TIL humans live closer to the time of the T-Rex than the T.rex lived to the time of Stegosaurus
TIL that crows are one of the smartest non-primate animals on earth, with the intelligence of a 7-year-old human. They use and manipulate tools, they have long-term memory including facial recognition, and they understand analogy.
TIL that Winston Churchill was known to wander off somewhere in London and have conversations with people, to find out what they were thinking about the state of the war.
TIL of sensimilla which is a female cannabis plant that has been prevented from being fertilized and thus grows without seeds. The plant produces flower with a higher THC content since it is no longer putting energy into producing seeds.
TIL the Looney Toons Golden Collection DVDs have a disclaimer at the beginning given by Whoopi Goldberg explaining that the cartoons are a product of their time and contain ethnic stereotypes that have not been censored because editing them would be the same as denying the stereotypes ever existed
TIL Humans are the only primates with white in their eyes, which makes it easier to follow another human's gaze
TIL Humans are not descendents of apes but are apes. They are more closely related to chimps and bonobonos than the African elephant to the Indian elephant
TIL When Princess Diana went to Disneyland she made her sons Harry and William wait in line just like everyone else.
TIL that it's been more than 45 years since any human being has traveled far enough from our planet to capture a whole-Earth portrait like the famous "Blue Marble" photograph. 45 years!
TIL that NASA is developing a clockwork rover that uses no electricity to survive the harsh climate of Venus. It's powered by a wind turbine, springs, and gears, and transmits data via a Morse code shutter.
TIL: New-born human infants can differentiate between genders, showing a clear preference for females. They're especially attracted to their own mother's face. They're also better at adults when recognizing features on a monkey's face.
TIL you would need 76 work days to read all the privacy policies you agree to each year
TIL that a 95-year-old war veteran saved his abandoned village in Taiwan from demolition by covering the entire settlement with colorful painted-characters. "Rainbow Village" is now a protected cultural site and tourist destination.
TIL More than 10,000 shipping containers are lost at sea every year.
TIL that Polaris, the 'North Star' was not used by ancients for navigation. It only became the closest naked-eye star to the celestial pole in Medieval times. Before that, the Ursa Minor constellation was used for navigation.
TIL: Veterinary doctors have a high suicide rate and experience psychological distress at a rate nearly double that of the general public
TIL In honor of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, the Soviet Union named a crater on Venus after Christa McAuliffe, who was supposed to be the first teacher in space but died in the disaster.
TIL a bidet is considered a key green technology and uses significantly less water, electricity, and wood than a single roll of toilet paper
TIL an Applebee's Waitress in Colorado had her ID stolen on her night off. 2 weeks later while working, a woman orders a drink, and hands the waitress the waitresses stolen ID.
TIL fruit flies enjoy having sex, and will resort to alcohol if they can’t get it.
TIL since 2011, NOAA has required the use of thinner, weaker hooks, in the Gulf of Mexico, that straighten to release large bluefin tuna before they die of exhaustion on the line, which resulted in 75% less dead, discarded fish in the Gulf.
TIL of "The Immortal Game", a casual match between chess grand masters in the interim of the first international chess tournament. Despite not being an official match, it is considered one of the most famous matches of all time.
TIL screensavers were originally created as a way to prevent burn-in on old CRT screens, where if the image stayed the same for too long it would get burnt into the screen.
TIL CD/DVD data is contained in the plastic not the shiny part. The shiny part is just so the laser bounces back.
TIL that Frank Sinatra did not serve in the military during WWII, classified as F4 (Registrant not acceptable for military service) because the US Army considered him "not acceptable material from a psychiatric viewpoint".
TIL that in 1973 the Who’s drummer Keith Moon passed out mid-show. The band continued without him for several songs before Townshend asked, "Can anyone play the drums? – I mean somebody good?" 19 year old Scot Halpin, who had bought scalped tickets came up and played the rest of the show.
TIL that Pizza Hut released their signature perfume "Eau de Pizza Hut" in Canada in 2012, and the intended fragrance was of "a box of Pizza Hut pizza being opened."
TIL there's an auditory illusion named the Shepard Tone, where multiple octaves are looped in such a way that it sounds like it's a sound rising in tone for infinity.
TIL that in 1410, King Martin of Aragon died from a combination of indigestion and uncontrollable laughter triggered by a joke told by his favourite court jester.
TIL of "Rolling Coal", the practice of modifying a vehicle's diesel engine in order to emit large amounts of black or grey sooty exhaust fumes into the air
TIL Elves in middle earth are immortal. If their body is killed their spirit is given a choice to either stay in middle earth or move to a higher plane. Almost none return after death.
TIL M'lady/Fedora guys is Jerry Messing. Before his internet stardom he was the child actor who played Pugsley in Addams Family Reunion as well as Gordon Crisp, the smelly kid in Freaks and Geeks.
TIL that Neil Armstrong Had to Go Through U.S. Customs after Returning from the Moon
TIL that the wedding dress of then-Princess Elizabeth was made out of materials bought with ration coupons, which she saved up.
TIL that Gen. Douglas MacArthur had the "Little House" books by Laura Ingalls Wilder translated into Japanese to provide emotional support for struggling Japanese citizens postwar, and that the books proved very popular.
TIL that maggots can be used to help wounds heal, as they only eat dead tissue
TIL that the Discovery Channel will be opening a $1B Eco-Tourism resort in Costa Rica.
TIL you weigh less the closer you are to the equator
TIL that when Niels Bohr escaped from Denmark, he was smuggled out in the bomb bay of a Mosquito bomber. Because he didn't wear his helmet, he didn't hear the pilot instructing him to put on his mask, causing him to pass out from oxygen starvation for most of the flight.
TIL in 1975 crew members of the USS Midway pushed helicopters over the side to make room for a Cessna carrying Saigon evacuees to land.
714 jcd1974 Government promptly spends it on a hammer for the Pentagon.
167 sysadminbj How does something like this work? I would assume that the money would go to something holocaust related like the museum. Surely they didn’t just dump the money into the general account.
127 Sodonotcare They payed off about 0.000004367466688538% of the US debt.
37 bloodlustshortcake Well, that's a great way to completely erase a million.
14 IncCo I get the gesture, but what a total waste. Guess that 1/10 of a droplet can go into the military.
42 TemporaryBoyfriend Should go to the VA... they sure as shit need it.
19 sweYoda Aaaaand it's gone.
70 HiGodItsMeAnotherGod A wonderful example. To those wondering what happened to the money, after processing deductions, 90k of it went to a general spending fund in DC. Of The deductions, about 400K went to the governors general spending fund which went to his re-election campaign and 410k was for processing fees for the lawyer who handled the donation. I heard he used it to purchase a very luxurious oriental rug. A wonderful tribute to this great couple.
28 Shadow_Of_ The government already has money. The money could be something to help their immidiate family.
24 russianout I remember the story of a widow that had over $1 million and she willed it to the Fed. Govt. to pay down the national debt. She could have done so much good in her community by setting up an endowment.
4 Xelium23 That moment when you give money to a hillbilly and hope he won't spend it on coke and hoes.
14 TehBeege Everyone is shitting on the government, but they fail to think of why they think the government is bad. Vote better, folks. Vote for politicians with integrity. (Fuck you people saying that's oxymoronic. You're part of the problem.) If there are no politicians you're happy with, sign up as a candidate, or encourage someone you believe in to do so. The government is made of _people_. The people suck? Replace the people. "Oh, but it's the beauracracy that's bad." Well, how the hell do you expect anything to get accomplished without some level of beauracracy? Again, beauracracy is composed of people. Pick better politicians. Have them pick better beauracrats. Thinking things are broken and not working on solutions is the best way to make things worse and become bitter. Stop that.
3 sullyluv1234 Please make a movie. Or someone write a really good book, please.
3 tone430 I hope the government had to pay inheritance tax on it.
4 Belrick_NZ A great time to remind anti tax reformers that you are free to pay more than your tax bill.
2 scalesfell Freedom is great isn't it.