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3677
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.
78704
TIL Australian opium farmers found mysterious crop circles in their fields. The culprits were wallabies who got high and bounced around in circles
16485
TIL NASA found 10 mins of Trampoline exercise is a better Cardio workout than 33 minutes of Running.
1263
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.
791
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.
1074
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.
18077
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.
4883
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.
44760
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.
7875
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.
249
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.
543
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.
5940
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.
3321
TIL the largest brick building in the Americas is located on an uninhabited island 68 miles west of Key West.
736
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.
27142
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.
6715
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.
217
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."
871
TIL that in France, the movie "Cool Runnings" about the first Jamaican bobsled team is called "Rasta Rockett."
1700
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.
2135
TIL Asian elephants are more closely related to Wooly Mammoths than they are to African Elephants
2494
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.
94
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.
4645
TIL that there are still people speaking Greek dialects in south Italy, a remnant from the Byzantine Empire.
263
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'.
1673
TIL that Cadbury creme eggs are just filled with melted fondant...
977
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.
373
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.
3372
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.
1399
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
106
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"
1348
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"
519
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.
292
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.
194
TIL that Abraham Lincoln signed legislation creating the Secret Service on the exact day he was assassinated
329
TIL that Michael Keaton only had 17 minutes of screen time even though the movie was called "Beetlejuice."
35
TIL of the "Brand Killer" an augmented reality headset that detects and blocks ads.
134
TIL the term “bucks” is used for slang for “dollars” because deerskins were once traded and used as currency
108
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.
28
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.
3930 iinaytanii Before clocks it was referred to as "sunwise" not "clockwise."
6455 mr_usher Clocks run from left to right between 9:00 and 3:00, other half it's right to left.
2479 nerbovig Once every month or so, there's a TIL that makes me produce an audible "huh..."
61 Brazilian_Slaughter I live near the Equator, where my shadow should fall?
795 your_comments_say Clocks run all directions, they are circles.
236 pokemon-gangbang Til in the southern hemisphere sun dials go opposite of the northern hemisphere.
179 madeindavid This was done by a "President" who wants to run for the 11th time even though the constitution forbids him.
995 mrlint TIL sun dial shadows are part of cultural identity
245 s1rp0p0 "Left to right" or, you know, clockwise.
18 Yasea You also have 12 hours because the people creating the first sundial (probably Egypt) counted the bones on one hand using their thumb.