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.
10 spl1ced They should call it the Fish Factor, not the Michael Effect
10 rw_voice Also - "Flurries" doesn't sell ... "Massive Blizzard" does.
42 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.
4 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.