TIL George Lucas thought Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" would out perform Star Wars so he proposed they trade 2.5% of the profit on each other's films; Spielberg took the trade, and still receives 2.5% of the profits from Star Wars.
TIL Nirvana's Kurt Cobain made out with his bandmates on live TV "just to spite homophobes."
TIL A guy made a fictional restaurant the #1 restaurant in London using trip advisor and fake reviews. He served microwaved food and customers said it was the most exquisite food they ever tasted.
TIL upon hearing about the death of Teddy Roosevelt, Vice President Thomas R. Marshal declared “death had to take him in his sleep, for if he was awake there’d have been a fight”
TIL that the makers of SPAM sued Jim Henson Productions for using the name "Spa'am" for a pig character. A judge dismissed the suit, and noted that "one might think Hormel (the maker) would welcome the association with a genuine source of pork."
TIL that on the set of Spider-man: Homecoming, Michael Keaton would troll Tom Holland by whispering "I'm Batman" during fight scenes
TIL the "Dementors" which were first introduced in "Harry Potter and The Prisoner Of Azkaban" represented JK Rowlings severe depression.
TIL that the St. Patrick's Day tradition of dyeing the Chicago river green arose by accident when a group of plumbers used green dye to trace illegal substances that were polluting the river. The dyeing of the river is still sponsored by the local plumbers union.
TIL Robert Williams, a Ford assembly line worker, is the first human in history to have been killed by a robot. He was hit by a robotic arm in 1979.
TIL a teletubby toy was recalled in the late 90s for calling kids "faggot" and telling them to "bite my butt"
TIL that Cajun crayfish have invaded Africa. Not only do they have no natural predators there, but they eat so many native species that they are causing an ecological disaster.
TIL that right before launching the two Voyagers, NASA scientists used kitchen-grade aluminum foil to cover critical parts of the probes to protect it from unanticipated radiation at Jupiter. It worked.
TIL during the D-Day scene in Saving Private Ryan, the two surrendering "Germans," killed by American soldiers, were saying in Czech: "Please don't shoot me! I'm not German, I'm Czech, I didn't kill anyone!" The American soldiers jokingly translate it as "Look, I washed for supper!"
TIL that 17th century Italian biologist Francesco Redi found that tortoise's brains are so small and irrelevant that when he surgically removed them, they could continue to live for up to six months. When he entirely decapitated one, it still lived for 23 days.
TIL that a massive solar flare in 2012 barely missed earth (by mere days). Had it hit, the power grid would likely have failed, causing unprecedented devastation. Scientists recently determined that it was of similar magnitude as the 1859 Carrington Event.
TIL The reason that US money is green is because according to the U.S. Bureau of Printing and Engraving, the ink was plentiful and durable and the color green was associated with stability
TIL Mummies are sometimes used in medicine to calibrate CAT scan machines
TIL when Jim Carrey played Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon he was method acting. He did such a good job that when Andy Kaufman's sister visited the set, she believed Jim Carrey was a "vessel" which allowed Andy to communicate from beyond the grave and talk to his sister.
TIL Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, was born into both the Danish and Greek Royal Families and is the oldest ever male member of the British Royal Family at 96. He retired from royal duties last year after completing 22,219 solo engagements since 1952.
TIL About the 'Brinicle', super concentrated sea salt that falls from forming sea ice sheets. The falling salt has a much lower freezing point that water, instantly freezing all water it touches and kills any living thing it touches.
TIL the Navajo Nation reservation is so large (71,000 km2), its area exceeds at least 10 US states in size.
TIL James Earl Ray, the man who killed Martin Luther King, escaped from prision in 1967 and went to Mexico, where he attempted to establish himself as a pornographic film director.(paragraph 6)
TIL that John F. Kennedy, 2 months before his presidency, was almost assassinated by someone driving a dynamite-lading car into his. This was prevented because the assassin saw his wife and kids bid goodbye to Kennedy, thus changing his mind.
TIL British actor Gareth Jones died of a heart attack while performing in a live televised play in 1958 – in which his character was scripted to have a heart attack. The rest of the cast improvised around his death and finished the play.
TIL about Rabbit Show Jumping, aka "Kaninhop", which is basically equestrian sports but scaled down for bunnies.
TIL that Edsger W. Dijkstra, the famous Dutch computer science pioneer, when asked about his job during his marriage rite in 1957, answered as "programmer" but the municipal authorities did not accept it on the grounds that there was no such profession
TIL thst all St. Patrick chased out of Ireland was paganism, and snakes have never existed in Ireland
TIL - 17 March is not only Saint Patrick's Day, its also Saint Gertrude of Nevilles Day. She's the patron saint of cats and cat lovers!
TIL ruts leftover from the wagon trains traveling the Oregon Trial, are still visible today.
TIL Aerosmith's Joe Perry use to keep a roadie by the side of the stage instructed to give him a toot of cocaine through a straw whenever he wandered over pretending to need technical assistance
TIL that Lorenzo Music, the voice of Garfield, would volunteer at a suicide hotline. Callers would sometimes change their tone to remark, "Hey, you sound just like that cat on TV!".
TIL In the 1920s/1930s it was normal for babies to be hung in "Baby Cages" outside of apartment windows to build up cold weather tolerance.
TIL Judy Sheindlin ran the family court division for Manhattan and heard over 20,000 cases before becoming Judge Judy.
TIL some people believe they will have good luck if the first thing they say upon waking up on the first morning of every month is, "rabbit rabbit"
TIL of Pigasus, a pig nominated for US Presidency in 1968. The anti-war activists responsible demanded treatment as candidate, including security and access to briefings. Pigasus and his team were finally arrested during a "rally" and charged with disturbing the peace and bringing a pig to Chicago.
TIL of a genetic condition which gives people increased muscle strength and twice the usual amount of muscle mass. There are no known related health issues. Affected are intellectually normal.(Myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy)
TIL the government of Ireland declared a State of Emergency at the beginning of WWII, on the 2nd of September 1939, that wouldn’t be lifted until 1976, an event known simply as “The Emergency”.
TIL that Deviled eggs are Italian
TIL that shrimp trawl fisheries catch 2% of the world total catch of all fish by weight, but produce more than one-third of the world total bycatch(27,012,099 millions of tonnes).
TIL: Basketball players used to be able to dunk free throws as long as they didn't step over the FT line. The NBA & NCAA changed the rule because Wilt Chamberlain was so good at it.
2000 goatsgreetings Relevant text from source article: >Most humans can be placed into three major categories of tasters—nontasters, tasters, and supertasters, roughly in the ratio of 25 percent: 50 percent: 25 percent. >You might think that a supertaster would have a lot of fun eating and drinking, but it’s more like the opposite. Because supertasters experience tastes more intensely than nontasters and tasters, the effects of different tastes detected by tongues of supertasters are amplified relative to the nontasters and tasters. >Supertasters find beer incredibly bitter, so much so that they will avoid drinking hoppy beers like IPAs and will not be too terribly enamored of even mildly hopped beers, like most lagers.
1501 2-CI ITT: Everyone hating beer to be recognized as a supertaster
700 Maliph What an interesting new thing for all of reddit to self diagnose themselves with.
351 nitrogen-oxygen Super tasters also tend to have a strong aversion to higher fat meats and leafy greens
490 karma_dumpster Most boring DC Comics movie so far.
174 RoseWinterborn My dad is one. When my mom started putting veggies in brownies and stuff to get us to eat them, he could tell.
302 Karmas_Karma Misread 'supertaster' as 'superstar' at first. Then I'm like, "Hold on, I'm a Superstar and I love beer...ohhhhhh, I get it now" Must be the beer reading for me
37 earthbound0 I'm a supertaster! Genotyped myself. Although I hate beer, I'm not a picky eater at all, oddly enough.
129 GoodnightElizabeth TIL I am not a supertaster.
33 colleenxduh I lost my sense of taste and I hate you all.
55 SuperPedestrian I learned this a while ago from They Might Be Giants. Very interesting! Relevant song:
36 robthebaker45 People might also not know that Master Sommeliers (those people that allegedly know everything about beer, spirits, wine, and cigars; they did pass a test where they blindly describe the origin and vintage of a flight of wines with high accuracy) fall on the spectrum of having the fewest taste cells and the most. Some are super-tasters and others are not, so number of taste buds doesn’t necessarily mean you taste any “better” or “worse.” Interestingly, alcohol is supposed to taste more bitter to super-tasters and some people think that the recent explosion of markets like sweet moscato and the desire for sweeter drinks might indicate that those people are super-tasters. Edit: Just an added thought for people that appear curious to diagnose themselves one way or another. You can (allegedly) determine if you are a super-taster through a simple test with some blue food coloring and a binder ring reinforcing circle (those little white circular stickers used for keeping papers in binders from ripping), put a drop of blue food coloring on your tongue and get it soaked in, this allows the taste buds to be more visible because they don’t absorb as much of the blue color, then place the ring on your tongue somewhere toward the front and count all the pale dots you see, average is something like 10ish, low end is 5, and super-taster is about 15-20 or more (src: a wine sensory analysis class at a university). I never performed the test myself, but it sounds easier than buying some of these strips that people are talking about, with weirder chemicals, and licking them, but who knows, adhesive and blue food coloring could be just as disagreeable.