TIL, in Interstellar the depiction of a black hole required completely new CGI rendering software and was so accurate that it provided enough scientifical insight to publish three scientific papers
TIL that the line in Thor: Ragnarok ("We know each other! He's a friend from work!") was actually suggested by a young Make-a-Wish visitor to the movie’s set.
TIL the R-rated film Planes Trains and Automobiles would have been rated PG if not for the scene where Steve Martin says "fucking" 18 times in one minute. Despite the rating it is the only time in the movie where the word is used.
TIL that Arnold Schwarzenegger started a bricklaying business when he first came to America and became a millionaire after buying and selling houses before he became an actor.
TIL Jelly Roll Morton, at the age of 14 tricked his great-grandmother into believing he was a night watchman at a barrel house when in fact he was working as a piano player in a brothel. In that atmosphere, he often sang smutty lyrics; he took the nickname "Jelly Roll", which was slang for vagina.
TIL: 92 Russians died for every 1 American in WWII
TIL that In 2008, Iran tried to make the world's largest sandwich, a 1,500 metre long ostrich and chicken combo. The record attempt failed because spectators started eating the sandwich before officials could take a measurement.
TIL that, primarily, Chameleons change their color to warm up (dark colors absorb more light) and be sexy (to other chameleons), not to camouflage themselves (as many people believe).
TIL the caduceus symbol mistakenly used by many American medical companies is actually associated with thievery and commerce, the true medical symbol is the similar looking Rod of Asclepius.
TIL Bedbugs were almost eradicated but are on the rise in the United States.
TIL High heels on men's shoes was once considered virile and masculine
TIL Disney declined Back to the Future on the grounds that a mother falling in love with her son was not appropriate for the company's family-friendly branding.
TIL the British supermarket chain Iceland has an EU-wide trademark on their name, and take legal action against Icelandic companies that use it. The Icelandic government has applied to have their trademark invalidated, so far without success.
TIL: Near-perfect ellipsoid lenses have been found among viking artifacts. Hinting that the Vikings likely made telescopes 1000 years ago, 500 years before Galileo.
TIL the Swedish propaganda/war ship Vasa sank 100m into its maiden voyage and was recovered 333 years later. Today it is the oldest preserved ship and can be seen in a Stockholm museum.
TIL that isolating a female cannabis plant from a male, can increase production of buds (richest THC source) as the female increases her efforts to attract pollen from the male plant.
Til The A.I computer designed to think like a serial killer to decode the zodiac killers letters, writes morbid poetry as a “hobby”.
TIL when Arthur Rubinstein was invited to play for delegates at the 1945 inauguration of the UN, he was so angry that neither a Polish delegation nor a Polish flag was included, he made his point by performing the Polish national anthem extremely slowly and loudly.
TIL all New Orleans public schools were closed indefinitely in the wake of Katrina and students now attend private or public charter schools.
TIL when telephones first came into commercial use you had to whistle loudly into the receiver to get the other person's attention, as telephone bells hadn't been invented yet.
TIL that 4 inmates once snuck out of prison, robbed several stores, and then snuck back into prison.
TIL that the traffic on the Arc de Triomphe roundabout in Paris is so chaotic, insurance companies will always split the liability of an accident 50/50.
TIL bananas are curved because they grow towards the sun
TIL Bill Bonner is the guy Responsible for Millions of Vintage National Geographic Photos
TIL that in the early 2000s, Sony needed more of a mineral named coltan to supply the public's insatiable demand for PS2's. This mineral is mainly found in the Eastern Congo, and Sony had to negotiate directly with a radical militant group occupying the area in order to mine it.
TIL that despite its useful properties, the dandelion has grown to be regarded as a weed, as a result of the rise of lawn culture and marketing by pesticide companies.
TIL The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day for Plumbers around the United States
TIL the inventor of the Amazing Sea-monkeys also marketed and sold “Invisible Goldfish, imaginary fish that were guaranteed to remain permanently invisible”, including a glass bowl and fish food.
TIL about the Buer, known as the great president of hell. Only appearing when the sun is in Sagittarius, Buer goes about teaching natural and moral philosophy, herbology, and is particularly good at healing men of their illnesses.
TIL that the earth is valued at $195 quadrillion USD.
TIL that Black Friday was coined in 1952, made popular in 1961, and became the busiest shopping day of the year in 2005.
TIL of J?nis P?nups, a Latvian conscripted into the Red Army during WWII. After being knocked out in combat, he deserted and went into hiding for 50 years, only leaving his forest hideout in 1995 after the Soviet occupation ended.
TIL the Star Trek: DS9 episode "Trials and Tribble-ations", an homage to the original series episode "The Trouble With Tribbles," only happened because the producers were at a pizza parlor discussing show ideas when they bumped into Charlie Brill, who starred in the original episode 30 years ago.
TIL When lions and tigers are bred, the offspring is a ‘Liger’. In 1995, residents of an Idaho town were on lockdown for days when 17 big cats escaped a make-shift zoo named Ligertown. The escaped cats had to be killed because they were too big for law enforcement tranquilizers.
TIL of the True Communists, an anti-Stalinist youth organization who protested the USSR's oligarchy in favor of Orthodox Marxism. Activities consisted of reading Marxist literature, distributing anti-USSR fliers, and discussing the actions of the CPSU. Its founders were caught and imprisoned.
TIL there is a specific order in English for adjectives to be placed and sound correct. The order must also abide by a specific sound pattern.
TIL Thomas Jefferson believed Jesus's teachings were "the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man," but that they had been appropriated by his followers, resulting in a Bible that contained both "diamonds of wisdom" and the "dung" of ancient political agendas.
TIL In 1903, a person(unidentified) was beaten to death with a Bible during a healing ceremony gone wrong in Honolulu
TIL a white person who stayed in Zimbabwe post-independence (1980) is called a "Zimbo".
TIL that as recently as 1986 infants as old as 15 months were receiving no anesthesia during surgery at most American hospitals
2269 _Mr-Skeltal_ I'm gonna open an ISP... "Yrekan's LAN, An Anal Snakery"
3460 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](
292 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.
30 PeterLemonjellow Meh, Yreka... I much prefer Weed. :)
73 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.