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52095
TIL Keanu Reeves often foregoes some of his paycheck so that producers can bring on other notable actors. On The Devil's Advocate, he reduced his salary by a few million dollars so that they could afford Al Pacino, and he did the same thing on The Replacements to be able to work with Gene Hackman.
71961
TIL the US Navy replaced expensive and clunky periscope controls on submarines with Xbox 360 controllers, which reduced training time from hours to minutes
31750
TIL a group of 15 monkeys escaped a research institute in Japan by using trees to catapult themselves over a 17ft high electric fence one by one.
6527
TIL Garlic Knots were invented to prevent waste. In 1973, a Pizzeria in Queens, NY came up with the garlic knot as a way of not wasting leftover pizza dough scraps. They became an instant hit.
1289
TIL that Charles Joughin, Chief Baker on Titanic, helped passengers board life boats (forcibly boarding those who thought it safer to stay on the ship), drank a 1/2 bottle of liqueur, then threw chairs overboard for use as flotation devices, rode the side of the ship down while it sunk, and survived
2670
TIL that Three physicists flew around the world twice in 1971 with synced atomic clocks to test out the time dilation theory. Upon meeting up, they found that all 3 of the clocks disagreed with each other.
2280
TIL Arctic comes from the Greek word "Arktos," which means bear, so the Arctic is the land of the bears, and Antarctica is the land without bears.
48103
TIL monkeys can learn to use money. Capuchins that were taught to exchange silver discs for treats began budgeting for foods they liked, buying more of something when the price dropped, and started gambling. Eventually, rich monkeys even figured out they could pay each other for sex.
928
TIL a guy once tested Major League Baseball's copyright disclaimer by asking for "expressed written consent" to show an old playoff game at a party. MLB Headquarters responded with a letter granting him permission.
814
TIL Steve Jobs refused to have his cancer treated even though it was the "good" kind of pancreatic cancer and instead he tried out alternative medicine and diets
895
TIL Pope Leo XIII outlined the rights of workers to a fair wage, safe working conditions, and the formation of labour unions, while affirming the rights of property and free enterprise, opposing both Atheistic Marxism and laissez-faire capitalism.
963
TIL the Chevy Nova actually sold well in Latin countries, and poor sales stories due to the "No Va"/"No Go" translation is just an urban myth
972
TIL that the current CEO of Toyota, Akio Toyoda, is the great grandson of Sakichi Toyoda, who is known as the father of the Japanese Industrial Revolution thanks to his invention of the power loom that implemented the principle of Jidoka, meaning the machine stops itself when a problem occurs.
880
TIL of Qian Xuesen, a Chinese aerospace engineer who was a founding member of JPL. When he was stripped of his security clearances during the Red Scare despite protests by his colleagues, he moved back to China where he became well known as the "Father of Chinese Rocketry"
390
TIL that Saskatchewan, Canada became the first jurisdiction in North America to recognize the Holodomor, in which ~7.5 million ethnic Ukrainians were starved under Stalin's Soviet regime
301
TIL in 1941, the world's largest seed bank (created by botanist Nikolai Vavilov) was housed in Leningrad. As the Germans surrounded the city causing massive starvation, Vavilov's scientists refused to eat from the collection, slowly dying of hunger as they maintained 16 rooms of edible plants.
46512
TIL that Glenn Shadix, the actor who played Otho in Beetlejuice, was subjected to “ex gay” electrical shock treatments when he came out to his parent. When this failed to change his orientation, he attempted suicide and survived a 3 day coma. After the incident, his parents accept ed his sexuality.
802
TIL that the land in Finland is rising faster in the coastline than further East, causing rivers to tilt and flood towns, since the rivers flow from the east to the coast
201
TIL An early purchaser of the Zamboni was worried about profits because people were watching the machine resurface the ice instead of going to the concession stand.
5837
TIL that after North Korea captured a group of Navy officers, the officers raised their middle finger, telling their captors it was a “Hawaiian good luck sign.”
281
TIL that the although the opening of the video of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen shows all band members singing, it is actually a 5-part harmony that's all multi-track recordings of Freddy Mercury's voice.
10848
TIL: That during the Columbine massacre, two 9.8 kilogram propane bombs were planted in the school cafeteria right before lunch. Had the bombs not fail to detonate, it is estimated that 488 students in the cafeteria at the time would have been killed or severely injured as a result.
495
TIL the US government has over one billion cubic meters of helium stored in a strategic reserve in Texas. The reserve was started in the 1920s and was originally intended for airships, but was later used as a coolant for the space program.
119
TIL there are Penguins that live in rainforests
130
TIL in 1984, Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars was so depressed he unsuccessfully tried to drown himself in the ocean and woke up the next morning believing that he was a ghost
81
TIL that McDonald's once created bubblegum-flavored broccoli in an attempt to make kids eat more vegetables. The taste confused children and the product was pulled before it even reached the shelves.
101
TIL John F. Kennedy was a life member of the NRA
96
TIL there is hardly any scientific evidence that stretching before or after exercise increases performance or reduces risk of injury.
75
TIL that during a harsh winter the Des Moines suburb of Ankeny, Iowa, used garlic salt to help thaw the roads. Although it worked it reportedly left the snow crews ‘hungry’.
214
TIL that the method of brewing tea is standardised under the ISO, and this was criticised by Ireland for not mentioning that the pot must be pre-warmed.
136
TIL Domestic cats kill between 1.4 and 3.7 billion birds and between 6.9 and 20.7 billion mammals each year in the Unitedly States
36
TIL the voices schizophrenics hear are actually their own subvocal speech. This is why it's so common for schizophrenics to believe their minds are being read.
78
TIL that over 90% of all data on the internet has been created since 2016
50
TIL of Gramercy Park, a private park in NYC for neighboring residents that requires a $350 key and a $7500 annual fee to enter.
5012
TIL 98% of adoptions in Japan are of Adult Men aged 20-30
3432
TIL a guy tried to raise his son bilingually in English and Klingon. The experiment failed when the child got older and refused to use Klingon.
78
TIL the belief that mother birds will reject their young if touched by a human is false
69
TIL Due to a translation error in the ER of intoxicado to intoxicated, doctors performed the wrong treatment on an individual who was actually poisoned. Ramirez was left quadriplegic and received a settlement of $71 million.
28955
TIL Arizona lost its chance to host the 1990 Super Bowl after its voters refused to make MLK Jr. Day a state holiday
123
TIL that VR goggles were first invented in 1963 - by the person the Hugo Awards are named after.
2944 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?
10350 eunuchly_unique Live in Houston, can't confirm, but will be signing up soon to write tickets
541 Gregku90 So if the person issued the citation contests it will the citizen be subpoenaed to court?
5064 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.
1254 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.
277 Mutt1223 Sounds like a great idea on paper. Sadly, people tend to ruin everything.
503 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: http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/TN/htm/TN.372.htm If you qualify for Disabled Veteran plates in Texas, you get free tolls.