TIL Michael Jordan once tipped a waitress a $5 chip for bringing him a drink. Wayne Gretzky stopped the waitress, removed the $5 chip, grabbed one of the many $100 chips on Jordan’s side of the table, and gave it to her. Then he said, "That's how we tip in Las Vegas, Michael."
TIL Cap’n Crunch once gave a free prize whistle that blew a 2600 Hz tone - so if you dialed a long distance phone number and blew the whistle, it gave you free long distance calls.
TIL the Catholic Church has accepted Darwinian evolution as compatible with Christianity since 1950.
TIL of the "Stoned Ape" theory of human evolution which states that early hominids ate "magic mushrooms" growing in the dung of large African Animals and this helped to rapidly evolve the human brain into a state of higher consciousness.
TIL in 1903, two men and a pit bull made the first documented journey by automobile from San Francisco to New York using only a connection of dirt roads, cow paths, and railroad beds. The journey took 63 days, became a national sensation, and called for a system of long distance roads.
TIL Cellophane, the clear plastic used to wrap food, is biodegradable and produced from wood pulp
TIL the disney Pixar movie wall-e angered fat pride groups for its message towards obese people.
TIL there is a copy of the Qur'an written in Saddam Hussein's blood which he had commissioned for his 60th birthday. Over the course of 2 years he provided up to 57 pints of his blood to complete the 336,000+ words that make up the text
TIL that Jeff "Skunk" Baxter Guitarist for Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers is a ballistic missile expert that contracts with the DoD.
TIL Bhutan is the world's only carbon negative country. The constitution demands at least 60% of the country covered in forest, making it a sink of over four million tonnes of CO2 per year.
TIL that karate dojos are structured so that the lowest ranking students are nearest to the dojo entrance, meaning in the event of an attack the students would be killed first and the sensei would remain safe.
TIL that the EPA was founded as a response to an overly polluted river catching fire in 1969
TIL that there were 2 DC heroes called Dogwelder, whose power was to weld dogs to people. Dogwelder II sacrificed himself to save the universe by welding two suns together.
TIL sugar rushes were determined to be a myth in 1985 (and again in 1995)
TIL that Winston Churchill served as MP for 64 years. He served under both Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.
TIL Almost all the blood is drained from meat during slaughter, the red look steaks get (including the juice at the bottom of the package) comes from a protein called myoglobin.
TIL the cast of "Cheers" was not allowed by NBC to attend the funeral of Nicholas Colasanto (Coach) because it interrupted filming. John Ratzenberger (Cliff Clavin) was sent by NBC to represent the cast.
TIL that Hooters was founded on April 1, 1983 by a group of six businessmen called the Hooters 6. They chose April Fools' Day as a joke because they believed it was going to fail.
TIL underwater basket weaving has been used as a pejorative term for excessively easy/useless/niche courses for at least the past 65 years
TIL that Franklin D. Roosevelt was only photographed in his wheelchair twice, and the press followed White House rules that prohibited taking photos of FDR in a wheelchair.
TIL because he felt his students couldn't properly understand how the Nazis came to power, a teacher roleplayed as an authoritarian. He managed to start a proto-fascist movement that swept across the school— the students even took it upon themselves to rat out those who were disloyal
TIL ‘Spirit In The Sky’ was written in fifteen minutes after Jewish-raised Norman Greenbaum saw a host sing a gospel song on TV. He said, “Yeah, I could do that.”
TIL When an 8.0 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico City, a hospital collapsed but nearly all the babies survived. They are known as the "miracle babies" for surviving 7 days without nourishment, water, warmth or human contact.
TIL in Japan, there are strict social rules for writing a resume. For example, photo must be attached, along with detailed personal information. Applicants use a uniform template. If it is written by hand, it must be in black ink, with no white out. Photocopies are not accepted.
TIL in Helena Montana, a woman cannot dance on a table in a saloon or bar unless she is wearing at least three pounds, two ounces of clothing.
TIL Harold Ramis took meth right before his military draft physical to get out of the Vietnam war.
TIL Lawrence Kasdan, the writer for Return of the Jedi, favored having Luke kill Darth Vader and ruling in his place.
TIL The Queen of the UK has had her position as Queen since before 82% of the entire population of the UK was even born
TIL that towards the end of WWI a 'second Paris' was built to fool German bombers into not bombing the real Paris. It was complete with a Champs-Elysées and Gard Du Nord, wooden replicas of buildings, and white, yellow, and red lights to create the effect of machines working at night.
TIL there is giant, hot pink slug. It is only found in a single, isolated forest on an extinct volcano in Australia.
TIL of The Kaibiles. A Guatemalan special forces group infamous for their reputed practice of forcing recruits to kill animals, which includes raising a puppy and bonding with it before killing and eating it
TIL Jeremy Soule was inspired to write music for TES: Oblivion which reflects the human condition and the beauty of life, after being involved in a car crash which he was lucky to survive.
TIL of the Octobass, an instrument that stands 3.48m tall, or 11.4 feet high. Its lowest notes are below the human range of 20hz, and can only be heard due to the overtones.
TIL Jim Carrey asked for Canibal Corpse to appear in Ace Ventura because he was a huge fan of their music. The song played during the movie “Hammer Smashed Face” was one his favorites which he specifically asked for them to play.
TIL the Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD happened the day after Volcanalia, the Roman holiday dedicated to the god of fire.
TIL A bug called the Cochineal is used in red foodcolouring, mainly in strawberry flavoured food.
TIL of the Lake Nyos Disaster, when in 1986, a lake expelled so much CO² into the air, it killed 1,746 people and 3,500 livestock overnight
TIL that four and a half million people in Brazil speak German, three million of those speak Riograndenser Hunsrückisch, a distinct German dialect peculiar to Brazil.
TIL there have been fewer English monarchs since 1066 than there have been US Presidents
TIL of Anders Haugen, the only American to ever medal in ski jumping. He finished 4th in the 1924 olympics, but when a historian reviewed the results 50 years later he found a scoring error. Shortly thereafter, Anders went to Norway at 86 years old and was awarded his long overdue bronze medal.
681 tdrichards74 What are the environmental effects of producing batteries (sourcing materials, etc) and how do they compare to driving regular cars?
128 astrowhiz The guy who invented lithium-ion batteries invented a better design earlier this year that could substitute sodium for lithium, had higher density, lifespan and could have lower cost. Not sure when they'd get to market though.
19 Eudaimonics Are there any similar stats on their Solar Panel gigafactory that just opened in Buffalo? /r/buffalo
154 mhks That's great news, but it seems weird to use 2013 as the comparison date.
51 DeathbyOstrich So where is all that Lithium going to come from?
15 KatzAndShatz1996 Will they be reusable or recyclable?
11 MartieJoe Every type of technology has its flaws. Renewable energy creates tons of E-Waste. Companies need to make sure what they’re making is easily recyclable and that the minerals they use are conflict free. I’m aware that some companies and countries already do this but I’m talking about on a world level not just a handful.
4 nofilterguy Does this mean tesla cars will drop significantly in price?