TIL Keanu Reeves often foregoes some of his paycheck so that producers can bring on other notable actors. On The Devil's Advocate, he reduced his salary by a few million dollars so that they could afford Al Pacino, and he did the same thing on The Replacements to be able to work with Gene Hackman.
TIL the US Navy replaced expensive and clunky periscope controls on submarines with Xbox 360 controllers, which reduced training time from hours to minutes
TIL a group of 15 monkeys escaped a research institute in Japan by using trees to catapult themselves over a 17ft high electric fence one by one.
TIL Garlic Knots were invented to prevent waste. In 1973, a Pizzeria in Queens, NY came up with the garlic knot as a way of not wasting leftover pizza dough scraps. They became an instant hit.
TIL that Charles Joughin, Chief Baker on Titanic, helped passengers board life boats (forcibly boarding those who thought it safer to stay on the ship), drank a 1/2 bottle of liqueur, then threw chairs overboard for use as flotation devices, rode the side of the ship down while it sunk, and survived
TIL that Three physicists flew around the world twice in 1971 with synced atomic clocks to test out the time dilation theory. Upon meeting up, they found that all 3 of the clocks disagreed with each other.
TIL Arctic comes from the Greek word "Arktos," which means bear, so the Arctic is the land of the bears, and Antarctica is the land without bears.
TIL monkeys can learn to use money. Capuchins that were taught to exchange silver discs for treats began budgeting for foods they liked, buying more of something when the price dropped, and started gambling. Eventually, rich monkeys even figured out they could pay each other for sex.
TIL a guy once tested Major League Baseball's copyright disclaimer by asking for "expressed written consent" to show an old playoff game at a party. MLB Headquarters responded with a letter granting him permission.
TIL Steve Jobs refused to have his cancer treated even though it was the "good" kind of pancreatic cancer and instead he tried out alternative medicine and diets
TIL Pope Leo XIII outlined the rights of workers to a fair wage, safe working conditions, and the formation of labour unions, while affirming the rights of property and free enterprise, opposing both Atheistic Marxism and laissez-faire capitalism.
TIL the Chevy Nova actually sold well in Latin countries, and poor sales stories due to the "No Va"/"No Go" translation is just an urban myth
TIL that the current CEO of Toyota, Akio Toyoda, is the great grandson of Sakichi Toyoda, who is known as the father of the Japanese Industrial Revolution thanks to his invention of the power loom that implemented the principle of Jidoka, meaning the machine stops itself when a problem occurs.
TIL of Qian Xuesen, a Chinese aerospace engineer who was a founding member of JPL. When he was stripped of his security clearances during the Red Scare despite protests by his colleagues, he moved back to China where he became well known as the "Father of Chinese Rocketry"
TIL that Saskatchewan, Canada became the first jurisdiction in North America to recognize the Holodomor, in which ~7.5 million ethnic Ukrainians were starved under Stalin's Soviet regime
TIL in 1941, the world's largest seed bank (created by botanist Nikolai Vavilov) was housed in Leningrad. As the Germans surrounded the city causing massive starvation, Vavilov's scientists refused to eat from the collection, slowly dying of hunger as they maintained 16 rooms of edible plants.
TIL that Glenn Shadix, the actor who played Otho in Beetlejuice, was subjected to “ex gay” electrical shock treatments when he came out to his parent. When this failed to change his orientation, he attempted suicide and survived a 3 day coma. After the incident, his parents accept ed his sexuality.
TIL that the land in Finland is rising faster in the coastline than further East, causing rivers to tilt and flood towns, since the rivers flow from the east to the coast
TIL An early purchaser of the Zamboni was worried about profits because people were watching the machine resurface the ice instead of going to the concession stand.
TIL that after North Korea captured a group of Navy officers, the officers raised their middle finger, telling their captors it was a “Hawaiian good luck sign.”
TIL that the although the opening of the video of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen shows all band members singing, it is actually a 5-part harmony that's all multi-track recordings of Freddy Mercury's voice.
TIL: That during the Columbine massacre, two 9.8 kilogram propane bombs were planted in the school cafeteria right before lunch. Had the bombs not fail to detonate, it is estimated that 488 students in the cafeteria at the time would have been killed or severely injured as a result.
TIL the US government has over one billion cubic meters of helium stored in a strategic reserve in Texas. The reserve was started in the 1920s and was originally intended for airships, but was later used as a coolant for the space program.
TIL there are Penguins that live in rainforests
TIL in 1984, Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars was so depressed he unsuccessfully tried to drown himself in the ocean and woke up the next morning believing that he was a ghost
TIL that McDonald's once created bubblegum-flavored broccoli in an attempt to make kids eat more vegetables. The taste confused children and the product was pulled before it even reached the shelves.
TIL John F. Kennedy was a life member of the NRA
TIL there is hardly any scientific evidence that stretching before or after exercise increases performance or reduces risk of injury.
TIL that during a harsh winter the Des Moines suburb of Ankeny, Iowa, used garlic salt to help thaw the roads. Although it worked it reportedly left the snow crews ‘hungry’.
TIL that the method of brewing tea is standardised under the ISO, and this was criticised by Ireland for not mentioning that the pot must be pre-warmed.
TIL Domestic cats kill between 1.4 and 3.7 billion birds and between 6.9 and 20.7 billion mammals each year in the Unitedly States
TIL the voices schizophrenics hear are actually their own subvocal speech. This is why it's so common for schizophrenics to believe their minds are being read.
TIL that over 90% of all data on the internet has been created since 2016
TIL of Gramercy Park, a private park in NYC for neighboring residents that requires a $350 key and a $7500 annual fee to enter.
TIL 98% of adoptions in Japan are of Adult Men aged 20-30
TIL a guy tried to raise his son bilingually in English and Klingon. The experiment failed when the child got older and refused to use Klingon.
TIL the belief that mother birds will reject their young if touched by a human is false
TIL Due to a translation error in the ER of intoxicado to intoxicated, doctors performed the wrong treatment on an individual who was actually poisoned. Ramirez was left quadriplegic and received a settlement of $71 million.
TIL Arizona lost its chance to host the 1990 Super Bowl after its voters refused to make MLK Jr. Day a state holiday
TIL that VR goggles were first invented in 1963 - by the person the Hugo Awards are named after.
699 TrolliciousCuisine >. . .but Procris, with a protective herb, lay with Minos with impunity. Who is this "Procris"? Why would she sleep with a man who ejaculates serpents, scorpions, and centipedes?! Her page says: >After fleeing to Minos, she helped cure the king of Minos of his genital sickness, and was given a dog whom no quarry could escape and an infallible javelin No mention of her having sexual relations with Minos. There is a clear bias in Pasiphaë's article and I suspect she wrote it herself. Greek drama lives on in the modern age.
229 dsgruntld If true, it seems a bit of pot-and-kettle to me, as the only reason she gave birth to the Minotaur was because she fell in love with the white bull then had a special sculpture built so she could have sex with it.
78 scungillipig That's one hell of an STD.
53 TheUnfabulousKilljoy This dude must have mastered his pullout game.
58 donotcallmeradio Serpents, scorpions and centipedes all either bite, sting and just look like they'd hurt. When converting those painful symptoms and attaching it to a venerial disease, chlamydia comes to she gave him chlamydia?
20 Sofarbeyondfucked The origin of fetish porn
20 nesteajuicebox 1. Have sick fuck serial killer king husband who is always raping woman and then murdering them by placing poisonous reptiles and insects inside their genitals. 2. Claim you placed a fidelity charm which causes him to ejaculate serpents,scorpions and centipedes to make it seem like he is not insane, just slutty ,and you have powerful magic powers. 3. Profit.
40 gypsygib Like the concubines had any choice in the matter. Never understood why the wronged person in the relationship places the hate on the wrong person who is often times an unwitting party to infidelity.
10 Slaisa How would that work though? Would they be sperm sized snakes or just one looong sploooge of snake that slithers out the dick hole?
18 freebird451 the Greeks had issues!