TIL that Harvard professor Tom Lehrer was asked at the age of 84 by rapper 2 Chainz if he could sample his 60-year old song. Lehrer replied, "I grant you motherfuckers permission to do this. Please give my regards to Mr. Chainz, or may I call him 2?"
TIL there's a Superman cartoon made in the 40s that pioneered high quality animation and cost half a million per episode to draw
TIL "All of My Love" by Led Zeppelin was written as a tribute to Robert Plant's son Karac, who died of a stomach infection in 1977 when he was 5. Plant did the vocals in one take.
TIL owls make almost no noise from flying, even when tested in a room with multiple microphones
TIL: The original voice actors for the Red and Yellow M&M characters were Jon Lovitz and John Goodman. The current voice actors are Futurama alum Billy West and Academy Award winner JK Simmons
TIL The concept of the "Rap battle" has existed since the 5th century, where poets would engage in "Flyting", a spoken word event where poets would insult one another in verse
TIL of the Jim Twins, two identical twins who were separated at birth and lived nearly identical lives. They married and divorced different women with the same names, had dogs with the same names, smoked the same type of cigarettes, drove the same type of car, and vacationed at the same beach.
TIL despite his immense wealth, John D. Rockefeller always took the train from his mansion to his downtown New York office every day. He was often harassed by beggars and other passengers, but refused to travel with bodyguards or use private transportation.
TIL there is a guy who made an entire electric toaster from raw materials - mining and refining steel, nickel, copper, mica, and making plastic - after being inspired by a Hitchhiker's Guide quotation.
TIL that in former US President Gerald Ford's senior year as a football player at the University of Michigan, when Georgia Tech refused to play if a black player named Willis Ward (and Ford's best friend on the team) took the field, Ford threatened to quit the team in response
TIL viagra was invented on accident: "It was originally developed as a medication used for lowering high blood pressure. It failed to acheive this purpose and was discontinued. When test subjects were asked to return their unused medicine, however, they all refused"
TIL When Simon and Garfunkel were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Art Garfunkel thanked Paul Simon for enriching his life and Simon said, "Arthur and I agree about almost nothing. But it's true, I have enriched his life quite a bit." After three songs, the duo left without speaking.
TIL that snooker player Ronnie O'Sullivan was accused of disrespect by an opponent for using his opposite hand to take a shot. To prove he wasn't bringing the game into disrepute, he played 3 frames with his left-hand against a former world championship runner-up, winning all 3.
TIL: Donkey Xote, an Spanish-Italian knockoff of the Shrek films released in 2007 promoted it’s DVD with a caption legitimately reading “From the producers who SAW Shrek”.
TIL Half of academic papers are never read by anyone other than their authors, peer reviewers, and journal editors
TIL - When Coca Cola Launched Dasani Water In The UK Their Slogan Was 'Bottled Spunk' & 'Can't Live Without Spunk'; Oblivious That In The UK Spunks Means Semen.
TIL that in 1972, in York, England archaeologists discovered the largest piece of fossilized human feces ever found. The dung measured 7 inches long and 2 inches wide and was created by a Viking in the 9th century who's diet consisted of meat and bread and was riddled with intestinal worms.
TIL prolonged anger changes the body and brain in permanent ways leaving a person angrier, more agressive and less healthy. Anger and depression share similar signs. Angry people have trouble letting go of things that are beyond their control. Laughing could be a good way to alleviate anger.
TIL Human echolocation is completely real. Daniel Kish is a blind man that learned to use clicking to ride a bicycle and hike alone. He also teaches other blind children how to echolocate.
TIL sci-fi author Isaac Asimov refused the invitation to friend and famed A.I. pioneer Marvin Minsky's lab at MIT in the 60s because he was "Writing about really intelligent robots of the future and was sure that if he came and saw the clumsy ones that we were making it would spoil his imagination."
TIL that Hitler was a chronic tax evader, and was even fined by his own government over it in 1934. He then got the tax department to declare him exempt from taxation.
TIL that scientifically chicken noodle soup helps relieve symptoms of the common cold.
TIL in April 1998 two women walked onto The Golden Gate Bridge at the same time intending to commit suicide. They did not know each other, but soon realized they were there for the same reason. A patrol officer saw them sitting on the railing, chatting. One jumped, followed by the other.
TIL The USS Johnston was saluted by a Japanese destroyer captain as it was sinking, after spending nearly 3 hours squaring off against 23 Japanese ships, including 4 Battleships, 8 Cruisers and 11 destroyers.
TIL Fruity Pebbles is the oldest cereal brand based on a t.v. show.
TIL in 1958, the inventor of the Little League baseball helmet demonstrated a 95mph pitch on the helmet the Major Leagues used at the time, and split it in two
TIL pop star Adam Faith’s final words on his death bed were “"Channel 5 is all shit, isn't it? Christ, the crap they put on there. It's a waste of space.”
TIL The Beatles were signed to EMI (Electrical and Musical Industries) in 1962 and with their insane success the label funded the research that lead to the CT scanner, which EMI released in 1972.
TIL that 'Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea' refers not to depth, but distance travelled whilst submerged
TIL of 1920s ‘Little Albert experiment.’ Johns Hopkins University chose a nine-month old infant from a hospital and attempted to ‘condition a phobia in an emotionally stable child.’ They successfully made him fear Santa, rabbits, and other furry animals.
TIL that Australian Funnel-Web Spiders, one of the most dangerous species of spiders, can survive underwater up to 24-30 hours
TIL the term "Crosshair" comes from when the military used actual hair in optics during WWII. Mary Babnik Brown first woman to have her hair used for military aircraft bombsights because she had never chemically treated or heated with a curling iron.
TIL That when you chop off a chunk of a specific tree it "bleeds". Just like a human would when you cut a limb off. The red sop acts as a coagulate and seal wounds, much like our own blood does.
TIL of Miyuki Ishikawa, a Japanese midwife who served 4 years in prison for killing between 103 and 169 infants and later trying to extract money from the parents
TIL that during the Cold war, the US government tested biological weapons on housing project residents.
TIL Russia still regularly produces and uses Asbestos products
TIL Lucid dreaming is a learnable skill, according to new research. Researchers have found that a specific combination of techniques will increase people’s chances of having lucid dreams, in which the dreamer is aware they’re dreaming while it’s still happening and can control the experience.
TIL that Ikenobo, the oldest and largest school of Ikebana (Japanese Floral Art) has designated Yuki Ikenobo to be the next headmaster (under the name Ikenob? Senk? IV), making her the first female headmaster of the school in the 550+ years of its existence.
TIL a French man was able to successfully impersonate an American family's lost son for 3 and a half months before being caught and deported back to France.
TIL some people are able to sing more than one note at the same time, more commonly known as "overtone singing".
9420 MabelLovesWaddles "You become what you always were, a very big fish."
10732 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.
790 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
207 Dickens__Cider Carpe Diem.
99 BF1shY If Russian folklore has taught me anything... that Carp IS their dead friend.
146 NewNewTwo This has to be the most random thing I have seen today.