TIL of the White Rose which was a non-violent Nazi resistance group made of college students and a professor. It started by releasing pamphlets against the Nazi Party and ended with the execution of 6 students and the professor.
TIL that Buddy Holly is the reason Elton John wears glasses. He started wearing glasses at 13 to imitate Holly. Eight months later they had done so much damage to his eyes that he actually needed glasses.
TIL that Allen Klein, Rolling Stones manager and owner of the song "Dead Flowers," which plays at the end of "The Big Lebowski," initially wanted $150,000 for it. He was then convinced to let them use it for free when he saw the scene in which The Dude says, "I hate the fuckin' Eagles, man!"
TIL: Rebecca Black donated the proceeds from her video "Friday" to charity
TIL Killer-whale mothers often stay with their adult sons for their entire lives, sharing their prey and knowledge, & that the mother's might also play a direct role in fostering mating opportunities. They really want grand children.
TIL that in non-English speaking countries, Dora the Explorer teaches you... English!
TIL there exists a kind of garlic called "solo garlic" which doesn't have separate cloves but is just one solid piece.
TIL cats and dogs produce vitamin D in their fur and need to swallow their fur to ingest it
TIL the HGTV show House Hunters is staged and some houses featured on the show aren’t even for sale
TIL that immediately after he gave up absolute power by signing a constitution, King Frederick VII of Denmark remarked, "that was nice, now I can sleep in in the mornings"
Today I learned that in Japanese, there is a phrase bushu-suru (??????). In literal terms, this means "to do the bush thing," in reference to a bizarre 1992 incident where George HW Bush fell ill and vomited directly onto the Japanese prime minister.
TIL that JFK, Aldous Huxley and C.S. Lewis all died on the same day.
TIL in 1946, a local chicken farmer offered 100 chicks for each homer the Nashua Dodgers hit. Newcomer Roy Campanella hit 14 in his first season and sent all 1,400 to his father who used them to start a thriving poultry farm. He also went on to become one of the first black major league players.
TIL that lawyer and political commentator Barbara Olson was flying to California on September 11th, 2001 to be a panelist on Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher. She was on AA Flight 77 which was hijacked and flown into the Pentagon. Maher left a panel chair empty for a week in her memory.
TIL that Fred Rogers, after filming a segment on David Letterman, stopped by Eddie Murphy's dressing room to give him his regards, and tell him how much he liked his portrayal.
TIL Napoleon struggled to learn English, and some of his attempts were kept: "Since sixt week j learn the Englich and j do not any progress."
TIL that 'Moron', 'Idiot', and 'Imbecile' were once valid Psychology terms for people with low IQ. When these terms entered vernacular usage as insults, they were disused in favor of 'Mental Retardation' which in turn was disused in favor of 'Intellectual Disability'.
TIL DMX, Jay-Z, and Busta Rhymes attended the same junior high school with Biggie Smalls, at the same time.
TIL: In 2005 a company named SeaCode wanted to anchor a cruise ship three miles off the coast of Los Angeles, and fill it with up to 600 foreign programmers. The idea was to eliminate visa restrictions, and avoid U.S. labor laws.
TIL Kurt Vonnegut's brother, Bernard, won an Ig Nobel prize for determining that the ability of a tornado to pluck the feathers from a chicken is not a good method of estimating its wind speed.
TIL the orange is a hybrid of the mandarin orange and a fruit called the "pomelo"
TIL ELO's first album "The Electric Light Orchestra" has a different name in the US. The american record company tried to call and confirm the name of the album. When they failed to reach anyone on the phone, they wrote down "No Answer", which someone misconstrued as the name of the album.
TIL Mr. Rogers told the U.S. Supreme Court during the attempt to ban VCRs that he sided with the VCR, as it helped families to watch his show together. Supreme Court said his testimony was a contributing factor which allowed VCRs
TIL Canada has a crude oil reserve over 4x the size of America's. North Korea has none.
TIL that in China, companies use stamp chops instead of signatures, and whoever is in physical possession of the stamp can legally sign any document for the company, even rewriting their own employment contract
TIL that Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes, has steadfastly refused to license the characters for any other reason than publishing. This included turning down an offer from Pixar for a Calvin and Hobbes film.
TIL that when Stalin visited his mother in 1935, she asked him what he did. He said "Do you remember the tsar? Well, I'm like a tsar" his mother's response was "You'd have done better to have become a priest".
TIL the reason why it is said bad moonshine will make you go blind, is because it can contain methanol, which if consumed, metabolizes into formic acid which may cause blindness and brain damage.
TIL there is a certain temperature and humidity at which a human can't cool down, and will die from the heat of their own metabolism
TIL: As part of her sentence for abandoning 35 kittens in the woods, an Ohio woman was ordered to spend a night alone in the woods without water, food, or entertainment.
TIL of Ahmed Gabr the WR holder of the deepest scuba dive in sea water (1090 ft). It took 15 minutes to descend, 13.5 HOURS to ascend.
TIL the first recorded death sentence in the British North American colonies was carried out in 1608 on Captain George Kendall, who was executed by firing squad at Jamestown colony for spying for the Spanish government.
TIL that addiction is a learning disorder, a condition where a system designed to motivate us to engage in activities helpful to survival and reproduction develops abnormally and goes awry.
TIL public drinking fountains in the US and UK are the result of the temperance movement
TIL the Sambia people of Papua New Guinea lock all of its women in a "Menstruation Hut" during their period because they believe that it gives them witch -like powers.
TIL that several communities in the US at one time were "sundown towns" which essentially mean't any non white persons were banned from the town after nightfall
TIL that pufferfish poison is the result of symbiosis with a strain of bacteria
TIL of Witold Pilecki, a member of Polish resistance who volunteered to be imprisoned in the Auschwitz death camp to gather intelligence in 1940. He later escaped and was the author of Witold's Report, the first comprehensive Allied intelligence report on Auschwitz and the Holocaust.
TIL that the Moriori people in the Chatham Islands lived by a code of non-violence and passive resistance. This made it easy for Maori invaders to take control of the island, while killing or enslaving its entire population.
TIL in 2003, when the French opposed going to war with Iraq, the U.S. House of Representatives served "Freedom fries" as opposed to French fries.
253 avielectron I’ve always felt that there should be more Asian/far eastern pirate stories told, like wtf. The Caribbean or Atlantic pirating stories as we have them today are ok but no where near the level, literally every story could have pirates vs ninjas in some form or another. It’s a disservice to mankind.
108 Thoth_the_5th_of_Tho This story gets wildly blown out of proportion a lot. Tons of people only ever read sensationalized videos that leave massive bits out. Extra history did a bit on this a while ago and they where particularly bad at it. Firstly her "retirement" wasn't completely willing. She had gotten into some trouble with the Portuguese and her she could not really fight them effectively. Here is the relevant paragraph about here retirement that gets frequently left out. >From September 1809 to January 1810, Ching Shih and Cheung Po Tsai fleet suffered a series of defeats inflicted by the Portuguese Navy at the Battle of the Tiger's Mouth and there was no way they would be able to hold out forever. They accepted an amnesty offered by the Qing Imperial Government to all pirates who agreed to surrender, ending their career and allowed to keep the loot that same year.[17] This amnesty allowed only 60 pirated to be banished, 151 to be exiled, and only 126 to be put to death out of her whole fleet of 17,318 pirates[12]. They remaining pirates only had to surrender their weapons. Ching Shih and her adopted son soon fell into an affair and they asked the governor of Guangdong Zhang Bailing (張百龄) to dissolve their mother and son relationship and allow them to be married, which the governor granted. Ching Shih and Cheung Po Tsai were soon married with the governor himself as witness. In 1813, Ching Shih gave birth to her son. She is still one of the most successful pirates ever, not getting hanged is phenomenally rare for them. But the title over states it in my opinion making it seem like she was in more control in the end then she rely was.
39 AdvocateSaint The second most successful pirate in history was my roommate, who had terabytes of movies, music, and porn on his hard drive.
7 BrisketWrench I heard Steve Buscemi was her 911th pirate
15 semiomni It's preposterous how big China is, like the third bloodiest war in human history was fought there, between their emperor and a guy who claimed to be Jesus' brother. Never a mention of it in school, think I only know about it because of some Cracked article, or maybe that's this one. Obviously both are frequent TIL's but it's weird that the war ain't more general knowledge.
9 memebase_blows Should check out this if you like history
4 DarthReeder 300 ships? That's practically an armada. Some nations didnt have navel power on that level.
7 Barbarossa7070 Didn’t Dread Pirate Roberts retire?
20 deanerguy97 She can’t be the most successful pirate if she never obtained the One Piece
14 Nesnomes In fact, after retiring, Chin Shih actually got government pardons for many of her crewmembers, and even was able to put them in seats of relative power, keeping a level of authority that is unheard of for considered criminals. Also, she got her start on a floating brothel when she convinced one of her customers who proposed to her to give her half of his fleet. Then, after he died, she led one of the most successful pirate "empires" in history.
3 Kevan-with-an-i Retired fifteen years and living like a king in Patagonia?
16 StepYaGameUp You want to keep pirates in line? This is how you keep pirates in line: “Ching Shih's code had special rules for female captives. Standard practice was to release women, but J.L. Turner witnessed differently. Usually the pirates made their most beautiful captives their concubines or wives. If a pirate took a wife he had to be faithful to her. The ones deemed unattractive were released and any remaining were ransomed. Pirates that raped female captives were put to death, but if pirates had consensual sex with captives, the pirate was beheaded and the woman he was with had cannonballs attached to her legs and was thrown over the side of the boat.”
2 lahanaveh Big Mum?
2 hc84 This would be an awesome movie.