TIL about Perpetual Stew, common in the middle ages, it was a stew that was kept constantly stewing in a pot and rarely emptied, just constantly replenished with whatever items they could throw in it.
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 that Kanye West first started making beats when trying to make a Mario style game about a giant penis
TIL Ewan McGregor's brother is a pilot in the RAF, and his callsign is "Obi-Two"
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 If following the USDA guidelines, you can't simultaneously meet both their potassium and sodium intakes
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 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 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 Your attachment style can also influence how much you get stuck on people who don't want you. People with a dependent attachment style (also known as a co-dependent or anxious attachment style) are brought up to seek out people who will cause them pain
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 Cycling commuters have 41% lower risk of death from any cause, 52% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease and 40% lower risk of dying from cancer
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 Rockapella (of 'Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?' fame) is still active and touring.
TIL that the 1st overall draft pick in the inaugural NFL draft ultimately decided not to play in the NFL, rejecting offers from two teams, to ultimately work for a rubber company
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 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 Within 48 hours of quitting smoking, your senses of smell and taste begin to return to normal.
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 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 that the Olympic Rings (actually designed in 1912) were mistakingly thought to be an ancient Greek symbol, after researchers in the 1950s found a stone with the symbol carved on it in Delphi. The stone turned out to be a leftover from a ceremony held there for the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
TIL Hutton Gibson, father of critically acclaimed actor Mel Gibson, is a Jeopardy champion and Holocaust denier. He also believes in 9/11 conspiracy theories and rejects the Second Vatican Council because it is "a Masonic plot backed by the Jews".
TIL a man suffered a fatal stab wound from a knife-wielding chicken while watching an illegal cockfight in California
TIL that the 15 largest football stadiums by capacity in the US are all college stadiums.
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 the Bond villan’s plot in “A View to a Kill” is fracking
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 space between your eyebrows is called "glabella".
TIL that Nazi doctor Josef Mengele's bones - one of the responsible for the selection of victims to be killed in the gas chambers and for performing deadly human experiments on prisoners - are used by University of São Paulo (Brazil) in forensic medicine courses.
TIL Norway has a reindeer police force, which patrols 21,621 square miles in Lapland
TIL that around 2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70
TIL that young children don't learn how to take turns with others in a way that ensures mutual gain, until they are about 5.
TIL about the Ebionite Christianity, a very old old belief (dates back to 180 CE) that Jesus was a human prophet who was born normally and had brothers, it was deemed heretical in Nicaea Council
TIL of the Eternal Return theory. The theory is a mystical concept which suggests that the universe is actually an infinitely recurring existence which goes on eternally. Instead of the Big Bang as a first beginning, it is instead one of many in an endless cycle of death and rebirth.
352 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.
1531 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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784 YoullShitYourEyeOut I don't think wearing a turban works like that in the South anymore.
71 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.
47 [deleted] 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.
89 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.
70 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)
18 zrx4567 That and he was coffee colored, with a thin nose and lips.