TIL George Lucas thought Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" would out perform Star Wars so he proposed they trade 2.5% of the profit on each other's films; Spielberg took the trade, and still receives 2.5% of the profits from Star Wars.
TIL Nirvana's Kurt Cobain made out with his bandmates on live TV "just to spite homophobes."
TIL A guy made a fictional restaurant the #1 restaurant in London using trip advisor and fake reviews. He served microwaved food and customers said it was the most exquisite food they ever tasted.
TIL upon hearing about the death of Teddy Roosevelt, Vice President Thomas R. Marshal declared “death had to take him in his sleep, for if he was awake there’d have been a fight”
TIL that the makers of SPAM sued Jim Henson Productions for using the name "Spa'am" for a pig character. A judge dismissed the suit, and noted that "one might think Hormel (the maker) would welcome the association with a genuine source of pork."
TIL that on the set of Spider-man: Homecoming, Michael Keaton would troll Tom Holland by whispering "I'm Batman" during fight scenes
TIL the "Dementors" which were first introduced in "Harry Potter and The Prisoner Of Azkaban" represented JK Rowlings severe depression.
TIL that the St. Patrick's Day tradition of dyeing the Chicago river green arose by accident when a group of plumbers used green dye to trace illegal substances that were polluting the river. The dyeing of the river is still sponsored by the local plumbers union.
TIL Robert Williams, a Ford assembly line worker, is the first human in history to have been killed by a robot. He was hit by a robotic arm in 1979.
TIL a teletubby toy was recalled in the late 90s for calling kids "faggot" and telling them to "bite my butt"
TIL that Cajun crayfish have invaded Africa. Not only do they have no natural predators there, but they eat so many native species that they are causing an ecological disaster.
TIL that right before launching the two Voyagers, NASA scientists used kitchen-grade aluminum foil to cover critical parts of the probes to protect it from unanticipated radiation at Jupiter. It worked.
TIL during the D-Day scene in Saving Private Ryan, the two surrendering "Germans," killed by American soldiers, were saying in Czech: "Please don't shoot me! I'm not German, I'm Czech, I didn't kill anyone!" The American soldiers jokingly translate it as "Look, I washed for supper!"
TIL that 17th century Italian biologist Francesco Redi found that tortoise's brains are so small and irrelevant that when he surgically removed them, they could continue to live for up to six months. When he entirely decapitated one, it still lived for 23 days.
TIL that a massive solar flare in 2012 barely missed earth (by mere days). Had it hit, the power grid would likely have failed, causing unprecedented devastation. Scientists recently determined that it was of similar magnitude as the 1859 Carrington Event.
TIL The reason that US money is green is because according to the U.S. Bureau of Printing and Engraving, the ink was plentiful and durable and the color green was associated with stability
TIL Mummies are sometimes used in medicine to calibrate CAT scan machines
TIL when Jim Carrey played Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon he was method acting. He did such a good job that when Andy Kaufman's sister visited the set, she believed Jim Carrey was a "vessel" which allowed Andy to communicate from beyond the grave and talk to his sister.
TIL Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, was born into both the Danish and Greek Royal Families and is the oldest ever male member of the British Royal Family at 96. He retired from royal duties last year after completing 22,219 solo engagements since 1952.
TIL About the 'Brinicle', super concentrated sea salt that falls from forming sea ice sheets. The falling salt has a much lower freezing point that water, instantly freezing all water it touches and kills any living thing it touches.
TIL the Navajo Nation reservation is so large (71,000 km2), its area exceeds at least 10 US states in size.
TIL James Earl Ray, the man who killed Martin Luther King, escaped from prision in 1967 and went to Mexico, where he attempted to establish himself as a pornographic film director.(paragraph 6)
TIL that John F. Kennedy, 2 months before his presidency, was almost assassinated by someone driving a dynamite-lading car into his. This was prevented because the assassin saw his wife and kids bid goodbye to Kennedy, thus changing his mind.
TIL British actor Gareth Jones died of a heart attack while performing in a live televised play in 1958 – in which his character was scripted to have a heart attack. The rest of the cast improvised around his death and finished the play.
TIL about Rabbit Show Jumping, aka "Kaninhop", which is basically equestrian sports but scaled down for bunnies.
TIL that Edsger W. Dijkstra, the famous Dutch computer science pioneer, when asked about his job during his marriage rite in 1957, answered as "programmer" but the municipal authorities did not accept it on the grounds that there was no such profession
TIL thst all St. Patrick chased out of Ireland was paganism, and snakes have never existed in Ireland
TIL - 17 March is not only Saint Patrick's Day, its also Saint Gertrude of Nevilles Day. She's the patron saint of cats and cat lovers!
TIL ruts leftover from the wagon trains traveling the Oregon Trial, are still visible today.
TIL Aerosmith's Joe Perry use to keep a roadie by the side of the stage instructed to give him a toot of cocaine through a straw whenever he wandered over pretending to need technical assistance
TIL that Lorenzo Music, the voice of Garfield, would volunteer at a suicide hotline. Callers would sometimes change their tone to remark, "Hey, you sound just like that cat on TV!".
TIL In the 1920s/1930s it was normal for babies to be hung in "Baby Cages" outside of apartment windows to build up cold weather tolerance.
TIL Judy Sheindlin ran the family court division for Manhattan and heard over 20,000 cases before becoming Judge Judy.
TIL some people believe they will have good luck if the first thing they say upon waking up on the first morning of every month is, "rabbit rabbit"
TIL of Pigasus, a pig nominated for US Presidency in 1968. The anti-war activists responsible demanded treatment as candidate, including security and access to briefings. Pigasus and his team were finally arrested during a "rally" and charged with disturbing the peace and bringing a pig to Chicago.
TIL of a genetic condition which gives people increased muscle strength and twice the usual amount of muscle mass. There are no known related health issues. Affected are intellectually normal.(Myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy)
TIL the government of Ireland declared a State of Emergency at the beginning of WWII, on the 2nd of September 1939, that wouldn’t be lifted until 1976, an event known simply as “The Emergency”.
TIL that Deviled eggs are Italian
TIL that shrimp trawl fisheries catch 2% of the world total catch of all fish by weight, but produce more than one-third of the world total bycatch(27,012,099 millions of tonnes).
TIL: Basketball players used to be able to dunk free throws as long as they didn't step over the FT line. The NBA & NCAA changed the rule because Wilt Chamberlain was so good at it.
3004 Meaber Could someone theoretically park there illegally, write themselves a ticket, put it on their car then just throw it away after without formally submitting it? Or am I misunderstanding the process?
10417 eunuchly_unique Live in Houston, can't confirm, but will be signing up soon to write tickets
540 Gregku90 So if the person issued the citation contests it will the citizen be subpoenaed to court?
5096 Ashotep Wife has some medical issues that are not obvious. We have a handicap placard and nothing infuriates me more than people who park there illegally. My wife just says its ok, we can walk...But I see how much this hurts her, even though she thinks she is hiding it. On the plus side, My city just created an app that lets you report any violations you see. Take a clear picture showing the violation through the app and report the location. A ticket is in the mail. I hate to admit how much satisfaction that app gives me.
1261 samfreez Now THAT is a program that should be made available nationwide! I would totally sign up for that, as I constantly see idiots parking in those spots without placards or DP plates.
284 Mutt1223 Sounds like a great idea on paper. Sadly, people tend to ruin everything.
506 badamache So how do they prevent abuse? If a deputized person wants to be an ass, they could write invalid tickets, for example, to harass someone.
67 Impeach_Pence Also, Texas disabled veterans, get your damn disabled vet license plates. You don't need no placard. Free parking at city metered parking *and* handicap parking. Oh, and on top of that, free fucking tollways. Seriously, I was out for three years before I found out about the free tollways. I'd been paying $80/month in tolls for 3 fucking years. I don't math that well, but that's like $3000 in tolls. Edit: Since there's some confusion in the replies: >Sec. 372.053. VETERAN DISCOUNT PROGRAM. >The program must include free or discounted use of the entity's toll project by an electronic toll collection customer whose account relates to a vehicle registered under Section 504.202 or 504.315(f) or (g). And then, >Sec. 504.202. VETERANS WITH DISABILITIES. >(a) A person entitled to specialty license plates under this section may register, for the person's own use, one vehicle without payment of any fee paid for or at the time of registration except the fee for the license plates. Registration under this section is valid for one year. >(b) A veteran of the United States armed forces is entitled to register, for the person's own use, motor vehicles under this section if: >(1) the person has suffered, as a result of military service: >(A) at least a 50 percent service-connected disability; or >(B) a 40 percent service-connected disability because of the amputation of a lower extremity; All links can be found: If you qualify for Disabled Veteran plates in Texas, you get free tolls.