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TIL that in 1973 the Who’s drummer Keith Moon passed out mid-show. The band continued without him for several songs before Townshend asked, "Can anyone play the drums? – I mean somebody good?" 19 year old Scot Halpin, who had bought scalped tickets came up and played the rest of the show.
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TIL that between 1937 and 1939, 100k Irish children were encouraged to seek out the oldest person they knew and gather their stories. This has been compiled into an archive searchable by any topic ranging from the supernatural to natural remedies.
2957
TIL that sausages are older than the Bible. The oldest works of the Bible were written 3,400 years ago while the first-ever reference to sausages was in the 4,000 year old texts from Mesopotamia.
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TIL M'lady/Fedora guys is Jerry Messing. Before his internet stardom he was the child actor who played Pugsley in Addams Family Reunion as well as Gordon Crisp, the smelly kid in Freaks and Geeks.
2000
TIL an Applebee's Waitress in Colorado had her ID stolen on her night off. 2 weeks later while working, a woman orders a drink, and hands the waitress the waitresses stolen ID.
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TIL that International Master Jeremy Silman created the Chess puzzle for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone where Ron sacrifices himself, but wasn't credited for his role, while "everyone from the hairdressers to the donut delivery boy" were.
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TIL in May 2006, over 300 Portuguese school children received medical attention for an illness which caused rashes and shortness of breath. The illness was later cited as being a case of mass hysteria caused by an episode of a soap opera which dealt with a deadly virus outbreak in a school.
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TIL since 2011, NOAA has required the use of thinner, weaker hooks, in the Gulf of Mexico, that straighten to release large bluefin tuna before they die of exhaustion on the line, which resulted in 75% less dead, discarded fish in the Gulf.
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TIL Failed US President John Tyler, following his presidency, was nominated to the minor office of “Overseer of Roads” by local villagers in an effort to mock him. Much to their dismay, he took his job incredibly seriously despite his neighbors begging him to stop.
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TIL branches from a 3000 year old, still living, Greek olive tree were used to weave victors' wreaths for the winners of the 2004 Athens Olympics and the 2008 Beijing Olympics
389
TIL that the sum of all numbers on a roulette wheel is 666.
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TIL In 2006, China slaughtered 50,000 dogs after three people died of rabies. Dogs being walked were seized from their owners and beaten to death on the spot. Owners were offered 63 cents per animal to kill their own dogs before the beating teams were sent in.
861
TIL there in an organism which lives in the ocean floor, which reproduces every 10,000 years, and is perhaps millions of years old.
448
TIL until the 60's, computing power was measured in "Kilo-girls" as the earliest computers where humans. And, more often than not, female
647
TIL that amnesics who play Tetris and have no memory of playing Tetris still experience the "Tetris Effect"
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TIL that Voodoo Donut in Portland, Oregon used to serve a donut drizzled in Nyquil and then had a shot of Nyquil in a cup in the center of the donut - until the FDA stepped in & made them stop serving it.
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TIL the organisers of the 2012 London Olympics contacted The Whos manager Bill Curbishley to see if drummer Keith Moon was available to play at the opening ceremony, despite Moon being dead for 34 years at the time.
594
TIL that actor Geoffrey Rush was cast for The King's Speech after reading the script which was hand delivered to his home, against industry practices. The production manager later received a four-page email from Rush's agent, berating him for the breach of etiquette, but said that Rush likes it.
814
TIL: The meaning of the word "that" in Meatloaf's song 'I would do anything for love' changes with every chorus to reapond to the preceding lyrics. This led so many fans to be confused about the lyrics meaning that the singer had to explain it with a chalkboard.
105
TIL there's an auditory illusion named the Shepard Tone, where multiple octaves are looped in such a way that it sounds like it's a sound rising in tone for infinity.
101
TIL scientists don't fully know how acetaminophen (aka Tylenol) actually works
256
TIL J.D. Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye, served in WW2 and landed on D-Day while carrying the first six chapters of the book with him. At the end of the war he checked himself into a mental institution. When he got out, he signed back up and participated in the denazification of Germany.
151
TIL that two Scottish clans fought a trial by combat to determine who would get the better position in an upcoming battle against a third clan. Only 12 of the 60 combatants survived.
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TIL former NFL player James Brooks was found to be illiterate when he was unable to read court documents after admitting to not paying over $100k in child support. When the judge asked how he graduated from Auburn without being able to read, he said, "Didn't have to go to to class."
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TIL there's a 12% increase in the risk of fatal automobile accidents at 4:20 pm on 4/20.
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TIL the United States Army used walnuts to clean aviation parts- until a walnut shell caused a crash that killed 46 people
398
TIL "decimation" was a method of punishment in the roman army, where a tenth of all soldiers in a group got executed by their peers.
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TIL that China has only one time zone – despite spanning 5 geographical ones
563
TIL Chip-chan is a Korean woman in her 40's who believes her movements are being controlled by an implanted microchip. She has been livestreaming for over 10 years, sleeps 12 hours a day, and rarely leaves her apartment
125
TIL that in China they have keychains with live animals in them
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TIL - There are still about 650 documented cases of the bubonic plague a year.
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TIL that snipers are trained to shoot between heartbeats to minimise movement and increase accuracy.
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TIL that in 2016 pregnant British mum Jessica Stubbins paused in the hospital vestibule and delivered her own baby in less than 60 seconds while her husband parked their car.
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TIL A medical research team in the United States attempted to set up extensive research into the effects of steroids on weightlifters and throwers, only to discover that there were so few who weren't taking them that they couldn't establish any worthwhile comparisons.
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TIL that over 2,500,000 Indians volunteered to fight in World War 2, making it the largest all-volunteer army in history.
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TIL that in 1913, Hitler, Trotsky, Tito, Freud and Stalin all lived in Vienna and some were even regular patrons of the same coffee shop
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TIL: Bob Marley died of toe cancer
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TIL of "The Parcel Post Bank". A bank that was shipped brick by brick via the U.S. post office to avoid heavy freight fees.
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TIL that lifesavers were originally sold for 5 cents a roll and were marketed by being placed next to cash registers in restaurants and stores where the cashiers were encouraged to always give back nickels in the customer’s change.
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TIL the social fabric of the American South was influenced by a plankton bloom 100 million years ago.
39 [deleted] Not to mention that things llike CAT scans are a standard archaeology tool these days.
24 MoistureFarmVille Mummies were also huge CAT fans.
19 dasoomer "Mummies have been used in medicine to calibrate CAT scan machines at levels of radiation that would be too dangerous for use on living people."
6 PITNOL Great, this is all I'll be thinking about during my next CT scan, lol
5 [deleted] Yeah, but how do they get the mummies to keep still? /s
3 OrkHaugr23 They should really use cats to calibrate mummy scans.
3 cosmore I'm a Developer/Engineer with the world leading company in CAT and MR technologies. I can guarantee you there a no mummies. We use phantoms to calibrate the machines. These are filled with *liquids* duh! We could dress them up as mummies for Halloween, maybe...
3 skinnysanta2 Total bullshit, CT machines are calibrated with "phantoms " that have areas/plugs of known densities. They are NEVER calibrated on living humans as the article suggests. Calibrating one on a mummy with unknown non-linear densities is a stupid way to go about it.
3 paulatwork I doubt it. Mummafied tissue is probably not that similar to live tissue. Imaging phantoms are easily obtained, and I cannot think of any scenario where you would need an ancient corpse to calibrate your scanner. Source: I'm a CT tech.
1 ExtraCheesyPie they also cure cholera and smallpox if you sprinkle some powdered mummy on your morning toast
1 LaMadreDelCantante Okay, I have had several people who sound like they know what they're talking about tell me this is not true. I am going to contact the website I sourced, which is supposed to be aimed at students and teachers, and ask them to explain or edit this entry. I'll report back.
-4 Melonhead5 CAT =/= CT. Nobody in medicine uses a CAT scan anymore, it's obsolete.