combat it and got acid reflux. Balance in diet is important!!!

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#17

30 ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Show It’s Never Too Late To Learn (New Pics) TIL the sex of alligator hatchlings is based purely on temperature while incubating. At 86F or lower, the babies will all be female; at 93F or higher, they will all be male. The mother can sense these changes in temperature and will alter the nest to maintain an optimum temperature.

TululaDaydream , Roger Smith Report

Amy Dodds
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1 month ago

Is it just me or is that a really sexy looking gator?

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#18

30 ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Show It’s Never Too Late To Learn (New Pics) TIL The Vatican has its own telescope staffed by priests, and has previously been given awards for the pursuit of scientific research.

_Mr_Washee_Washee , H. Raab Report

Romenriel
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1 month ago

Several catholic orders consider pursue of academic knowledge and research to be one of their

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#19

30 ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Show It’s Never Too Late To Learn (New Pics) TIL that in 1939 an experiment was conducted at the University of Iowa on orphans in which the purpose was to induce stuttering in otherwise normally speaking children. Dubbed the "monster study", it caused lifelong psychological issues in some of the subjects.

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Burs
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1 month ago

Humans are monsters

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#20

TIL David Lucas, a producer of the 1976 rock hit "Don't Fear The Reaper", really did want more cowbell, while band members felt he was crazy. In a 2005 interview, the bassist recalled that the cowbell "really pulled the track together".

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Allen Lavine
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1 month ago

More cowbells

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#21

30 ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Show It’s Never Too Late To Learn (New Pics) TIL of garden hermits, people encouraged to dress as druids and live in caves and grottoes on the estates of rich people effectively as decoration in the 18th century, usually receiving room and board as payment. One such hermit was fired three weeks into a seven year term after being found drinking at a local pub.

a3poify , Johann Baptist Theobald Schmitt Report

Romenriel
Community Member
1 month ago

"Druid" is not a correct term. Hermite is a type of Christian monk that lives alone in a wilderness, but now that I think of it, they were similar to druids in some aspects, for example, they were believed to be friends with animals and animals would be helping them out.

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#22

30 ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Show It’s Never Too Late To Learn (New Pics) TIL that Stalin struggled with depression and summoned renowned Russian psychiatrist Vladimir Bekhterev to examine him. After the examination Bekhterev said only one word - "paranoiac". He died on the very next day from what most believed was poisoning.

PrognosticatorMortus , Unknown Report

Serial pacifist
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1 month ago (edited)

"I have a feeling people don't like me, it's not like I ban them from speaking their minds and send them to gulags to freeze or work to death if I don't like what they say."

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#23

30 ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Show It’s Never Too Late To Learn (New Pics) TIL A day on Venus is longer than a year on Venus. It takes Venus longer to rotate once on its axis than to complete one orbit of the Sun. That's 243 Earth days to rotate once, and 225 Earth days to complete one orbit of the Sun.

WildAnimus , NASA Report

Devil's Advocate
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1 month ago

Pretty sure Mercury is the same. Conversely, a lunar year and a lunar day are identical which is why we always have the same side facing us

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#24

30 ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Show It’s Never Too Late To Learn (New Pics) Today I learned Charlie Chaplin didn't actually have a mustache, it was a part of his makeup.

ElaborateRuse420 , P.D Jankens Report

Andy Acceber
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1 month ago

Unlike Cesar Romero who did have a mustache that Ben Nye attempted to hide under makeup. (Cesar Romero played the Joker in the original TV Batman series.)

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#25

30 ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Show It’s Never Too Late To Learn (New Pics) TIL there is a full taxidermed whale in a Swedish museum that was open to the public until a couple was caught making love inside it (1930's)

anonymous , Jopparn Report

Andy Acceber
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1 month ago

And they weren't the first -- just the first to get caught. (jk)

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#26

TIL pepperoni is an American invention. It's similar to the spicy salamis of southern Italy, but it also has elements characteristic of German sausages (smokiness, beef content, and fine grind). In Italian, "peperoni" just means "bell peppers".

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Kari Panda
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1 month ago

In Germany, 'peperoni' is used for something similar to chili peppers. For years, when I read about 'peperoni pizza' I believed it was just a pizza with a whole lot of chili.

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#27

30 ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Show It’s Never Too Late To Learn (New Pics) TIL ancient Egyptians would give opium to quiet crying babies. This practice was also a popular way to calm babies in the Victorian era, but it sometimes caused infants to starve to death as they were kept in a constant state of narcotism.

The_Ry_Ry , pxhere Report

Burs
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1 month ago

This used to be done in my village too. They would give strong poppy tea to crying babies to calm them down. Good as a painkiller but definetly too dangerous for babies since some would die.

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#28

30 ‘Today I Learned’ Facts That Show It’s Never Too Late To Learn (New Pics) TIL that half of all panda births result in twins, however, it is very rare for both cubs to survive as giant pandas almost always abandon a cub if they give birth to more than one

CaptainI9C3G6 , piqsels Report

Romenriel
Community Member
1 month ago

I saw a Youtube video about this! Chinese scientist were trying to keep alive both babies, so they switched them up in regular intervals. The bear mama only had one baby at her at all times, while the other one was in incubator and nursed by caretakers, and then switch so both babies would get mama love and milk.

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#29

TIL that the opossum and the possum are not the same animal. The opossum lives in North America and the possum lives in Australia and SE Asia. While they are both marsupials, they belong to different orders. An example of a possum would be the sugar glider, which weighs less than 5 ounces.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

I think possums are much cuter than opossums.

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#30

TIL that in 1457 golf was banned in Scotland by king James II, because he felt that young men were playing too much golf instead of practicing archery. It remained in banned until 1502, when James IV became a golfer.

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Sue Lynn Chan
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1 month ago

But...............HEAR ME OUT! What if they use a golf ball made of metals..........so that when the enemies comes, the can swing the golf to the enemies.

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