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21172
TIL: Earthworms have even been ranked the number one most influential species in the history of the planet – above dinosaurs and humans.
3838
TIL brain scans reveal that dogs not only seem to love us back, but they actually see us as their family
5056
TIL after journalist Paulette Cooper wrote an article criticizing the Church of Scientology, they tried to get her committed to a psychiatric ward by writing her name and number on street walls, subscribing her to pornographic mail lists, and faking bomb threats with her stationary and fingerprints.
11740
TIL of "Operation Snow White", an operation carried out by the Church of Scientology, was one of the largest infiltration of the US government in history.
21850
TIL a bald eagle somehow made its way to Ireland in 1987 and was so tired that it had to be returned via airplane.
46564
TIL the scientist John von Neumann (1903-1957) could by the age of 6, divide two 8 digit numbers in his head and converse in ancient Greek. He published over 150 papers during his lifetime, and is considered by many to be among the most intellegent humans to have ever lived.
4600
TIL that Marjory Stoneman Douglas fought against efforts to drain the FL Everglades and reclaim land for development when she was 79 years old. Her tireless efforts earned her several variations of the nickname "Grande Dame of the Everglades.” She also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
2836
TIL that Cougars are the biggest cat that can purr and meow.
836
TIL Sublime made 40oz. to Freedom by sneaking into the music department at CSU-Dominguez Hills after hours and recording all night.
35735
TIL Australian Don Ritchie talked at least 160 people out of committing suicide at Watson's Bay by offering them a cup of tea and someone to talk to. He was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his efforts.
1079
TIL the last name of "How to Win Friends and Influence People" author Dale Carnegie was not originally named Carnegie - in an example of how to influence people, he changed the spelling from Carnegey to resemble the name of the more influential Andrew Carnegie
4153
TIL Jóhann Jóhannsson had spent a year writing the score for Darren Aronofsky's "Mother" and at some point realized that the film was better with no music at all. He convinced Darren to delete everything.
692
TIL In 1981, horse meat labeled as beef was discovered at a plant that supplied hamburger and taco meat to Jack in the Box. The meat was originally from Australia, and during their checks on location, inspectors discovered other shipments destined for the US that included kangaroo meat.
2855
TIL of Brian Spencer, a former NHL hockey player who's father, upon hearing his son was starting in his first game, held a Canadian TV station hostage and forced them to broadcast it, before being shot and killed. After his career, Brian too was shot & killed during a robbery after buying crack.
590
TIL California is the 6th largest economy in the world behind USA, China, Japan, Germany, UK. It's bigger than India, France, Brazil, Italy, Russia, Canada, Spain, Australia, South Korea, Mexico.
13348
TIL that, as a child, Jack Black (real name Thomas Jacob Black) appeared in a commercial for the 1982 Atari videogame "Pitfall!"
36706
TIL there were 30ft long sea cows called Steller's sea cows in the 1700s and we killed them.
4346
TIL Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the odour of farts smell good so that farting in public will become socially acceptable. Ben wanted flatulence to be "as agreeable as perfumes"
595
TIL one of the first science fiction stories, ‘Description of a New World, Called a Blazing World,’ was written in 1666 by the Duchess Margaret Cavendish. She helped popularize scientific advancements, like the telescope and microscope, and was considered the first female philosopher of her time.
1730
TIL Keanu Reeves was forced to star in the critically-derided film The Watcher (2000) due to the fact a friend forged his signature on the contract agreement
350
TIL potato chips cause more weight gain than any other food
1830
TIL that there's a special minimally-fermented wine used at masses where the priest is a current or recovering alcoholic.
1130
TIL the first man to go over the Niagara Falls in a barrel died after slipping on an orange peel.
502
TIL that up to 1 BILLION birds are killed per year in collisions with buildings. the second greatest human-caused source of bird deaths (pet and feral cats kill more)
748
TIL Indigenous Native Americans were not granted US citizenship until 1924
2392
TIL A man, Denver Lee St. Clair died after being subjected to an atomic wedgie by his 33 year old stepson
252
TIL the fact that there are seven days to the week, internationally, and that the Sun day is followed by the Moon day, happened thanks to ancient Mesopotamia or Egypt passing it on to Greece, Rome, India, Japan...
1506
TIL that Elvira Taylor, was a notorious 'Allotment Annie' during World War II who was discovered to have married six sailors at the same time. She was found out due to a fight between two of her husbands when they learned that they were both married to the same girl.
73
TIL that in 2015, Americans left 658 million vacation days unused. 222 million of those days were lost because they could not be rolled over, meaning Americans worked $61 billion dollars worth of time for free.
267
TIL the total mass of the asteroid belt is approximately 4% that of the Moon
3442
TIL that India's Mars Orbiter mission had a budget of $73 million, which is less than the budget of big Hollywood movies about space
203
TIL that in future millenia, carbon dating specimens from our lifetime may not be possible because of the altering of current natural Carbon-14 levels by nuclear weapons and nuclear/fossil fuel power plants.
1930
TIL that Hans Zimmer's "Spider Pig", from The Simpsons Movie soundtrack, entered the UK singles chart at #24. The running time for the song is a mere 1:04, making it the second shortest single to ever chart.
314
TIL The FedEx logo has won over 40 design awards and was ranked as one of the eight best logos in the last 35 years. The white arrow in the logo was an intentional design choice, created by blending two different fonts together.
35175
TIL Andrew Myrick, a storekeeper on a Minnesota Native American reservation, told starving natives to get grass if they were hungry. He was found dead on the first day of the Dakota War of 1862 with grass stuffed in his mouth.
37
TIL Britain had their first queen regant in the 11th century BC after she defeated her husband in battle, then drowned his mistress and daughter. She ruled peacefully for the next 15 years.
97
TIL that most cats are lactose intolerant, despite cats being shown drinking milk in stories and TV shows
374
TIL that the peanut butter and jelly sandwich was invented in 1901 by Julia Davis Chandler
97
TIL that, during filming of The Wire, then-mayor Martin O'Malley called the show's creator, asked him to quit being so critical, and threatened to block filming in Baltimore.
53
TIL a penguin named 'Jinjing' who swims 5000 miles every year to visit his rescuer
134 shinginta Another TIL from a few weeks back taught me that he may not really be the "great grandson" at all. It's Japanese custom for the CEO of a company to adult-adopt the next-in-line for the company in order to pass along the last name. Akio Toyoda might've just been adopted by his predecessor after showing that he had the business know-how to become CEO, and his predecessor might've also been similarly adopted. You know, like Gozaburo Kaiba finding an intelligent orphan to pass the "Kaiba" name onto so that KaibaCorp wouldn't just be run by some guy with the last name of "Sato" or something.
34 WayneKrane I learned in business school that in Toyota factories they will stop the whole production line if an employee spots a single mistake made. They don’t start it back up until the problem has been found and fixed. They believe in quality over volume. They also use the same parts in different models to further improve efficiency.
12 RP_Fan So why isn't the company called "Toyoda" instead of "Toyota?"
4 similar_observation If you look at WW2 bayonets made by Toyoda Works, [the logo is a loom](https://www.antiqueswords.com/dynamic/products_2245_5_large.jpg). The two circles in a larger circle is a marker for the city, Nagoya.
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5 zerbat542no Best company ever , Japanese cars , absolutely unbreakable engines and durable not to mention insanely fast , Japanese cars is G.
2 panda-slap Best cars on the planet. Gave a “rock on” salute when I saw gramps died.
1 gerry_mandering_50 >Jidoka, meaning the machine stops itself when a problem occurs. Actually, that's just about to happen if Andrew Ng has a say https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tech-honhai-ai/google-brain-co-founder-teams-with-foxconn-to-bring-ai-to-factories-idUSKBN1E820R