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42160
TIL that the line in Thor: Ragnarok ("We know each other! He's a friend from work!") was actually suggested by a young Make-a-Wish visitor to the movie’s set.
44463
TIL, in Interstellar the depiction of a black hole required completely new CGI rendering software and was so accurate that it provided enough scientifical insight to publish three scientific papers
7154
TIL that Arnold Schwarzenegger started a bricklaying business when he first came to America and became a millionaire after buying and selling houses before he became an actor.
55098
TIL the R-rated film Planes Trains and Automobiles would have been rated PG if not for the scene where Steve Martin says "fucking" 18 times in one minute. Despite the rating it is the only time in the movie where the word is used.
6961
TIL Jelly Roll Morton, at the age of 14 tricked his great-grandmother into believing he was a night watchman at a barrel house when in fact he was working as a piano player in a brothel. In that atmosphere, he often sang smutty lyrics; he took the nickname "Jelly Roll", which was slang for vagina.
1107
TIL Bedbugs were almost eradicated but are on the rise in the United States.
3261
TIL: 92 Russians died for every 1 American in WWII
1709
TIL that In 2008, Iran tried to make the world's largest sandwich, a 1,500 metre long ostrich and chicken combo. The record attempt failed because spectators started eating the sandwich before officials could take a measurement.
463
TIL all New Orleans public schools were closed indefinitely in the wake of Katrina and students now attend private or public charter schools.
1009
TIL Disney declined Back to the Future on the grounds that a mother falling in love with her son was not appropriate for the company's family-friendly branding.
1271
TIL the caduceus symbol mistakenly used by many American medical companies is actually associated with thievery and commerce, the true medical symbol is the similar looking Rod of Asclepius.
1700
TIL that, primarily, Chameleons change their color to warm up (dark colors absorb more light) and be sexy (to other chameleons), not to camouflage themselves (as many people believe).
2067
TIL High heels on men's shoes was once considered virile and masculine
422
TIL when Arthur Rubinstein was invited to play for delegates at the 1945 inauguration of the UN, he was so angry that neither a Polish delegation nor a Polish flag was included, he made his point by performing the Polish national anthem extremely slowly and loudly.
236
TIL bananas are curved because they grow towards the sun
2058
TIL: Near-perfect ellipsoid lenses have been found among viking artifacts. Hinting that the Vikings likely made telescopes 1000 years ago, 500 years before Galileo.
4850
TIL the British supermarket chain Iceland has an EU-wide trademark on their name, and take legal action against Icelandic companies that use it. The Icelandic government has applied to have their trademark invalidated, so far without success.
651
TIL the Swedish propaganda/war ship Vasa sank 100m into its maiden voyage and was recovered 333 years later. Today it is the oldest preserved ship and can be seen in a Stockholm museum.
82
TIL a boat is considered a ship if it weighs 500 tonnes or more. A more general distinction is that ships can carry boats but boats cannot carry ships.
136
TIL there is a specific order in English for adjectives to be placed and sound correct. The order must also abide by a specific sound pattern.
1576
TIL that isolating a female cannabis plant from a male, can increase production of buds (richest THC source) as the female increases her efforts to attract pollen from the male plant.
476
TIL when telephones first came into commercial use you had to whistle loudly into the receiver to get the other person's attention, as telephone bells hadn't been invented yet.
43
TIL the guards at the tomb of the Unknown Soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery actually yell at you when you are disrespectful
66
TIL in the original story of Aladdin, it is implied that Aladdin is actually Chinese
1009
TIL that the traffic on the Arc de Triomphe roundabout in Paris is so chaotic, insurance companies will always split the liability of an accident 50/50.
52
TIL Chile has the highest percentage of people belonging to one singular blood group. 85% of the population are O +ve
2803
TIL that 4 inmates once snuck out of prison, robbed several stores, and then snuck back into prison.
137
TIL that the earth is valued at $195 quadrillion USD.
98
TIL a white person who stayed in Zimbabwe post-independence (1980) is called a "Zimbo".
42
TIL that prior to the September 11 attacks, there had been only one known case of an elevator entering a free fall which was in 1945 when a B-25 bomber took a wrong turn in fog and crashed into the Empire State Building.
520
TIL Bill Bonner is the guy Responsible for Millions of Vintage National Geographic Photos
26
TIL just after the big bang there was a giant cold spot in the universe which cannot be explained, but may have been caused by our universe colliding with another.
18
TIL that the scientific name for llamas is lama glama
69
TIL that only one person has survived an untreated coastal taipan snake bite. His condition became so severe that samples of his blood taken were completely black.
60
TIL In 1903, a person(unidentified) was beaten to death with a Bible during a healing ceremony gone wrong in Honolulu
4295
TIL that despite its useful properties, the dandelion has grown to be regarded as a weed, as a result of the rise of lawn culture and marketing by pesticide companies.
128
TIL that Black Friday was coined in 1952, made popular in 1961, and became the busiest shopping day of the year in 2005.
199
TIL the inventor of the Amazing Sea-monkeys also marketed and sold “Invisible Goldfish, imaginary fish that were guaranteed to remain permanently invisible”, including a glass bowl and fish food.
62
TIL of the True Communists, an anti-Stalinist youth organization who protested the USSR's oligarchy in favor of Orthodox Marxism. Activities consisted of reading Marxist literature, distributing anti-USSR fliers, and discussing the actions of the CPSU. Its founders were caught and imprisoned.
18
TIL that smoking killed more people in the 20th century than both world wars combined.
483 uefigod Random thought: if the majority of the population uses 'antisocial' as what 'asocial' is defined here, Does its dictionary meaning still hold relevancy?
31 Ghost666killa I don't know about this one I check both my countries dictionary, Oxford and Google, they all said; "not sociable or wanting the company of others." What about antisocial personality disorder?
16 losermcfail i think the word is still being used correctly in england, but not so much in canada
7 felon_turdburglar This is correct. In Psychology, Anti-Social is a type of personality disorder. This is actually a very frustrating fact in the psych community because of how often people who are introverted or asocial are branded anti-social. It's frustrating because we'd like to inform people every single time but eventually you give up and go with the flow. Anti-social people are up there with sociopaths with one particular distinguishing trait that separates the two. I'm pretty sure that quiet David over there is not the same as sadistically desensitized Dave who manipulates his victims into trusting him because he gets off on other peoples elevated heart rates.
6 LaLaDeDo Most who think they have antisocial personality disorder are actually experiencing social-anxiety disorder.
3 Byrdn There's also plain "unsociable".
3 monk_510 Antisocial social club makes sense now
3 SunsetRoute1970 The word *antisocial* describes the behavior of criminals, psychopaths and sociopaths, people who are a danger to others because of their deviant or pathological personalities. If the general public chooses to adopt the term "antisocial" to describe people who are just reclusive or perhaps just shy or avoidant, we lose the ability to adequately describe people who are truly antisocial. Perverting the meaning of words (like using "paranoid" to describe a state of mild anxiety) makes the misused word meaningless. This probably wouldn't be too much of a problem unless you run into someone who is genuinely criminal, psychopathic or sociopathic. Examples of antisocial people: Charles Manson, Jeffery Dahmer, Ken Lay (of Enron), Gerry Webb (Australian murderer), Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber.) Describing some angsty teenager who sasses his teachers as "antisocial" is wrong. And inaccurate.
3 TheGhezzi Language evolves maaaannnn
16 AnotherAccount22003 Nobody looks up definitions to these words before using them. Language is defined by the people using it, not linguists who write dictionaries.
7 Mitch-Sorrenstein Just googled it, it means both, actually.
5 LucianoThePig Too late. I think the word's meaning has changed now and can't go back
2 RigasTelRuun Also fun fact nauseous means to have characteristics that make someone feel nauseated. So you should really say I feel nauseated instead of feeling nauseous, unless of course you are making those around you feel sick.
2 ThomasAdlard It's the small things that annoys me hahaha
2 bitsbyte Great now I can annoy those folks who can't stop telling me they are introverted. I swear it's like the vegan thing.. they just gotta tell everyone.