TIL Ted Nugent for a month stopped bathing, vomitted on himself, and pooped his pants to get out of being drafted during Vietnam.
TIL Heroin was synthesized in 1897 at Bayer pharmaceutical by German chemists looking for a less potent form of morphine. Bayer marketed heroin as a "non-addictive morphine substitute" for cough suppressants.
TIL: Earthworms have even been ranked the number one most influential species in the history of the planet – above dinosaurs and humans.
TIL Sublime made 40oz. to Freedom by sneaking into the music department at CSU-Dominguez Hills after hours and recording all night.
TIL that in 2015, Americans left 658 million vacation days unused. 222 million of those days were lost because they could not be rolled over, meaning Americans worked $61 billion dollars worth of time for free.
TIL when the First World War began, it was compulsory for all British officers to have a moustache. Poignantly, that edict was revoked in October 1916, because the new recruits were so young that some could not rustle up more than a thin, mousey streak.
TIL that Cougars are the biggest cat that can purr and meow.
TIL no symphony orchestra can ever make a profit on its own, even if it sold out tickets at every show. This is mainly because the show consists of 40-100 fully salaried members who only perform the same piece 2 or 3 times. Most orchestras rely heavily on donators to be profitable.
TIL a bald eagle somehow made its way to Ireland in 1987 and was so tired that it had to be returned via airplane.
TIL the apples in the phrase "how do you like them apples" refer to WW1 trench mortars nicknamed "toffee apples" used by the British
TIL the last name of "How to Win Friends and Influence People" author Dale Carnegie was not originally named Carnegie - in an example of how to influence people, he changed the spelling from Carnegey to resemble the name of the more influential Andrew Carnegie
TIL that Marjory Stoneman Douglas fought against efforts to drain the FL Everglades and reclaim land for development when she was 79 years old. Her tireless efforts earned her several variations of the nickname "Grande Dame of the Everglades.” She also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
TIL In 1981, horse meat labeled as beef was discovered at a plant that supplied hamburger and taco meat to Jack in the Box. The meat was originally from Australia, and during their checks on location, inspectors discovered other shipments destined for the US that included kangaroo meat.
TIL the scientist John von Neumann (1903-1957) could by the age of 6, divide two 8 digit numbers in his head and converse in ancient Greek. He published over 150 papers during his lifetime, and is considered by many to be among the most intellegent humans to have ever lived.
TIL California is the 6th largest economy in the world behind USA, China, Japan, Germany, UK. It's bigger than India, France, Brazil, Italy, Russia, Canada, Spain, Australia, South Korea, Mexico.
TIL of the Sack of Rome in 390 BC. After the Romans were routed and the city was all but destroyed, the Romans figured their only decision was to pay the invaders to leave. It worked.
TIL that bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world and can grow roughly 0.9 meters in a day if presented with the appropriate conditions.
TIL Australian Don Ritchie talked at least 160 people out of committing suicide at Watson's Bay by offering them a cup of tea and someone to talk to. He was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his efforts.
TIL potato chips cause more weight gain than any other food
TIL Jóhann Jóhannsson had spent a year writing the score for Darren Aronofsky's "Mother" and at some point realized that the film was better with no music at all. He convinced Darren to delete everything.
TIL that President LBJ was a competitive womanizer, and whenever people mentioned Kennedy's many affairs, LBJ would bang the table and declare that he had more women by accident than Kennedy ever had on purpose.
TIL: The BBC used the opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony during WWII because it simulated the Morse Code "V" for Victory ...-
TIL: Kentucky has 120 counties (4th out of all states) because the rule in the early 1800’s was you needed to be a day rides by horse to the county seat to take care of business.
TIL of Brian Spencer, a former NHL hockey player who's father, upon hearing his son was starting in his first game, held a Canadian TV station hostage and forced them to broadcast it, before being shot and killed. After his career, Brian too was shot & killed during a robbery after buying crack.
TIL one of the first science fiction stories, ‘Description of a New World, Called a Blazing World,’ was written in 1666 by the Duchess Margaret Cavendish. She helped popularize scientific advancements, like the telescope and microscope, and was considered the first female philosopher of her time.
TIL of Torch Lake, often compared to the Caribbean, it is located in Michigan and is one of the clearest lakes in the world.
TIL There is no generally accepted term to describe what Northern Ireland is: province, region, country or "something else".
TIL that, as a child, Jack Black (real name Thomas Jacob Black) appeared in a commercial for the 1982 Atari videogame "Pitfall!"
TIL of the "Concave Hollow Earth" theory, according to which the Earth is actually the outer edge of a sphere with the entire universe inside it, a theory that may eventually have influenced Adolf Hitler.
TIL that Zheleznogorsk, a limited-access Russian town originally built for producing weapons-grade plutonium, has a city flag which portrays a bear splitting an atom apart.
TIL there were 30ft long sea cows called Steller's sea cows in the 1700s and we killed them.
TIL the fact that there are seven days to the week, internationally, and that the Sun day is followed by the Moon day, happened thanks to ancient Mesopotamia or Egypt passing it on to Greece, Rome, India, Japan...
TIL Keanu Reeves was forced to star in the critically-derided film The Watcher (2000) due to the fact a friend forged his signature on the contract agreement
TIL Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the odour of farts smell good so that farting in public will become socially acceptable. Ben wanted flatulence to be "as agreeable as perfumes"
TIL that there's a special minimally-fermented wine used at masses where the priest is a current or recovering alcoholic.
TIL Pres. Teddy Roosevelt was given strong coffee and puffs of cigar as a child to 'help' with his asthma. As an adult his coffee drinking became legendary and he drank up to 40 cups/day. His son, Theodore Jr., remarked that his father's ideal coffee cup might be "more in the nature of a bathtub"
TIL that up to 1 BILLION birds are killed per year in collisions with buildings. the second greatest human-caused source of bird deaths (pet and feral cats kill more)
TIL while researching his political comedy ‘In the Loop’, writer Armando Iannucci (creator of Veep) sneaked into the US State Dept in Washington using a pass which he claims ‘‘could have been produced by a child’’.
TIL a penguin named 'Jinjing' who swims 5000 miles every year to visit his rescuer
TIL the first man to go over the Niagara Falls in a barrel died after slipping on an orange peel.
Coincidence or just starting where we left off?
... Where we came in? Isn't this...
Statistically, how would one tell who the first and last person in a massive war like that was killed?
Hopefully not in that order, though
TIL that by coincidence the first British soldier to be killed in WW1 was buried a few feet from the last British soldier to be killed in WW1 in a war cemetery in Belgium.