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.
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
TIL the US government poisoned industrial alcohol during Prohibition, leading to the deaths of around 10,000 people.
TIL Two guys used their dead friends ashes as fishing bait and caught the worlds biggest Carp
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."
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.
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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.
TIL Wɑlmɑrt leveled prehistoric Native American burial mounds for fill dirt.
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
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.
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.”
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
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
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
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.
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."
TIL Bruce Lee avoided baked goods and refined flour, describing them as providing empty calories which did nothing for his body.
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.
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.”
TIL The camera that recorded the only known footage of the first plane strike on 9/11 is now in the Smithsonian Museum
TIL Henry Ford strongly supported Nazi's and even received the Grand Cross of the German Eagle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TIL that about 6.5% of all the people ever born are alive right now
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
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"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
TIL Choir singers synchronise their heartbeats, which is believed to be caused by the singers coordinating their breathing.
610 dynamictoad2 I learned this actually because I was at a Scottish Highland festival this weekend where they were shooting cannons into a lake and they used bowling balls so they could get them back.
157 adamanything I found this out when I was about 10 years old, one of my grandfather's friends took us fishing and he was a big practical joker. This time, he used a bowling ball as an anchor and when we stopped to drop our lines this guy made a huge show of pulling this ball out that he had attached a rope to. He was so proud as we watched him ham it up trying to pick it up and throw it in the water, only to have it splash in the water and immediately start bobbing like an apple. I don't even remember if we caught any fish that day, but I had never laughed so hard when the utter look of confusion passed over his face as he realized that bowling balls make terrible boat anchors.
162 FresherUnderPressure Now I'm left wondering how many bowling balls are out there floating in the ocean
62 whatsthehappenstance I learned this the hard way while out fishing last weekend.
50 BeardFace5 Maybe someone smarter than me can answer this, but doesn't the pressure of water change with depth? Wouldn't you reach a state of neutral buoyancy for some of the lighter balls? Edit: The answer to my question is no, because the increased pressure is exhibited on all sides of the bowling ball, not just the bottom. Thanks u/google
58 NadStomper So witches are made of 12lb bowling balls?
16 popstar249 Anyone else a little annoyed that he mentions that the ball might reach California by 2018 but the post has no publication date so we can't tell how long that is? It could have been written in 2012 or 2016...
12 askmeforbunnypics I love What-if XKCD. It's the best of Randall's work, honestly. Fun fact, if you click on the reference numbers (the little [1] and [2] in this story) they usually have hidden jokes in them too, just like the mouse over text on the images. Also, TIL. Thanks OP :D
6 DetectiveDing-Daaahh Hiya, Georgie! 🎈