Today, I learned there's a subreddit called "Today I Learned" (TIL). Just kidding, I'm not that far behind on Internet culture. In fact, I've already written about it here, here, and here. I just liked the way that sentence sounded.

However, if you aren't as enlightened as I am in the rich Reddit universe, TIL is a place where users submit facts they discovered on the Internet. Usually, they even attach corresponding photos to make it easier for others to digest the information too.

Sure, it's no Britannica, but the most important rule on the subreddit is that the facts must be legit and the online community has 25 million members self-governing its content, so you know what you're reading has to be true.

Here are some of the posts that recently went viral on the sub. Enjoy.

#1

Til When Nasa Used Electronic Computers For The First Time - To Calculate John Glenn's Orbit Around Earth - Officials Called On Katherine Johnson To Verify The Computer's Numbers; Glenn Had Asked For Her Specifically And Had Refused To Fly Unless Johnson Verified The Calculations.

TIL when NASA used electronic computers for the first time - to calculate John Glenn's orbit around Earth - officials called on Katherine Johnson to verify the computer's numbers; Glenn had asked for her specifically and had refused to fly unless Johnson verified the calculations.

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Riverina
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6 months ago

OOOO Hidden Figures

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#2

Til Joseph Bazalgette, The Man Who Designed London's Sewers In The 1860's, Said 'Well, We're Only Going To Do This Once And There's Always The Unforeseen' And Doubled The Pipe Diameter. If He Had Not Done This, It Would Have Overflowed In The 1960's (Its Still In Use Today).

TIL Joseph Bazalgette, the man who designed London's sewers in the 1860's, said 'Well, we're only going to do this once and there's always the unforeseen' and doubled the pipe diameter. If he had not done this, it would have overflowed in the 1960's (its still in use today).

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ADHORTATOR
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6 months ago

a wise man

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#3

Til Lithuania Withdrew From The 1992 Olympics Due To The Lack Of Money After The Fall Of The Ussr. The Grateful Dead Agreed To Fund Transportation Costs For The Basketball Team Along With Grateful Dead Designs For The Team's Jerseys And Shorts. They Went On To Win The Bronze.

TIL Lithuania withdrew from the 1992 Olympics due to the lack of money after the fall of the USSR. The Grateful Dead agreed to fund transportation costs for the basketball team along with Grateful Dead designs for the team's jerseys and shorts. They went on to win the Bronze.

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Full of Giggles
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6 months ago

The onion ninjas are back.

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#4

Til A Scottish Woman Was Sentenced To Death By Hanging Around 1721. Maggie Dickson Was Hung, Declared Dead, Put In A Wooden Coffin And Carted Off. She Woke Up En Route To The Churchyard, The Law Said Her Sentence Had Been Carried Out And She Lived Another 40 Years Known As 'Half-Hangit Maggie'.

TIL A Scottish woman was sentenced to death by hanging around 1721. Maggie Dickson was hung, declared dead, put in a wooden coffin and carted off. She woke up en route to the churchyard, the law said her sentence had been carried out and she lived another 40 years known as 'Half-hangit Maggie'.

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Raven Sheridan
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6 months ago

Beating the system!

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#5

Til That Majel Barrett, The Voice Of The Starfleet Computer On Star Trek, Recorded An Entire Library Of Phonetic Sounds Before She Died Which Allowed Her Voice To Be Used As The Computer For Future Generations.

TIL that Majel Barrett, the voice of the Starfleet computer on Star Trek, recorded an entire library of phonetic sounds before she died which allowed her voice to be used as the computer for future generations.

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Hans
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6 months ago

Dedication!

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#6

Til About The Danish Protest Pig. In The Early 20th Century, Danes Living Under Prussian Rule Were Banned From Displaying The Danish Flag. To Protest This, They Bred Pigs With A Red And White Color Pattern Similar To Their Flag. The Breed Is Now Called "Danish Protest Pig".

TIL about the Danish Protest Pig. In the early 20th century, Danes living under Prussian rule were banned from displaying the Danish flag. To protest this, they bred pigs with a red and white color pattern similar to their flag. The breed is now called "Danish Protest Pig".

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Kirsten Kerkhof
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6 months ago

Now that is commitment. "We'll mess with evolution just to spite ya!"

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#7

Til Nicaraguan Sign Language Is A Sign Language That Spontaneously Developed Among Deaf Children In Nicaragua In The 1980s. It Is Of Particular Interest To Linguists Because It Is Believed To Be To Be An Example Of The Birth Of A New Language, Unrelated To Any Other.

TIL Nicaraguan Sign Language is a sign language that spontaneously developed among deaf children in Nicaragua in the 1980s. It is of particular interest to linguists because it is believed to be to be an example of the birth of a new language, unrelated to any other.

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Hans
Community Member
6 months ago

Now that really is interesting.

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#8

Til Of Diego, A Tortoise Whose High Libido Helped Save His Species. He & E5 (Another Male) Brought The Population From 15 To 2,000, And Now The Species Is Considered Self-Sufficient. After 80 Years In Captivity, Diego Is Now Retired In The Galápagos, Where He'll Spend The Rest Of His Life Having Sex

TIL of Diego, a tortoise whose high libido helped save his species. He & E5 (another male) brought the population from 15 to 2,000, and now the species is considered self-sufficient. After 80 years in captivity, Diego is now retired in the Galápagos, where he'll spend the rest of his life having sex.

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Raven Sheridan
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6 months ago

Diego has a HARD life. (Pun intended.) 😉

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#9

Til: Firefighters Use Wetting Agents To Make Water Wetter. The Chemicals Reduce The Surface Tension Of Plain Water So It’s Easier To Spread And Soak Into Objects, Which Is Why It’s Known As “Wet Water.”

TIL: Firefighters use wetting agents to make water wetter. The chemicals reduce the surface tension of plain water so it’s easier to spread and soak into objects, which is why it’s known as “wet water.”

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The Breadman
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6 months ago

So water IS wet?

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#10

Til On The Set Of Blade: Trinity, Jessica Biel Was Supposed To Fire An Arrow Directly At The Camera, So The Camera Was Surrounded By Plexiglass Except For A 2" X 2" Square In Front Of The Camera Lens. Biel Managed To Shoot The Arrow Through The Hole And Destroy The $300,000 Camera.

TIL on the set of Blade: Trinity, Jessica Biel was supposed to fire an arrow directly at the camera, so the camera was surrounded by Plexiglass except for a 2" x 2" square in front of the camera lens. Biel managed to shoot the arrow through the hole and destroy the $300,000 camera.

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Arieke
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6 months ago

That is commitment!

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#11

Til Tomohiro Nishikado, Creator Of Space Invaders, Made The Entire Game Himself. Not Only Was He Its Designer, Programmer, Artist, And Sound Mixer, But He Also Engineered The Game’s Microcomputer From Scratch.

TIL Tomohiro Nishikado, creator of Space Invaders, made the entire game himself. Not only was he its designer, programmer, artist, and sound mixer, but he also engineered the game’s microcomputer from scratch.

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Raven Sheridan
Community Member
6 months ago

100% of the royalties!

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#12

Til That At A 1976 Amsterdam Chess Tournament, Soviet Grandmaster Viktor Korchnoi Politely Asked An English Competitor How To Spell The Words "Political Asylum." He Then Went Straight To A Police Station And Announced That He Wished To Defect.

TIL that at a 1976 Amsterdam chess tournament, Soviet grandmaster Viktor Korchnoi politely asked an English competitor how to spell the words "political asylum." He then went straight to a police station and announced that he wished to defect.

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Raven Sheridan
Community Member
6 months ago

Checkmate Soviet Russia!

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#13

Til Of A Brawl Involving 50 Congressmen On The Us House Floor In 1858. It Ended When Someone Knocked Off A Man's Wig And The Man Accidentally Put It Back On Backwards, Causing Both Sides To Laugh And Stop Fighting.

TIL of a brawl involving 50 congressmen on the US House floor in 1858. It ended when someone knocked off a man's wig and the man accidentally put it back on backwards, causing both sides to laugh and stop fighting.

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Full of Giggles
Community Member
6 months ago

So....not much has changed in the House.

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#14

Til Noninvasive Spinal Stimulation Enables Paralyzed People To Regain Use Of Hands. A Team Of Scientists Reports That Six People With Severe Spinal Cord Injuries — Three Of Them Completely Paralyzed — Have Regained Use Of Their Hands And Fingers

TIL Noninvasive spinal stimulation enables paralyzed people to regain use of hands. A team of scientists reports that six people with severe spinal cord injuries — three of them completely paralyzed — have regained use of their hands and fingers.

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ProductofNZ
Community Member
6 months ago

This! I definitely take the use of my limbs for granted.

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#15

Til A Professional Security Tester Named Jayson E. Street, Was Once Hired To Attempt To Compromise The Computers And Networks Of A Bank In Beirut. He Succeeded In The Compromise And Found Several Exploits, But Was Soon Shocked To Discover He Had Just Robbed/Hacked The Wrong Bank

TIL a professional security tester named Jayson E. Street, was once hired to attempt to compromise the computers and networks of a bank in Beirut. He succeeded in the compromise and found several exploits, but was soon shocked to discover he had just robbed/hacked the wrong bank.

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Raven Sheridan
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6 months ago

Whoops!

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#16

Til That A Man In Horse-Drawn Carriage Was Kicked Out Of KFC Drive-Through. He Then Went To A Mcdonalds And Was Served A Big Mac Without Anyone Questioning His Method Of Transport.

TIL That a man in horse-drawn carriage was kicked out of KFC drive-through. He then went to a McDonalds and was served a Big Mac without anyone questioning his method of transport.

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Micah Patchen
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6 months ago

A horse dollar spends like a car dollar

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#17

Til When Pursued, Kangaroos Will Lure The Chaser To Bodies Of Water. So They Can Hold Their Pursuer Under And Drown Them.

TIL when pursued, kangaroos will lure the chaser to bodies of water. So they can hold their pursuer under and drown them.

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Katie Lutesinger
Community Member
6 months ago

Someone I know had a kangaroo do this to their dog. The dog survived, but it was a close call.

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#18

Til In 1865, Charles Dickens Was Traveling Home From France When His Train Derailed While Crossing A Bridge, And His Car Was Left Dangling From The Tracks. He Helped Save Stranded Passengers And Then Climbed Back Into The Dangling Car To Find A Manuscript He Was Supposed To Send To His Publishers.

TIL in 1865, Charles Dickens was traveling home from France when his train derailed while crossing a bridge, and his car was left dangling from the tracks. He helped save stranded passengers and then climbed back into the dangling car to find a manuscript he was supposed to send to his publishers.

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Lucy Skinner
Community Member
6 months ago

Ah, deadlines!

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#19

Til The Idea Of Black Holes Was First Proposed In 1783 By John Michell, Calling Them "Dark Stars" And Proposing A Method To Detect Them By Looking For Star Systems That Showed The Gravitational Effects Of Two Stars, But Only One Star Was Visible, Which Is Indeed How Scientists Look For Them Today

TIL the idea of black holes was first proposed in 1783 by John Michell, calling them "dark stars" and proposing a method to detect them by looking for star systems that showed the gravitational effects of two stars, but only one star was visible, which is indeed how scientists look for them today.

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Micah Patchen
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6 months ago

I love science before computers

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#20

Til Of Frederick Mckinley Jones - An Orphaned Black American Who, In The 1930s When Racial Segregation Was The Norm, Invented The First Successful Automatic Refrigeration System For Trucks. This Lead To The Development Of Supermarkets And Better Combat-Zone Medical Supply.

TIL of Frederick McKinley Jones - an orphaned black American who, in the 1930s when racial segregation was the norm, invented the first successful automatic refrigeration system for trucks. This lead to the development of supermarkets and better combat-zone medical supply.

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
6 months ago

"in the 1930s when racial segregation was the norm" as opposed to 2020 when racism still is the norm in many parts of the world.

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#21

Til That The Oldest Known Domesticated Dog Remains Are Over 14,000 Years Old. The Dog Died Young And Is Unlikely To Have Been Much Use To Humans. Nevertheless, It Was Buried In An Elaborate Grave Alongside Two Humans.

TIL that the oldest known domesticated dog remains are over 14,000 years old. The dog died young and is unlikely to have been much use to humans. Nevertheless, it was buried in an elaborate grave alongside two humans.

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karla Meixnerová
Community Member
6 months ago

Still a good boi :)

Shelby P
Community Member
6 months ago

"unlikely to have been much use"? that's an odd phrase...

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
6 months ago

I think they are implying that humans evolved dogs thousands of years ago based on jobs dogs could do (like sheep dog, husky, etc) but that this particular dog wasn’t being “used” for anything other than friendship.

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El Dee
Community Member
6 months ago

We loved them then and we love them now..

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
6 months ago

There is evidence that domestication may have happened as early as 35k years versus 14k years ago. What is more interesting is the self-domestication model is more accepted than the "cavemen stole a wolf puppy" mythos.

Niffler_13
Community Member
6 months ago

They have found evidence of "proto-dog" dating back 30,000 years, which include fragments of a skeleton and fossilized paw-prints in a cave alongside human footprints.

Easily Excitable Panda
Community Member
6 months ago

If I recall correctly, they were a child's footprints. <3

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Ashheart of Skyclan
Community Member
6 months ago

RIP, The first good boi to ever good boi

Kendra Miller
Community Member
6 months ago

Sometimes these facts make me wonder if these people are listening to the same podcasts as me: How dogs landed in our laps by Every Little Thing Podcast episode last week

Diana
Community Member
6 months ago

I live in the city to which the grave belongs to today. Although I already saw it multiple times at the museum, it still remains one of my favourites!

Rachael Kennedy
Community Member
6 months ago

maybe was a pet ?

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#22

Til In High School, Donald Glover Was Voted "Most Likely To Write For The Simpsons." In 2006, Glover Sent Writing Samples To David Miner, Which Included A Spec Script He Had Written For The Simpsons. Miner And Tina Fey Were Impressed By Glover's Work And Hired Him To Become A Writer For 30 Rock.

TIL In high school, Donald Glover was voted "Most Likely to Write for The Simpsons." In 2006, Glover sent writing samples to David Miner, which included a spec script he had written for The Simpsons. Miner and Tina Fey were impressed by Glover's work and hired him to become a writer for 30 Rock.

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Linus Nilsson
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6 months ago

So close, but yet so far

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#23

Til That The Developers Of The Racing Simulator Game Assetto Corsa Were Attempting To Find The Source Of What They Believed To Be A Bug With The In-Game Traction Control. In Reality, The "Bug" Was The Simulation Accurately Recreating A Real World Physics Problem They Were Unaware Of.

TIL that the developers of the racing simulator game Assetto Corsa were attempting to find the source of what they believed to be a bug with the in-game traction control. In reality, the "bug" was the simulation accurately recreating a real world physics problem they were unaware of.

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DC
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6 months ago

Would be interesting to know which. And also - didn't they have actual engineers on board? I mean, engineers specialized in cars?

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#24

Til That A Smell Can Recall Emotional Memories Better Than Any Other Sense. A Sense Of Smell Is Also Linked To Overall Psychological Well-Being.

TIL that a smell can recall emotional memories better than any other sense. A sense of smell is also linked to overall psychological well-being.

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Julia Atkinson
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6 months ago

This doesn't surprise me. Whenever I sniff the pages of an old book my grandparents gave me I can close my eyes and imagine myself in their house, which I last visited in 1978

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#25

Til That Sleight Of Hand Artist Apollo Robbins Was So Proficient That He Once Managed To Pick The Pockets Of 2 Secret Service Agents Assigned To Former President Jimmy Carter. He Managed To Steal The Forner President's Itinerary, The Keys To His Motorcade And The Badges Of The Agents.

TIL that sleight of hand artist Apollo Robbins was so proficient that he once managed to pick the pockets of 2 secret service agents assigned to former president Jimmy Carter. He managed to steal the forner president's itinerary, the keys to his motorcade and the badges of the agents.

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Raven Sheridan
Community Member
6 months ago

Sticking it to the man!

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#26

Til That During World War II, M&ms Were Exclusively Sold To The U.S. Military. The Candies Were Heat-Resistant And Easy-To-Transport, Perfect For American Soldiers’ Rations.

TIL that during World War II, M&Ms were exclusively sold to the U.S. military. The candies were heat-resistant and easy-to-transport, perfect for American soldiers’ rations.

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Deal _Anneal
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6 months ago (edited)

YUM! d=====( ̄▽ ̄*)b

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#27

Til That Catherine Zeta-Jones Was Initially Offered The Lead Role In Chicago, But Turned It Down In Favor Of Playing Velma Just So She Could Sing "All That Jazz."

TIL that Catherine Zeta-Jones was initially offered the lead role in Chicago, but turned it down in favor of playing Velma just so she could sing "All That Jazz."

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Kay blue
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6 months ago

I don't blame her, that's an awesome song.

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#28

Til About A Psychological Phenomenon Known As Psychic Numbing, The Idea That “The More People Die, The Less We Care”. We Not Only Become Numb To The Significance Of Increasing Numbers, But Our Compassion Can Actually Fade As Numbers Increase.

TIL about a psychological phenomenon known as psychic numbing, the idea that “the more people die, the less we care”. We not only become numb to the significance of increasing numbers, but our compassion can actually fade as numbers increase.

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Giovanni
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6 months ago

"Death of one man is a tragedy. Death of a million is a statistic."

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#29

Til Lighthouses Had Different Techniques For Rotating The Light, Most Being Too Slow, Making The Light Less Visible. Augustin Fresnel Proposed A Mercury Flotation System In 1825. Despite Some Lenses Weighing Over 6,000 Lbs. The Design Reduced Friction, Increased Rotation, And Ultimately Saved Lives.

TIL Lighthouses had different techniques for rotating the light, most being too slow, making the light less visible. Augustin Fresnel proposed a mercury flotation system in 1825. Despite some lenses weighing over 6,000 lbs. the design reduced friction, increased rotation, and ultimately saved lives.

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Sarah Lishman
Community Member
6 months ago

Now more commonly used in theatres across the world as stage lights (albeit a heck of a lot smaller in size and weight!)

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#30

Til That It Used To Be Illegal In The United States For Actors To Wear Military Uniforms In A Production That Portrayed The Military Negatively, Until The Supreme Court Ruled In 1970 That This Was A Violation Of The First Amendment

TIL that it used to be illegal in the United States for actors to wear military uniforms in a production that portrayed the military negatively, until the Supreme Court ruled in 1970 that this was a violation of the First Amendment.

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Marta Dyrgała
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6 months ago

Run, Forrest, run! 😝

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#31

Til Carl Stalling Composed The Music For Many Early Disney And Classic Looney Tunes Cartoon Shorts, Averaging One Score A Week During His 22 Years At Warner Bros. The Studio's 50-Piece Orchestra Found Stalling's Dynamic Cartoon Music Far More Challenging Than The Film Scores They Normally Played.

TIL Carl Stalling composed the music for many early Disney and classic Looney Tunes cartoon shorts, averaging one score a week during his 22 years at Warner Bros. The studio's 50-piece orchestra found Stalling's dynamic cartoon music far more challenging than the film scores they normally played.

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glowworm2
Community Member
6 months ago

This man was a musical genius and introduced me to so much classical music thanks to the cartoons he helped bring to life.

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#32

Til Children Have More Energy Than Endurance Athletes. They Have Fatigue-Resistant Muscles And They Recover Faster Than Adults. Much Of This Stems From Their Ability To Uptake And Distribute Oxygen, As Well As Synergize Energy Faster.

TIL children have more energy than endurance athletes. They have fatigue-resistant muscles and they recover faster than adults. Much of this stems from their ability to uptake and distribute oxygen, as well as synergize energy faster.

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Katie Lutesinger
Community Member
6 months ago

Well, that explains a lot. (I used to work in childcare).

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#33

Til Andrew Thielen's Info Was Fraudulently Sold To Debt Collectors. Their Conduct Enraged Him To The Point Of Spending A Years-Long Crusade To Find The Source That Committed This Fraud. Using The Same Intimidating Tactics Collectors Tried To Use On Him, He Worked His Way To The Man Responsible.

TIL Andrew Thielen's info was fraudulently sold to debt collectors. Their conduct enraged him to the point of spending a years-long crusade to find the source that committed this fraud. Using the same intimidating tactics collectors tried to use on him, he worked his way to the man responsible.

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Raven Sheridan
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6 months ago

I'm about to end this man's whole career!

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Til Arthur Conan Doyle And Harry Houdini Were Friends At One Point, However Doyle Refused To Accept Houdini Performed Using Trickery And Believed He Had Supernatural Powers. Their Friendship Ended After Houdini Exposed Séance Mediums Who Claimed To Have Powers To Talk To The Dead.

TIL Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini were friends at one point, however Doyle refused to accept Houdini performed using trickery and believed he had supernatural powers. Their friendship ended after Houdini exposed séance mediums who claimed to have powers to talk to the dead.

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Ozacoter
Community Member
6 months ago

If I am not mistaken the medium that he exposed was Doyles wife. Thats why they werent friends anymore. If I remember it correctly he gave a 'password' to his wife so if one of them died they could confirm if they were really talking ti their spirit or being scamed.

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Til That When People First Started Using The Telephone They Would Often Yell Into The Wrong Part, And When They Did Get On The Phone, They Had To Figure Out What To Say To Start A Conversation: “Ahoy” Was Alexander Graham Bell’s Preferred Option.

TIL That when people first started using the telephone they would often yell into the wrong part, and when they did get on the phone, they had to figure out what to say to start a conversation: “Ahoy” was Alexander Graham Bell’s preferred option.

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Katie Lutesinger
Community Member
6 months ago

And that's why Mr Burns on The Simpsons always answers the phone with "ahoy hoy?". He's just THAT old.

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#36

Til That Doctor Who Briefly Featured Kamelion, An Android Who Was "Played" By An Actual Robot. Unfortunately, The Writers Had To Kill The Character Off When The Robot's Inventor, Who Was The Only One Who Knew How To Control It, Died In A Boating Accident.

TIL that Doctor Who briefly featured Kamelion, an android who was "played" by an actual robot. Unfortunately, the writers had to kill the character off when the robot's inventor, who was the only one who knew how to control it, died in a boating accident.

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Tracy Sellars
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6 months ago

Wow this is so cool.

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Til That A 14th Century Moroccan Explorer Ibn Battuta Went As Far As Modern Indonesia, China, India, Russia, Central Asia, Balkans, Spain, Tanzania, West Africa And Maldives, And Was By Far The Most Well-Travelled Human Before The Modern Era. He Wrote An Account Of His Travels, Known As The Rihlah.

TIL that a 14th century Moroccan explorer Ibn Battuta went as far as modern Indonesia, China, India, Russia, Central Asia, Balkans, Spain, Tanzania, West Africa and Maldives, and was by far the most well-travelled human before the modern era. He wrote an account of his travels, known as The Rihlah.

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Giovanni
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6 months ago

And then they made a bad video game about him

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#38

Til The Last Us Civil War Widow Died In 2020. The Practice Of A Young Woman Marrying An Older Man For His Civil War Pension As A Dependent Was Common Practice In The Early 20th Century

TIL The last US Civil War Widow died in 2020. The practice of a young woman marrying an older man for his Civil War pension as a dependent was common practice in the early 20th century.

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Dave P
Community Member
6 months ago

Confederate war widow if I am correct. She was 19 when he was in his 90's and yes poor girls did this so they could get a lifetime pension to lift them out of poverty

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#39

Til That In The Last Year Of His Presidency, Teddy Roosevelt Rode A Horse 100 Miles In One Day In Order To Prove That His New Military Physical Standards (100 Miles In Three Days) Were Not Unreasonable

TIL that in the last year of his presidency, Teddy Roosevelt rode a horse 100 miles in one day in order to prove that his new military physical standards (100 miles in three days) were not unreasonable.

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Jean Shultz
Community Member
6 months ago

That poor horse!! I would say the horse did prove itself even though he was trying to prove that a human can do it.

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Til That Drivers With More Expensive Cars Are Less Likely To Yield To Pedestrians. A Study Has Found That The Likelihood Of Yielding Goes Down By 3% For Every Extra $1,000 In Car Value.

TIL that drivers with more expensive cars are less likely to yield to pedestrians. A study has found that the likelihood of yielding goes down by 3% for every extra $1,000 in car value.

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Scagsy
Community Member
6 months ago

Which kinda proves that the richer someone is, the bigger asshat they are. Change my mind

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