TIL Things like brass doorknobs and silverware sterilize themselves as they naturally kill bacteria because of something called the Oligodynamic effect
TIL on 8 September 2009, Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer disobeyed a direct order from a superior to pull back from his position so he could rescue wounded soldiers from a firefight a mile away. He ended up going back five times, saved the lives of 36 soldiers, and won the Medal of Honor.
TIL when dogs get the "Zoomies", it's known as Frenetic Random Activity Periods, or FRAPS, which is pent up energy.
TIL 1-3% of people are equipped with a mutated gene called hDEC2 which allows their body to get the rest it requires from just a few hours of sleep.
TIL that President Lyndon B. Johnson often peed in public, even during his presidency. One time, a gust of wind blew his urine onto the leg of one of his Secret Service agents. When the agent informed him he was being peed on, President Johnson replied, "I know. That's my prerogative."
TIL the Super Soaker inventor is a Tuskegee-trained NASA engineer who used the money earned from a toy to do research on solar power and batteries
TIL rock&roll pioneer Ritchie Valens had a fear of flying due to a freak accident where two airplanes collided over his school's playground, killing or injuring many of his friends. He got over this fear due to the demands of his career and subsequently died in a plane crash at the age of 17.
TIL that a woman’s professional and personal life were ruined with a single tweet that said: “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” The woman, Justine Sacco, turned out to be a P.R. Chief for a large internet company.
TIL that in 1984 Mcdonalds offered free Big Macs,Fries, or a Coke for each Gold Silver or Bronze in the Olympics. During that year the Soviet Union boycotted the US olympics and therefore the US got many more medals than expected which became a huge failure for Mcdonalds
TIL More people have died by taking selfies than by shark attacks in 2015
TIL that in South Africa,2009, an employee of an IT company complained that data would get transferred faster by carrier pigeon than on ASDL. Winston the pigeon armed with 4gb memory stick took two hours to carry the data 60 miles - in the same time the ADSL had sent 4% of the data.
TIL that a good old-fashioned fistfight between consenting parties is legal in the state of Washington.
TIL McDonald's "Super Sizing" started as a Jurassic Park merchandising tie-in.
TIL at a 'The Who' concert in 1969, a man rushed the stage and tried to take the microphone. Roger Daltrey punched him in the face, and Pete Townshend kicked him in the crotch. The man was actually a plain-clothes policeman trying to warn of a large fire next door. Townshend was later arrested
TIL that Gamespot ripped the PSX version of Alien Resurrection to shreds for its "awful control scheme" of moving with the left analogue stick and looking with the right, better known as todays standard for console shooters
TIL that planets "emit sounds" by pulsing with radio waves, which can be picked up by radio antennae. The Earth's noise is sometimes referred to as Earth's "chorus" because it sounds a bit like birds chirping.
TIL that in 1997, a former head of Russian National Security alleged that 100 suitcase-sized Nuclear Bombs had gone missing
TIL that the CDC has urged that schools open later because two-thirds of teenagers suffer chronic sleep deprivation.
TIL that Fred Mertz does not appear in two episodes of "I Love Lucy" due to the actor William Frawley's contract, which stated that he did not have to work if the NY Yankees were playing in The World Series.
TIL Julius Cesar was captured by pirates and laughed in their faces when the ransom wasn't large enough. Then, while sending his men for the silver, he won them over by patronizing them and threatening to have them all killed, which he did.
TIL that in 2006, the makers of Listerine sued the makers of Crest for saying that four out of five dentists recommended Crest mouthwash. They claimed that the 269 dentists surveyed were each paid $75 for participating.
TIL the origin of the word "decimate" as we use it today came from the Roman military practice of punishing groups of soldiers by executing every 10th man
TIL Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, starred in a Pizza Hut commercial
TIL keyboardist Billy Preston is the only musician to be credited on a Beatles recording other than the group's four members: the group's number-one hit "Get Back" is credited to "The Beatles with Billy Preston".
TIL that Mozart disliked performer Adriana Ferrarese del Bene, who was know for nodding her head down on low notes and raising her head on high notes, so much, that he wrote a song for her to perform that had lots of jumps from low to high just so he could see her head "bob like a chicken" onstage.
TIL that Casey Neistat was commissioned by Nike to make a commercial with the theme "Make it Count". He took the budget and spent it on a spontaneous and fun trip for himself and a friend, filming himself running at each destination. Nike was pleased with the end result.
TIL that two days after the Beatles released Sgt. Peppers, Paul McCartney and George Harrison went to a Jimi Hendrix show. Hendrix opened with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band.
TIL most movies that depict the Golden Gate bridge collapsing get it wrong; they show the main span, then the towers, collapsing into the channel. If the main span collapsed, the cables would no longer be under tension, and the towers would bend back.
TIL that Heather Michele O'Rourke, a girl famous for Steven Spielberg's Poltergeist, was misdiagnosed with Crohn's disease, was prescribed the wrong medicine and died at the age of 12
TIL The Beatles "I Want To Hold Your Hand" is often misheard in Japan as "Ahonah?ny?han", meaning "Idiotic public urination".
TIL: The Dead Sea Scrolls, prized by Jews, also talks about Gilgamesh, the Babylonian hero, as a real person who died in the Flood. He receives dreams of his impending doom, making it a possible prequel for his journey in his Babylonian Epoch.
TIL The Count from Sesame Street's favorite number is 34,969.
TIL: That in the dreams of deaf people, they still don't hear but either the people in their dreams know sign language or all communication is essentially telepathic.
TIL: Coyotes 'play' with skunks in order to get sprayed and camouflage their scent making it easier to stalk other prey.
TIL in 1975 a cat was listed as co-author on a physics paper because the author had incorrectly used the royal "we" throughout the paper and didn't want to typewrite the whole thing again
TIL after filming X-Men: First Class in London, Jennifer Lawrence had to fight to get the security deposit for her Notting Hill apartment back because she had stained the bathtub blue from her makeup as the character Mystique.
TIL Howie Mandel was expelled from his high school for impersonating a member of the school board and signing a construction contract to make an addition to his school.
TIL Prosthodontists, people who specialize in the cosmetic restoration and replacement of teeth, have been consistently ranked at 6th or 7th positions by Forbes among America's most competitive and highest salaried jobs.
TIL that The Art Of Love by the ancient Roman poet Ovid was banned in 8 A.D., in the 1400s and 1500s, and by U.S. Customs in 1930, making it possibly the record holder for a book banned over the longest span of time.
TIL Viking runes were still in use in a remote part of Sweden as recently as the 20th Century
1320 bolanrox like Universal threating to sue everyone re King Kong, when they not only did not own the rights to it, but proved in court (to make Kong 78) that it was public domain before that.
406 Holmes02 This copyright is why you've rarely heard the happy birthday song in most movies or tv series, and if there was one it'll have a slight variation from the original. [source](
186 maeker6 This song was originally written by the Hill sisters of Louisville, Kentucky. They operated a kindergarten on Kenwood Hill in the Iroquois Park neighborhood. The song was originally "Good Morning To You", but then changed to Happy Birthday as we know it. The little cabin on the property where the Hill sisters ran their school still stands, but today it is one of three Victorian era cabins that comprise The Little Loomhouse. Renowned Kentucky weaver Lou Tate bought the property where she lived and taught weaving for many years until she died. It's now a historic property run by a dedicated group of volunteers who continue Tate's mission of weaving education. It's a really special little place. If you find yourself in Louisville check it out for a tour or weaving instruction.
128 r_politics_is_shills Ed Chaplin got a drunk Jimi Hendrix to sign a torn in half piece of tattered paper stating that Ed is his manager; nothing happens and they move their separate ways. After Jimi hits it big, Ed shows up and sues him and ends up having Jimi make him the Band of Gypsies album. After that, Ed sues him in country after country. He made almost as much as Jimi. Scumbag!
447 satanicpuppy Good old copyright abuse. Everyone hates copyright, until they produce a work that is protected by it, and then they want it to last the length of their life, their kids lives, and 50 years more just to be sure.
40 SmurfJizz this is also the reason that alot of restaurants used to sing you a weird version of a happy,happy, happy birthday song. Several restaurants that I used to work at all had weird unique birthday songs that the staff would have to sing for customers.
37 pookiespy Also, they restricted licensing the use of "Happy Birthday" in movies, only upon their approval of the movie or show. That's why you see many movies and TV shows where characters are singing the completely absurd song "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" at birthday parties.
14 nascarracer99316 And now warner music is in a multi billion dollar lawsuit becasue of it. There is no way they will win.
15 two_one_fiver Rupa Marya, the person who brought suit against Warner for their copyright, is the lead singer of "Rupa and the April Fishes" and also an internist MD at UCSF. What a human!
14 MathCrank Lisa it's your birthday, happy birthday Lisa!
40 cobaltcollapse Huh, next you're going to tell me Twinkle Twinkle Little Star was copyrighted.
26 JustAVirusWithShoes What day is today? It's {insert name here}'s birthday! What a day for a birthday! Let's all have some cake.