TIL A group of guys made a to scale model of the solar system in Black Rock Desert, Nevada. They felt that pictures online couldn’t capture the size of our solar system and they wanted to give an accurate example.
TIL A solar plant in the Mojave Desert generates so much heat it incinerates birds in mid flight
TIL that in Switzerland it's illegal to have just one guinea pig because they get too lonely and need a friend.
TIL Simon. Simon was the ship's cat who served on the Royal Navy sloop HMS Amethyst. In 1949, during the Yangtze Incident, he received the PDSA's Dickin Medal after surviving injuries from a cannon shell, raising morale, and killing off a rat infestation during his service.
TIL Keanu Reeves turned down a $11 million offer to reprise his role as Jack Traven in "Speed 2: Cruise Control" in favor of playing the main role in "The Devil's Advocate" opposite to Al Pacino
TIL that singer Lorde has sound-to-color synesthesia, a unique condition where sound blends with sight to create certain colors. This greatly contributed to the creative process on "Melodrama", where she wrote music to the "violets and blues" that appear on the album's cover
TIL that although children of identical twins are legally first cousins, genetically, they are actually half siblings
TIL in 2012 law student Jonathan Nichols got a new cell phone, he didn't expect to get the number once used by Sir Mix-A-Lot. Since then he has been overloaded with pictures of women in bikinis.
TIL a shark helped another shark give birth at an Auckland, New Zealand aquarium in 2009. The first shark bit the abdomen of the second, freeing the pups inside. One aquarium staff member said "It had to bite a certain part to let them out and do it without killing the babies or her."
TIL Mouse's shotguns in The Matrix were working models that fired 900 rounds per minute. It used a unique cam-driven design invented by movies armorer, John Bowring.
TIL a set of twins were born 87 days apart, setting a world record. One of the twins was born 4 month prematurely while the other did not arrive until 3 months after.
TIL that the Dutch East India Company was valued at $7.9 trillion at its peak. That's more than the top 20 modern companies combined
TIL that sign language includes very few words about astronomy, making it hard for those who are deaf to talk about space. The International Astronomical Union just created about 50 signs to replace words like "constellation" that previously had to be spelled out letter by letter.
TIL that an Alabama bloodhound joined a half marathon after her owner let her out to go pee. She ran the entire 13.1 miles and finished 7th.
TIL the US has a 200 year-old pending Amendment which would strip citizenship from any citizen who accepts a title of nobility from a foreign country.
TIL that Martha Stewart dated Sir Anthony Hopkins, but broke up with him after seeing The Silence of The Lambs, because she couldn't not associate him with Hannibal Lecter
TIL documents presented by a Pakistani official were found to forged because they were written in Calibri supposedly in 2006, but Calibri was only included in Microsoft Office 2007
TIL: Tom Morello was a stripper after graduating from Harvard. Went by the name Tom "Meat Swinger" Morello
TIL: Chocolate for most of its 4,000-year history was actually consumed as a bitter beverage rather than as a sweet edible treat
TIL there was an attempt in Indiana to legislate Pi to the number 3.2. It was abandoned on the day of the vote by a professor who pointed out that it was lacking any basis in proof.
TIL about Agnes Denes who in 1982 planted a two-acre field of golden wheat over a landfill in lower Manhattan, two blocks from Wall Street and overlooking World Trade Center and Statue of Liberty
TIL that cows were used for radiation testing of early cell phones. Farmers were paid to have high-powered phones strapped to their cows head 24/7. A single engineer worked full time to chase the cows and change the batteries.
TIL the island of Guadeloupe thought it had its own special species of raccoons which became a cultural icon but it turned out they were just regular raccoons
TIL that using the term "Jumbo" to describe something as large/huge etc is coined from an elephant of the same name which was around in the mid 1800's and was a the first ever animal "celebrity" in both the UK and the US
TIL fake Xmas trees have to be used for 20 years to be more environmentally friendly than using real trees
TIL that bacteriophages from melted glaciers may flow down to the Ganges River and kill bacteria - this new discovery could provide a scientific explanation for the famous Ganges "self-cleaning" phenomena
TIL George Lucas told the actor who played Jar Jar Binks that in 20 years people will “see this character in a new way.”
TIL That marijuana (most likely) makes you hungry by reversing the neurons in your hypothalamus that trigger the feeling of being full.
TIL that using sex to "sell" products and brands doesn't actually work and instead makes people have a negative attitude toward those brands.
TIL there's strong evidence that chewing gum improves working memory, episodic memory and speed of perception. Why this is the case is not understood.
TIL technology already exists that lets one eavesdrop on a conversation across soundproof glass, without even seeing the speakers' mouths. Tiny vibrations caused by the sound on nearby objects like a houseplant or bag of chips can be used to derive the original sound/conversation.
TIL the chemical Formamide has been proposed as an alternative to water that could support life with alternative biochemistries to that currently found on Earth. It can be formed with hydrogen cyanide and water, has a large dipole moment, and dissolves almost everything that dissolves in water.
TIL Edward Norton is a prolific philanthropist, being president of the American Branch of the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, a UN Goodwill Ambassador, member of Enterprise Community Partners, founding CrowdRise to raise funds for charity, and chairman of the board to Signature Theatre.
TIL that in ancient Greek mythology, Hercules was supposed to be paid by a king to clean out a stable. When the king did not pay, Hercules sued him in a court of law.
TIL that John Snow in 1854 found out that Cholera is a water-borne disease.
TIL The domestic cat is one of the single greatest human-linked threats to wildlife in the nation. More birds and mammals die at the mouths of cats, a report said, than from automobile strikes, pesticides and poisons, collisions with skyscrapers and windmills and other so-called anthropogenic causes
TIL there is a 35m high hill in Rome which consists of the shards of about 53 million olive oil amphorae from ancient times.
TIL the Beanie Baby speculation craze was due to the inventor telling customers they had discontinued certain products, rather than let them know their manufacturer had screwed up and they had run out.
TIL the cornerstone of the White House went missing the day after it was put in place in 1792. One explanation is participants in the cornerstone ceremony, including George Washington, drank so many toasts to the project at a local tavern that no one remembered its location the next day.
TIL about the concept of 'invented tradition', in which something believed or touted to be ancient is actually modern, such as ancestral Scottish clan-tartans, which are actually a 19th-century creation.
9449 MabelLovesWaddles "You become what you always were, a very big fish."
10748 emotional_doggybag This is actually a really beautiful story about 3 friends. The express writeup does not do it justice. In February 2015, a group of fishing buddies (Ron, Cliff & Paul) decided to go fishing in Thailand at a place called Jurassic Mountain Resort & Fishing Park. Intent on catching the biggest Carp in the lake, which at the time was a 154lb Siamese Carp. This fish is literally the fish of a lifetime and on that fateful day Ron would be the man that put this leviathan into the net. The battle between man and fish would last well over an hour before Ron eventually tamed the beast close enough to the bank to get it in the net. Once the leviathan had submitted, the three friends got a few trophy pictures and safely released the fish to fight another day. The three agreed to return the following year. Sadly in that same time Ron was diagnosed with Liver Cancer and passed away just a few days after the diagnosis. Before Ron passed away the three friends discussed their planned fishing trip to Thailand. Facing the harsh reality that was to be Ron wouldn’t be there to join them this time around, the friends agreed to scatter some of Ron’s ashes into the lake at Jurassic Mountain. However, this was not going to be the conventional scattering of ashes you might picture in your mind. It was agreed between the three that Cliff and Paul would use some of Ron’s ashes to make boilies and then use those to catch fish in Ron’s physical absence. Sadly, Ron passed away 3 days before Christmas 2015 and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. True to their word, Cliff and Paul had some of Ron’s ashes mixed into their fishing baits and dubbed them “Purple Ronnies” for their return trip to Thailand in April 2016. A full account of the story can be found [here](
1631 TooShiftyForYou *Mr Fairbrass said: “A few days before he died he asked us to take his ashes to Thailand and scatter them around the lake. I told him we would go one better than that and turn him into boilies and catch a big fish with them."* *"He just cracked up and said it was a brilliant idea."* *Mr Dale added: "I am not a religious person but it felt spiritual, it felt like Ron was there with us. After we caught this fish I looked to the heavens and said 'thank you, Ron.'"* *"Ron may not have been with us in person this year but he certainly was in spirit. He made sure the fish gods were smiling down and gave us the catch of a lifetime."* That's a really great send off and memory for a close friend.
792 Pappy_Smith >Ron Hopper on the left - before becoming fish food The caption on the picture of the three of them, I feel like they could have used better wording there
204 Dickens__Cider Carpe Diem.
103 BF1shY If Russian folklore has taught me anything... that Carp IS their dead friend.
145 NewNewTwo This has to be the most random thing I have seen today.