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12403
TIL There's a micro-generation called "Xennials" for those born between 1977 and 1985. These people grew up with an analog childhood and a digital adulthood
51601
TIL that Abraham Lincoln once gave a speech so enthralling that reporters in the audience stopped taking notes and now we don't know what he said.
50634
TIL that Tupac's godmother, Assata Shakur, was a Black Panther, Black Liberation Army member, revolutionary and bank robber. She was convicted for the murder of a police officer, escaped prison, found asylum in Cuba, and is still alive with a 2 million dollar American bounty on her head.
4884
TIL that the character of Austin Powers was created by Mike Myers as a persona for his faux 60s rock band Ming Tea. His then wife loved the persona so much that she encouraged him to write a film about the character.
12123
TIL a litter of kittens can have separate fathers due to multiple mates during the mother's heat.
31886
TIL Harriet Tubman, in addition to organizing the Underground Railroad, served with the U.S. Army as a scout, spy, nurse and soldier during the Civil War, leading a raid with the African-American 2nd South Carolina regiment that freed over 700 slaves.
11185
TIL Travelers with a Buddha tattoo will be immediately deported if seen in Sri Lanka.
894
TIL Up to a BAC of about 0.06%, alcohol is a stimulant. If you reach this level and keep drinking, it begins to act as a depressant. This phenomenon is called a biphasic response and it's why many people experience a happy buzz when they first start to drink, but later become agitated
1888
TIL in the year 2000 American Target Shooter Josh Lakatos decided to illegally stay in the Olympic Village and turned an unsupervised building into a playground for sex orgies.
689
TIL the original founders of Tesla were Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning. They created the company's first car, the Roadster, and were eventually ousted by the board of directors.
2068
TIL bluesman R. L. Burnside killed a man and said: "I didn't mean to kill nobody, I just meant to shoot the sonofabitch in the head. Him dying was between him and the Lord."
4250
TIL Radio GTMO, the Armed Forces radio station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has a vinyl collection of over 20,000 records, including some albums that exist nowhere else.
2777
TIL there is a woman from Oklahoma who needed her leg amputated due to cancer, so she kept the limb, had it skeletonized, and now runs an Instagram account largely dedicated to taking photos of/with a former portion of her own skeleton.
3680
TIL of the Mountain Jews who were known to be accomplished warriors and horseback riders, typically heavily armed and slept without removing their weapons.
1167
TIL that Hugh Grant got busted for soliciting a prostitute because he kept pressing his brake pedal with his foot while receiving oral sex, causing a police officer to notice the flashing brake light.
22371
TIL whilst filming the movie Entebbe, about a plane being hijacked, a plane was hijacked and landed at the airport on the day of the filming. They then filmed the real hostages being released and edited it into the movie. The producer called it a "blessing from the sky on a day of bad acting."
776
TIL that a Roman goldsmith may have discovered aluminum metal 1800 years before modern chemists did, but Emperor Tiberius had the discoverer killed in order to ensure the metal would not diminish the value of his own gold and silver assets
1904
TIL the Smash Mouth hit song "Walkin' on the Sun" is about the 1992 LA riots.
1004
TIL if you don’t pay a hotel bill in Ontario, there is a law that says that hotel can sell your horse
5122
TIL the early modern olympics used to feature an art competition, with sections dedicated to literature, graphic art, music and more. The Amsterdam Olympic stadium is actually a gold medal winner for architecture.
729
TIL in the 1900s, Radithor was marketed as an energy drink, but was really just distilled water with radium in it. When the first person died of the radiation poisoning, he had to be buried in a lead coffin. His body was still radioactive when he was disinterred years later.
1153
TIL that the flag of Papua New Guinea was designed by a 15 year old school girl who won a nationwide competition to design the national flag
146
TIL of Katsuma Dan, a Japanese marine biologist who studied in the US before WW2 and who saved his marine lab with a note to advancing American forces asking to preserve his scientific work. (note in comments)
940
TIL studies of Vitamin D supplements show they offer a significant chance of preventing cold & flu, while Vitamin C actually has little to no benefit.
243
TIL the longest land border of France is with... Brazil. Because the French Guyana is officially part of France, the 649 km (405.6 mi) contiguous border is longest than any boundaries with European countries. Their longest border in Europe is with Spain, which is 646 km (403.8 mi) long
290
TIL a Jewish woman saved her own life and her sister's life in a German concentration camp by playing Chopin so beautifully that the commanding officer declared "She shall live."
4380
TIL Chevy Chase pissed off SNL's first openly gay cast member by suggesting a skit where they weigh him every week to see if he has AIDS
328
TIL because most of your body's cells are constantly replacing themselves at varying rate, only your central nervous system cells, your eye lens cells, and (for females) your eggs are as old as you are. The cells in other body parts are much younger: intestines - 3 days; lungs - 8 days; etc.
1002
TIL of bog butter—an ancient waxy substance often found buried in peat bogs that was used as a way of preserving butter in ancient Ireland. The butter would gain flavor notes from its surroundings that were namely described as “gamey,” “moss,” “funky,” “pungent,” and “salami.”
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TIL the Catholic Church has accepted Darwinian evolution as compatible with Christianity since 1950.
199
TIL of the old grey whistle test. When the first pressing of a record was played to old greys (men in grey suits) any song they could whistle back after hearing it once passed the test. The song was considered a potential hit.
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TIL that two of the Zodiac killer’s ciphers have been cracked, but the last two codes still remain unbroken. One of which apparently contains the killer’s name, which he sent in a letter to the police to taunt them.
95
TIL of the Greek God Priapus, who was cursed with a permanent erection except when he wanted to have sex, at which point he would become flaccid.
115
TIL a man scratched a will on his tractor bumper while pinned.
1116
TIL it took 49 years to publish the first authoritative English dictionary. It took five years to publish the first part, A to Ant.
120
TIL of Sean Baker a former soldier of the Air Force who was beaten to the point of brain damage by the guards at Guantanamo Bay because of mistaken identity during a training exercise to deal with uncooperative prisoners.
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TIL that Eric Rudolph, the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bomber, wasn't arrested until 2003. He was digging through a dumpster at 4am when a rookie cop apprehended him.
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TIL that the first uniform was trademarked in 1963. It was the iconic Playboy Bunny outfit
270
TIL in the 1997 NBA Finals Karl Malone got fouled with 9.2 seconds left in a tied game and went to shoot 2 free throws. Before he got to the line Scottie Pippen told him "The Mailman doesn't deliver on Sundays". Karl's nickname was "The Mailman". He misses both free throws and the Bulls win.
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TIL of Olympic Figure Skater Surya Bonaly, who, feeling overlooked by the judges, performed an illegal backflip, landing on one skate. She later explained she wanted to please the crowd not the judges.
3267 _iPood_ Their original plan was for the fire to force a mass exodus out of the cafeteria, where they would be waiting to unleash a barrage of bullets into the fleeing students. The failed detonation caused them to improvise and go room to room looking for victims. Despite the brutality of it all, had their initial plan succeeded it could have been much worse.
976 ihopejk Iirc, they also had one or two in a car in the parking lot, set to detonate when all the police, family, and news had arrived. It’s scary to think of how much worse it could have been. I have Dave Cullen’s *Columbine*, but still haven’t worked my way through all of it. It’s depressing to read.
303 Yoyo-McFroyo I think they also planted bombs outside to blow up police but they failed
67 QuackeryJack [Best documentary on the subject ](https://youtu.be/OL1T9_7on1I)
182 lur77 Yep. Read the book. It wasn't as much of a mass shooting as it was a failed bombing.
137 MRiley84 Within a year or two of this, a student brought a load of guns and pipe bombs to a local high school. He was caught before he could do anything, and the whole school was evacuated. If I remember correctly, he left the bombs in a bag in the cafeteria as well, so maybe he was a copycat. http://www.cnn.com/2001/US/02/14/school.pipe.bombs/
70 drkinferno72 The columbine shooting was their plan b
684 nerbovig They failed in life and they failed in death.
18 TreeHugChamp I went to Laura Ingles Wilder Elementary just down the block when this happened, and my mom picked me up and told me my baby sitter had been shot multiple times. Does anyone recall hearing about someone who got shot 10 times(bird shot included)? Her twin sister stripped down naked to clog all of her wounds until paramedics could help. Both of them went to and graduated Johns Hopkins University. That day changed a lot of people’s lives... Edit: thanks spell check bot