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6713
TIL A group of guys made a to scale model of the solar system in Black Rock Desert, Nevada. They felt that pictures online couldn’t capture the size of our solar system and they wanted to give an accurate example.
3234
TIL A solar plant in the Mojave Desert generates so much heat it incinerates birds in mid flight
94176
TIL that in Switzerland it's illegal to have just one guinea pig because they get too lonely and need a friend.
2170
TIL Simon. Simon was the ship's cat who served on the Royal Navy sloop HMS Amethyst. In 1949, during the Yangtze Incident, he received the PDSA's Dickin Medal after surviving injuries from a cannon shell, raising morale, and killing off a rat infestation during his service.
8682
TIL Keanu Reeves turned down a $11 million offer to reprise his role as Jack Traven in "Speed 2: Cruise Control" in favor of playing the main role in "The Devil's Advocate" opposite to Al Pacino
6456
TIL that singer Lorde has sound-to-color synesthesia, a unique condition where sound blends with sight to create certain colors. This greatly contributed to the creative process on "Melodrama", where she wrote music to the "violets and blues" that appear on the album's cover
3183
TIL that although children of identical twins are legally first cousins, genetically, they are actually half siblings
2599
TIL in 2012 law student Jonathan Nichols got a new cell phone, he didn't expect to get the number once used by Sir Mix-A-Lot. Since then he has been overloaded with pictures of women in bikinis.
10230
TIL a shark helped another shark give birth at an Auckland, New Zealand aquarium in 2009. The first shark bit the abdomen of the second, freeing the pups inside. One aquarium staff member said "It had to bite a certain part to let them out and do it without killing the babies or her."
1305
TIL Mouse's shotguns in The Matrix were working models that fired 900 rounds per minute. It used a unique cam-driven design invented by movies armorer, John Bowring.
3302
TIL a set of twins were born 87 days apart, setting a world record. One of the twins was born 4 month prematurely while the other did not arrive until 3 months after.
760
TIL that the Dutch East India Company was valued at $7.9 trillion at its peak. That's more than the top 20 modern companies combined
3282
TIL that sign language includes very few words about astronomy, making it hard for those who are deaf to talk about space. The International Astronomical Union just created about 50 signs to replace words like "constellation" that previously had to be spelled out letter by letter.
77614
TIL that an Alabama bloodhound joined a half marathon after her owner let her out to go pee. She ran the entire 13.1 miles and finished 7th.
9232
TIL the US has a 200 year-old pending Amendment which would strip citizenship from any citizen who accepts a title of nobility from a foreign country.
307
TIL that Martha Stewart dated Sir Anthony Hopkins, but broke up with him after seeing The Silence of The Lambs, because she couldn't not associate him with Hannibal Lecter
278
TIL documents presented by a Pakistani official were found to forged because they were written in Calibri supposedly in 2006, but Calibri was only included in Microsoft Office 2007
9857
TIL: Tom Morello was a stripper after graduating from Harvard. Went by the name Tom "Meat Swinger" Morello
6730
TIL: Chocolate for most of its 4,000-year history was actually consumed as a bitter beverage rather than as a sweet edible treat
8188
TIL there was an attempt in Indiana to legislate Pi to the number 3.2. It was abandoned on the day of the vote by a professor who pointed out that it was lacking any basis in proof.
342
TIL about Agnes Denes who in 1982 planted a two-acre field of golden wheat over a landfill in lower Manhattan, two blocks from Wall Street and overlooking World Trade Center and Statue of Liberty
2823
TIL that cows were used for radiation testing of early cell phones. Farmers were paid to have high-powered phones strapped to their cows head 24/7. A single engineer worked full time to chase the cows and change the batteries.
312
TIL the island of Guadeloupe thought it had its own special species of raccoons which became a cultural icon but it turned out they were just regular raccoons
3526
TIL that using the term "Jumbo" to describe something as large/huge etc is coined from an elephant of the same name which was around in the mid 1800's and was a the first ever animal "celebrity" in both the UK and the US
1830
TIL fake Xmas trees have to be used for 20 years to be more environmentally friendly than using real trees
266
TIL that bacteriophages from melted glaciers may flow down to the Ganges River and kill bacteria - this new discovery could provide a scientific explanation for the famous Ganges "self-cleaning" phenomena
900
TIL George Lucas told the actor who played Jar Jar Binks that in 20 years people will “see this character in a new way.”
163
TIL That marijuana (most likely) makes you hungry by reversing the neurons in your hypothalamus that trigger the feeling of being full.
467
TIL that using sex to "sell" products and brands doesn't actually work and instead makes people have a negative attitude toward those brands.
61
TIL there's strong evidence that chewing gum improves working memory, episodic memory and speed of perception. Why this is the case is not understood.
3359
TIL technology already exists that lets one eavesdrop on a conversation across soundproof glass, without even seeing the speakers' mouths. Tiny vibrations caused by the sound on nearby objects like a houseplant or bag of chips can be used to derive the original sound/conversation.
88
TIL the chemical Formamide has been proposed as an alternative to water that could support life with alternative biochemistries to that currently found on Earth. It can be formed with hydrogen cyanide and water, has a large dipole moment, and dissolves almost everything that dissolves in water.
746
TIL Edward Norton is a prolific philanthropist, being president of the American Branch of the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, a UN Goodwill Ambassador, member of Enterprise Community Partners, founding CrowdRise to raise funds for charity, and chairman of the board to Signature Theatre.
403
TIL that in ancient Greek mythology, Hercules was supposed to be paid by a king to clean out a stable. When the king did not pay, Hercules sued him in a court of law.
40
TIL that John Snow in 1854 found out that Cholera is a water-borne disease.
464
TIL The domestic cat is one of the single greatest human-linked threats to wildlife in the nation. More birds and mammals die at the mouths of cats, a report said, than from automobile strikes, pesticides and poisons, collisions with skyscrapers and windmills and other so-called anthropogenic causes
375
TIL there is a 35m high hill in Rome which consists of the shards of about 53 million olive oil amphorae from ancient times.
362
TIL the Beanie Baby speculation craze was due to the inventor telling customers they had discontinued certain products, rather than let them know their manufacturer had screwed up and they had run out.
260
TIL the cornerstone of the White House went missing the day after it was put in place in 1792. One explanation is participants in the cornerstone ceremony, including George Washington, drank so many toasts to the project at a local tavern that no one remembered its location the next day.
49
TIL about the concept of 'invented tradition', in which something believed or touted to be ancient is actually modern, such as ancestral Scottish clan-tartans, which are actually a 19th-century creation.
33 Minnumol Yes. This is comparatively tame if you consider the original ending of *'The Little Mermaid'*. Poor mermaid lost her long life, her voice, her love. Her sisters paid their hair to the sea witch and asked her to pierce the heart of the prince with the dagger they bought. Little mermaid could not bring about to kill him and she was became one of the daughters of the air.
60 Fireneji God I love the Grimm versions so much. People complain about censorship now? They should see just how ridiculous we censored those tales for Disney movies
30 CurtisLeow That's a Grimm way to die.
28 spectre73 The original Cinderella had the ugly stepsisters mutilating their feet to try and fit into the slipper. This is from Little Red Riding Hood: "He seized Little Red Riding Hood, and she screamed. Suddenly a loud rap was heard at the door. Again she screamed—and in rushed her father and some other faggot makers, who, seeing the wolf, killed him at once, and released Little Red Riding Hood. These were the faggot makers (firewood gatherers) she had met in the wood. They, thinking she was not quite safe with a wolf, went and told her father, and they all followed her to her grandmother's house and thus saved her life."
12 corvisse ...fucking metal
9 QuadCannon Yep, typical German bedtime story.
4 MrValdemar The Neil Gaiman version, 'Snow, Glass, Apples' is the one I prefer. Told from the perspective of the Evil Queen.
9 Solveig13 The Grimm brothers were so savage. Love the originals.
3 1984stardusta I have never seen thou shine so bright
2 Tinkerhellx Sounds reasonable.
2 scarletmagnolia You all should check out the original Thomas the Train stories. They are incredibly dark.
1 gr33nny Disney get working on this!
1 ventsyv Someone published a collection of original brother Grimm tales in my native Bulgarian language. I believe that was the first release of the original version in that language. A small scandal ensued - the publisher was called "sick" and "sadist" for publishing children's tales that could harm the kiddos... So when people are complaining about censorship and all that nonsense - society just don't care about the originals so publisher publish what sells. I would read those to my 3 year old for sure...
1 delaphin Well, she is the fairest.
1 coconut-telegraph My parents gave me the translated collection of Grimm's tales as a young kid. If I remember right, Cinderella's stepmother is shoved into a cask that has nails hammered into it, and rolled into the harbour. The stepsisters are permanently blinded by birds.
1 yeaheyeah Who is she Ivan the terrible?
1 PuddleZerg I mean if someone tried to eat my organs...
1 fleebrubber In the movie, the queen has the huntsman go after her for her heart, makes sense she would try to eat it, i mean she IS evil...