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.
1535 doc_daneeka Speaking as a non-American, he really was an extraordinary man in the context of his time. That's true of many of their founding fathers, really. The US was very lucky to have landed in the hands of Washington, Adams, and Jefferson, rather than their own version of a Robespierre or a Bonaparte.
350 Decyde And in 130 more years the US will lower its flags to half mast when the Queen finally passes away.
76 TheMannisApproves Napoleon issued that France have 10 days of national mourning when he was informed of Washington's death.
354 thr33beggars George Washington isn't actually dead; he's in Cuba with Tupac and Elvis. Still, a nice gesture by the British Royal Navy.
142 xynix_ie He was a fascinating man and one of the fast facts I can share is that factored into inflation he was the fist billionaire president. A great book by an awesome author is "Washington: A Life" by Ron Chernow. Edit: > he was the fist billionaire president. He was the only billionaire president and wealthiest one until Trump, if Trump is actually a billionaire, I didn't want to get political in here.
43 RedSocks157 He was an extraordinary man. Truly America was lucky to have him.
62 loverofmodernpoetry George Wahington’s going home.
49 AgoraiosBum here comes George, in control Women dug his snuff and his gallant stroll
35 LC_01 Probably one of the greatest statesman in the history of the world. America was truly fortunate to have this great man as it’s first President! Everyone knows he was the first President, and how he defined the office, what’s less well known is how in his capacity as the President of the Constitution Convention, he, while maintaining total impartiality, kept the convention on track and from devolving into a brawl. His dignity and fairness was appreciated by both the Federalists and Anti-Federalists, despite the fact that before being elected president of the convention, he made no secret of his pro-Federalist views.
23 ArmedShadowfox I’m grateful my country honors him so and I like to believe the found fathers’ legacy still permeates in our culture and society. Though jaded, I think most of us Americans can only imagine what it would be like without our freedom.
29 Bz3rk But just 13 years later they'd be making war again.