TIL that city security cameras in San Francisco haven't deterred criminals from committing assaults, sex offenses or robberies, but it did reduce homicide within 250 ft of the camera, while increasing homicide by the same amount 250-500 ft away from the camera.
TIL Australian opium farmers found mysterious crop circles in their fields. The culprits were wallabies who got high and bounced around in circles
TIL NASA found 10 mins of Trampoline exercise is a better Cardio workout than 33 minutes of Running.
TIL Dave's Killer Bread was co-founded by Dave Dahl, who spent 15 years in prison before launching the business with his brother. The company now employs over 100 ex-convicts (about 33% of staff) and sold in 2015 for $275M.
TiL Alan Alda has been married for 60 years and has three daughters. He met his wife at a mutual friend's dinner party; they bonded when a rum cake accidentally fell onto the kitchen floor and they were the only two guests who did not hesitate to eat it.
TIL The United States, Canada, and New Zealand are the only 3 countries in the world that allow prescription drugs to be directly advertised to the general public.
TIL that right before WW2, the US created the "Logan Bar," a chocolate bar that deliberately tasted "a little better than a boiled potato" as an emergency ration to prevent soldiers from snacking on it outside of emergency situations.
TIL that Clement Vallandigham, a defense lawyer in a murder trial accidentally shot himself and died while reenacting the possibility of a victim accidentally shooting and killing themselves instead of his client. The defendant was then set free.
TIL of Bobbie the Wonder Dog, who walked a distance of at least 2,551 miles (4,105 km) through plains, desert, and mountains in the winter to return home to his family, swimming in rivers and even crossing the Continental Divide in the coldest part of winter.
TIL that when River Phoenix's agents wouldn't let him see the screenplay for My Own Private Idaho, Keanu Reeves rode his motorcycle from Canada to River's home in Florida to hand deliver it himself.
TIL the reason Mr. Rogers said out loud he was feeding his fish was because a visually disabled fan wrote in and said she was worried about the fish.
TIL ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ is the only fantasy film in history to have ever won the Best Picture Oscar and holds the distinction of sweeping the highest number of nominations, with 11 out of 11 wins.
TIL - There is a grove of trees that spells out "STUDEBAKER" when viewed from the air. This grove of trees outlasted the now defunct automobile company.
TIL the largest brick building in the Americas is located on an uninhabited island 68 miles west of Key West.
TIL a skinny person can actually eat more food than an obese person. While it runs counter to logic, obese people have more fat in their mid section and around their organs. A skinny person lacks this which allows their stomachs to expand further. This is why many competitive eaters are so skinny.
TIL that Chris Hansen was caught having an affair with a colleague 20 years his junior by a hidden camera and fired from NBC for it.
TIL that the punishment for adultery in Classical Athens was Rhaphanidosis, the act of inserting a radish into the anus of the wife's lover.
TIL that when Thomas Bopp discovered the comet through a friends telescope in 1995, he notified officials via telegram. The director later laughed and stated "Nobody sends telegrams anymore, by the time that telegram got here, Alan Hale had already e-mailed us three times with updated coordinates."
TIL that in France, the movie "Cool Runnings" about the first Jamaican bobsled team is called "Rasta Rockett."
TIL Iran currently is the only country in the world that allows the sale of one's kidney for compensation (typically a payment); consequently, the country does not have either a waiting list or a shortage of available organs.
TIL Asian elephants are more closely related to Wooly Mammoths than they are to African Elephants
TIL President Franklin Pierce didn't swear his oath of office on a Bible. Weeks after his election, Pierce was in a train accident, in which he witnessed his son die before his eyes. He didn’t take the oath on a Bible because he believed his son’s death was God’s judgment for his campaigning.
TIL, in the early 1990s Willie Nelson had nearly all of his property confiscated and sold by the IRS, for payment of back taxes and fines. His famous guitar, named Trigger, was only saved from sale because his daughter smuggled it out of his Texas home and took it to Hawaii.
TIL that there are still people speaking Greek dialects in south Italy, a remnant from the Byzantine Empire.
TIL using sheep as subjects for Huntington's disease research, scientists discovered they are able to recognize human faces, even from photographs. Upon seeing a photograph of its handler for the first time (the sheep had never seen an image of this person before), the sheep did a 'double take'.
TIL that Cadbury creme eggs are just filled with melted fondant...
TIL that King Herod of Judea (73/74 BCE – 4 BCE) desired a certain maiden and she killed herself to avoid marrying him. He later went on to preserve her body in honey for 7 years amid rumours of necrophilia.
TIL Nat sec advisor Brzezinski was woken at 3am by a call telling him Russia launched 250 ICBMs at the U. S. Minutes later, he received another call: The early-warning system actually showed 2,000 inbound missiles. As he began to phone the president, he received a third call: It was a false alarm.
TIL Roger Waters from Pink Floyd wrote 'Comfortably Numb' after getting sick at a show in Philadelphia and receiving a mystery shot from a doctor.
TIL that there was a hermit at North Pond who lived 27 years in the woods of Maine with over 1000 cases of burglary to stay alive
TIL That the person who played the original alien in the film Alien (1979) was a Nigerian by the name of Bolaji Badejo and he stood at a whopping 7'2"
TIL Van Morrison purposefully recorded a whole album with really low effort songs to get out of a contract in the 60s, including gems like "Want A Danish?" and "Ring Worm"
TIL Mark Ruffalo was set to appear in the movie Signs, but had to drop out when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. His part went to Joaquin Phoenix. The brain tumor turned out to be benign. Following surgery, he suffered from a partial facial paralysis for a few weeks, eventually fully recovering.
TIL the name Madison is generally attributed to the 1984 release of the film Splash. From a practically non-existent given name before 1985, Madison rose to being the second-most-popular name given to baby girls in 2001.
TIL that Abraham Lincoln signed legislation creating the Secret Service on the exact day he was assassinated
TIL that Michael Keaton only had 17 minutes of screen time even though the movie was called "Beetlejuice."
TIL of the "Brand Killer" an augmented reality headset that detects and blocks ads.
TIL the term “bucks” is used for slang for “dollars” because deerskins were once traded and used as currency
TIL that New York City has the highest concentration of nesting Peregrines in the world; they have made their homes in the city’s skyscrapers which perform the role of cliff edges, the traditional habitat for Peregrine Falcons.
TIL The first openly gay doll, Gay Bob, was launched in 1977. He had a pierced ear and his box was shaped like a closet.
642 TheRealBobbyC Another victory for Leslie Knope
106 Anon9742 We have a survivor tree at the OKC bombing memorial as well. People like the symbolism.
145 FusRoYoMama Serious question but how do you nurse a tree? Throw water over it?
28 jonnyclueless Someone out there must be able to spin a tree surviving into 9/11 being an inside job. Someone get in touch with Alex Jones stat.
31 rmachenw [...] and, in 2010, planted it where the towers stood. Your wording says "where the towers stood in 2010."
4 bobo_ski It was also like almost destroyed during Hurricane Sandy!
3 El_mojado The white tree of new York. Sorry gondor.
6 Thomasina_ZEBR It is Groot
7 EbenHSHD Visited ground zero the day after the Vegas shooting and there were flowers in this tree as a tribute to those lost in that attack as well. Seeing all of those names and actually being in that place and knowing what happened, learning of this tree and what it means, it was all very heavy. Then I saw those flowers. Now I haven’t cried in a long time, but just the sheer weight of it all got to me and it was a real struggle to hold it together.
3 tristanjones My first thought was 'I wonder what the odds are that in my lifetime someone mistakenly cuts it down.' Man, am I not an optimistic person these day.
3 SmashBusters I want four cloaked and helmed members of the Marine Corps guarding it with pikes at all times.
5 Nuclear_F0x I understand that *resilience* refers to those psychologically and physically affected by the attack, but what does *survival* and *rebirth* mean in the context of 9/11?
2 robearIII guess silverstein doesnt get to cash in on the tree-insurance...