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."
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.
TIL Tommy Hilfiger has a line of clothes for disabled people. Tommy Adaptive has details like magnetic zippers, velcro closures, and seated cuts (for wheelchairs).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TIL: mattresses can have up to 900% markup (a $3000 mattress can cost as little as $300 to make)
TIL former NBA Champion and Chicago Bulls player Horace Grant continued to wear sports-goggles after receiving Lasik surgery to help kids who were teased over wearing glasses.
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.
TIL the Sama-Bajau, a sea-faring and nomadic people, have physical adaptations that enable them to see better and dive longer underwater. It was recently discovered that they have evolved bigger spleens that provides a larger reservoir of oxygenated red blood cells.
TIL the Queen Termite has the longest life span of any insect in the world, living up to 50 years old
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.
TIL that China has only one time zone – despite spanning 5 geographical ones
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.
TIL that cruise ships are required to carry body bags and to maintain a small morgue in the event of a death onboard
TIL that Colorado has more ghost towns than active municipalities
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.
TIL that some scientists theorize that the origin of life is just the inevitable outcome of thermodynamics as a middle-step to increase overall entropy in the universe.
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.
TIL that there has never been a recorded instance of someone being killed by a black bear mother defending her cubs
TIL that a library in Portugal unleashes a swarm of bats every night to combat book-damaging pests.
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.
TIL the word "cuckold" derives from the cuckoo bird, alluding to its habit of laying its eggs in other birds' nests.
TIL that April 19 is “Bicycle Day”, named after when Albert Hoffman, the man who first synthesized LSD, made the first intentional ingestion of LSD and then went home on a bicycle.
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.
TIL in complete darkness we see a specific color called "Eigengrau" that's a form of dark gray
TIL that the exclusive rights to use the color vantablack are owned by artist Anish Kapoor and nobody else is allowed to use it. As a revenge, another artist created the pinkest pink which everyone is allowed to use, except Anish
TIL During truce talks between North and South Korea, both parties would try to bring a bigger national flag than the other to each meeting. This went on until a special meeting was called to address the size of the flags, as they could no longer fit in the room.
TIL that in 1795 the Dutch navy was defeated by French soldiers on horseback, the only time in history that such a thing has occurred.
TIL that as a democratic former British Colony, the United States is eligible to join the Commonwealth of Nations
TIL that in 2001, Alanis Morissette single-handedly extended the Broadway run of "Jane Eyre" by a month, donating $150,000 worth of tickets to poor kids
TIL Israel Kamakawiwo?ole, the man who famously sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" was an avid supporter for Hawaiian independence.
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.
TIL that before being sentenced to prison, rapper Meek Mill's judge allegedly requested he abandon his record label to sign with her friend, and that he cover a Boys II Men song mentioning her name. At the same trial, the court clerk passed Mill a note asking him to help pay her son's tuition.
TIL Alan Price receives all royalties for The Animals' "The House of the Rising Sun" as there wasn't room for all 5 band members' names on the record label ("Alan" was first alphabetically). When Chas Chandler proposed that they all split the royalties equally, Price told him to go fuck himself.
TIL the mysterious death of Cindy James appeared, at first, to be a murder following years of stalking... but all evidence suggests that she made up the stalking, killed herself and made it look like a murder
TIL that unlike the other 7 founding fathers of the U.S., the ancestry of Thomas Jefferson remains mostly unknown, with the only clue being that John Adams accused him of being half African-American, half Native-American, and half French.
TIL the ancient myths of Australian Aborigines portray the formation of geographical features in Australia, dating to 10,000 BC, with striking accuracy. The myths corroborate modern geological evidence, indicating they originated as firsthand accounts, preserved for millennia.
119 dtwhitecp Explains the chocolate remedy
284 gimp1124 The dementors were the worst thing about prison
475 Wexler_ I had a friend who VEHEMENTLY argued that they were pronounced 'dementators' He and his dad also argued that Palpatine and The Emperor weren't the same person, just the same actor. Kind of a stupid family lol
303 AvidReader182 When I started overcoming my own depression a few years ago, I got an expecto patronum tattoo to help remind myself of the happy thoughts that can drive away depression.
83 HermitPrime So she ate chocolate whenever she felt depressed?
65 Tribar Even as a kid reading Prisoner this seemed pretty obvious. I've had depression most of my life so maybe I'm just more in tone to it.
31 cloud_watcher I feel like Lord of the Rings is a pretty good analogy for it, too. You don’t want to go through it, but you have to. No one can do it for you, and no matter how much support you have, there will be times you’ll be utterly alone against the scariest things imaginable.
36 RiotPenguin Dementors. Demon mentors. The demons that you learn to keep at bay. That teach you how to appreciate the good times, while also reminding you of your own mortality. They are formidable, but not invincible. They can be defeated by light and hope, which takes the form of your inner strength, personified. At least, that's my take on this.
6 -Knul- When I read that part of the Prisoner of Azkaban, I knew Rowling have had depression. Dementors are such a well-written analogy of depression that I think anyone who have/had depression would instantly recognise them as such.
83 WoobyWiott I envision my depression in that form too. Except she does not suck the happiness out of me like a dementor does. She just lingers in the shadows being careful not to get in my sights. When I let my guard down, she creeps up behind me and gives me a cold but loving embrace like an old friend who misses me. Sometimes she lets me go. Other times I have to struggle free. She will then just retreat back into the shadows waiting for me to let my guard down again. That is our ritual, our routine, our dance. Sometimes I won't see her for days, weeks, months even. But I know I can never truly escape her. She will always be there, waiting for me to let my guard down, until the day I die.