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73273
TIL Ben Franklin left the cities of Boston and Philadelphia $2,000 in his will, but they could not draw the full balance for 200 years. In 1990, the cities received $6.5 million.
5421
TIL: Once the Tesla Gigafactory is operating at 100% capacity, it will churn out more lithium-ion batteries in one year than were produced worldwide in 2013
5549
TIL the US government poisoned industrial alcohol during Prohibition, leading to the deaths of around 10,000 people.
61750
TIL Two guys used their dead friends ashes as fishing bait and caught the worlds biggest Carp
2122
TIL Sam Kinison was killed when a drunk driver crossed the median and hit Sam's vehicle head on. According to a friend, he looked unharmed, then began speaking to no one, saying "I don't want die." Then, "But why?" And finally, "Okay, okay, okay."
1521
TIL that despite early claims that fidget spinners could be used to help children with ADHD, there never was any scientific research to back this claim.
3706
TIL that a whale's skull is so thick that it requires a world war 2 anti-tank rifle to euthanize one that has beached itself.
2834
TIL that the line often attributed to John Lennon - "Ringo isn't the best drummer in the world. He isn't even the best drummer in the Beatles" - was actually said by comedian Jasper Carrott three years after Lennon's death
193
TIL that a room known as ‘Room 641A’ in the AT&T telecommunications backbone houses beamsplitters capable of monitoring all the internet traffic in the US. It was largely thought to be a myth until PRISM revealed its existence in 2007.
888
TIL houses with teal pumpkins on their front step at Halloween means they offer non-food treats or allergy safe alternatives for children with food allergies. This is known as the "Teal Pumpkin Project."
49557
TIL for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the Chinese government announced that people could apply for permits to protest in designate areas. None of the permits were granted, and many of those who applied disappeared or were arrested.
939
TIL the death of Reagan's press secretary, James Brady, was ruled a homicide when he died 33 years after being shot in the head.
872
TIL Wɑlmɑrt leveled prehistoric Native American burial mounds for fill dirt.
764
TIL That in Senior Centre in Düsseldorf they set up a Fake bus stop as a mean to keeps Alzheimer's patients from wandering off. the idea was so successful that it has been adopted by several other homes across Germany
280
TIL Poposicle® ice pops were originally known as Epsicles, as they were invented in 1905 by 11-year-old Frank Epperson. Epperson shared the frozen treat with his kids many years later, at which point they became known as "Pop's sicles," leading up to a patent on the frozen treat in 1923.
644
TIL that up until the 1600s, a “black swan” was a metaphor for something that did not exist. Then a group of Dutch explorers became the first Europeans to see black swans in Western Australia in 1697, and the phrase was amended to mean “a perceived impossibility that might later be disproven.”
294
TIL the Tunguska Event, an explosion in Siberia in 1908, was 1,000 times greater than the atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima, wiped out 80 million trees, and may have killed a total of 2 people
428
TIL when Napoleon's Marshall; Michel Ney was being sentenced to execution after Waterloo, Ney's lawyer in his defense argued that Ney was now a Prussian and could not be tried by French laws, Ney interrupted him saying, "I am French and I will remain French". Ney was later executed
355
TIL the Pan-American Highway doesn't actually connect North America and South America, there is a 100 mile gap of swampland and forest between Panama and Colombia with no roads, inhabited by drug runners
412
TIL that in 1942, hundreds of skeletons were found in a Himalayan lake. Studies determined it to be the King of Kanauj and his entourage who had been struck by a massive hailstorm in the 9th century.
114
TIL actor Gary Busey had been an outspoken opponent of helmet laws before his own motorcycle accident, but than changed sides and said: "If you don't wear a helmet, you're not playing with a full deck."
1387
TIL Bruce Lee avoided baked goods and refined flour, describing them as providing empty calories which did nothing for his body.
1828
TIL that a woman jumped from a moving car after seeing a spider on her shoulder. The 9 year old passenger attempted to stop the car, hit the gas, and collided with a school bus.
59
TIL The camera that recorded the only known footage of the first plane strike on 9/11 is now in the Smithsonian Museum
321
TIL that in 1830, a group of Australian convicts hijacked a ship off the coast of Tasmania and sailed it to isolationist Japan. At a port on Shikoku Island, a samurai disguised as a fisherman recalled walking the docks, when they noted “an unbearable stench in the vicinity of the ship.”
926
TIL Henry Ford strongly supported Nazi's and even received the Grand Cross of the German Eagle.
40
TIL four South Korean woodcutters stumbled across the camp of a group of North Korean commandos on a mission to assassinate the South Korean president. The commandos lectured them on the benefits of communism and spared their lives, but their mission failed as the woodcutters had alerted the police.
79
TIL that gut bacteria could very well be manipulating our minds to cause cravings for certain foods they need in order to stay fit-- such as lipids and sugars.
105
TIL that during the German occupation of Zaknythos, when asked for a list of all the island's Jews, the Greek mayor produced only 2; himself and the bishop. All 275 Jews on the island survived the war.
442
TIL of the Pronghorn, the fastest creature in the western hemisphere. It can run 57mph for 9 miles. Existing pronghorn’s running speed and endurance far outpace any living predator, likely because its original predator is now extinct. It has 300° vision and can detect movement 4 miles away.
95
TIL that about 6.5% of all the people ever born are alive right now
64
TIL that 'Come Together' by the Beatles, was written as a rally cry in support of Timothy Leary's campaign for California governor against Ronald Reagan in 1968
180
TIL That in 2002, the United States Enacted the So-Called "the Hague Invasion Act" Which Effectively Allows the Invasion of the Netherlands to Ensure “the Release of Any U.S. or Allied Personnel Being Detained or Imprisoned By, on Behalf Of, or at the Request of the International Criminal Court"
234
TIL in the 1850s the entire city of Chicago was raised 10ft. This was due to a severe sewerage problem. The solution? 100s of men operating 1000s of jack-screws to lift the city.
685
TIL that the WWI Native American code talkers lacked words for modern-day military terms. They used “big gun” for artillery, “little gun shoot fast” for machine gun, “stone” for grenade and “scalps” for casualties, etc.
46
TIL MRI scans have found that the pain of rejection and physical pain are associated with similar regions of the brain. One study found that the painkiller acetaminophen reduced the reported levels of emotional pain in a rejection experiment.
40
TIL that in the Brothers Grimm version of Snow White the Evil Queen wanted to eat Snow White's organs and was forced by the newly crowned Snow White to dance to death in red-hot iron shoes in the ending.
129
TIL that the same animation studio that created the 1977 cartoon "The Hobbit" went bankrupt in 1985 and was bought by Miyuzaki Hayao, Suzuki Toshio, and Takahata Isao to become Studio Ghibli
923
TIL that when the Paracutin volcano was born, it emerged so quickly that it pushed up the ground beneath people. Within 24 hours, it was 15 stories high, and by the end of the week it was the height of the Great Pyramids.
153
TIL Choir singers synchronise their heartbeats, which is believed to be caused by the singers coordinating their breathing.
2268 _Mr-Skeltal_ I'm gonna open an ISP... "Yrekan's LAN, An Anal Snakery"
3464 JulietteStray Once a friend and I had driven up to Portland from San Francisco, to do some video work up there, and as anyone who's made the drive can tell you, it takes you right through Yreka. On the way back, there's a big, huge mountain, and in the process of going down it something went Very Wrong with her car, and we had to pull into the nearest repair shop to see what was wrong, in order to find out if we had a chance of getting home. This was in Yreka, CA. Well, we get to Yreka, which is this tiny little city, and we try to find an auto repair place, but it's a Sunday, which apparently means most of them are closed. We call down the list, and every single one.. closed, closed, closed. Desperate, we talk to this front desk girl at one of the hotels, and she says there's a local place just down the street and the owner might be willing to come in and help. She calls and he is, but it'll be a couple hours, so we're told to just bring the car over for now. We bring the car over (just down the street, maybe a mile at BEST and probably less), and there's a couple dudes just hanging out in the mechanic's garage, listening to music, chilling and drinking. We explain the issue and what's going on, and they're like, "oh, well, we can't really help with that but do you wanna hang out and drink with us?" We are... trepidatious, but it's hot, and it's boring, and we really just have to wait for the owner to get there, so... sure. They bust out some tequila from a mini-fridge and we get to it. The owner eventually calls, says he's running a bit late and just leave the car there. We tell him where we're staying (a hotel up the street), and at this point the two mechanic guys in the garage are getting a little rowdy, so we figure it'd be an OK time to excuse ourselves. We say our goodbyes and they offer us a ride up to the hotel since we'd otherwise have to walk -- my friend wanted to take it, but I declined, and though they asked a few more times they eventually let it go. We head off. We're back in the hotel, sitting around, and by now it's dark and we're eating some shitty delivered pizza from.. Round Table, I think? It was the only thing open we could find that delivered, anyway, and we get a call on the room phone. I pick it up. It's the owner of the auto shop, "You the girls that came in earlier, right? You know anything about what happened?" I pause. I'm confused. I look over to my friend as if she could've heard the question somehow, and I slowly say, "Uh.. what do you mean what happened?" "So you two don't know *ANYTHING*," he stresses, "about what happened at the shop?" "Uh... no..? Why, what.. happened at the shop?" I ask. He turns my question around and then asks me to tell him what my experience was while we were there, then, and I let him know we showed up, hung out with those two guys and had a drink or two, but then eventually just headed back to the hotel after he called my cell. As it turns out, the two guys... didn't work there. They were just.. there. And, as it turns out, after they got loaded on beer and tequila and we left them, they *went on a rampage* and destroyed a couple nearby stores and started a fire in a drunken blackout, and police are trying to figure out what happened. ...Anyway, we found out the next morning that the car engine was broken and the whole thing was effectively then scrap, so I had a friend come pick me up and drive me back to Portland so I could fly home, and I never made that drive with anyone again. Yreka, good times. Edit: [found my tweets](https://i.imgur.com/kvKmfTx.png)
293 Daimo Was it a car or a cat I saw? In the pic.
144 roseleilani So cool to see my hometown on Reddit! Glad to know we aren't forgotten ;)
39 Jetwash787 I never, ever thought that I would see Yreka, CA on the front page of reddit.
29 PeterLemonjellow Meh, Yreka... I much prefer Weed. :)
69 Palendrome My favorite type of post.
20 QuailMan2010 I had an ex who used to live outside of Yreka along the Klamath River, I went back up there with her a couple times. Its very right-leaning and doesn't feel much like CA besides the beautiful scenery.