TIL about the Oh-My-God Particle, a proton traveling at about 99.99999999999999999999951% the speed of light. It is the fastest moving object ever recorded and as it hit the atmosphere it carried the kinetic energy equivalent to a baseball traveling at 50MPH, all in one particle.
TIL deer mothers will instinctively come to the rescue of a crying human baby.
TIL Bea Arthur from the TV Show "Golden Girls" was a Marine truck driver in WW2 serving in Marine Corps and Navy air stations in Virginia and North Carolina reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant.
TIL that the slow-motion footage of the forest chase scene in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows was produced by one of the Slow Mo Guys
TIL that in ancient Ireland, sucking a king’s nipples was a gesture of submission. Failed kings would have their nipples brutally cut to dethrone them and make them incapable of holding kingship.
TIL following the suicide of a the famous Korean actor Choi Jin-sil the frequency of suicide in Korea increased by 162,2% for 3 weeks confirming the "Werther effect," that a suicide can cause others to also commit suicide
TIL Prince is the sole credit on his first album. He sang all the parts and played all the instruments, including acoustic and electric guitars, acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes piano, synth bass, various keyboard synths by Oberheim, Moog and Arp, orchestra bells, drums, percussion and bass guitar.
TIL Robert Hohman, CEO and cofounder of Glassdoor, quit his job to do nothing but play World of Warcraft for a year and only founded the company after hitting the maximum level in the game
TIL that The Sex Pistols were asked by their manager to write a song called "Submission", hoping they would write about bondage. Instead they wrote a song about a submarine mission.
TIL that actor Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul was fully trained as a Cinnabon employee to prepare for his role, and even refused a hand double - insisting on using his own hands in the bun-preparing montages
TIL After Pearl Harbor was attacked a Boeing 314 Clipper, in New Zealand at the time, was told by Pan Am to return to San Francisco by flying westwards. The total flight time was 209 hours and the plane covered 31,500 miles becoming the first commercial airliner to fly around the world.
TIL The 8 hour workday was devised so that workers could evenly divide 24 hours between: "Eight hours' labour, Eight hours' recreation, Eight hours' rest"
TIL that there's a cattle station in Australia that is bigger than the entire country of Israel.
TIL the Colosseum was built in just 10 years
TIL There is a still-commissioned U.S. Navy ship that has been held captive by North Korea for 50 years; the USS Pueblo.
TIL the only non-military dog to be awarded the Dickin Medal for bravery, was a collie named Sheila. In 1944 she tracked down 4 injured US airmen on a mountain during a blizzard, after their B-17 crashed. She led locals to their location, who evacuated them before the bombs detonated shorty after.
TIL that each year, the fountains of the U.S. Navy Memorial are salted with water from the Seven Seas in a ritual with ancient roots called "The Blessing of the Fleets." After the ceremony, attendants feast on traditional Navy Bean Soup.
TIL bottled water brands Perrier, S. Pellegrino and Vittel are all owned by the same company, Nestle. In total Nestle sells water under 50 different brands, including Poland Spring and Zephyrhills.
TIL that Basil Zaharoff sold the Greek government a submarine, then told the Turkish government that the Greeks had a submarine, Turkey then bought 2 submarines. He then told the same to the Russian government who later bought 2 submarines as well. None of the submarines worked.
TIL that the United Kingdom has invested in the world's biggest stockpile of plutonium (well over 100 tonnes) that could either provide us with thousands of years of unlimited energy or become a massive financial and environmental white elephant as nobody can agree on what to do with it.
TIL if you have a bar with a gang problem they'll be gone within three weeks if every third song played is from a female vocalist, according to Jon Taffer from Bar Rescue.
TIL that astronaut Buzz Aldrin submitted a travel voucher for $31.31 after he returned from the moon
TIL that North Korean college coders beat Stanford University in a 2016 competition
TIL donkeys can be used to guard livestock from coyotes and wolves. They instinctively attack, by biting and kicking and if they get the chance they will even kill.
TIL A very tired chemist once spilled UK's entire supply of plutonium(10mg) on a table, and in order to recover it, used a saw to cut out that section of the table, then burned it. He recovered 9.5mg of the plutonium from the ashes.
TIL John F. Kennedy enjoyed a "privileged childhood of elite private schools, sailboats, servants and summer homes" during the Great Depression. He later claimed that he only learned about the Great Depression in the books he read while attending Harvard.
TIL there was a shark called a Helicoprion, which had a lower row of teeth shaped like a buzzsaw.
TIL the Empire State building in New York stands on the site of the original Astoria hotel, which was built and owned by John Jacob Astor IV. Astor was of the richest men alive in his time, and left behind an estate of $87 million upon his death in 1912. Also, he died on the Titanic.
TIL Happy Feet originally included a plotline involving penguin-like aliens, who were planning to siphon off the planet's resources gradually, placing the humans in the same light as the penguins. This would be dropped in the last year of production.
TIL ships that were constructed before 1945 are the primary source of steel that is not contaminated with radioactive nuclides. The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki along with nuclear tests and disasters have polluted the atmospheric air that is being used for the steel production.
TIL In 552AD two monks successfully smuggled silkworm eggs in their walking sticks from China to the Byzantine Empire, essentially ending the silk monopolies of China and Persia, and bringing silk manufacture to Europe.
TIL a very nearsighted person can see more or less normally underwater because of the faulty refractive index of the eye is negated by the waters refractive index
TIL Flea, the bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, keeps over 200,000 bees in his backyard that he calls "Flea's Bees"
TIL of Laika, the first dog to go into space. The satellite that transported Laika was never intended to return, and Laika died within hours of leaving Earth. The space mission sparked a debate across the globe on the mistreatment of animals and animal testing for scientific causes.
TIL That one gram of antimatter would have a greater explosive power than both nuclear bombs dropped on Japan combined, but would take the Cern Supercollider around 100 Billion years to create
TIL that Insane Clown Posse were once on a Disney owned record label. On the scheduled day of release for their record "The Great Milenko" however, Disney recalled all 100,000 shipped units upon discovering the graphic nature of the album's lyrical content.
TIL that Wright Laboratory won the 2007 Ig Noble Peace Prize for "instigating research & development on a chemical weapon" called 'The Gay Bomb' it was a bomb that when used, discharges female sex pheromones over enemy forces in order to make them sexually attracted to each other.
TIL that the first use of a detective in literature was used by Edgar Allan Poe. His short story, 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue', inspired the creation of Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot
TIL That for Black Sabbath's best selling album "Paranoid" the band booked two days in the studio but only used one, recording the entire album in just a few hours.
TIL of Yosuke the lost African grey parrot who was reunited with his owners after reciting their full address and his name to the veterinarian who found him. "I'm Mr. Yosuke Nakamura," the bird told the veterinarian.
1003 flyingsaucerinvasion that guy served no time in jail, and then they gave him back his license. Haha, that'll teach him.
423 Kingsolomanhere In the hospital parking lot right now. Mom had a heart attack this morning and was talking until in the ER. Was worked on for two hours, woke up and said" what am I still doing here?"
69 rrooaaddiiee I was working in radio and he was in town for a show. Promoter arranged a visit for an interview. I was scared shitless thinking of the havoc he'd wreak and the abuse I'd take based on his persona. He couldn't have been sweeter, cooler, and more gracious. Played the role on the air but was so great when the mics were off. Our staff loved him and were sad to see him leave. His accident happened a couple months later and I wept.
143 ZekeInc I wonder what the argument was that convinced him it was okay for him to die. Was it a threat or just a good rational reason why?
70 johnn48 "Pierson pled guilty to one count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence. He was sentenced to one year of probation and 300 hours of community service, and his driver's license was suspended for two years." Need I say more. Justice is blind and fickle.
31 SupahTasty My mother died of cancer years ago , I remember her speaking with someone who wasn't there . She said "how long until I die?" , "oh , ok " and then other phrases that I can't recall correctly. It was very strange. The night when she died , some members of my family dreamd her speaking to them. I never had a dream about her as far as I remember.
13 Dartaga I remember when Sam was killed. We had seen him sometime before the accident at SDSU. I worked at a hospital in San Diego at the time & my nurse friends & some of the doctors all thought that if only those "kind" people who lifted Sam out of his vehicle BEFORE actual paramedics got there, had left him in the car he would NOT have bled out. Being all scrunched up in the car was helping to keep his blood volume up. But they got him out, laid him flat & he died... still miss Sam.
38 prokeep15 Car he died in is fairly rare - 1989 Turbo Trans Am. I ran a 12.9 second quarter mile in mine on drag radials in 2003. Those things were/are insanely fast for 80's tech.