TIL that immediately after he gave up absolute power by signing a constitution, King Frederick VII of Denmark remarked, "that was nice, now I can sleep in in the mornings"
TIL of the White Rose which was a non-violent Nazi resistance group made of college students and a professor. It started by releasing pamphlets against the Nazi Party and ended with the execution of 6 students and the professor.
TIL of Witold Pilecki, a member of Polish resistance who volunteered to be imprisoned in the Auschwitz death camp to gather intelligence in 1940. He later escaped and was the author of Witold's Report, the first comprehensive Allied intelligence report on Auschwitz and the Holocaust.
TIL the Poorest man in the world is French ex-Societe Generale trader Jerome Kerviel, who has a net worth of -$6.3 billion
TIL that Allen Klein, Rolling Stones manager and owner of the song "Dead Flowers," which plays at the end of "The Big Lebowski," initially wanted $150,000 for it. He was then convinced to let them use it for free when he saw the scene in which The Dude says, "I hate the fuckin' Eagles, man!"
TIL of "promession", an elaborate decomposition system that takes a body, freezes it, vibrates it to dust, and dehydrates it, to result in the most eco-friendly form of burial ever devised.
TIL: Rebecca Black donated the proceeds from her video "Friday" to charity
TIL that Buddy Holly is the reason Elton John wears glasses. He started wearing glasses at 13 to imitate Holly. Eight months later they had done so much damage to his eyes that he actually needed glasses.
TIL that in non-English speaking countries, Dora the Explorer teaches you... English!
TIL a study discovered when Christian students were reminded of the "religion and science don't mix" stereotype, their intuitive reasoning dropped while Christian students who weren't reminded of that stereotype performed as well as non-Christians.
TIL that there is a widespread belief—one with no historical or grammatical foundation—that it is an error to begin a sentence with a conjunction such as and, but or so. In fact, a substantial percentage (often as many as 10 percent) of the sentences in first-rate writing begin with conjunctions.
TIL that Ulysses S Grant got a speeding ticket on a horse and was fined $5
TIL Killer-whale mothers often stay with their adult sons for their entire lives, sharing their prey and knowledge, & that the mother's might also play a direct role in fostering mating opportunities. They really want grand children.
TIL the HGTV show House Hunters is staged and some houses featured on the show aren’t even for sale
TIL that the Colombian army once made a song with Morse code in it and aired it in rebel-controlled territory to lift the morale of hostages held there. The message read '19 rescued, you're next. Don't lose hope.'
TIL Half a watermelon in Barrow, Alaska costs $36.96 in late 2017
TIL there exists a kind of garlic called "solo garlic" which doesn't have separate cloves but is just one solid piece.
Today I learned of Guugu Yimithirr, an Aboriginal language without words for egocentric/relative directions like "left and right." Rather its speakers are trained to keep track of pure cardinal directions. for example, saying "North leg" when referring to the left leg of an eastward facing person.
TIL that in 1865 the dictator of Paraguay plunged his country into an ill-advised war with Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay. In just five years, Paraguay lost over half its population, including up to 90% of its men. It was arguably the worst military defeat ever suffered by a modern nation state.
TIL scientists at Brown University are developing a robot cat that may one day help cure loneliness among senior citizens. It doesn't need food, exercise, or a litter box, but it can purr on demand and remind them when it's time to take their meds
TIL that Peter Jackson made Elijah Wood perform the final shoot for Frodo in Return Of The King many more times than actually necessary because he couldn't bear to say goodbye
TIL that JFK, Aldous Huxley and C.S. Lewis all died on the same day.
TIL Canada has a crude oil reserve over 4x the size of America's. North Korea has none.
TIL Napoleon struggled to learn English, and some of his attempts were kept: "Since sixt week j learn the Englich and j do not any progress."
TIL the inventor of basketball, James Naismith, was the first coach of the Kansas Jayhawks. He is also the only Kansas coach with a losing record.
Today I learned that in Japanese, there is a phrase bushu-suru (??????). In literal terms, this means "to do the bush thing," in reference to a bizarre 1992 incident where George HW Bush fell ill and vomited directly onto the Japanese prime minister.
TIL DMX, Jay-Z, and Busta Rhymes attended the same junior high school with Biggie Smalls, at the same time.
TIL: In 2005 a company named SeaCode wanted to anchor a cruise ship three miles off the coast of Los Angeles, and fill it with up to 600 foreign programmers. The idea was to eliminate visa restrictions, and avoid U.S. labor laws.
TIL in 1946, a local chicken farmer offered 100 chicks for each homer the Nashua Dodgers hit. Newcomer Roy Campanella hit 14 in his first season and sent all 1,400 to his father who used them to start a thriving poultry farm. He also went on to become one of the first black major league players.
TIL that Singapore was expelled from Malaysia, making it one of the few times in history when a country? has voluntarily divested itself of part of its own territory
TIL that John Quincy Adams was known to go skinny-dipping in the Potomac River during his presidency
TIL that lawyer and political commentator Barbara Olson was flying to California on September 11th, 2001 to be a panelist on Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher. She was on AA Flight 77 which was hijacked and flown into the Pentagon. Maher left a panel chair empty for a week in her memory.
TIL Kurt Vonnegut's brother, Bernard, won an Ig Nobel prize for determining that the ability of a tornado to pluck the feathers from a chicken is not a good method of estimating its wind speed.
TIL NASA has Developed a Plan for a Manned Colony in the Atmosphere of Venus
TIL that Fred Rogers, after filming a segment on David Letterman, stopped by Eddie Murphy's dressing room to give him his regards, and tell him how much he liked his portrayal.
TIL that 'Moron', 'Idiot', and 'Imbecile' were once valid Psychology terms for people with low IQ. When these terms entered vernacular usage as insults, they were disused in favor of 'Mental Retardation' which in turn was disused in favor of 'Intellectual Disability'.
TIL of Ahmed Gabr the WR holder of the deepest scuba dive in sea water (1090 ft). It took 15 minutes to descend, 13.5 HOURS to ascend.
TIL the orange is a hybrid of the mandarin orange and a fruit called the "pomelo"
TIL there is a species of Vegetarian Spider. Bagheera kiplingi eats nutrient-rich buds that grow on acacia plants.
TIL Prince Phillip was 18 years old when World War 2 started. He is still alive at 96 years old.
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54 Thor4269 What they are called elsewhere
17 IAMZEUSALMIGHTY New Zealand has about 1000 of these, but we call them huts.
6 redditprocrastinator Bibbulmun track in South-West Western Australia also has such shacks.
6 nurseclank In case anyone is wondering, it's pronounced 'baw-thees' not 'bo-thees'
4 southeast_dirtbag I stayed in a fair number of them up in the Scottish Highlands last spring
4 lurking_digger *Oh, Howard!* *Marina...*
2 jontss A lot of cottagers in Canada I've met keep the key by the door in the winter. Reason explained to me is snow mobilers and hunters will look for places to stay, either for convenience or emergency, and if you don't leave the key they'll likely break in anyway and if they have to break in they'll probably treat your place like shit and destroy it but if the key is there they'll probably take care of it as a thank you.
2 Arkazex I've stayed in one of those before. They're quite nice, but holy tits the rats were not afraid of people.
3 byllz I remember when I first learned of bothies, I came across [this chilling story](,3604,862057,00.html). Be safe.
1 FoodBeerBikesMusic I’m all proud I knew this. (I had looked it up after hearing the line “ under the eaves of the bothy...” in “Yon Two Crows” by Mark Knopfler).
1 JimDixon That's how they're used today, but the term "bothy" originated when these buildings were used as temporary shelters for farm workers. Here's a description of the "[bothy system](" from 1843.
1 [deleted] I learned of bothies on Claire Balding's Ramblings podcast recently ( - my original plan for this year was to go wild camping but now I really want to try a Bothie trail.
0 L3-W15 We used to use the near by one to get messed up drunk in :-)
-4 EryduMaenhir Do not attempt this in the US if you don't know the area and aren't absolutely certain it's a publicly accessible abode. That's how you get shot in some places. (just a warning, I'm nit going to shoot you, but backcountry folk generally want their privacy if they live out isolated like that, and especially in the rural South, self defense shootings wouldn't be unusual.)
0 ZeroHex Still doesn't explain those random sets of stairs you find.