TIL in 1990, First Lady Barbara Bush criticized The Simpsons as “the dumbest thing I've ever seen." Marge wrote a letter to her, in character, politely telling her not to be so judgmental and explaining that her family tried their best. Mrs Bush later apologized for her “loose tongue”
TIL that a naked and bleeding 14 year old boy was returned to Jeffery Dahmer’s home by police. He was strangled immediately after the authorities left the serial killer’s home.
TIL in 2014, Ireland was outraged after an Australian article suggested that the Irish used potatoes as a source of currency.
TIL laser removal doesn't remove the tattoo. It just helps break it down so white blood cells can carry it away. You poop out your tattoo.
TIL that a man planted 7,000 trees to make a guitar shaped forest as tribute to his late wife.
TIL Mr. Roger's middle name was "McFeely"
TIL: Jeff Daniels only got paid $50,000 for his role in Dumb and Dumber, while Jim Carrey got paid $7mil.
TIL that when Kiefer Sutherland found out about a "24" drinking game where you drink every time he says "damn it," he decided to play along and started saying the phrase as many times as he could in an episode.
TIL that most toilets in Hong Kong are flushed with seawater in order to conserves the city’s scarce freshwater resources
TIL that in 2003, an Australian girl who was alleged to have been murdered attended court to testify that she was alive and didn't know the accused
TIL According to a study on Academy Award speeches, Steven Spielberg has been thanked more than God
TIL Woodrow Wilson was the most educated President of the United States in history as the only one with a Doctorate. He also passed the Georgia bar exam without finishing law school.
TIL On April Fool's Day 1998, Burger King published an advertisement for "Left-Handed Whopper". The condiments of this whopper were supposed to be rotated 180 degrees, as to avoid spilling out toppings from the right side of the burger. It was said to be the "ultimate 'Have-it-your-way' for lefties"
TIL wild marijuana grows all over Northern Japan.
TIL that George Lucas has detailed knowledge of 'Star Trek'. When actor Clint Howard auditioned for Lucas, the first thing the director said was "Balok, 'Corbomite Maneuver'", a role Howard had played as a child 15 years earlier. The amazed Howard later said he wanted to yell "get a life" at Lucas.
TIL during the Cold War, the BBC planned to air "The Sound of Music" after a nuclear strike to improve the morale of survivors.
TIL that mathematician Leonhard Euler's work touched upon so many fields that he is often the earliest written reference on a given matter so in an effort to avoid naming everything after Euler, some discoveries and theorems are attributed to the first person to have discovered them after Euler
TIL in 1958, the Chinese captured a US Sidewinder missile just four days after it was introduced into combat when it got stuck in a Chinese jet during a dogfight with Taiwan aircraft. It was reverse-engineered into the Soviet AA-2 Atoll (K-13) missile and used against US planes in Vietnam.
TIL 'waiterless' restaurants were pioneered in the late 1800s and were a hit in the early 20th century with the arrival of the Automat; the walls inside each store were lined with a series of small windows containing food. For a fee the window unlocked, allowing customers to pull out a meal.
TIL that the man Dick Cheney shot in 2006 still has 30 birdshot pellets stuck inside him, which has led to heart issues and a change in voice.
TIL Jesus Christ is officially the king of Poland
TIL that if you are still Single at the age of 25 in Denmark your closest friends hit you with cinnamon.
TIL there are only 9 active donors in the community of rare blood donors that have Rh-null blood. Rh-null is considered a universal blood for anyone with a rare blood type within the Rh system.
TIL that in Russia, there is a monument to honor laboratory mice that have lost their lives furthering scientific research.
TIL Mike Tyson's workout routine consisted of 2000 sit-ups, 500-800 dips, 500 press-ups, 500 shrugs with a 30kg barbell, and 10 mins of neck exercises and this was only at 5pm.
TIL that John F. Kennedy told the Secret Service to keep Jackie away from shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis. She married him after Kennedy's assassination.
TIL that after undergoing eye surgery, French impressionist painter Claude Monet allegedly developed the ability to see certain UV wavelenghts, which was also reflected in some of his paintings
TIL that in 1912, 3,020 trees were sent from Yokohama to Washington, D.C., as a gift from the people of Japan to the people of the United States.
TIL an orangutan named Pony was used as a sex slave in a village in Borneo. She would automatically 'assume the position' whenever a man neared her. It took over a year for authorities to free her because she was a favorite of the locals who fought against her release.
TIL Australia lost a prime minister, he just went for a swim and disappeared.
TIL the feeling of euphoric chills some people can get while listening to music is called 'frisson' (pronounced "free-sawn"), and researches have described the sensation as a skin orgasm.
TIL before Hitler and the nazis were used to represent tyrants and evil, people would call others "pharohs" from the book of exodus
TIL that the Isle of Man has a unique language called Manx, which is related to Irish and Scottish Gaelic, and that the language almost died out had it not been for activists that revived it by teaching children how to speak it.
TIL Teddy Roosevelt’s son at age 56 was the oldest man and only general to land by sea during D-Day. He survived the landings after successfully guiding troops inland under heavy fire but passed away about a month later due to heart problems.
TIL that the show 'Deadliest Catch' is bad for competition in the Bering Sea Fishing industry. The subsidies all the boats in the show receive allows them to undercut or break even with their seasonal catch.
TIL the most senior officer to survive the Titanic also participated in evacuating soldiers off the coast of Dunkirk
TIL There is a Star Wars comic called Into the Great Unknown in which Han Solo and Chewbacca crash into Earth after using Hyperspace blindly. Native Americans kill Han, and his body is discovered by Indiana Jones 126 years later while searching for Sasquatch—which turns out to be Chewbacca.
TIL Black Garlic is made by heating whole bulbs of garlic over the course of several weeks, a process that results in black cloves. The taste is sweet and syrupy with hints of balsamic vinegar or tamarind.
TIL That Tom Hanks was inducted into the US Army Ranger Hall of Fame for his performance in Saving Private Ryan. He is the only actor to hold that honor.
TIL that "marine snow" is a term to describe the continuous shower of mostly organic material falling from upper waters to the deep ocean. Some flakes fall for weeks before finally reaching the ocean floor.