TIL that between 1937 and 1939, 100k Irish children were encouraged to seek out the oldest person they knew and gather their stories. This has been compiled into an archive searchable by any topic ranging from the supernatural to natural remedies.
TIL When Princess Diana went to Disneyland she made her sons Harry and William wait in line just like everyone else.
TIL an Applebee's Waitress in Colorado had her ID stolen on her night off. 2 weeks later while working, a woman orders a drink, and hands the waitress the waitresses stolen ID.
TIL that in 1973 the Who’s drummer Keith Moon passed out mid-show. The band continued without him for several songs before Townshend asked, "Can anyone play the drums? – I mean somebody good?" 19 year old Scot Halpin, who had bought scalped tickets came up and played the rest of the show.
TIL the Looney Toons Golden Collection DVDs have a disclaimer at the beginning given by Whoopi Goldberg explaining that the cartoons are a product of their time and contain ethnic stereotypes that have not been censored because editing them would be the same as denying the stereotypes ever existed
TIL since 2011, NOAA has required the use of thinner, weaker hooks, in the Gulf of Mexico, that straighten to release large bluefin tuna before they die of exhaustion on the line, which resulted in 75% less dead, discarded fish in the Gulf.
TIL M'lady/Fedora guys is Jerry Messing. Before his internet stardom he was the child actor who played Pugsley in Addams Family Reunion as well as Gordon Crisp, the smelly kid in Freaks and Geeks.
TIL that International Master Jeremy Silman created the Chess puzzle for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone where Ron sacrifices himself, but wasn't credited for his role, while "everyone from the hairdressers to the donut delivery boy" were.
TIL there's an auditory illusion named the Shepard Tone, where multiple octaves are looped in such a way that it sounds like it's a sound rising in tone for infinity.
TIL in May 2006, over 300 Portuguese school children received medical attention for an illness which caused rashes and shortness of breath. The illness was later cited as being a case of mass hysteria caused by an episode of a soap opera which dealt with a deadly virus outbreak in a school.
TIL of "The Immortal Game", a casual match between chess grand masters in the interim of the first international chess tournament. Despite not being an official match, it is considered one of the most famous matches of all time.
TIL branches from a 3000 year old, still living, Greek olive tree were used to weave victors' wreaths for the winners of the 2004 Athens Olympics and the 2008 Beijing Olympics
TIL scientists don't fully know how acetaminophen (aka Tylenol) actually works
TIL until the 60's, computing power was measured in "Kilo-girls" as the earliest computers where humans. And, more often than not, female
TIL there in an organism which lives in the ocean floor, which reproduces every 10,000 years, and is perhaps millions of years old.
TIL In 2006, China slaughtered 50,000 dogs after three people died of rabies. Dogs being walked were seized from their owners and beaten to death on the spot. Owners were offered 63 cents per animal to kill their own dogs before the beating teams were sent in.
TIL that in the Middle Ages, European dishes were much more rich with complex flavors and spices. This only changed when those spices became available to the lower class and the upper class decided that said spices and dishes were no longer “fashionable”.
TIL that over 2,500,000 Indians volunteered to fight in World War 2, making it the largest all-volunteer army in history.
TIL that amnesics who play Tetris and have no memory of playing Tetris still experience the "Tetris Effect"
TIL that two Scottish clans fought a trial by combat to determine who would get the better position in an upcoming battle against a third clan. Only 12 of the 60 combatants survived.
TIL A medical research team in the United States attempted to set up extensive research into the effects of steroids on weightlifters and throwers, only to discover that there were so few who weren't taking them that they couldn't establish any worthwhile comparisons.
TIL there's a 12% increase in the risk of fatal automobile accidents at 4:20 pm on 4/20.
TIL: Veterinary doctors have a high suicide rate and experience psychological distress at a rate nearly double that of the general public
TIL J.D. Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye, served in WW2 and landed on D-Day while carrying the first six chapters of the book with him. At the end of the war he checked himself into a mental institution. When he got out, he signed back up and participated in the denazification of Germany.
TIL that actor Geoffrey Rush was cast for The King's Speech after reading the script which was hand delivered to his home, against industry practices. The production manager later received a four-page email from Rush's agent, berating him for the breach of etiquette, but said that Rush likes it.
TIL Geothermal water is used to heat around 90% of Iceland's homes, and keeps pavements and car parks snow-free in the winter.
TIL that in 2016 pregnant British mum Jessica Stubbins paused in the hospital vestibule and delivered her own baby in less than 60 seconds while her husband parked their car.
TIL that Voodoo Donut in Portland, Oregon used to serve a donut drizzled in Nyquil and then had a shot of Nyquil in a cup in the center of the donut - until the FDA stepped in & made them stop serving it.
TIL: The meaning of the word "that" in Meatloaf's song 'I would do anything for love' changes with every chorus to reapond to the preceding lyrics. This led so many fans to be confused about the lyrics meaning that the singer had to explain it with a chalkboard.
TIL that snipers are trained to shoot between heartbeats to minimise movement and increase accuracy.
TIL The US government named an atomic bomb ganja and had to rename it to Milrow after realizing ganja was an Indian word meaning 'marijuana'
TIL that lifesavers were originally sold for 5 cents a roll and were marketed by being placed next to cash registers in restaurants and stores where the cashiers were encouraged to always give back nickels in the customer’s change.
TIL the United States Army used walnuts to clean aviation parts- until a walnut shell caused a crash that killed 46 people
TIL that Lake Superior, largest of the Great Lakes, has been known to produce near-mythical “Rogue Waves”. Similar to those found at sea.
TIL A man's scrotum and testicles have a liquid cooling system. Since arterial blood comes out of the body too hot and would kill sperm, we have a series of veins that run parallel to the arteries that act as a thermal exchange system.
TIL Marshall Island citizens can come to the U.S. without visas because we tested nukes next to their homes for a decade
TIL from 1800 to 1860, Vermont's census reported 17 slaves. It was eventually discovered that this was an error and, in fact, there never were any slaves in Vermont.
TIL the only tombstone you can't walk on in Westminster Abbey is that of 'The Unknown Warrior'. The US awarded the British soldier the 'Medal of Honor'. When the US created their own similar tomb, the soldier was awarded the 'Victoria Cross'
TIL the social fabric of the American South was influenced by a plankton bloom 100 million years ago.
TIL that in China they have keychains with live animals in them
543 stillnotmakingsense Cahokia itself was a city of several thousand people or more if you include all the surrounding associated sites. There are over 100 mounds. At the center of the city (in front of Monks Mound) was a Grand Plaza artificially created by leveling off and modifying the ground surface. Mound 72 features over 250 skeletons, some likely sacrificed, others who were elites. Mississippian peoples from Cahokia established colonies or settlements as far north as Aztalan, Wisconsin and in the town of Trempealeau, Wisconsin. [](
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212 jjjjack Right across the river from st. louis, mo
187 Rodge_Von_Dicksonbut A couple miles down the interstate is a giant landfill. Everyone thinks it's apart of Cahokia mounds, it's not, it has your trash in it steve.
18 Nemocom314 The have a winter solstice sunrise observation/celebration there, I bet it's cool, but I know it's cold.
34 Pleshie I'm in Illinois and I didn't even know this
54 DreamingDitto Dang, pyramids were a really good way to make sure your building didn't fall down.
12 RedLockes1 Live 10 miles away. Every school around goes there as field trips. The museum near it is really cool too.
45 readparse I'm trying to be impressed that it has a comparable "footprint" to a full pyramid. But you know, the thing that makes a pyramid impressive is not its footprint. If I lived on a two-acre plot, I could say that the footprint of my land is comparable to the Empire State Building, but nobody would give a shit. I'm not saying that this structure isn't impressive at all. It is, in terms of its age, the fact that it's still here, why it was built, who built it, its preservation today, etc. I think trying to compare it in that way makes it look silly by comparison, and less interesting.
76 twominitsturkish Not to nitpick but OP must mean the largest pyramid north of Mesoamerica *in the New World.* Giza has a latitude of 30.0131° N, whereas Mesoamerica has a northern boundary coordinate of [~28° N.](