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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.
1009 mike_pants > All the dolphins at the institute are trained to hold onto any litter that falls into their pools until they see a trainer, when they can trade the litter for fish. In this way, the dolphins help to keep their pools clean. > Kelly has taken this task one step further. When people drop paper into the water she hides it under a rock at the bottom of the pool. The next time a trainer passes, she goes down to the rock and tears off a piece of paper to give to the trainer. After a fish reward, she goes back down, tears off another piece of paper, gets another fish, and so on. This behaviour is interesting because it shows that Kelly has a sense of the future and delays gratification. She has realised that a big piece of paper gets the same reward as a small piece and so delivers only small pieces to keep the extra food coming. She has, in effect, trained the humans. > Her cunning has not stopped there. One day, when a gull flew into her pool, she grabbed it, waited for the trainers and then gave it to them. It was a large bird and so the trainers gave her lots of fish. This seemed to give Kelly a new idea. The next time she was fed, instead of eating the last fish, she took it to the bottom of the pool and hid it under the rock where she had been hiding the paper. When no trainers were present, she brought the fish to the surface and used it to lure the gulls, which she would catch to get even more fish. After mastering this lucrative strategy, she taught her calf, who taught other calves, and so gull-baiting has become a hot game among the dolphins.
1199 ClaudioRules TIL: Dolphins independently discovered capitalism
249 Not-another-joe The bigger question is when does this evolve into the dolphins holding people hostage for large sums of fish?
38 wonkey_monkey My local conservation park has trained the orangutans to return anything that falls into the moat around their island in return for treats. One day one of the keepers dropped an extending window cleaning brush into the water. One of the orangutans fished it out, studied it for a while, dismantled into as many pieces as possible, and returned each one individually.
128 Tone_01 Too clever for captivity.
98 PenelopePeril So long and thanks for all the fish!
22 MortWellian Something similar happened with the dead sea scrolls. The local herders who found the caves tore them into smaller bits since they were paid by the piece.
92 mosotaiyo I used to work in tourism industry as a swim guide for dolphin charters... bring customers out on a boat an snorkel w/ them as wild spinner dolphin pods would swim by. Can confirm they are very smart creatures. And very inquisitive/playful... One of the few wild animals I have encountered that aren't immediately scared/cautious of humans when they see them in the wild. They really don't belong in captivity... We put them in captivity most of the time because we are simply too lazy to drive a boat out for a hour and find them in the wild. So they buy some in captivity to put poolside at the hotel resort. It's kind of sad.
19 ralf19812001 I work with humans that aren’t as smart as this dolphin
27 QuinnActually03 For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much — the wheel, New York, wars and so on — whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man — for precisely the same reasons. The last ever dolphin message was misinterpreted as a surprisingly sophisticated attempt to do a double-backwards-somersault through a hoop whilst whistling the ‘Star Spangled Banner’, but in fact the message was this: So long and thanks for all the fish.
35 Landlubber77 Finally she had found porpoise in her life.
9 FranticSlay Seagulls! Hmm. Stop it now.