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.
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
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.
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.
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.
TIL: 92 Russians died for every 1 American in WWII
TIL Bedbugs were almost eradicated but are on the rise in the United States.
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.
TIL all New Orleans public schools were closed indefinitely in the wake of Katrina and students now attend private or public charter schools.
Til The A.I computer designed to think like a serial killer to decode the zodiac killers letters, writes morbid poetry as a “hobby”.
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.
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.
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).
TIL High heels on men's shoes was once considered virile and masculine
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.
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.
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.
TIL bananas are curved because they grow towards the sun
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TIL that 4 inmates once snuck out of prison, robbed several stores, and then snuck back into prison.
TIL in the original story of Aladdin, it is implied that Aladdin is actually Chinese
TIL that ONLY humans and octopuses (and other cephalopods) have a camera eye, with a lens that focuses an image on a retina. We’ve got it, they’ve got it, and that’s it!
TIL Bill Bonner is the guy Responsible for Millions of Vintage National Geographic Photos
TIL that the earth is valued at $195 quadrillion USD.
TIL a white person who stayed in Zimbabwe post-independence (1980) is called a "Zimbo".
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.
TIL Chile has the highest percentage of people belonging to one singular blood group. 85% of the population are O +ve
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.
TIL In 1903, a person(unidentified) was beaten to death with a Bible during a healing ceremony gone wrong in Honolulu
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.
TIL that Black Friday was coined in 1952, made popular in 1961, and became the busiest shopping day of the year in 2005.
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.
TIL of J?nis P?nups, a Latvian conscripted into the Red Army during WWII. After being knocked out in combat, he deserted and went into hiding for 50 years, only leaving his forest hideout in 1995 after the Soviet occupation ended.
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.
TIL in 2004 a women's chastity belt set off a metal detector at Athens airport in Greece. The woman said her husband made her wear it during a brief trip to Greece to make sure she didn't have an affair.
1526 torquil > Clay was elected to three terms in the Kentucky House of Representatives, but he lost support among Kentucky voters as he promoted ending slavery. His anti-slavery activism earned him violent enemies. During a political debate in 1843, he survived an assassination attempt by a hired gun, named Sam Brown. Despite being shot in the chest, Clay drew his Bowie knife, tackled Brown, cut-out his eyes, and finally threw him over an embankment. > Clay served in the Mexican-American War as a captain with the 1st Kentucky Cavalry from 1846 to 1847. He opposed the annexation of Texas and expansion of slavery into the Southwest. While making a speech for abolition in 1849, Clay was attacked by the six Turner brothers, who beat, stabbed and tried to shoot him. In the ensuing fight, Clay fought off all six and, using his Bowie knife, killed Cyrus Turner.
332 GoodUsernamesTaken2 Needless to say, this and other incidents such as being attacked by 6 men and being forced to kill one of them turned him a bit paranoid, to the point he somehow installed 2 cannons in his newspaper office, and a third inside his house.
740 TooShiftyForYou Before changing his name, Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr in Louisville, Kentucky. He was named for his father, Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr. (1912–1990), who himself was named in honor of the 19th-century Republican politician and staunch abolitionist, Cassius Marcellus Clay.
101 Aqquila89 Sam Brown actually survived all that. He died a year later in [a steamboat disaster.]( "When he learned of Brown's demise, Cassius Clay noted that Sam Brown was the bravest of all of the many persons Clay had fought during a very combative career."
463 vacuousaptitude He later went on to have a very successful career in boxing.
41 Gabe_b Think that's the first time I've ever read a story I which the protagonist cuts out someone's fucking eyes and I come away things, "wow, what an upstanding and admirable guy."
76 dethb0y Now *that's* a fucker to make a statue of; a true american bad-ass. to add: >Clay served in the Mexican-American War as a captain with the 1st Kentucky Cavalry from 1846 to 1847. He opposed the annexation of Texas and expansion of slavery into the Southwest. While making a speech for abolition in 1849, Clay was attacked by the six Turner brothers, who beat, stabbed and tried to shoot him. In the ensuing fight, Clay fought off all six and, using his Bowie knife, killed Cyrus Turner.[6] That's right, the man won a six-on-one fight.
38 FRAU_VON_HITLERPANTS Lincoln was rather clever in giving his potential rivals for the 1864 presidential nomination ambassador postings in distant foreign capitals.
55 eyes_like_thunder "later became US ambassador to Russia" I bet he fit right in..