TIL that immediately after he gave up absolute power by signing a constitution, King Frederick VII of Denmark remarked, "that was nice, now I can sleep in in the mornings"
TIL of the White Rose which was a non-violent Nazi resistance group made of college students and a professor. It started by releasing pamphlets against the Nazi Party and ended with the execution of 6 students and the professor.
TIL of Witold Pilecki, a member of Polish resistance who volunteered to be imprisoned in the Auschwitz death camp to gather intelligence in 1940. He later escaped and was the author of Witold's Report, the first comprehensive Allied intelligence report on Auschwitz and the Holocaust.
TIL the Poorest man in the world is French ex-Societe Generale trader Jerome Kerviel, who has a net worth of -$6.3 billion
TIL that Allen Klein, Rolling Stones manager and owner of the song "Dead Flowers," which plays at the end of "The Big Lebowski," initially wanted $150,000 for it. He was then convinced to let them use it for free when he saw the scene in which The Dude says, "I hate the fuckin' Eagles, man!"
TIL of "promession", an elaborate decomposition system that takes a body, freezes it, vibrates it to dust, and dehydrates it, to result in the most eco-friendly form of burial ever devised.
TIL: Rebecca Black donated the proceeds from her video "Friday" to charity
TIL that Buddy Holly is the reason Elton John wears glasses. He started wearing glasses at 13 to imitate Holly. Eight months later they had done so much damage to his eyes that he actually needed glasses.
TIL that in non-English speaking countries, Dora the Explorer teaches you... English!
TIL a study discovered when Christian students were reminded of the "religion and science don't mix" stereotype, their intuitive reasoning dropped while Christian students who weren't reminded of that stereotype performed as well as non-Christians.
TIL that there is a widespread belief—one with no historical or grammatical foundation—that it is an error to begin a sentence with a conjunction such as and, but or so. In fact, a substantial percentage (often as many as 10 percent) of the sentences in first-rate writing begin with conjunctions.
TIL that Ulysses S Grant got a speeding ticket on a horse and was fined $5
TIL Killer-whale mothers often stay with their adult sons for their entire lives, sharing their prey and knowledge, & that the mother's might also play a direct role in fostering mating opportunities. They really want grand children.
TIL the HGTV show House Hunters is staged and some houses featured on the show aren’t even for sale
TIL that the Colombian army once made a song with Morse code in it and aired it in rebel-controlled territory to lift the morale of hostages held there. The message read '19 rescued, you're next. Don't lose hope.'
TIL Half a watermelon in Barrow, Alaska costs $36.96 in late 2017
TIL there exists a kind of garlic called "solo garlic" which doesn't have separate cloves but is just one solid piece.
Today I learned of Guugu Yimithirr, an Aboriginal language without words for egocentric/relative directions like "left and right." Rather its speakers are trained to keep track of pure cardinal directions. for example, saying "North leg" when referring to the left leg of an eastward facing person.
TIL that in 1865 the dictator of Paraguay plunged his country into an ill-advised war with Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay. In just five years, Paraguay lost over half its population, including up to 90% of its men. It was arguably the worst military defeat ever suffered by a modern nation state.
TIL scientists at Brown University are developing a robot cat that may one day help cure loneliness among senior citizens. It doesn't need food, exercise, or a litter box, but it can purr on demand and remind them when it's time to take their meds
TIL that Peter Jackson made Elijah Wood perform the final shoot for Frodo in Return Of The King many more times than actually necessary because he couldn't bear to say goodbye
TIL that JFK, Aldous Huxley and C.S. Lewis all died on the same day.
TIL Canada has a crude oil reserve over 4x the size of America's. North Korea has none.
TIL Napoleon struggled to learn English, and some of his attempts were kept: "Since sixt week j learn the Englich and j do not any progress."
TIL the inventor of basketball, James Naismith, was the first coach of the Kansas Jayhawks. He is also the only Kansas coach with a losing record.
Today I learned that in Japanese, there is a phrase bushu-suru (??????). In literal terms, this means "to do the bush thing," in reference to a bizarre 1992 incident where George HW Bush fell ill and vomited directly onto the Japanese prime minister.
TIL DMX, Jay-Z, and Busta Rhymes attended the same junior high school with Biggie Smalls, at the same time.
TIL: In 2005 a company named SeaCode wanted to anchor a cruise ship three miles off the coast of Los Angeles, and fill it with up to 600 foreign programmers. The idea was to eliminate visa restrictions, and avoid U.S. labor laws.
TIL in 1946, a local chicken farmer offered 100 chicks for each homer the Nashua Dodgers hit. Newcomer Roy Campanella hit 14 in his first season and sent all 1,400 to his father who used them to start a thriving poultry farm. He also went on to become one of the first black major league players.
TIL that Singapore was expelled from Malaysia, making it one of the few times in history when a country? has voluntarily divested itself of part of its own territory
TIL that John Quincy Adams was known to go skinny-dipping in the Potomac River during his presidency
TIL that lawyer and political commentator Barbara Olson was flying to California on September 11th, 2001 to be a panelist on Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher. She was on AA Flight 77 which was hijacked and flown into the Pentagon. Maher left a panel chair empty for a week in her memory.
TIL Kurt Vonnegut's brother, Bernard, won an Ig Nobel prize for determining that the ability of a tornado to pluck the feathers from a chicken is not a good method of estimating its wind speed.
TIL NASA has Developed a Plan for a Manned Colony in the Atmosphere of Venus
TIL that Fred Rogers, after filming a segment on David Letterman, stopped by Eddie Murphy's dressing room to give him his regards, and tell him how much he liked his portrayal.
TIL that 'Moron', 'Idiot', and 'Imbecile' were once valid Psychology terms for people with low IQ. When these terms entered vernacular usage as insults, they were disused in favor of 'Mental Retardation' which in turn was disused in favor of 'Intellectual Disability'.
TIL of Ahmed Gabr the WR holder of the deepest scuba dive in sea water (1090 ft). It took 15 minutes to descend, 13.5 HOURS to ascend.
TIL the orange is a hybrid of the mandarin orange and a fruit called the "pomelo"
TIL there is a species of Vegetarian Spider. Bagheera kiplingi eats nutrient-rich buds that grow on acacia plants.
TIL Prince Phillip was 18 years old when World War 2 started. He is still alive at 96 years old.
1058 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.
1227 ClaudioRules TIL: Dolphins independently discovered capitalism
263 Not-another-joe The bigger question is when does this evolve into the dolphins holding people hostage for large sums of fish?
46 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.
104 PenelopePeril So long and thanks for all the fish!
135 Tone_01 Too clever for captivity.
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.
95 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
28 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.