TIL that comedian Ryan Stiles from Whose Line is it Anyway? has been a frequent fund raiser for children with burn injuries, raising over $500,000 for the Burned Children Recovery Center since 2009, helping the foundation to recover from the economy crash of 2008.
TIL in one of Thomas Jefferson's letters to James Madison in 1789 he stated that the Constitution and laws should expire after 19 years. This was to allow the new generations to learn from the past and change accordingly, it was also to prevent older generations from "binding" subsequent ones.
TIL Ewan McGregor's brother is a pilot in the RAF, and his callsign is "Obi-Two"
TIL there's a restaurant in New York that doesn't employ chefs; they employ grandmas. Every day, a different grandma from around the world designs her own menu.
TIL when Tater Tots first hit store shelves in 1956, people did not buy them because they were very inexpensive and there was no perceived value. When the price was raised by stores, people began buying the product.
TIL that rubbing an injury right after it happens alleviates pain because the spinal chord preferentially forwards pressure signals (to the brain) over pain signals
TIL Two babies were switched at birth, one family was rich and the other poor, the rich couple's biological baby became a truck driver and the poor couple's biological baby became a CEO of a company
TIL avocados depended on megafaunas to disperse its seeds. However, when the megafaunas became extinct, avocados survived primarily due to human cultivation.
TIL that a chimpanzee became the 22nd most successful money manager on Wall St after choosing stocks by throwing darts at a board of 133 tech companies
TIL if an expensive watch makes an easily audible ticking noise, it's most likely fake.
TIL “Happy Birthday” is now in the Public Domain after Time Warner was sued in 2016
TIL the aviation industry always uses "deaths per km" to quote safety to the public, while internally insurers use "deaths per journey", where air travel is more dangerous than most other forms of transportation
TIL Codependency is characterized by sacrificing one’s personal needs in order to try to meet the needs of others and is associated with passivity and feelings of shame, low self-worth, or insecurity
TIL That Anita Hemmings was the first African-American female to graduate from Vassar College. She did this by pretending to be spanish, however she was discovered the day before graduation. She still received her diploma.
TIL a 67-year-old neurosurgeon was "stereoblind" (unable to see depth) his entire life, but it was cured after he saw the movie "Hugo" in 3D at a movie theater. Afterwards he was permanently able to perceive depth.
TIL dogs can become afflicted by Happy Tail, a syndrome where the tail is wagged so hard that it hits walls, furniture, and people until it begins bleeding. Because of the wagging, that blood is then flicked onto walls, ceilings, and anything else in the vicinity.
TIL one of the key differences between monkeys and apes is how they sleep. Monkeys sleep in an upright position and have a light sleep. Apes like to lie down and enter into a deep sleep. The deep sleep in apes is believed to have improved cognitive ability in them.
TIL a man suffered a fatal stab wound from a knife-wielding chicken while watching an illegal cockfight in California
TIL 3D printed objects can be made to connect to WiFi without electronics
TIL in 1997, a physics student demonstrating the Leidenfrost effect by holding liquid nitrogen in his mouth accidentally swallowed the substance, resulting in near-fatal injuries. This was the first case in medical literature of liquid nitrogen ingestion
TIL when the head of Universal Studios saw a film by a young student named Steven Spielberg, he called him in for a meeting, offered him a 7-year contract and told him, "a lot of people will stick with you in success; I’ll stick with you in failure."
TIL that the Voyager 1 is still alive and well. In December of last year, it used its rockets to maneuver for the first time in 37 years
TIL Texas is the only state with it's own power grid, the Texas Interconnected System, which is therefore not subject to federal interstate regulations
TIL of Arnold Schuster, a private citizen who appeared on television to discuss how he assisted the police in catching a bank robber, who was then gunned down by an unrelated mobster who saw him on TV and hated "squealers" (informants).
TIL the 90s sketch comedy show “In Living Color” drew away 22% of Super Bowl XXVI’s viewers during its halftime show by doing a special live episode of their own, which is why subsequent Super Bowls got A-List performers and dropped the previous themed marching band format.
TIL Bing Crosby was refused a hotel room for wearing jeans so Levis made him a jean jacket - the Canadian Tuxedo was born
TIL the world record for highest CPU frequency ever achieved was set in 2011 by a team of engineers at AMD. They overclocked an AMD Bulldozer-based FX-8150 chip to 8.805 GHz using liquid helium.
TIL that the legal "bar" originates from the physical barrier separating barristers from civilians; when you become certified to practice, you "pass the bar" by moving from the civilians' section to the barristers'
TIL that at the end credits of Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, the weird mumbling you hear before it goes off is actually a guy saying "No, no, this is the end of the show, you're watching it backwards!" being played reversed
TIL that locusts are just regular grasshoppers that swarm when excessive population density causes their legs to be touched so much that their brains release excess serotonin
TIL of William Ellis, a Texas born slave who crossed the border to slavery free Mexico and became a millionaire. Later on he attempted to bring African Americans to Mexico and even served as diplomat of the US to the King of Ethiopia.
TIL Jack Black sang the National Anthem at a WNBA game.
TIL Mark Wells Olympic hockey player in 1980 sold his gold metal due to unpaid medical bills for $40,000. After a the private collector bought it he sold the metal for $310,700. Mark told a interview "It killed me to sell the medal. But my life was crumbling. I was going to lose my home"...
TIL when a brand becomes synonymous with a generic product (like Kleenex) its called a proprietary eponym
TIL that George Lucas originally planned for Luke to become evil at the end of Star Wars VI and to replace his father after his death.
TIL Martin Lawrence is permanently banned from hosting SNL. The comedian hosted once in 1994 and performed a monologue where he criticized the vaginal hygiene of women. The rant, in which he went into detail about what he felt was a drop in feminine hygiene standards, will never be re-aired.
TIL that before Norm MacDonald's first appearance on the Tonight Show his dressing room was crashed by Robin Williams. While in the room he pretended to be a Jewish Tailor, talked to Norm's friend on the phone while pretending to be a Chinese Restaurant employee, dressed Norm, and then left.
TIL about Saturnalia, a festival in ancient Rome, where unconventionally the masters served the slaves. Christmas was likely heavily influenced by it.
TIL that Valve has no managers. Instead Employees choose which projects to work on, who to hire and can assemble their own teams for their new projects.
TIL that Venezuelan shopkeepers usually weigh cash instead of counting due to rapid hyperinflation
241 djskunkie While it works for some people in some situations (purely anecdotal) it's definitely not a tool for all people with ADHD. Mainly because it assumes all of us have fidget issues. For those with inattentive issues, it at best does nothing but cause quick boredom, at worst, a hyper-focus and yet another distraction. Once again purely anecdotal commentary. Personally, I think all the research done was market research.
56 halingo No shit.
26 not_much_thought I have ADHD and this shit was so annoying in class last semester. Thank god it died out really quick. When everything distracts you, a bunch of colorful things spinning really fast is just too much in a classroom.
37 BarelyReal Barely related, but I am Autistic and bought a fidget cube. Something about the distraction and ability to just "stim away" on its buttons and switches helped me focus when doing mundane things.
19 shembop Marketing = you are being lied to.
3 StrangeCharmVote Yeah that doesn't change the reason for their initial conception. Even if scientifically it isn't the case. As i understand it the original creator made them *for that purpose* (their children i believe). I'm not sure if that is true or not, but that is the entire claim that i heard about. Nothing concerning there being any studies or whatnot verifying the effectiveness.
8 Skeeter1020 Specifically fidget spinners, probably true. But there is a bucket load of genuine research into sensory stimulation tools and their use with mental, physical and behavioural conditions. 'Fidgets' have existed in the therapies world for years. Source: my partner is a Paediatric OT and SI Practitioner.
5 HellaTrueDoe That's like saying water is proved to hydrate you but water with a lemon in it hasn't been studied. For some kids fidgets help immensely. I know some schools have fidgets of several varieties for the kids that need them, the fidget spinner is just another kind - albeit by far the most famous/popular.
10 [deleted] Am I the only person in the world with ADHD that LOVES the fidget spinner, and when I use it, helps a lot, but forgets to use it because I got bored with it, then lost it?
5 Dethcola I don't have adhd but I have a fidget cube and it really helps with my anxiety
3 toddjustman Fidgets are very much a trial and error thing anyway.
2 redking315 my mom is an Aide in an elementary school and there were kids that brought them in only to have them taken away. When parents would come to complain, they were told they were distractions and the parents started getting angry saying they were discriminating against their child for having attention issues and didn't really want to help them learn anything. I also had a friend on facebook post about the same thing. That condemning fidget spinners was just actively harming people with ADHD. Her other friends called her an idiot.
2 Quenya3 I'm a hyperactive man and I know that as a kid these things would have bored the tits off me.
2 JohnAlanCoey I much prefer a ball point pen, preferably one that clicks
3 Flables Wowww I had no idea big fidget spinner had this much pull
1 TandBinc "Focus on the fidget spinner Tweek!"
1 TwitchFunnyguy77 > "Don't believe the spin" First fake news, now fake spins!
1 fnpmike Like that stopped anything from being a fad or a pinterest cure.
1 Odilly090 Helped me to stop biting my nails as much.