TIL Ben Franklin left the cities of Boston and Philadelphia $2,000 in his will, but they could not draw the full balance for 200 years. In 1990, the cities received $6.5 million.
TIL: Once the Tesla Gigafactory is operating at 100% capacity, it will churn out more lithium-ion batteries in one year than were produced worldwide in 2013
TIL the US government poisoned industrial alcohol during Prohibition, leading to the deaths of around 10,000 people.
TIL Two guys used their dead friends ashes as fishing bait and caught the worlds biggest Carp
TIL Sam Kinison was killed when a drunk driver crossed the median and hit Sam's vehicle head on. According to a friend, he looked unharmed, then began speaking to no one, saying "I don't want die." Then, "But why?" And finally, "Okay, okay, okay."
TIL that despite early claims that fidget spinners could be used to help children with ADHD, there never was any scientific research to back this claim.
TIL that a whale's skull is so thick that it requires a world war 2 anti-tank rifle to euthanize one that has beached itself.
TIL that the line often attributed to John Lennon - "Ringo isn't the best drummer in the world. He isn't even the best drummer in the Beatles" - was actually said by comedian Jasper Carrott three years after Lennon's death
TIL for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the Chinese government announced that people could apply for permits to protest in designate areas. None of the permits were granted, and many of those who applied disappeared or were arrested.
TIL the death of Reagan's press secretary, James Brady, was ruled a homicide when he died 33 years after being shot in the head.
TIL houses with teal pumpkins on their front step at Halloween means they offer non-food treats or allergy safe alternatives for children with food allergies. This is known as the "Teal Pumpkin Project."
TIL W?lm?rt leveled prehistoric Native American burial mounds for fill dirt.
TIL That in Senior Centre in Düsseldorf they set up a Fake bus stop as a mean to keeps Alzheimer's patients from wandering off. the idea was so successful that it has been adopted by several other homes across Germany
TIL that up until the 1600s, a “black swan” was a metaphor for something that did not exist. Then a group of Dutch explorers became the first Europeans to see black swans in Western Australia in 1697, and the phrase was amended to mean “a perceived impossibility that might later be disproven.”
TIL that a room known as ‘Room 641A’ in the AT&T telecommunications backbone houses beamsplitters capable of monitoring all the internet traffic in the US. It was largely thought to be a myth until PRISM revealed its existence in 2007.
TIL when Napoleon's Marshall; Michel Ney was being sentenced to execution after Waterloo, Ney's lawyer in his defense argued that Ney was now a Prussian and could not be tried by French laws, Ney interrupted him saying, "I am French and I will remain French". Ney was later executed
TIL the Tunguska Event, an explosion in Siberia in 1908, was 1,000 times greater than the atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima, wiped out 80 million trees, and may have killed a total of 2 people
TIL Poposicle® ice pops were originally known as Epsicles, as they were invented in 1905 by 11-year-old Frank Epperson. Epperson shared the frozen treat with his kids many years later, at which point they became known as "Pop's sicles," leading up to a patent on the frozen treat in 1923.
TIL the Pan-American Highway doesn't actually connect North America and South America, there is a 100 mile gap of swampland and forest between Panama and Colombia with no roads, inhabited by drug runners
TIL that a woman jumped from a moving car after seeing a spider on her shoulder. The 9 year old passenger attempted to stop the car, hit the gas, and collided with a school bus.
TIL Bruce Lee avoided baked goods and refined flour, describing them as providing empty calories which did nothing for his body.
TIL that in 1942, hundreds of skeletons were found in a Himalayan lake. Studies determined it to be the King of Kanauj and his entourage who had been struck by a massive hailstorm in the 9th century.
TIL that in 1830, a group of Australian convicts hijacked a ship off the coast of Tasmania and sailed it to isolationist Japan. At a port on Shikoku Island, a samurai disguised as a fisherman recalled walking the docks, when they noted “an unbearable stench in the vicinity of the ship.”
TIL Henry Ford strongly supported Nazi's and even received the Grand Cross of the German Eagle.
TIL actor Gary Busey had been an outspoken opponent of helmet laws before his own motorcycle accident, but than changed sides and said: "If you don't wear a helmet, you're not playing with a full deck."
TIL of the Pronghorn, the fastest creature in the western hemisphere. It can run 57mph for 9 miles. Existing pronghorn’s running speed and endurance far outpace any living predator, likely because its original predator is now extinct. It has 300° vision and can detect movement 4 miles away.
TIL that during the German occupation of Zaknythos, when asked for a list of all the island's Jews, the Greek mayor produced only 2; himself and the bishop. All 275 Jews on the island survived the war.
TIL that the WWI Native American code talkers lacked words for modern-day military terms. They used “big gun” for artillery, “little gun shoot fast” for machine gun, “stone” for grenade and “scalps” for casualties, etc.
TIL That in 2002, the United States Enacted the So-Called "the Hague Invasion Act" Which Effectively Allows the Invasion of the Netherlands to Ensure “the Release of Any U.S. or Allied Personnel Being Detained or Imprisoned By, on Behalf Of, or at the Request of the International Criminal Court"
TIL in the 1850s the entire city of Chicago was raised 10ft. This was due to a severe sewerage problem. The solution? 100s of men operating 1000s of jack-screws to lift the city.
TIL that when the Paracutin volcano was born, it emerged so quickly that it pushed up the ground beneath people. Within 24 hours, it was 15 stories high, and by the end of the week it was the height of the Great Pyramids.
TIL that about 6.5% of all the people ever born are alive right now
TIL that gut bacteria could very well be manipulating our minds to cause cravings for certain foods they need in order to stay fit-- such as lipids and sugars.
TIL that the same animation studio that created the 1977 cartoon "The Hobbit" went bankrupt in 1985 and was bought by Miyuzaki Hayao, Suzuki Toshio, and Takahata Isao to become Studio Ghibli
TIL that 'Come Together' by the Beatles, was written as a rally cry in support of Timothy Leary's campaign for California governor against Ronald Reagan in 1968
TIL 550 motorcyclists participated in a ride to protest New York State's mandatory helmet law. During the ride, One of the rider's breaks failed and was sent over the handlebars and hit his head on the pavement, killing him. Medical experts said he would have survived if he had worn his helmet.
TIL Choir singers synchronise their heartbeats, which is believed to be caused by the singers coordinating their breathing.
TIL you make almond milk by grinding almonds with water, then strain the pulp.
TIL that one 30 years old Commodore Amiga runs the heat and AC for 19 Public Schools in Michigan
TIL that in the Brothers Grimm version of Snow White the Evil Queen wanted to eat Snow White's organs and was forced by the newly crowned Snow White to dance to death in red-hot iron shoes in the ending.
He was a complicated man.
And an anti semite
He was also a spy
TIL that my baby brothers life was saved by Ronald Dahl.
Yet he didn't call himself a doctor.
When I talk about how modern shunts were developed, it sound a bit like a lead to a joke: An engineer, a doctor, and Roald Dahl [walk in to a bar]...
TIL that in addition to being a children's author, Roald Dahl was a medical pioneer. He co-developed a novel cerebral shunt after his son developed hydrocephalus and is often credited with revolutionizing stroke rehabilitation treatment.