TIL Things like brass doorknobs and silverware sterilize themselves as they naturally kill bacteria because of something called the Oligodynamic effect
TIL on 8 September 2009, Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer disobeyed a direct order from a superior to pull back from his position so he could rescue wounded soldiers from a firefight a mile away. He ended up going back five times, saved the lives of 36 soldiers, and won the Medal of Honor.
TIL when dogs get the "Zoomies", it's known as Frenetic Random Activity Periods, or FRAPS, which is pent up energy.
TIL 1-3% of people are equipped with a mutated gene called hDEC2 which allows their body to get the rest it requires from just a few hours of sleep.
TIL that President Lyndon B. Johnson often peed in public, even during his presidency. One time, a gust of wind blew his urine onto the leg of one of his Secret Service agents. When the agent informed him he was being peed on, President Johnson replied, "I know. That's my prerogative."
TIL the Super Soaker inventor is a Tuskegee-trained NASA engineer who used the money earned from a toy to do research on solar power and batteries
TIL rock&roll pioneer Ritchie Valens had a fear of flying due to a freak accident where two airplanes collided over his school's playground, killing or injuring many of his friends. He got over this fear due to the demands of his career and subsequently died in a plane crash at the age of 17.
TIL that a woman’s professional and personal life were ruined with a single tweet that said: “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” The woman, Justine Sacco, turned out to be a P.R. Chief for a large internet company.
TIL that in 1984 Mcdonalds offered free Big Macs,Fries, or a Coke for each Gold Silver or Bronze in the Olympics. During that year the Soviet Union boycotted the US olympics and therefore the US got many more medals than expected which became a huge failure for Mcdonalds
TIL More people have died by taking selfies than by shark attacks in 2015
TIL that in South Africa,2009, an employee of an IT company complained that data would get transferred faster by carrier pigeon than on ASDL. Winston the pigeon armed with 4gb memory stick took two hours to carry the data 60 miles - in the same time the ADSL had sent 4% of the data.
TIL that a good old-fashioned fistfight between consenting parties is legal in the state of Washington.
TIL McDonald's "Super Sizing" started as a Jurassic Park merchandising tie-in.
TIL at a 'The Who' concert in 1969, a man rushed the stage and tried to take the microphone. Roger Daltrey punched him in the face, and Pete Townshend kicked him in the crotch. The man was actually a plain-clothes policeman trying to warn of a large fire next door. Townshend was later arrested
TIL that Gamespot ripped the PSX version of Alien Resurrection to shreds for its "awful control scheme" of moving with the left analogue stick and looking with the right, better known as todays standard for console shooters
TIL that planets "emit sounds" by pulsing with radio waves, which can be picked up by radio antennae. The Earth's noise is sometimes referred to as Earth's "chorus" because it sounds a bit like birds chirping.
TIL that in 1997, a former head of Russian National Security alleged that 100 suitcase-sized Nuclear Bombs had gone missing
TIL that the CDC has urged that schools open later because two-thirds of teenagers suffer chronic sleep deprivation.
TIL that Fred Mertz does not appear in two episodes of "I Love Lucy" due to the actor William Frawley's contract, which stated that he did not have to work if the NY Yankees were playing in The World Series.
TIL Julius Cesar was captured by pirates and laughed in their faces when the ransom wasn't large enough. Then, while sending his men for the silver, he won them over by patronizing them and threatening to have them all killed, which he did.
TIL that in 2006, the makers of Listerine sued the makers of Crest for saying that four out of five dentists recommended Crest mouthwash. They claimed that the 269 dentists surveyed were each paid $75 for participating.
TIL the origin of the word "decimate" as we use it today came from the Roman military practice of punishing groups of soldiers by executing every 10th man
TIL Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, starred in a Pizza Hut commercial
TIL keyboardist Billy Preston is the only musician to be credited on a Beatles recording other than the group's four members: the group's number-one hit "Get Back" is credited to "The Beatles with Billy Preston".
TIL that Mozart disliked performer Adriana Ferrarese del Bene, who was know for nodding her head down on low notes and raising her head on high notes, so much, that he wrote a song for her to perform that had lots of jumps from low to high just so he could see her head "bob like a chicken" onstage.
TIL that Casey Neistat was commissioned by Nike to make a commercial with the theme "Make it Count". He took the budget and spent it on a spontaneous and fun trip for himself and a friend, filming himself running at each destination. Nike was pleased with the end result.
TIL that two days after the Beatles released Sgt. Peppers, Paul McCartney and George Harrison went to a Jimi Hendrix show. Hendrix opened with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band.
TIL most movies that depict the Golden Gate bridge collapsing get it wrong; they show the main span, then the towers, collapsing into the channel. If the main span collapsed, the cables would no longer be under tension, and the towers would bend back.
TIL that Heather Michele O'Rourke, a girl famous for Steven Spielberg's Poltergeist, was misdiagnosed with Crohn's disease, was prescribed the wrong medicine and died at the age of 12
TIL The Beatles "I Want To Hold Your Hand" is often misheard in Japan as "Ahonah?ny?han", meaning "Idiotic public urination".
TIL: The Dead Sea Scrolls, prized by Jews, also talks about Gilgamesh, the Babylonian hero, as a real person who died in the Flood. He receives dreams of his impending doom, making it a possible prequel for his journey in his Babylonian Epoch.
TIL The Count from Sesame Street's favorite number is 34,969.
TIL: That in the dreams of deaf people, they still don't hear but either the people in their dreams know sign language or all communication is essentially telepathic.
TIL: Coyotes 'play' with skunks in order to get sprayed and camouflage their scent making it easier to stalk other prey.
TIL in 1975 a cat was listed as co-author on a physics paper because the author had incorrectly used the royal "we" throughout the paper and didn't want to typewrite the whole thing again
TIL after filming X-Men: First Class in London, Jennifer Lawrence had to fight to get the security deposit for her Notting Hill apartment back because she had stained the bathtub blue from her makeup as the character Mystique.
TIL Howie Mandel was expelled from his high school for impersonating a member of the school board and signing a construction contract to make an addition to his school.
TIL Prosthodontists, people who specialize in the cosmetic restoration and replacement of teeth, have been consistently ranked at 6th or 7th positions by Forbes among America's most competitive and highest salaried jobs.
TIL that The Art Of Love by the ancient Roman poet Ovid was banned in 8 A.D., in the 1400s and 1500s, and by U.S. Customs in 1930, making it possibly the record holder for a book banned over the longest span of time.
TIL Viking runes were still in use in a remote part of Sweden as recently as the 20th Century
10 spl1ced They should call it the Fish Factor, not the Michael Effect
8 rw_voice Also - "Flurries" doesn't sell ... "Massive Blizzard" does.
36 brock_lee I doubt that's the whole reason. I think mostly, the news want to make everything as dramatic as possible in the never-ending quest for more viewers than the other guy.
5 timwxx I've been a meteorologist for the past 28 years (US). Yeah, this was a doozy of a mistake; the October 1987 storm was the worst one in modern times to hit the UK. It's very bad practice to constantly call a worst case scenario, because then you're not doing your job, which is properly evaluating the risk and the potential threat. It's VERY common for broadcast meteorologists in the US to have just a basic undergraduate degree and not keep up with any journals at all. Their skills fade out fast. Others have only a broadcast degree and are just weather readers. In both cases, they don't properly analyze and synthesize in their head all the data, and they stick very closely to long-form NWS forecast discussions, because they don't fully understand what is going on: how the dynamics are coming together in the atmosphere and more importantly how things are interacting. This lack of understanding can lead one to constantly call for the worst "just in case". A good forecaster has the confidence to target things properly and communicate this in the products. If you make a forecast call while explaining from top to bottom how you arrived at your conclusions, you will always get leeway and respect if the forecast doesn't verify. Meteorology is not engineering as the atmosphere is not a deterministic system. There are always going to be mistakes. It's part of the job. You learn from those mistakes, maybe reanalyze the situation, try to figure out the failure points, try to itemize what you could have done better, and come in better prepared next time. Let's also keep in mind part of the reason the UK incident is remembered so well is because the storm potential was dismissed in a jovial and very memorable way. If that hadn't happened, this story would have never developed legs right from the start. Professionalism is always what keeps you out of these awkward situations. It's not what you say in your forecast delivery that earns respect, it's how you say it. For those who are curious to learn more, I have a [YouTube channel]( with live nightly webcasts I'll plug here, but I'm taking a break on it tonight.
2 Justavian So, same reason why so many doctors will perform unnecessary tests - because they don't want to get sued when they didn't discover some illness.