TIL no symphony orchestra can ever make a profit on its own, even if it sold out tickets at every show. This is mainly because the show consists of 40-100 fully salaried members who only perform the same piece 2 or 3 times. Most orchestras rely heavily on donators to be profitable.
TIL that President LBJ was a competitive womanizer, and whenever people mentioned Kennedy's many affairs, LBJ would bang the table and declare that he had more women by accident than Kennedy ever had on purpose.
TIL You'd have to click a mouse roughly 10 million times to burn 1 calorie.
TIL Pres. Teddy Roosevelt was given strong coffee and puffs of cigar as a child to 'help' with his asthma. As an adult his coffee drinking became legendary and he drank up to 40 cups/day. His son, Theodore Jr., remarked that his father's ideal coffee cup might be "more in the nature of a bathtub"
TIL Sublime made 40oz. to Freedom by sneaking into the music department at CSU-Dominguez Hills after hours and recording all night.
TIL the apples in the phrase "how do you like them apples" refer to WW1 trench mortars nicknamed "toffee apples" used by the British
TIL: NPR CarTalk Tom Magliozzi's grave stone has "It's not hard work that killed him" inscribed in Latin.
TIL: Earthworms have even been ranked the number one most influential species in the history of the planet – above dinosaurs and humans.
TIL when the First World War began, it was compulsory for all British officers to have a moustache. Poignantly, that edict was revoked in October 1916, because the new recruits were so young that some could not rustle up more than a thin, mousey streak.
TIL that in 2015, Americans left 658 million vacation days unused. 222 million of those days were lost because they could not be rolled over, meaning Americans worked $61 billion dollars worth of time for free.
TIL of the Sack of Rome in 390 BC. After the Romans were routed and the city was all but destroyed, the Romans figured their only decision was to pay the invaders to leave. It worked.
TIL of Chinese folklore's "Pixiu", a creature that was banished from the heavens for being unruly--; It was spanked by the Jade Emperor so hard that its butthole was sealed, leaving it cursed to a diet of gold, silver, and jewels but unable to expel any of it.
TIL when the Nazis burned Sigmund Freud's books he said, "What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now, they are content with burning my books."
TIL of Torch Lake, often compared to the Caribbean, it is located in Michigan and is one of the clearest lakes in the world.
TIL Like smallpox, Polio is on its way out with 22 cases worldwide in 2017
TIL That Buddy Bolden, the man credited with creating the musical innovations that would lead to the birth of Jazz, had acute schizophrenia and was permanently committed to a mental institution at age 30.
TIL that bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world and can grow roughly 0.9 meters in a day if presented with the appropriate conditions.
TIL that Cougars are the biggest cat that can purr and meow.
TIL: Kentucky has 120 counties (4th out of all states) because the rule in the early 1800’s was you needed to be a day rides by horse to the county seat to take care of business.
TIL Nietzsche criticised antisemitism and German nationalism, believing in his final years he was "a pure-blooded Polish nobleman, without a single drop of bad blood, certainly not German". He claimed he and Germany were great thanks to "Polish blood in their veins" and wanted "all antisemites shot"
TIL: The BBC used the opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony during WWII because it simulated the Morse Code "V" for Victory ...-
TIL the last name of "How to Win Friends and Influence People" author Dale Carnegie was not originally named Carnegie - in an example of how to influence people, he changed the spelling from Carnegey to resemble the name of the more influential Andrew Carnegie
TIL a bald eagle somehow made its way to Ireland in 1987 and was so tired that it had to be returned via airplane.
TIL that Marjory Stoneman Douglas fought against efforts to drain the FL Everglades and reclaim land for development when she was 79 years old. Her tireless efforts earned her several variations of the nickname "Grande Dame of the Everglades.” She also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
TIL In 1981, horse meat labeled as beef was discovered at a plant that supplied hamburger and taco meat to Jack in the Box. The meat was originally from Australia, and during their checks on location, inspectors discovered other shipments destined for the US that included kangaroo meat.
TIL Blackbeard and his crew would lock themselves in the hold of the ship and light pots of sulphur to see who could last the longest without suffocating.
TIL California is the 6th largest economy in the world behind USA, China, Japan, Germany, UK. It's bigger than India, France, Brazil, Italy, Russia, Canada, Spain, Australia, South Korea, Mexico.
TIL: George Carlin Recorded a comedy album called "I Kinda Like It When a Lotta People Die" 2 days before 9/11. After 9/11, he decided not to release it. (It was ultimately released December 2016.)
TIL the scientist John von Neumann (1903-1957) could by the age of 6, divide two 8 digit numbers in his head and converse in ancient Greek. He published over 150 papers during his lifetime, and is considered by many to be among the most intellegent humans to have ever lived.
TIL There is no generally accepted term to describe what Northern Ireland is: province, region, country or "something else".
TIL while researching his political comedy ‘In the Loop’, writer Armando Iannucci (creator of Veep) sneaked into the US State Dept in Washington using a pass which he claims ‘‘could have been produced by a child’’.
TIL of the "Concave Hollow Earth" theory, according to which the Earth is actually the outer edge of a sphere with the entire universe inside it, a theory that may eventually have influenced Adolf Hitler.
TIL A horse's hoof is basically a big fingernail, and they run along on the tip of a single toe.
TIL potato chips cause more weight gain than any other food
TIL that in Great Britain, 93,000 liters of beer are rumored to be lost each year in facial hair.
TIL Australian Don Ritchie talked at least 160 people out of committing suicide at Watson's Bay by offering them a cup of tea and someone to talk to. He was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his efforts.
TIL that inside neutron stars, nuclear material can form "nuclear pasta", where it exists in phases like the spaghetti and lasagna phase, so named for their resemblance to pasta.
TIL Jóhann Jóhannsson had spent a year writing the score for Darren Aronofsky's "Mother" and at some point realized that the film was better with no music at all. He convinced Darren to delete everything.
TIL Jägermeister became popular in the '80s after a newspaper article explained how college students in New Orleans and Baton Rouge took a liking to the drink because of rumors it contained more intoxicants than just alcohol.
TIL Porky Pig’s original voice actor Joe Dougherty had a natural stutter. This made recording sessions long and production costs higher because he could not control his stutter. He was eventually replaced in 1937 by Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny.