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TIL there's a restaurant in New York that doesn't employ chefs; they employ grandmas. Every day, a different grandma from around the world designs her own menu.
20350
TIL avocados depended on megafaunas to disperse its seeds. However, when the megafaunas became extinct, avocados survived primarily due to human cultivation.
10211
TIL that a chimpanzee became the 22nd most successful money manager on Wall St after choosing stocks by throwing darts at a board of 133 tech companies
17019
TIL the aviation industry always uses "deaths per km" to quote safety to the public, while internally insurers use "deaths per journey", where air travel is more dangerous than most other forms of transportation
4069
TIL “Happy Birthday” is now in the Public Domain after Time Warner was sued in 2016
2599
TIL Codependency is characterized by sacrificing one’s personal needs in order to try to meet the needs of others and is associated with passivity and feelings of shame, low self-worth, or insecurity
890
TIL if an expensive watch makes an easily audible ticking noise, it's most likely fake.
14868
TIL the 90s sketch comedy show “In Living Color” drew away 22% of Super Bowl XXVI’s viewers during its halftime show by doing a special live episode of their own, which is why subsequent Super Bowls got A-List performers and dropped the previous themed marching band format.
681
TIL That Anita Hemmings was the first African-American female to graduate from Vassar College. She did this by pretending to be spanish, however she was discovered the day before graduation. She still received her diploma.
1447
TIL of Arnold Schuster, a private citizen who appeared on television to discuss how he assisted the police in catching a bank robber, who was then gunned down by an unrelated mobster who saw him on TV and hated "squealers" (informants).
435
TIL a man suffered a fatal stab wound from a knife-wielding chicken while watching an illegal cockfight in California
2242
TIL that before Norm MacDonald's first appearance on the Tonight Show his dressing room was crashed by Robin Williams. While in the room he pretended to be a Jewish Tailor, talked to Norm's friend on the phone while pretending to be a Chinese Restaurant employee, dressed Norm, and then left.
124570
TIL when the Nazis burned Sigmund Freud's books he said, "What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now, they are content with burning my books."
215
TIL dogs can become afflicted by Happy Tail, a syndrome where the tail is wagged so hard that it hits walls, furniture, and people until it begins bleeding. Because of the wagging, that blood is then flicked onto walls, ceilings, and anything else in the vicinity.
1702
TIL Martin Lawrence is permanently banned from hosting SNL. The comedian hosted once in 1994 and performed a monologue where he criticized the vaginal hygiene of women. The rant, in which he went into detail about what he felt was a drop in feminine hygiene standards, will never be re-aired.
187
TIL Two babies were switched at birth, one family was rich and the other poor, the rich couple's biological baby became a truck driver and the poor couple's biological baby became a CEO of a company
2886
TIL Marvin Gaye’s real last name was “Gay”. His father was a crossdresser, making Marvin a target of bullying. It was because of this, added with rumors of Marvin's own homosexuality, that Marvin added an "e" to his last name when he became famous.
172
TIL in 1997, a physics student demonstrating the Leidenfrost effect by holding liquid nitrogen in his mouth accidentally swallowed the substance, resulting in near-fatal injuries. This was the first case in medical literature of liquid nitrogen ingestion
3911
TIL that during the 80’s, drunken calls to Hanna-Barbera studios from Flintstones fans curious to know what Barney Rubble did for a living were so common that the security guard in charge of answering the phones at night would simply reply: ‘‘ He worked in the quarry’’.
188
TIL the world record for highest CPU frequency ever achieved was set in 2011 by a team of engineers at AMD. They overclocked an AMD Bulldozer-based FX-8150 chip to 8.805 GHz using liquid helium.
120
TIL 3D printed objects can be made to connect to WiFi without electronics
1053
TIL when Sun Ra played a gig at a mental hospital, it prompted a patient to talk for the first time in years. She got up in the middle of the set, stood next to him at the piano, and a few minutes later leaned over and almost screamed, "Do you call that music?!"
4487
TIL during filming of Gangs of New York, they built what was essentially a full scale complete replica of the Five Points in 1800's New York. According to the DVD commentary, George Lucas visited the set and explained that CGI effects would be much cheaper but Scorsese insisted on authenticity.
69
TIL that rubbing an injury right after it happens alleviates pain because the spinal chord preferentially forwards pressure signals (to the brain) over pain signals
103
TIL Texas is the only state with it's own power grid, the Texas Interconnected System, which is therefore not subject to federal interstate regulations
292
TIL That the first Boeing 747 to fly a commercial route was also the first to be hijacked, 9 months after it flew its maiden commercial flight. 7 years later, it was also one of the planes destroyed in the Tenerife Airport Disaster.
105
TIL that Valve has no managers. Instead Employees choose which projects to work on, who to hire and can assemble their own teams for their new projects.
80
TIL when a brand becomes synonymous with a generic product (like Kleenex) its called a proprietary eponym
74
TIL of William Ellis, a Texas born slave who crossed the border to slavery free Mexico and became a millionaire. Later on he attempted to bring African Americans to Mexico and even served as diplomat of the US to the King of Ethiopia.
123
TIL that there's a wasp that eats spiders and helps with pest control called the Mud Dauber
100
TIL that the Consumer Product Safety Commission banned the sale of Lawn Darts in 1988 after the deaths of 3 children.
2917
TIL That Buddy Bolden, the man credited with creating the musical innovations that would lead to the birth of Jazz, had acute schizophrenia and was permanently committed to a mental institution at age 30.
95
TIL the planet Mercury, the closest planet to the sun, has a nighttime temperature of -280°F as it has no atmosphere to retain the 800°F temperature during the day.
77
TIL that the brown color produced by caramelization comes from three substances called caramelans, caramelens, and caramelins.
224
TIL of George Koval, who, in WWII, was an American soldier that secretly gave info the USSR about the Manhattan Project. In 1999, although living in Russia and having been outed as a spy for nearly a half-century, he applied for an American Veteran's Social Security Cheque. He was denied.
10620
TIL that President LBJ was a competitive womanizer, and whenever people mentioned Kennedy's many affairs, LBJ would bang the table and declare that he had more women by accident than Kennedy ever had on purpose.
165
TIL A mosquito's bloodsucking apparatus consists of six needle-like structures. Two that saw through the skin, two hold the tissue apart, one seeks out and suck blood and one excrete a blood thinning substance.
78
TIL A man inserted 2100 acupuncture needles into his head. He raised over $12,000 for charity in the process. He has vitiligo, a skin condition characterized by a loss of pigmentation, and he wanted to acknowledge the suffering of others with more critical problems.
124
TIL that the Great Lakes have about 35,000 islands.
61
TIL that cosmic rays from outer space cause glitches in your electronics. In some electronics, cosmic rays are the primary source of soft errors. Cosmic rays are one of the main reasons that servers and high-reliability computers use error-correcting RAM.
830 thr33beggars >In 1970, Thompson ran for sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado, as part of a group of citizens running for local offices on the "Freak Power" ticket. The platform included promoting the decriminalization of drugs (for personal use only, not trafficking, as he disapproved of profiteering), tearing up the streets and turning them into grassy pedestrian malls, banning any building so tall as to obscure the view of the mountains, and renaming Aspen "Fat City" to deter investors. Thompson, having shaved his head, referred to the crew cut-wearing Republican candidate as "my long-haired opponent." >With polls showing him with a slight lead in a three-way race, Thompson appeared at Rolling Stone magazine headquarters in San Francisco with a six-pack of beer in hand, and declared to editor Jann Wenner that he was about to be elected Sheriff of Aspen, Colorado, and wished to write about the "Freak Power" movement. Thus, Thompson's first article in Rolling Stone was published as The Battle of Aspen with the byline "By: Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (Candidate for Sheriff)." Despite the publicity, Thompson narrowly lost the election. While carrying the city of Aspen, he garnered only 44% of the county-wide vote in what had become a two-way race. The Republican candidate agreed to withdraw a few days before the election in order to consolidate the anti-Thompson votes, in return for the Democrats withdrawing their candidate for county commissioner. Thompson later remarked that the Rolling Stone article mobilized his opposition far more than his supporters.
596 bolanrox and he nearly won as well
93 Vagina_Woolf When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.
70 JohnDeen After a bout of health problems, Thompson committed suicide at the age of 67. In accordance with his wishes, his ashes were fired out of a cannon in a ceremony funded by his friend Johnny Depp and attended by friends including then-Senator John Kerry and Jack Nicholson.
96 Poemi Troll level: *bat country*.
18 [deleted] I often wonder how he would have operated in current waters. What books would a 35 year old, in his prime HST write right now?
34 CeJeH That man was a special kind of genius.
6 PeterMus Thompson was someone you wouldn't want to be close friends with... but hanging out once in a while sounded like a blast. Ideally when he wasn't actively engaging in a gunfight with his neighbor.
7 wangdingus There's a pretty interesting documentary about it https://youtu.be/8JKJBp0M1cc
13 JohnDeen Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world..
6 brandontaylor1 The current Sheriff has Thompson's signed campaign poster hung up in his office. https://imgur.com/a/DV0B0
6 bookant The '60s. The beginnings of the culture-war based Republican politics as we know it. If you can't argue with your opponent's *ideas* call him a hippie and attack him for the length of his hair!
24 almost_cut_my_hair God I miss him. Help us HST, we're fucked.