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TIL in one of Thomas Jefferson's letters to James Madison in 1789 he stated that the Constitution and laws should expire after 19 years. This was to allow the new generations to learn from the past and change accordingly, it was also to prevent older generations from "binding" subsequent ones.
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TIL there's a restaurant in New York that doesn't employ chefs; they employ grandmas. Every day, a different grandma from around the world designs her own menu.
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TIL that comedian Ryan Stiles from Whose Line is it Anyway? has been a frequent fund raiser for children with burn injuries, raising over $500,000 for the Burned Children Recovery Center since 2009, helping the foundation to recover from the economy crash of 2008.
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TIL Ewan McGregor's brother is a pilot in the RAF, and his callsign is "Obi-Two"
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TIL avocados depended on megafaunas to disperse its seeds. However, when the megafaunas became extinct, avocados survived primarily due to human cultivation.
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TIL Two babies were switched at birth, one family was rich and the other poor, the rich couple's biological baby became a truck driver and the poor couple's biological baby became a CEO of a company
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TIL that a chimpanzee became the 22nd most successful money manager on Wall St after choosing stocks by throwing darts at a board of 133 tech companies
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TIL that rubbing an injury right after it happens alleviates pain because the spinal chord preferentially forwards pressure signals (to the brain) over pain signals
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TIL when Tater Tots first hit store shelves in 1956, people did not buy them because they were very inexpensive and there was no perceived value. When the price was raised by stores, people began buying the product.
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TIL if an expensive watch makes an easily audible ticking noise, it's most likely fake.
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TIL “Happy Birthday” is now in the Public Domain after Time Warner was sued in 2016
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TIL the aviation industry always uses "deaths per km" to quote safety to the public, while internally insurers use "deaths per journey", where air travel is more dangerous than most other forms of transportation
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TIL Codependency is characterized by sacrificing one’s personal needs in order to try to meet the needs of others and is associated with passivity and feelings of shame, low self-worth, or insecurity
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TIL That Anita Hemmings was the first African-American female to graduate from Vassar College. She did this by pretending to be spanish, however she was discovered the day before graduation. She still received her diploma.
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TIL dogs can become afflicted by Happy Tail, a syndrome where the tail is wagged so hard that it hits walls, furniture, and people until it begins bleeding. Because of the wagging, that blood is then flicked onto walls, ceilings, and anything else in the vicinity.
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TIL a man suffered a fatal stab wound from a knife-wielding chicken while watching an illegal cockfight in California
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TIL of Mario Seagale, Nintendo America's original landlord. When Nintendo couldn't pay their rent, they offered to name the character in their new game after him, thus creating 'Mario'.
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TIL one of the key differences between monkeys and apes is how they sleep. Monkeys sleep in an upright position and have a light sleep. Apes like to lie down and enter into a deep sleep. The deep sleep in apes is believed to have improved cognitive ability in them.
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TIL 3D printed objects can be made to connect to WiFi without electronics
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TIL in 1997, a physics student demonstrating the Leidenfrost effect by holding liquid nitrogen in his mouth accidentally swallowed the substance, resulting in near-fatal injuries. This was the first case in medical literature of liquid nitrogen ingestion
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TIL of Arnold Schuster, a private citizen who appeared on television to discuss how he assisted the police in catching a bank robber, who was then gunned down by an unrelated mobster who saw him on TV and hated "squealers" (informants).
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TIL the 90s sketch comedy show “In Living Color” drew away 22% of Super Bowl XXVI’s viewers during its halftime show by doing a special live episode of their own, which is why subsequent Super Bowls got A-List performers and dropped the previous themed marching band format.
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TIL Texas is the only state with it's own power grid, the Texas Interconnected System, which is therefore not subject to federal interstate regulations
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TIL when the head of Universal Studios saw a film by a young student named Steven Spielberg, he called him in for a meeting, offered him a 7-year contract and told him, "a lot of people will stick with you in success; I’ll stick with you in failure."
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TIL a 67-year-old neurosurgeon was "stereoblind" (unable to see depth) his entire life, but it was cured after he saw the movie "Hugo" in 3D at a movie theater. Afterwards he was permanently able to perceive depth.
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TIL the world record for highest CPU frequency ever achieved was set in 2011 by a team of engineers at AMD. They overclocked an AMD Bulldozer-based FX-8150 chip to 8.805 GHz using liquid helium.
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TIL of William Ellis, a Texas born slave who crossed the border to slavery free Mexico and became a millionaire. Later on he attempted to bring African Americans to Mexico and even served as diplomat of the US to the King of Ethiopia.
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TIL that before Norm MacDonald's first appearance on the Tonight Show his dressing room was crashed by Robin Williams. While in the room he pretended to be a Jewish Tailor, talked to Norm's friend on the phone while pretending to be a Chinese Restaurant employee, dressed Norm, and then left.
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TIL Martin Lawrence is permanently banned from hosting SNL. The comedian hosted once in 1994 and performed a monologue where he criticized the vaginal hygiene of women. The rant, in which he went into detail about what he felt was a drop in feminine hygiene standards, will never be re-aired.
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TIL when a brand becomes synonymous with a generic product (like Kleenex) its called a proprietary eponym
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TIL when the Nazis burned Sigmund Freud's books he said, "What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now, they are content with burning my books."
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TIL that locusts are just regular grasshoppers that swarm when excessive population density causes their legs to be touched so much that their brains release excess serotonin
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TIL that Valve has no managers. Instead Employees choose which projects to work on, who to hire and can assemble their own teams for their new projects.
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TIL that the legal "bar" originates from the physical barrier separating barristers from civilians; when you become certified to practice, you "pass the bar" by moving from the civilians' section to the barristers'
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TIL about Saturnalia, a festival in ancient Rome, where unconventionally the masters served the slaves. Christmas was likely heavily influenced by it.
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TIL Marvin Gaye’s real last name was “Gay”. His father was a crossdresser, making Marvin a target of bullying. It was because of this, added with rumors of Marvin's own homosexuality, that Marvin added an "e" to his last name when he became famous.
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TIL Mercedes plays a 'pink noise' in the split second before impact to protect your hearing
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TIL that Napoleon was not short. At the time of his death he was measured at 5'2", but in "French Feet". In English Feet he would be 5'6.5", which was taller than the average Frenchman at the time.
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TIL that during the 80’s, drunken calls to Hanna-Barbera studios from Flintstones fans curious to know what Barney Rubble did for a living were so common that the security guard in charge of answering the phones at night would simply reply: ‘‘ He worked in the quarry’’.
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TIL when Sun Ra played a gig at a mental hospital, it prompted a patient to talk for the first time in years. She got up in the middle of the set, stood next to him at the piano, and a few minutes later leaned over and almost screamed, "Do you call that music?!"
1329 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.
411 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](http://www.npr.org/2015/07/12/422327673/happy-birthday-hits-sour-notes-when-it-comes-to-songs-free-use)
188 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.
125 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!
448 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.
35 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.
38 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.
17 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!
41 cobaltcollapse Huh, next you're going to tell me Twinkle Twinkle Little Star was copyrighted.
25 JustAVirusWithShoes What day is today? It's {insert name here}'s birthday! What a day for a birthday! Let's all have some cake.