TIL, in Interstellar the depiction of a black hole required completely new CGI rendering software and was so accurate that it provided enough scientifical insight to publish three scientific papers
TIL that the line in Thor: Ragnarok ("We know each other! He's a friend from work!") was actually suggested by a young Make-a-Wish visitor to the movie’s set.
TIL the R-rated film Planes Trains and Automobiles would have been rated PG if not for the scene where Steve Martin says "fucking" 18 times in one minute. Despite the rating it is the only time in the movie where the word is used.
TIL that Arnold Schwarzenegger started a bricklaying business when he first came to America and became a millionaire after buying and selling houses before he became an actor.
TIL Jelly Roll Morton, at the age of 14 tricked his great-grandmother into believing he was a night watchman at a barrel house when in fact he was working as a piano player in a brothel. In that atmosphere, he often sang smutty lyrics; he took the nickname "Jelly Roll", which was slang for vagina.
TIL: 92 Russians died for every 1 American in WWII
TIL that In 2008, Iran tried to make the world's largest sandwich, a 1,500 metre long ostrich and chicken combo. The record attempt failed because spectators started eating the sandwich before officials could take a measurement.
TIL that, primarily, Chameleons change their color to warm up (dark colors absorb more light) and be sexy (to other chameleons), not to camouflage themselves (as many people believe).
TIL the caduceus symbol mistakenly used by many American medical companies is actually associated with thievery and commerce, the true medical symbol is the similar looking Rod of Asclepius.
TIL Bedbugs were almost eradicated but are on the rise in the United States.
TIL High heels on men's shoes was once considered virile and masculine
TIL Disney declined Back to the Future on the grounds that a mother falling in love with her son was not appropriate for the company's family-friendly branding.
TIL the British supermarket chain Iceland has an EU-wide trademark on their name, and take legal action against Icelandic companies that use it. The Icelandic government has applied to have their trademark invalidated, so far without success.
TIL: Near-perfect ellipsoid lenses have been found among viking artifacts. Hinting that the Vikings likely made telescopes 1000 years ago, 500 years before Galileo.
TIL the Swedish propaganda/war ship Vasa sank 100m into its maiden voyage and was recovered 333 years later. Today it is the oldest preserved ship and can be seen in a Stockholm museum.
TIL that isolating a female cannabis plant from a male, can increase production of buds (richest THC source) as the female increases her efforts to attract pollen from the male plant.
Til The A.I computer designed to think like a serial killer to decode the zodiac killers letters, writes morbid poetry as a “hobby”.
TIL when Arthur Rubinstein was invited to play for delegates at the 1945 inauguration of the UN, he was so angry that neither a Polish delegation nor a Polish flag was included, he made his point by performing the Polish national anthem extremely slowly and loudly.
TIL all New Orleans public schools were closed indefinitely in the wake of Katrina and students now attend private or public charter schools.
TIL when telephones first came into commercial use you had to whistle loudly into the receiver to get the other person's attention, as telephone bells hadn't been invented yet.
TIL that 4 inmates once snuck out of prison, robbed several stores, and then snuck back into prison.
TIL that the traffic on the Arc de Triomphe roundabout in Paris is so chaotic, insurance companies will always split the liability of an accident 50/50.
TIL bananas are curved because they grow towards the sun
TIL Bill Bonner is the guy Responsible for Millions of Vintage National Geographic Photos
TIL that in the early 2000s, Sony needed more of a mineral named coltan to supply the public's insatiable demand for PS2's. This mineral is mainly found in the Eastern Congo, and Sony had to negotiate directly with a radical militant group occupying the area in order to mine it.
TIL that despite its useful properties, the dandelion has grown to be regarded as a weed, as a result of the rise of lawn culture and marketing by pesticide companies.
TIL The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day for Plumbers around the United States
TIL the inventor of the Amazing Sea-monkeys also marketed and sold “Invisible Goldfish, imaginary fish that were guaranteed to remain permanently invisible”, including a glass bowl and fish food.
TIL about the Buer, known as the great president of hell. Only appearing when the sun is in Sagittarius, Buer goes about teaching natural and moral philosophy, herbology, and is particularly good at healing men of their illnesses.
TIL that the earth is valued at $195 quadrillion USD.
TIL that Black Friday was coined in 1952, made popular in 1961, and became the busiest shopping day of the year in 2005.
TIL of J?nis P?nups, a Latvian conscripted into the Red Army during WWII. After being knocked out in combat, he deserted and went into hiding for 50 years, only leaving his forest hideout in 1995 after the Soviet occupation ended.
TIL the Star Trek: DS9 episode "Trials and Tribble-ations", an homage to the original series episode "The Trouble With Tribbles," only happened because the producers were at a pizza parlor discussing show ideas when they bumped into Charlie Brill, who starred in the original episode 30 years ago.
TIL When lions and tigers are bred, the offspring is a ‘Liger’. In 1995, residents of an Idaho town were on lockdown for days when 17 big cats escaped a make-shift zoo named Ligertown. The escaped cats had to be killed because they were too big for law enforcement tranquilizers.
TIL of the True Communists, an anti-Stalinist youth organization who protested the USSR's oligarchy in favor of Orthodox Marxism. Activities consisted of reading Marxist literature, distributing anti-USSR fliers, and discussing the actions of the CPSU. Its founders were caught and imprisoned.
TIL there is a specific order in English for adjectives to be placed and sound correct. The order must also abide by a specific sound pattern.
TIL Thomas Jefferson believed Jesus's teachings were "the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man," but that they had been appropriated by his followers, resulting in a Bible that contained both "diamonds of wisdom" and the "dung" of ancient political agendas.
TIL In 1903, a person(unidentified) was beaten to death with a Bible during a healing ceremony gone wrong in Honolulu
TIL a white person who stayed in Zimbabwe post-independence (1980) is called a "Zimbo".
TIL that as recently as 1986 infants as old as 15 months were receiving no anesthesia during surgery at most American hospitals
544 NBCMarketingTeam His wife survived the ship collision and sent him a telegraph. It read: "Alive. Alone."
203 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.
37 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
65 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!
6 momvetty I was walking by a church today and that song was playing.
8 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.
9 Flemtality She does not look like a Horatio G. Spafford to me, but who am I to judge?
7 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.
5 redtreads Book of Job, he seems to have passed the test.
4 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!