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TIL Keanu Reeves often foregoes some of his paycheck so that producers can bring on other notable actors. On The Devil's Advocate, he reduced his salary by a few million dollars so that they could afford Al Pacino, and he did the same thing on The Replacements to be able to work with Gene Hackman.
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TIL the US Navy replaced expensive and clunky periscope controls on submarines with Xbox 360 controllers, which reduced training time from hours to minutes
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TIL a group of 15 monkeys escaped a research institute in Japan by using trees to catapult themselves over a 17ft high electric fence one by one.
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TIL Garlic Knots were invented to prevent waste. In 1973, a Pizzeria in Queens, NY came up with the garlic knot as a way of not wasting leftover pizza dough scraps. They became an instant hit.
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TIL that Charles Joughin, Chief Baker on Titanic, helped passengers board life boats (forcibly boarding those who thought it safer to stay on the ship), drank a 1/2 bottle of liqueur, then threw chairs overboard for use as flotation devices, rode the side of the ship down while it sunk, and survived
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TIL that Three physicists flew around the world twice in 1971 with synced atomic clocks to test out the time dilation theory. Upon meeting up, they found that all 3 of the clocks disagreed with each other.
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TIL Arctic comes from the Greek word "Arktos," which means bear, so the Arctic is the land of the bears, and Antarctica is the land without bears.
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TIL monkeys can learn to use money. Capuchins that were taught to exchange silver discs for treats began budgeting for foods they liked, buying more of something when the price dropped, and started gambling. Eventually, rich monkeys even figured out they could pay each other for sex.
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TIL a guy once tested Major League Baseball's copyright disclaimer by asking for "expressed written consent" to show an old playoff game at a party. MLB Headquarters responded with a letter granting him permission.
814
TIL Steve Jobs refused to have his cancer treated even though it was the "good" kind of pancreatic cancer and instead he tried out alternative medicine and diets
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TIL Pope Leo XIII outlined the rights of workers to a fair wage, safe working conditions, and the formation of labour unions, while affirming the rights of property and free enterprise, opposing both Atheistic Marxism and laissez-faire capitalism.
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TIL the Chevy Nova actually sold well in Latin countries, and poor sales stories due to the "No Va"/"No Go" translation is just an urban myth
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TIL that the current CEO of Toyota, Akio Toyoda, is the great grandson of Sakichi Toyoda, who is known as the father of the Japanese Industrial Revolution thanks to his invention of the power loom that implemented the principle of Jidoka, meaning the machine stops itself when a problem occurs.
880
TIL of Qian Xuesen, a Chinese aerospace engineer who was a founding member of JPL. When he was stripped of his security clearances during the Red Scare despite protests by his colleagues, he moved back to China where he became well known as the "Father of Chinese Rocketry"
390
TIL that Saskatchewan, Canada became the first jurisdiction in North America to recognize the Holodomor, in which ~7.5 million ethnic Ukrainians were starved under Stalin's Soviet regime
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TIL in 1941, the world's largest seed bank (created by botanist Nikolai Vavilov) was housed in Leningrad. As the Germans surrounded the city causing massive starvation, Vavilov's scientists refused to eat from the collection, slowly dying of hunger as they maintained 16 rooms of edible plants.
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TIL that Glenn Shadix, the actor who played Otho in Beetlejuice, was subjected to “ex gay” electrical shock treatments when he came out to his parent. When this failed to change his orientation, he attempted suicide and survived a 3 day coma. After the incident, his parents accept ed his sexuality.
802
TIL that the land in Finland is rising faster in the coastline than further East, causing rivers to tilt and flood towns, since the rivers flow from the east to the coast
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TIL An early purchaser of the Zamboni was worried about profits because people were watching the machine resurface the ice instead of going to the concession stand.
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TIL that after North Korea captured a group of Navy officers, the officers raised their middle finger, telling their captors it was a “Hawaiian good luck sign.”
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TIL that the although the opening of the video of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen shows all band members singing, it is actually a 5-part harmony that's all multi-track recordings of Freddy Mercury's voice.
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TIL: That during the Columbine massacre, two 9.8 kilogram propane bombs were planted in the school cafeteria right before lunch. Had the bombs not fail to detonate, it is estimated that 488 students in the cafeteria at the time would have been killed or severely injured as a result.
495
TIL the US government has over one billion cubic meters of helium stored in a strategic reserve in Texas. The reserve was started in the 1920s and was originally intended for airships, but was later used as a coolant for the space program.
119
TIL there are Penguins that live in rainforests
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TIL in 1984, Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars was so depressed he unsuccessfully tried to drown himself in the ocean and woke up the next morning believing that he was a ghost
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TIL that McDonald's once created bubblegum-flavored broccoli in an attempt to make kids eat more vegetables. The taste confused children and the product was pulled before it even reached the shelves.
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TIL John F. Kennedy was a life member of the NRA
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TIL there is hardly any scientific evidence that stretching before or after exercise increases performance or reduces risk of injury.
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TIL that during a harsh winter the Des Moines suburb of Ankeny, Iowa, used garlic salt to help thaw the roads. Although it worked it reportedly left the snow crews ‘hungry’.
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TIL that the method of brewing tea is standardised under the ISO, and this was criticised by Ireland for not mentioning that the pot must be pre-warmed.
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TIL Domestic cats kill between 1.4 and 3.7 billion birds and between 6.9 and 20.7 billion mammals each year in the Unitedly States
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TIL the voices schizophrenics hear are actually their own subvocal speech. This is why it's so common for schizophrenics to believe their minds are being read.
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TIL that over 90% of all data on the internet has been created since 2016
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TIL of Gramercy Park, a private park in NYC for neighboring residents that requires a $350 key and a $7500 annual fee to enter.
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TIL 98% of adoptions in Japan are of Adult Men aged 20-30
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TIL a guy tried to raise his son bilingually in English and Klingon. The experiment failed when the child got older and refused to use Klingon.
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TIL the belief that mother birds will reject their young if touched by a human is false
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TIL Due to a translation error in the ER of intoxicado to intoxicated, doctors performed the wrong treatment on an individual who was actually poisoned. Ramirez was left quadriplegic and received a settlement of $71 million.
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TIL Arizona lost its chance to host the 1990 Super Bowl after its voters refused to make MLK Jr. Day a state holiday
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TIL that VR goggles were first invented in 1963 - by the person the Hugo Awards are named after.
1692 weavves Frank Welker is some kind of voice acting/foley artist genius. If you hear a non-human voice or animal noise in a movie, it's probably Frank Welker. He was the Gremlins in *Gremlins*. The Basilisk in *Harry Potter*. The whale in *Finding Nemo*. He's everywhere and he's so good at what he does. There's no one like him.
299 ravenofshadow Fun fact: Frank Welker is also the voice of Megatron. Dude has range. edit: am dumb, other cybernetic being.
136 Wild_Garlic A selection of his career. This is a pretty old video so its missing a lot of his newer work, but its a huge list nonetheless. https://youtu.be/jnF5gpn8k5Y
62 blinddivine frank welker was also Abu in Aladdin. this dude is one of the many voices of childhood.
152 fisk0_0 [Link for the lazy of Frank roaring into a bin] (https://youtu.be/Orv9OJDUnWM)
38 Joetato Frank Welker is a voice acting God. Generally, when people talk about the best voice actor, they tend to say it's Mel Blanc. While Blanc is amazingly amazing and Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies couldn't have existed without him, I think Welker wins just on variety and longevity.
30 milesunderground I think it was on the Futurama commentaries, but they mention working with Frank Welker. In one scene they told him they needed him to make the sound of some ducks quacking for background and he asked, "How many?"
47 thecave As a person who lives in a country with quite a few lions, it's pretty clear that very few people (even here!) know what their roar sounds like. It's pretty weird. Super eerie. I think we probably have a species memory. But it's not a roar the way people imagine. And I'm guessing the film producers don't like that much. It's a sort of bassy "HEEEE-YEUGH" with a decending pitch on the second part. And it's used to communicate. Not in anger. Lions snarl and growl when angry.
20 skyrous Everyone talks about the characters he voices but that's not really his specialty. it's the random noises... like lions roaring that he does better than anyone else. [Here's the opening to the original scooby doo in 1969](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=776rvGHfzuM). Those bats that flyby before the song start's? that's him. In the age before synthesizers and you needed the sound of a flock of bats what does that sound like? and how do make that sound? You call Frank Welker.
18 Oakfeather I thought I remembered reading that they used tiger sound clips...