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34769
TIL that the line in Thor: Ragnarok ("We know each other! He's a friend from work!") was actually suggested by a young Make-a-Wish visitor to the movie’s set.
42568
TIL, in Interstellar the depiction of a black hole required completely new CGI rendering software and was so accurate that it provided enough scientifical insight to publish three scientific papers
5862
TIL that Arnold Schwarzenegger started a bricklaying business when he first came to America and became a millionaire after buying and selling houses before he became an actor.
54833
TIL the R-rated film Planes Trains and Automobiles would have been rated PG if not for the scene where Steve Martin says "fucking" 18 times in one minute. Despite the rating it is the only time in the movie where the word is used.
6810
TIL Jelly Roll Morton, at the age of 14 tricked his great-grandmother into believing he was a night watchman at a barrel house when in fact he was working as a piano player in a brothel. In that atmosphere, he often sang smutty lyrics; he took the nickname "Jelly Roll", which was slang for vagina.
3098
TIL: 92 Russians died for every 1 American in WWII
911
TIL Bedbugs were almost eradicated but are on the rise in the United States.
1519
TIL that In 2008, Iran tried to make the world's largest sandwich, a 1,500 metre long ostrich and chicken combo. The record attempt failed because spectators started eating the sandwich before officials could take a measurement.
339
TIL all New Orleans public schools were closed indefinitely in the wake of Katrina and students now attend private or public charter schools.
402
Til The A.I computer designed to think like a serial killer to decode the zodiac killers letters, writes morbid poetry as a “hobby”.
1194
TIL the caduceus symbol mistakenly used by many American medical companies is actually associated with thievery and commerce, the true medical symbol is the similar looking Rod of Asclepius.
911
TIL Disney declined Back to the Future on the grounds that a mother falling in love with her son was not appropriate for the company's family-friendly branding.
1629
TIL that, primarily, Chameleons change their color to warm up (dark colors absorb more light) and be sexy (to other chameleons), not to camouflage themselves (as many people believe).
2024
TIL High heels on men's shoes was once considered virile and masculine
4809
TIL the British supermarket chain Iceland has an EU-wide trademark on their name, and take legal action against Icelandic companies that use it. The Icelandic government has applied to have their trademark invalidated, so far without success.
1997
TIL: Near-perfect ellipsoid lenses have been found among viking artifacts. Hinting that the Vikings likely made telescopes 1000 years ago, 500 years before Galileo.
372
TIL when Arthur Rubinstein was invited to play for delegates at the 1945 inauguration of the UN, he was so angry that neither a Polish delegation nor a Polish flag was included, he made his point by performing the Polish national anthem extremely slowly and loudly.
191
TIL bananas are curved because they grow towards the sun
616
TIL the Swedish propaganda/war ship Vasa sank 100m into its maiden voyage and was recovered 333 years later. Today it is the oldest preserved ship and can be seen in a Stockholm museum.
1549
TIL that isolating a female cannabis plant from a male, can increase production of buds (richest THC source) as the female increases her efforts to attract pollen from the male plant.
446
TIL when telephones first came into commercial use you had to whistle loudly into the receiver to get the other person's attention, as telephone bells hadn't been invented yet.
94
TIL there is a specific order in English for adjectives to be placed and sound correct. The order must also abide by a specific sound pattern.
45
TIL a boat is considered a ship if it weighs 500 tonnes or more. A more general distinction is that ships can carry boats but boats cannot carry ships.
989
TIL that the traffic on the Arc de Triomphe roundabout in Paris is so chaotic, insurance companies will always split the liability of an accident 50/50.
2801
TIL that 4 inmates once snuck out of prison, robbed several stores, and then snuck back into prison.
58
TIL in the original story of Aladdin, it is implied that Aladdin is actually Chinese
37
TIL that ONLY humans and octopuses (and other cephalopods) have a camera eye, with a lens that focuses an image on a retina. We’ve got it, they’ve got it, and that’s it!
505
TIL Bill Bonner is the guy Responsible for Millions of Vintage National Geographic Photos
118
TIL that the earth is valued at $195 quadrillion USD.
87
TIL a white person who stayed in Zimbabwe post-independence (1980) is called a "Zimbo".
4289
TIL that despite its useful properties, the dandelion has grown to be regarded as a weed, as a result of the rise of lawn culture and marketing by pesticide companies.
31
TIL Chile has the highest percentage of people belonging to one singular blood group. 85% of the population are O +ve
199
TIL the inventor of the Amazing Sea-monkeys also marketed and sold “Invisible Goldfish, imaginary fish that were guaranteed to remain permanently invisible”, including a glass bowl and fish food.
54
TIL In 1903, a person(unidentified) was beaten to death with a Bible during a healing ceremony gone wrong in Honolulu
62
TIL of the True Communists, an anti-Stalinist youth organization who protested the USSR's oligarchy in favor of Orthodox Marxism. Activities consisted of reading Marxist literature, distributing anti-USSR fliers, and discussing the actions of the CPSU. Its founders were caught and imprisoned.
120
TIL that Black Friday was coined in 1952, made popular in 1961, and became the busiest shopping day of the year in 2005.
52
TIL that only one person has survived an untreated coastal taipan snake bite. His condition became so severe that samples of his blood taken were completely black.
103
TIL of J?nis P?nups, a Latvian conscripted into the Red Army during WWII. After being knocked out in combat, he deserted and went into hiding for 50 years, only leaving his forest hideout in 1995 after the Soviet occupation ended.
30
TIL that prior to the September 11 attacks, there had been only one known case of an elevator entering a free fall which was in 1945 when a B-25 bomber took a wrong turn in fog and crashed into the Empire State Building.
29
TIL in 2004 a women's chastity belt set off a metal detector at Athens airport in Greece. The woman said her husband made her wear it during a brief trip to Greece to make sure she didn't have an affair.
1331 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.
409 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)
185 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.
130 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!
454 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.
39 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!
15 MathCrank Lisa it's your birthday, happy birthday Lisa!
38 cobaltcollapse Huh, next you're going to tell me Twinkle Twinkle Little Star was copyrighted.
22 JustAVirusWithShoes What day is today? It's {insert name here}'s birthday! What a day for a birthday! Let's all have some cake.