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TIL Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet pledged their financial support the last living Titanic survivor, Millvinia Dean, after it was reported that she’d been forced to sell her mementos from the wreck to pay for nursing home bills.
6548
TIL 3 Harvard scientists were paid US$50,000 in the 1960s to promote sugar use and paint fat as the bad guy
73237
TIL of Dipprasad Pun, a Nepalese soldier during the War of Afghanistan who was attacked by 30 insurgents. Believing he was about to die, he expended all 400 rounds of his ammunition, launched 17 grenades, detonated a Claymore mine, and killed an attacker with his tripod, causing them to retreat.
1057
TIL that greasy pizza boxes cannot be recycled; the paper fibers cannot be separated from the oil during the pulping process
1848
TIL: A Teenage Hacker Figured Out How to Get Free Data on His Phone, simply by visiting any url containing "/speedtest"
2135
TIL When Taiwan's president in 1995, Lee Teng-hui, had stopped in Honolulu to refuel his plane, the U.S government refused to grant him a visa and forced him to spend the night on his plane. Lee later complained that he was "being treated as a second-class leader."
646
TIL While leaving Italy during a tour there was a bomb scare on David Bowie's plane, forcing them to return to the airport. They later discovered the threat had been a ruse by the Chief of Police, who wanted Bowie's autograph
922
TIL that the word nepotism comes from the practice of popes appointing their nephews as cardinals, a way to secure their power over the college of cardinals
651
TIL India was controlled by a giant British company, with a private army twice the size of the British army, and not the British government for nearly 100 years (1757–1858) before the British Raj was formed.
336
TIL at the Starbucks located inside of the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Virginia, customer names cannot be called out or written on cups due to security concerns.
414
TIL Our bodies, when healthy, produce 1 to 1.5 liters of snot every day. Most of it trickles down our throat unnoticed.
580
TIL the United States has five times more heliports than any other country, and about as many heliports as every other country in the world combined
1903
TIL that Keanu Reeves came to the aid of Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer when she first moved to LA and was stranded on the side of the road
1107
TIL of Superstar USA. Essentially "Anti-American Idol" only the worst singers progressed, but were told they were performing well. In the finale they revealed to the "winner" that she was actually a terrible singer, and the show was all a prank.
378
TIL: Moon Rock Given to Holland by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin tested to be Petrified Wood
616
TIL that high-speed Internet is available on the Moon.
100
TIL that in Europe, coffee was once considered as the "Muslim drink" and banned, until Pope Clement tasted it and deemed it Christian
448
TIL George Carlin narrated four seasons of "Thomas the Tank Engine"
226
TIL nobody really knows where Bosnia ends and Herzegovina begins,and there is no official or universally accepted boundary in the country between the two regions
125
TIL that Dustin Hoffman, Robert Duvall and Gene Hackman were roommates as struggling actors in New York City in the 1960s. They now have 19 Oscar nominations and 5 wins between them.
182
TIL of Ben L. Salomon, a dentist in the Battle of Saipan whose field hospital was overrun by the Japanese. He provided cover fire for the wounded to escape and then manned a machine gun for additional cover fire. When his body was found, 98 dead enemy soldiers were piled in front of his position.
181
Today I learned that the word “magi” (or the singular “magus”) refers to followers of Zoroastrianism, an ancient Persian religion whose modern-day adherents included Freddie Mercury. “Magi” also gave rise to the “magic” and “magician,” as Zoroastrians were known to practice astrology and alchemy.
4302
TIL Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye and Dr. Darrell Cass, both pediatric surgeons, removed a baby from a womb to cut out a tumor, placed the baby back and several weeks later the baby was born healthy.
1475
TIL that Lee Richmond, the first Major League pitcher to throw a perfect game (in 1880) once had a physics professor explain to him that a curveball couldn't exist, and it was only an optical illusion. In response to this, Richmond invited the entire faculty to watch him pitch.
230
TIL that in AD 378, an auxiliary in the Roman army helped save Constantinople from the Goths when the auxiliary, dressed only in a loincloth, stabbed one in the throat and sucked out his blood, terrifying the Goths
179
TIL that despite China spanning five different time zones, the entire country uses the same time: Beijing Time (UTC+8:00). This causes sunrise to come as late as 9 am, during winter, and sunset to come as late as 9 pm, during summer, in certain parts of China.
66
TIL Once a guy parachuted on top of the Devil's Tower but got stuck there for six days because nobody knew how to get him down.
7163
TIL It took architect Christopher Wren 35 years to complete London's St. Paul's Cathedral. After he died twelve years later in 1723, he was entombed inside, and Wren's son placed a dedication nearby, which contains the words "Reader, if you seek his monument, look around you."
176
TIL that Diogenes was once challenged by a Sophist who claimed that motion is an illusion. Diogenes stood up and walked away.
47
TIL Rosalind Franklin is the unsung hero of DNA research. Her X-ray Crystallography allowed her colleagues Watson and Crick to accurately characterize the double helix. Many believe she should’ve shared in their Nobel prize.
131
TIL: People who donate a lot of blood in Warsaw get free public transport
77
TIL the penis head is shaped like that so it can scoop out the previous mate's semen to make sure YOUR sperm cells get to the womb
75
TIL there's a genre of music called "Nintendocore". It's a mix of melodic metalcore and chiptune (8-bit music), named as such because it often samples music from Nintendo games.
127
TIL of pig toilets, outhouses that drop their waste into a pigsty for the swine to consume
95
TIL of a show "Shaq vs." where Shaq competed against top athletes in their sports to prove himself "the greatest athlete." In 2 seasons, he only won twice: once beating Joey Chestnut in a hot dog eating contest (where Shaq was allowed teammates), and another time beating Charles Barkley at golf.
233
TIL Of Michael Malloy, aka Iron Mike, a man who survived being intentionally alcohol poisoned, having cold water poured on him in the snow and being left alone, and being run over twice by a group trying to collect his life insurance
32
TIL the earthquake that caused the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami generated 9,600 gigatons of energy, equal to 550 million Hiroshima explosions
95
TIL that most male marsupials have a bifurcated penis of two columns to correspond with the female's two vaginas.
437
TIL During filming of 'The Wizard of Oz', Judy Garland was constantly sexually harassed by the munchkins. The munchkins were paid so little to appear in the movie, they resorted to prostitution and used to have regular orgies in their hotel rooms.
59
TIL of the Witcham Gravel helmet, a Roman auxiliary cavalry helmet found in England with three hollow bosses on the neck guard. No other Roman helmet is known to have such a feature.
1003 flyingsaucerinvasion that guy served no time in jail, and then they gave him back his license. Haha, that'll teach him.
425 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?"
68 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.
140 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.
32 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.
37 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.