TIL Ben Franklin left the cities of Boston and Philadelphia $2,000 in his will, but they could not draw the full balance for 200 years. In 1990, the cities received $6.5 million.
TIL: Once the Tesla Gigafactory is operating at 100% capacity, it will churn out more lithium-ion batteries in one year than were produced worldwide in 2013
TIL the US government poisoned industrial alcohol during Prohibition, leading to the deaths of around 10,000 people.
TIL Two guys used their dead friends ashes as fishing bait and caught the worlds biggest Carp
TIL Sam Kinison was killed when a drunk driver crossed the median and hit Sam's vehicle head on. According to a friend, he looked unharmed, then began speaking to no one, saying "I don't want die." Then, "But why?" And finally, "Okay, okay, okay."
TIL that despite early claims that fidget spinners could be used to help children with ADHD, there never was any scientific research to back this claim.
TIL that a whale's skull is so thick that it requires a world war 2 anti-tank rifle to euthanize one that has beached itself.
TIL that the line often attributed to John Lennon - "Ringo isn't the best drummer in the world. He isn't even the best drummer in the Beatles" - was actually said by comedian Jasper Carrott three years after Lennon's death
TIL that a room known as ‘Room 641A’ in the AT&T telecommunications backbone houses beamsplitters capable of monitoring all the internet traffic in the US. It was largely thought to be a myth until PRISM revealed its existence in 2007.
TIL houses with teal pumpkins on their front step at Halloween means they offer non-food treats or allergy safe alternatives for children with food allergies. This is known as the "Teal Pumpkin Project."
TIL for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the Chinese government announced that people could apply for permits to protest in designate areas. None of the permits were granted, and many of those who applied disappeared or were arrested.
TIL the death of Reagan's press secretary, James Brady, was ruled a homicide when he died 33 years after being shot in the head.
TIL That in Senior Centre in Düsseldorf they set up a Fake bus stop as a mean to keeps Alzheimer's patients from wandering off. the idea was so successful that it has been adopted by several other homes across Germany
TIL Wɑlmɑrt leveled prehistoric Native American burial mounds for fill dirt.
TIL Poposicle® ice pops were originally known as Epsicles, as they were invented in 1905 by 11-year-old Frank Epperson. Epperson shared the frozen treat with his kids many years later, at which point they became known as "Pop's sicles," leading up to a patent on the frozen treat in 1923.
TIL that up until the 1600s, a “black swan” was a metaphor for something that did not exist. Then a group of Dutch explorers became the first Europeans to see black swans in Western Australia in 1697, and the phrase was amended to mean “a perceived impossibility that might later be disproven.”
TIL the Tunguska Event, an explosion in Siberia in 1908, was 1,000 times greater than the atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima, wiped out 80 million trees, and may have killed a total of 2 people
TIL when Napoleon's Marshall; Michel Ney was being sentenced to execution after Waterloo, Ney's lawyer in his defense argued that Ney was now a Prussian and could not be tried by French laws, Ney interrupted him saying, "I am French and I will remain French". Ney was later executed
TIL the Pan-American Highway doesn't actually connect North America and South America, there is a 100 mile gap of swampland and forest between Panama and Colombia with no roads, inhabited by drug runners
TIL that in 1942, hundreds of skeletons were found in a Himalayan lake. Studies determined it to be the King of Kanauj and his entourage who had been struck by a massive hailstorm in the 9th century.
TIL actor Gary Busey had been an outspoken opponent of helmet laws before his own motorcycle accident, but than changed sides and said: "If you don't wear a helmet, you're not playing with a full deck."
TIL Bruce Lee avoided baked goods and refined flour, describing them as providing empty calories which did nothing for his body.
TIL that a woman jumped from a moving car after seeing a spider on her shoulder. The 9 year old passenger attempted to stop the car, hit the gas, and collided with a school bus.
TIL that in 1830, a group of Australian convicts hijacked a ship off the coast of Tasmania and sailed it to isolationist Japan. At a port on Shikoku Island, a samurai disguised as a fisherman recalled walking the docks, when they noted “an unbearable stench in the vicinity of the ship.”
TIL The camera that recorded the only known footage of the first plane strike on 9/11 is now in the Smithsonian Museum
TIL Henry Ford strongly supported Nazi's and even received the Grand Cross of the German Eagle.
TIL four South Korean woodcutters stumbled across the camp of a group of North Korean commandos on a mission to assassinate the South Korean president. The commandos lectured them on the benefits of communism and spared their lives, but their mission failed as the woodcutters had alerted the police.
TIL that during the German occupation of Zaknythos, when asked for a list of all the island's Jews, the Greek mayor produced only 2; himself and the bishop. All 275 Jews on the island survived the war.
TIL that gut bacteria could very well be manipulating our minds to cause cravings for certain foods they need in order to stay fit-- such as lipids and sugars.
TIL of the Pronghorn, the fastest creature in the western hemisphere. It can run 57mph for 9 miles. Existing pronghorn’s running speed and endurance far outpace any living predator, likely because its original predator is now extinct. It has 300° vision and can detect movement 4 miles away.
TIL that about 6.5% of all the people ever born are alive right now
TIL that 'Come Together' by the Beatles, was written as a rally cry in support of Timothy Leary's campaign for California governor against Ronald Reagan in 1968
TIL That in 2002, the United States Enacted the So-Called "the Hague Invasion Act" Which Effectively Allows the Invasion of the Netherlands to Ensure “the Release of Any U.S. or Allied Personnel Being Detained or Imprisoned By, on Behalf Of, or at the Request of the International Criminal Court"
TIL in the 1850s the entire city of Chicago was raised 10ft. This was due to a severe sewerage problem. The solution? 100s of men operating 1000s of jack-screws to lift the city.
TIL that the WWI Native American code talkers lacked words for modern-day military terms. They used “big gun” for artillery, “little gun shoot fast” for machine gun, “stone” for grenade and “scalps” for casualties, etc.
TIL MRI scans have found that the pain of rejection and physical pain are associated with similar regions of the brain. One study found that the painkiller acetaminophen reduced the reported levels of emotional pain in a rejection experiment.
TIL that in the Brothers Grimm version of Snow White the Evil Queen wanted to eat Snow White's organs and was forced by the newly crowned Snow White to dance to death in red-hot iron shoes in the ending.
TIL that the same animation studio that created the 1977 cartoon "The Hobbit" went bankrupt in 1985 and was bought by Miyuzaki Hayao, Suzuki Toshio, and Takahata Isao to become Studio Ghibli
TIL that when the Paracutin volcano was born, it emerged so quickly that it pushed up the ground beneath people. Within 24 hours, it was 15 stories high, and by the end of the week it was the height of the Great Pyramids.
TIL Choir singers synchronise their heartbeats, which is believed to be caused by the singers coordinating their breathing.
546 NBCMarketingTeam His wife survived the ship collision and sent him a telegraph. It read: "Alive. Alone."
199 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
11 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.
50 LavenderVodka12 When he received word from his wife after the voyage, it was two words: Safe. Alone. Gut wrenching
72 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.
9 tomthehippie He also wrote it on a ship while visiting the site where the previous ship that went down with his family sank.
10 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.
8 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.
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!