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TIL there's a restaurant in New York that doesn't employ chefs; they employ grandmas. Every day, a different grandma from around the world designs her own menu.
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TIL in one of Thomas Jefferson's letters to James Madison in 1789 he stated that the Constitution and laws should expire after 19 years. This was to allow the new generations to learn from the past and change accordingly, it was also to prevent older generations from "binding" subsequent ones.
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TIL avocados depended on megafaunas to disperse its seeds. However, when the megafaunas became extinct, avocados survived primarily due to human cultivation.
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TIL that a chimpanzee became the 22nd most successful money manager on Wall St after choosing stocks by throwing darts at a board of 133 tech companies
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TIL Two babies were switched at birth, one family was rich and the other poor, the rich couple's biological baby became a truck driver and the poor couple's biological baby became a CEO of a company
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TIL “Happy Birthday” is now in the Public Domain after Time Warner was sued in 2016
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TIL if an expensive watch makes an easily audible ticking noise, it's most likely fake.
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TIL that rubbing an injury right after it happens alleviates pain because the spinal chord preferentially forwards pressure signals (to the brain) over pain signals
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TIL Ewan McGregor's brother is a pilot in the RAF, and his callsign is "Obi-Two"
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TIL the aviation industry always uses "deaths per km" to quote safety to the public, while internally insurers use "deaths per journey", where air travel is more dangerous than most other forms of transportation
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TIL Codependency is characterized by sacrificing one’s personal needs in order to try to meet the needs of others and is associated with passivity and feelings of shame, low self-worth, or insecurity
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TIL when Tater Tots first hit store shelves in 1956, people did not buy them because they were very inexpensive and there was no perceived value. When the price was raised by stores, people began buying the product.
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TIL That Anita Hemmings was the first African-American female to graduate from Vassar College. She did this by pretending to be spanish, however she was discovered the day before graduation. She still received her diploma.
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TIL dogs can become afflicted by Happy Tail, a syndrome where the tail is wagged so hard that it hits walls, furniture, and people until it begins bleeding. Because of the wagging, that blood is then flicked onto walls, ceilings, and anything else in the vicinity.
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TIL a man suffered a fatal stab wound from a knife-wielding chicken while watching an illegal cockfight in California
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TIL of Mario Seagale, Nintendo America's original landlord. When Nintendo couldn't pay their rent, they offered to name the character in their new game after him, thus creating 'Mario'.
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TIL 3D printed objects can be made to connect to WiFi without electronics
1999
TIL of Arnold Schuster, a private citizen who appeared on television to discuss how he assisted the police in catching a bank robber, who was then gunned down by an unrelated mobster who saw him on TV and hated "squealers" (informants).
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TIL that comedian Ryan Stiles from Whose Line is it Anyway? has been a frequent fund raiser for children with burn injuries, raising over $500,000 for the Burned Children Recovery Center since 2009, helping the foundation to recover from the economy crash of 2008.
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TIL one of the key differences between monkeys and apes is how they sleep. Monkeys sleep in an upright position and have a light sleep. Apes like to lie down and enter into a deep sleep. The deep sleep in apes is believed to have improved cognitive ability in them.
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TIL the 90s sketch comedy show “In Living Color” drew away 22% of Super Bowl XXVI’s viewers during its halftime show by doing a special live episode of their own, which is why subsequent Super Bowls got A-List performers and dropped the previous themed marching band format.
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TIL in 1997, a physics student demonstrating the Leidenfrost effect by holding liquid nitrogen in his mouth accidentally swallowed the substance, resulting in near-fatal injuries. This was the first case in medical literature of liquid nitrogen ingestion
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TIL Texas is the only state with it's own power grid, the Texas Interconnected System, which is therefore not subject to federal interstate regulations
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TIL the world record for highest CPU frequency ever achieved was set in 2011 by a team of engineers at AMD. They overclocked an AMD Bulldozer-based FX-8150 chip to 8.805 GHz using liquid helium.
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TIL when the head of Universal Studios saw a film by a young student named Steven Spielberg, he called him in for a meeting, offered him a 7-year contract and told him, "a lot of people will stick with you in success; I’ll stick with you in failure."
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TIL that before Norm MacDonald's first appearance on the Tonight Show his dressing room was crashed by Robin Williams. While in the room he pretended to be a Jewish Tailor, talked to Norm's friend on the phone while pretending to be a Chinese Restaurant employee, dressed Norm, and then left.
1998
TIL Martin Lawrence is permanently banned from hosting SNL. The comedian hosted once in 1994 and performed a monologue where he criticized the vaginal hygiene of women. The rant, in which he went into detail about what he felt was a drop in feminine hygiene standards, will never be re-aired.
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TIL of William Ellis, a Texas born slave who crossed the border to slavery free Mexico and became a millionaire. Later on he attempted to bring African Americans to Mexico and even served as diplomat of the US to the King of Ethiopia.
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TIL when the Nazis burned Sigmund Freud's books he said, "What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now, they are content with burning my books."
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TIL when a brand becomes synonymous with a generic product (like Kleenex) its called a proprietary eponym
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TIL that Valve has no managers. Instead Employees choose which projects to work on, who to hire and can assemble their own teams for their new projects.
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TIL Marvin Gaye’s real last name was “Gay”. His father was a crossdresser, making Marvin a target of bullying. It was because of this, added with rumors of Marvin's own homosexuality, that Marvin added an "e" to his last name when he became famous.
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TIL that locusts are just regular grasshoppers that swarm when excessive population density causes their legs to be touched so much that their brains release excess serotonin
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TIL Mercedes plays a 'pink noise' in the split second before impact to protect your hearing
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TIL that during the 80’s, drunken calls to Hanna-Barbera studios from Flintstones fans curious to know what Barney Rubble did for a living were so common that the security guard in charge of answering the phones at night would simply reply: ‘‘ He worked in the quarry’’.
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TIL about Saturnalia, a festival in ancient Rome, where unconventionally the masters served the slaves. Christmas was likely heavily influenced by it.
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TIL when Sun Ra played a gig at a mental hospital, it prompted a patient to talk for the first time in years. She got up in the middle of the set, stood next to him at the piano, and a few minutes later leaned over and almost screamed, "Do you call that music?!"
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TIL that the legal "bar" originates from the physical barrier separating barristers from civilians; when you become certified to practice, you "pass the bar" by moving from the civilians' section to the barristers'
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TIL that the brown color produced by caramelization comes from three substances called caramelans, caramelens, and caramelins.
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TIL that the Consumer Product Safety Commission banned the sale of Lawn Darts in 1988 after the deaths of 3 children.
543 NBCMarketingTeam His wife survived the ship collision and sent him a telegraph. It read: "Alive. Alone."
202 ElDochart Wrote the first verse while on a boat passing the site of the collision that had occurred. Haven't been a Christian in 10 years but that song still breaks my heart.
33 Dumb_Dick_Sandwich He was a modern day Job. Except for getting it all back
12 Me2thanksthrowaway My mom passed away in July and just about a week before she died, my church and neighborhood came to our house and sang this song in our living room. It was so powerful.
52 LavenderVodka12 When he received word from his wife after the voyage, it was two words: Safe. Alone. Gut wrenching
71 TheSilliestGoose99 Here are the timeless lyrics : When peace like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to knowa It is well, it is well, with my soul. Refrain: It is well, (it is well), With my soul, (with my soul) It is well, it is well, with my soul. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, Let this blest assurance control, That Christ has regarded my helpless estate, And hath shed His own blood for my soul. My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought! My sin, not in part but the whole, Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more, Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live: If Jordan above me shall roll, No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life, Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul. But Lord, 'tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait, The sky, not the grave, is our goal; Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord! Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul. And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight, The clouds be rolled back as a scroll; The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend, A song in the night, oh my soul!
5 momvetty I was walking by a church today and that song was playing.
10 tomthehippie He also wrote it on a ship while visiting the site where the previous ship that went down with his family sank.
11 Jrodsqod Interesting still is the story of his good evangelist friend and hymnist, Philip Bliss, with whom he had done (and lost) business with in Chicago. Three years after the Spafford family deaths, Bliss put into manuscript the lyrics to the hymn "I will Sing of My Redeemer." He and his wife were travelling by train through Ohio when a bridge over a ravine collapsed underneath them. He survived the initial fall, but witnesses say he went back into the wreck to save his trapped wife after it caught fire. Something like two-thirds of the passengers died, but his luggage containing those lyrics survived the fire and were put to tune some years later. That hymn went on to be one of the first songs physically recorded on the phonograph by Thomas A. Edison.
7 Flemtality She does not look like a Horatio G. Spafford to me, but who am I to judge?
9 BeefPieSoup His follow up attempt, "*Things Maybe Aren't 100% Cool Now*", was only a minor hit.
20 TomSwirly It's so strange. Terrible injustices like that are only bearable to me because I'm an atheist - because these are _just accidents_ with no meaning. If I thought that an omnipotent God existed and willed that sort of thing to happen, it would be completely enraging. A god of love who could still cause such awfulness - and as we all know a lot worse than that. The thought is honestly both maddening and terrifying to me.
3 redtreads Book of Job, he seems to have passed the test.
3 Jack_Molesworth This is probably my favorite hymn, and my wife walked down the aisle to it, which makes it all the more special. It seemed appropriate, as the first verse is essentially "for better or for worse." But the verse that tends to choke me up is "my sin - oh the bliss of this glorious thought! - my sin, not in part but the whole, is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more! Bless the Lord! Bless the Lord, oh my soul!" One of the best statements of the incredibly good news of the gospel in song. Thanks for posting!