TIL Things like brass doorknobs and silverware sterilize themselves as they naturally kill bacteria because of something called the Oligodynamic effect
TIL on 8 September 2009, Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer disobeyed a direct order from a superior to pull back from his position so he could rescue wounded soldiers from a firefight a mile away. He ended up going back five times, saved the lives of 36 soldiers, and won the Medal of Honor.
TIL when dogs get the "Zoomies", it's known as Frenetic Random Activity Periods, or FRAPS, which is pent up energy.
TIL 1-3% of people are equipped with a mutated gene called hDEC2 which allows their body to get the rest it requires from just a few hours of sleep.
TIL that President Lyndon B. Johnson often peed in public, even during his presidency. One time, a gust of wind blew his urine onto the leg of one of his Secret Service agents. When the agent informed him he was being peed on, President Johnson replied, "I know. That's my prerogative."
TIL the Super Soaker inventor is a Tuskegee-trained NASA engineer who used the money earned from a toy to do research on solar power and batteries
TIL rock&roll pioneer Ritchie Valens had a fear of flying due to a freak accident where two airplanes collided over his school's playground, killing or injuring many of his friends. He got over this fear due to the demands of his career and subsequently died in a plane crash at the age of 17.
TIL that a woman’s professional and personal life were ruined with a single tweet that said: “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” The woman, Justine Sacco, turned out to be a P.R. Chief for a large internet company.
TIL that in 1984 Mcdonalds offered free Big Macs,Fries, or a Coke for each Gold Silver or Bronze in the Olympics. During that year the Soviet Union boycotted the US olympics and therefore the US got many more medals than expected which became a huge failure for Mcdonalds
TIL More people have died by taking selfies than by shark attacks in 2015
TIL that in South Africa,2009, an employee of an IT company complained that data would get transferred faster by carrier pigeon than on ASDL. Winston the pigeon armed with 4gb memory stick took two hours to carry the data 60 miles - in the same time the ADSL had sent 4% of the data.
TIL that a good old-fashioned fistfight between consenting parties is legal in the state of Washington.
TIL McDonald's "Super Sizing" started as a Jurassic Park merchandising tie-in.
TIL at a 'The Who' concert in 1969, a man rushed the stage and tried to take the microphone. Roger Daltrey punched him in the face, and Pete Townshend kicked him in the crotch. The man was actually a plain-clothes policeman trying to warn of a large fire next door. Townshend was later arrested
TIL that Gamespot ripped the PSX version of Alien Resurrection to shreds for its "awful control scheme" of moving with the left analogue stick and looking with the right, better known as todays standard for console shooters
TIL that planets "emit sounds" by pulsing with radio waves, which can be picked up by radio antennae. The Earth's noise is sometimes referred to as Earth's "chorus" because it sounds a bit like birds chirping.
TIL that in 1997, a former head of Russian National Security alleged that 100 suitcase-sized Nuclear Bombs had gone missing
TIL that the CDC has urged that schools open later because two-thirds of teenagers suffer chronic sleep deprivation.
TIL that Fred Mertz does not appear in two episodes of "I Love Lucy" due to the actor William Frawley's contract, which stated that he did not have to work if the NY Yankees were playing in The World Series.
TIL Julius Cesar was captured by pirates and laughed in their faces when the ransom wasn't large enough. Then, while sending his men for the silver, he won them over by patronizing them and threatening to have them all killed, which he did.
TIL that in 2006, the makers of Listerine sued the makers of Crest for saying that four out of five dentists recommended Crest mouthwash. They claimed that the 269 dentists surveyed were each paid $75 for participating.
TIL the origin of the word "decimate" as we use it today came from the Roman military practice of punishing groups of soldiers by executing every 10th man
TIL Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, starred in a Pizza Hut commercial
TIL keyboardist Billy Preston is the only musician to be credited on a Beatles recording other than the group's four members: the group's number-one hit "Get Back" is credited to "The Beatles with Billy Preston".
TIL that Mozart disliked performer Adriana Ferrarese del Bene, who was know for nodding her head down on low notes and raising her head on high notes, so much, that he wrote a song for her to perform that had lots of jumps from low to high just so he could see her head "bob like a chicken" onstage.
TIL that Casey Neistat was commissioned by Nike to make a commercial with the theme "Make it Count". He took the budget and spent it on a spontaneous and fun trip for himself and a friend, filming himself running at each destination. Nike was pleased with the end result.
TIL that two days after the Beatles released Sgt. Peppers, Paul McCartney and George Harrison went to a Jimi Hendrix show. Hendrix opened with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band.
TIL most movies that depict the Golden Gate bridge collapsing get it wrong; they show the main span, then the towers, collapsing into the channel. If the main span collapsed, the cables would no longer be under tension, and the towers would bend back.
TIL that Heather Michele O'Rourke, a girl famous for Steven Spielberg's Poltergeist, was misdiagnosed with Crohn's disease, was prescribed the wrong medicine and died at the age of 12
TIL The Beatles "I Want To Hold Your Hand" is often misheard in Japan as "Ahonah?ny?han", meaning "Idiotic public urination".
TIL: The Dead Sea Scrolls, prized by Jews, also talks about Gilgamesh, the Babylonian hero, as a real person who died in the Flood. He receives dreams of his impending doom, making it a possible prequel for his journey in his Babylonian Epoch.
TIL The Count from Sesame Street's favorite number is 34,969.
TIL: That in the dreams of deaf people, they still don't hear but either the people in their dreams know sign language or all communication is essentially telepathic.
TIL: Coyotes 'play' with skunks in order to get sprayed and camouflage their scent making it easier to stalk other prey.
TIL in 1975 a cat was listed as co-author on a physics paper because the author had incorrectly used the royal "we" throughout the paper and didn't want to typewrite the whole thing again
TIL after filming X-Men: First Class in London, Jennifer Lawrence had to fight to get the security deposit for her Notting Hill apartment back because she had stained the bathtub blue from her makeup as the character Mystique.
TIL Howie Mandel was expelled from his high school for impersonating a member of the school board and signing a construction contract to make an addition to his school.
TIL Prosthodontists, people who specialize in the cosmetic restoration and replacement of teeth, have been consistently ranked at 6th or 7th positions by Forbes among America's most competitive and highest salaried jobs.
TIL that The Art Of Love by the ancient Roman poet Ovid was banned in 8 A.D., in the 1400s and 1500s, and by U.S. Customs in 1930, making it possibly the record holder for a book banned over the longest span of time.
TIL Viking runes were still in use in a remote part of Sweden as recently as the 20th Century
351 atreides78723 There are a lot of jazz musicians who did this in the later days of Jim Crow. They would travel the South under an Arab/Muslim name. Since Arabs qualified as white, they'd get to use white areas and stay in white hotels.
1526 badamache Reminds me of how apartheid South Africa treated Chinese as "colored people", but treated Japanese as "honorary whites" in the 1960's.
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779 YoullShitYourEyeOut I don't think wearing a turban works like that in the South anymore.
69 IAmNeeeeewwwww This makes me think of a similar story involving an African-American mother in the South. One day, her daughter had asked to visit an amusement park, not knowing how ingrained Jim Crow laws and segregation were in the South. Rather than try to explain a tough reality to a child who wasn't likely to understand, she just "okay" but on the condition that she not say anything during the whole outing, to which the daughter agreed. Upon arrival and the expected "I'm sorry ma'am" from the ticket office, the mother started screaming in what sounded like nonsense to the child, and after an escalated exchange and word with the manager, they were allowed in. Years later, the daughter realized that her mother had been screaming in Spanish and attempting to circumvent Jim Crow race codes by passing as a Dominican or Puerto Rican. It's stories like these that really emphasize how much anti-blackness had been ingrained in American racism. And it's pretty sickening how far people back then, and sadly today, would go to discriminate against people of African descent. Racism is terrible and incredibly sickening, and it can happen to anyone. But these stories just go to show how inconsistent racism and racists are.
51 italley89 Interesting. I delivered pizza for Dominos and I had a lot of trouble delivering in areas where the population was majorly black. I'm a white male with a southern accent so I'm sure that had to do with the tension, but I found that if I spoke with a Scottish accent then there was very little tension and the customers I delivered to where very welcoming and polite.
12 jochi1543 After reading Black Like Me...that's an extremely ballsy thing to do.
91 PsychoWyrm That's the thing about Southern Hospitality. Hospitality is for *guests*. People may even find you to be an interesting novelty. But overstay your welcome... And I've known many small town Southern people who are absolutely friendly with black people with foreign accents (Africans, Carribean people), but will barely recognize and even say heinously racist shit about their black neighbours and countrymen. I kinda wonder if it's some sort of "cultural uncanny valley" for them.
74 saturated_ This has to do with the social construction of race. In 2020 the US Census will, for the first time, have "Arab" as a race. Up until then, Middle-Easterners have always been considered white. Whether this is good or bad is up for debate, since having your race defined is a good way to help identify and fix some specific issues within most of the racial category, but could also be used for persecution. I say "social construction" because in the early 1900s with interracial couples becoming more prominent, the race "quadroon" was added because of the massive amount of 1/4th African Americans, and then after that, "octaroon" (1/8th) was added until eventually it was a "one drop" rule where if you have one drop of blood that is black, you're black. The fact that these racial categories change throughout time and location means "race" is socially constructed, and this is entirely due to racism and stereotypes. People forget that Jews were not considered white by any means, but now they've seemed to be adopted by white culture. I guess the point I'm trying to make is, back then there was no reason to think of middle eastern people as anything else but normal people (as it should be)
17 zrx4567 That and he was coffee colored, with a thin nose and lips.