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 Bedbugs were almost eradicated but are on the rise in the United States.
TIL: 92 Russians died for every 1 American in WWII
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 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 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 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 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: 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 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 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 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 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 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 the guards at the tomb of the Unknown Soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery actually yell at you when you are disrespectful
TIL in the original story of Aladdin, it is implied that Aladdin is actually Chinese
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 Chile has the highest percentage of people belonging to one singular blood group. 85% of the population are O +ve
TIL that 4 inmates once snuck out of prison, robbed several stores, and then snuck back into prison.
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 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 Bill Bonner is the guy Responsible for Millions of Vintage National Geographic Photos
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.
TIL that the scientific name for llamas is lama glama
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 In 1903, a person(unidentified) was beaten to death with a Bible during a healing ceremony gone wrong in Honolulu
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 that Black Friday was coined in 1952, made popular in 1961, and became the busiest shopping day of the year in 2005.
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 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 smoking killed more people in the 20th century than both world wars combined.
489 itty53 It originated on 4chan. That's literally all you need to know. It's also "possibly" to recruit people into the illuminati. And "possibly" to determine the winner of the next lotto. And "possibly" just a clever 4chan troll job.
220 thr33beggars A cicada got into my apartment over the summer, without me knowing about it. If you think cicadas are loud outside, you've never heard them in a single bedroom apartment. Luckily, my dog felt like being a hero and found it under the couch. He tried to eat it, but I took it out of his mouth because I didn't know if it would upset his stomach. Not really relevant, but the title reminded me of this incident.
137 justscottaustin > listed as one of the "top 5 eeriest, unsolved mysteries of the internet" by The Washington Post This WaPo writer needs to get out more...
23 sotech Or to recruit for the Stargate program?
13 ifthisworks Nice try, Cicada 3301.
19 fasterfind Some guy joined for a while, and was given access to chat boards where the general goal was... unclear, but there was lots of talk about creating chat solutions with unbreakable encryption to avoid government snooping. It was a group without very clear goals and leadership.
8 DeepHorse /r/cicada
14 THcB I can't even beat Minesweeper. Guess I won't be getting a call anytime soon.
4 rgrwng was there even an update to the Liber Primus this year? no new puzzles, either?
6 LapisRS Holy shit. I talked about this for the first time in YEARS not 2 hours ago. I hadn't thought about or talked about Cicada 3301 since 2014. Until 12:30 today. Then I see this.
5 THcB If LinkedIn and Sodoku had a kid.