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8166
TIL that Voodoo Donut in Portland, Oregon used to serve a donut drizzled in Nyquil and then had a shot of Nyquil in a cup in the center of the donut - until the FDA stepped in & made them stop serving it.
52317
TIL former NFL player James Brooks was found to be illiterate when he was unable to read court documents after admitting to not paying over $100k in child support. When the judge asked how he graduated from Auburn without being able to read, he said, "Didn't have to go to to class."
62451
TIL three border collies have been trained to run around a Chilean forest devastated by wildfire while wearing special backpacks that release native plant seeds.
1403
TIL that China has only one time zone – despite spanning 5 geographical ones
21242
TIL that the videogame publisher Bethesda offered the makers of Fallout New Vegas a 1 Million dollar bonus if the game scored a review of 85 or higher on Metacritic- the game released and got an 84, and no bonus was given.
392
TIL the oldest living organism is called Pando and is 80,000 years old, it looks like a forest but is actually one tree covering over 100 acres and...its dying.
35373
TIL of irukandji syndrome. Caused by irukandji jellyfish venom, it has an unusual symptom where the victim has a feeling of "impending doom." The victim is so sure they are going to die, that they ask the doctors to kill them.
344
TIL the creator of "Charging Bull" on Wall Street meant for it to be a symbol of optimism after the stock market crashes in 1980. Placing the "Fearless Girl" in front of the bull changed the latter's meaning.
2149
TIL of the "Monkey Love Experiments" where infant monkeys were housed with two artificial mothers: one, made only of wire, dispensed food, while the other had no food but was made of soft terrycloth. The monkeys spent nearly all of their time clinging to the soft mother despite the lack of food.
7518
TIL when Dungeons & Dragons was released, various groups believed it was a front for murderous Satanists. This lead to Tom Hanks’ first starring role in the TV propaganda movie Mazes and Monsters, in which he becomes his D&D character and stabs a hobo in Manhattan because he thought it was a goblin.
5263
TIL Art Bell set a Guinness World Record by staying on the air for 116 hours and 15 minutes. Using the money raised on air, Bell chartered a plane to fly to Vietnam and rescue 130 stranded Vietnamese orphans, who were eventually brought to the United States and adopted by American families.
151
TIL that International Master Jeremy Silman created the Chess puzzle for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone where Ron sacrifices himself, but wasn't credited for his role, while "everyone from the hairdressers to the donut delivery boy" were.
6916
TIL: mattresses can have up to 900% markup (a $3000 mattress can cost as little as $300 to make)
119
TIL branches from a 3000 year old, still living, Greek olive tree were used to weave victors' wreaths for the winners of the 2004 Athens Olympics and the 2008 Beijing Olympics
488
TIL that Germany opened its Special Forces to women in 2001. Only one woman applied & she failed the requirements. As of 2016, no woman has passed the selection process.
752
TIL that cruise ships are required to carry body bags and to maintain a small morgue in the event of a death onboard
131
TIL In 2006, China slaughtered 50,000 dogs after three people died of rabies. Dogs being walked were seized from their owners and beaten to death on the spot. Owners were offered 63 cents per animal to kill their own dogs before the beating teams were sent in.
2428
TIL the Queen Termite has the longest life span of any insect in the world, living up to 50 years old
1382
TIL that when a critic insulted the nudity in Michelangelo's The Last Judgment, the painter punished him by painting the critic's likeness onto the body of Minos, the judge of the underworld; he then further insulted the critic by giving the likeness donkey ears and having a snake bite his genitals.
745
TIL that Colorado has more ghost towns than active municipalities
212
TIL: Thích Qu?ng ??c, also known as, ‘The Burning Monk’, had his heart displayed in a glass case. His heart was thought to be holy after self immolation and 2 attempts to further cremate his remains were unsuccessful, leaving only his heart in tact.
292
TIL that there has never been a recorded instance of someone being killed by a black bear mother defending her cubs
29
TIL that in 1874 the "American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals" brought the attention to child abuse because there were no rights for protecting children. The case of Mary Ellen.
50
TIL Chip-chan is a Korean woman in her 40's who believes her movements are being controlled by an implanted microchip. She has been livestreaming for over 10 years, sleeps 12 hours a day, and rarely leaves her apartment
436
TIL that the rule of thumb “half your age plus seven” was in earlier sources understood as a formula to calculate the ideal age for the bride, instead of a lower limit for the suitable age.
81282
TIL that out of the top 30 100m sprint times, only 9 were run by athletes not associated with doping, all 9 are by Usain Bolt.
37
TIL: The meaning of the word "that" in Meatloaf's song 'I would do anything for love' changes with every chorus to reapond to the preceding lyrics. This led so many fans to be confused about the lyrics meaning that the singer had to explain it with a chalkboard.
93
TIL the African country of Swaziland has only 1 psychiatrist to serve a population of over 1 million people
434
TIL if you plant an apple seed, it will grow a tree but that tree will most likely not produce an apple of the same type that the seed came from. This is due to a horticultural phenomenon called 'unfixed hybrids', and most trees are grafted rather than grown true from seed.
338
TIL Morton's fork is a type of false dilemma in which contradictory observations lead to the same conclusion. Asserting that a person suspected of a crime who is acting nervously must have something to hide, while a person who acts calmly and confidently must be skilled at hiding something.
102
TIL before receiving a $2.5 billion divorce settlement, "catwoman" Jocelyn Wildenstein spent $10 million of the couples' money on jewelry, employed 366 servents, and once ran up a $5000 monthly cellphone bill
45
TIL that because DHL, a German company, isn't affected by sanctions, it can ship packages to countries like Cuba and North Korea.
251
TIL the word "cuckold" derives from the cuckoo bird, alluding to its habit of laying its eggs in other birds' nests.
62
TIL that testicles have taste receptors
96
TIL that Roy Dotrice, who is the narrator for all five of the Game Of Thrones audio books holds a Guinness World Record for "Most character voices for an audio book", with 224. He was also featured in a few episodes in Season 2 of the television series as the Pyromancer
179
TIL that as a democratic former British Colony, the United States is eligible to join the Commonwealth of Nations
52
TIL Chris Pine is a legacy of Hollywood actors. His father, Robert Pine, played Jim Halpert's dad on the office and Zack Morris' dad on Saved By The Bell. His grandma, Anne Gwynne, was one of the first "scream queens"
72
TIL of Lothar von Arnauld de la Periere, a WW1 German submarine captain who sank 4x as much tonnage as any other submarine captain since, despite respecting all the rules of engagement against civilian ships.
586
TIL that a library in Portugal unleashes a swarm of bats every night to combat book-damaging pests.
17
TIL "decimation" was a method of punishment in the roman army, where a tenth of all soldiers in a group got executed by their peers.
75 Ninjaromeo Well, it got the babies out of the cigarette smoke
40 Penelepillar Also, back then, indoor air quality was shit. Cigar smoke, whale oil and kerosene lamp fumes as well as coal heaters and fireplaces made apartments pretty noxious places. Not to mention all the dust from lack of vacuum cleaners, bugs, rodents, and pets.
32 painfullfox Are these illegal? I could market these to hipsters as an simple way to get your child fresh air.
15 NotEarthquakeGuy I wonder how many of those things fell out the window. All it takes is a simple manufacturing defect, an improper installation, or a bad anchor. I looked at some pics and there seem to be far too many possible failure points. People are crazy.
17 tygrenier Here in Alaska at age two we get dropped off in the woods with nothing. We are not allowed back in our villages for ten dayside penalty of death by polar bear. After the tenth day, if we return, we are given our warrior names and are allowed to forge our own signature weapon.
6 dinokiddo bad and naughty children get put in the baby cage to atone for their crimes
5 Volt1968 When visiting, my East German mother in law always took our infant children outside in the cold. It was for basically for this reason and just what you are supposed to do.
5 dublinmarley I could use this for my soldiers.
3 Obae123 I thought it was so they could be outside without the parents needing to look after them.
5 OmarFromtheWire2 I wonder if pigeons would aim to crap on the babies
4 precociouspet Ahhh.. So this is where Count Olaf got the idea to hang Sunny out of the window
3 Lylac_Krazy What happens when you put two in a cage? The beginnings of pro wrestling?
4 Landlubber77 And people wonder how the Lindbergh baby was so easily kidnapped.
5 IronSidesEvenKeel It was common to give an infant a half pint of whiskey when they got sick. It weened out the weak ones.