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TIL that some guy attempted to beat a world record by playing QBert for 100 hours straight on a single coin... His attempt failed because a thunderstorm shorted out the game after 56.5 hours of continuous game play!
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TIL, Disneyland's Jungle Cruise is now a self sustaining ecosystem and requires very little landscaping
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TIL cardinal birds are romantic; they mate for life, travel together, sing before nesting, and during courtship, the male feeds seed to the female beak-to-beak.
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TIL that Brad Pitt once tried to buy himself out of the movie ‘Interview with the Vampire’. Upon hearing about the 40M$ exit clause, he shot the movie. It went on to receive 2 Oscar nominations and launched Kirsten Dunst’s career
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TIL an Ox is just a Bull that's made to work as a draught animal and is not a separate species.
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TIL that April 11, 1954 is considered the most boring day in history with no significant births or deaths occurring on that day.
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TIL There's very little proof that vitamin C actually has any effect on preventing or treating the common cold, although after reviewing 60 years of clinical research it was found that when taken daily, vitamin C very slightly shortens cold duration, by 8% in adults and 14% in children.
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TIL when hedge fund manager Eddie Lambert merged Sears and Kmart into one company he was hailed as the next Warren Buffett, capable of turning around struggling businesses. Today he is blamed for running Sears and Kmart into the ground
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TIL that Henry Ford's wife Clara drove an electric car and refused to drive the Ford Model T.
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TIL that Phenylephrine, the drug commonly found in many cold and flu medications as a replacement for pseudoephedrine, is no better than a placebo in helping sinus congestion.
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TIL Walmart stocks up on strawberry Poptarts before a hurricane as it is a more popular prep item than bottled water.
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TIL Napoleon's brother Joseph Bonaparte, onetime King of Spain, abdicated the Spanish throne and fled to southern New Jersey, where he claimed to encounter the mythical Jersey Devil while hunting alone in the woods
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TIL that Korean Broadcasting Law prevents commercials to be run mid-show. Rather than having multiple short commercial break to be run throughout the course of a program, the entirety of the show is played continuously and is followed by a longer commercial break period.
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TIL that the Ivory Billed Woodpecker has been believed to be extinct since the early 1900's. In 1932, however, in an attempt to refute these claims, a Louisiana state legislator and an attorney shot and killed one of the last of the birds and brought the remains to their local wildlife office.
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TIL Cyrano de Bergerac, Badass in the 1600s, wrote about using rocket power to get to the Moon and talking earrings (headphones) used to educate children.
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TIL Keanu Reeves was sued by a woman who suggested that he used hypnosis and impersonated her ex-husband to impregnate her. She sought $3 million in spousal support from the actor, and $150,000/month, retroactively, in child support. DNA test proved he was not the father and the suit was thrown out.
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TIL M&M's were first made in 1941 during WWII and were sold exclusively to the military as an easy way to provide the troops with chocolate on the battlefield without it melting so easily. After the war, many troops were hooked on the candy and in 1946, the candies became available for civilians.
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TIL Baby Carrots were invented to prevent waste. In 1986, a Packing Plant owner in California came up with the baby carrot as a way of not wasting misshapen carrots. They became an instant hit.
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TIL that the Nintendo's classic arcade game "Donkey Kong" (1981) is so hard that in 2007, only 2 people were known to have completed it. Today, that number is still under 100.
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TIL according to the protocols of the Post Detection Policy, once an extraterrestrial civilization has been detected or identified, no single individual state or entity is to make contact. Communications must be voted on and presented on behalf of the entire human species as a unit.
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TIL San Diego hired a rainmaker to fix its drought in 1916. The floods that followed were the most devastating in the city's history.
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TIL after Winston Churchill was knocked down by a car New York in 1931, his doctor issued a medical note that Churchill’s convalescence “necessitates the use of alcoholic spirits especially at mealtimes,” specifying 250 cc (8 oz) per day as the minimum
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TIL Calvin Klein Obsession for Men is used to lure jaguars into camera traps. The cologne contains civetone and vanilla extract, in which the civetone resembles a territorial marking and the vanilla extract sets off a curiosity response.
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TIL the voices schizophrenics hear are actually their own subvocal speech. This is why it's so common for schizophrenics to believe their minds are being read.
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TIL men can develop postpartum depression, and it is linked to lower levels of testosterone after the birth of a baby
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TIL that when individuals with a history of depression used a mnemonic strategy called the Method-of-Loci to access self-affirming memories, they benefited from an increased ability to use positive memories in order to offset downturns in mood in their day-to-day life.
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TIL The story of mass panic in New York caused by the radio broadcast of The War of The Worlds in 1938 is largely false and was caused by the newspaper industry sensationalizing the story, seeing it as an opportunity to attack the radio as being an untrustworthy source of news.
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TIL that ergot poisoning, which has effects similar to LSD, is thought to be responsible for both causing the Salem Witch Trials and also influencing a number of Renaissance paintings.
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TIL Keanu Reeves often foregoes some of his paycheck so that producers can bring on other notable actors. On The Devil's Advocate, he reduced his salary by a few million dollars so that they could afford Al Pacino, and he did the same thing on The Replacements to be able to work with Gene Hackman.
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TIL that french women had their heads shaved and were paraded in streets for having relations with German soldiers
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TIL The 1904 Olympic Marathon included a runner who was poisoned by his trainers, a runner who was chased a mile off-course by dogs and a runner who ate rotten apples, had to lie down for a bit and still finished fourth.
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TIL France is the most visited country in the world with more than 82.5 million tourists per year
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TIL that Charles Joughin, Chief Baker on Titanic, helped passengers board life boats (forcibly boarding those who thought it safer to stay on the ship), drank a 1/2 bottle of liqueur, then threw chairs overboard for use as flotation devices, rode the side of the ship down while it sunk, and survived
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TIL Salvador Dali avoided paying restaurant tabs by using checks. He would draw on the back as the waiter watched, knowing no one would ever cash the art.
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TIL that the iconic gold uniform that Captain Kirk wears in Star Trek, the Original Series, was actually green but when the studio lights hit the material, it looked yellow. This explains why he is seen wearing a green uniform sometimes, because that uniform is made from a different material.
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TIL that despite the fact that the US Civil War was causing economic disruption and famine in the cotton-milling region of England, workers there supported the effort to end slavery, and a statue of Lincoln stands there to commemorate their friendship.
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TIL the phrase "The end justifies the means" is widely attributed to Machiavelli’s The Prince, which does reflect this philosophy but does not use the phrase in this wording. A possible source is Ovid’s Heroides (ca. 10 BC), which says Exitus acta probat (“The result justifies the deeds”).
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TIL Kamehameha (Goku's signature ability in Dragon Ball) is named after the founder and first ruler of Hawaii, Kamehameha the Great.
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TIL that Quaker Oats was a third party developer for the Atari 2600
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TIL the WFL(World Football League) team "Florida Blazers", had to give players meal vouchers for McDonald's in lieu of payment.
1115 MasterFubar > Allen asked, “What did you think you were doing yesterday?” Johnston replied, “Selling the airplane.” ... “The airplane does not recognize attitude, providing a maneuver is conducted at one G. It knows only positive and negative imposed loads and variations in thrust and drag. The barrel roll is a one G maneuver and quite impressive, but the airplane never knows it’s inverted.” > Allen mulled that over and responded, “You know that. Now we know that. But just don’t do it anymore.” Cool.
382 nousernameusername You put a guy named 'Tex' in a plane, you gotta expect some shit.
479 pongjinn "I'll try spinning, that's a good trick"
129 dirtbiker206 I grew up hearing about this all the time. Considering the barrel roll happened nearly directly over my house, and most of my family worked for Boeing. I love it when it comes up on the internet!
219 PolybiusNightmare They claim that it was without the president’s knowledge but he signed off on the plan to put a ‘z’ and an ‘r’ button in the cockpit. He had to know that someone was going to press one of them twice.
59 whiskeytaang0 [Short video, potato quality sadly.](https://youtu.be/2JlUvX3HUKQ)
14 Baron164 I didn't realize Boeing manufactured that airframe for almost 40 years. And I thought Ford had a good run with the 289 Engine.
13 raven1121 The Museum of Flight in Seattle has Alvin "Tex" Johnson's [flight helmet , cowboy boots, and the yoke of the Dash 80 on display](https://i.redd.it/54r0rodkvney.jpg) i'd like to think if you have your chief test pilot with the nickname of "Tex" walking out to a brand new airliner in a flight helmet and cowboy boots and the last words you said to him was "sell the airplane" you have to expect some crazy stunt to go down
8 Pablob19 You were in a 4g inverted dive with a mig28?
35 SgtDolphin https://i.stack.imgur.com/ZcHgS.png I was expecting a barrel roll from a Boeing 707. Was left disappointed.