TIL Bhutan is the world's only carbon negative country. The constitution demands at least 60% of the country covered in forest, making it a sink of over four million tonnes of CO2 per year.
TIL because he felt his students couldn't properly understand how the Nazis came to power, a teacher roleplayed as an authoritarian. He managed to start a proto-fascist movement that swept across the school— the students even took it upon themselves to rat out those who were disloyal
TIL The Queen of the UK has had her position as Queen since before 82% of the entire population of the UK was even born
TIL there is giant, hot pink slug. It is only found in a single, isolated forest on an extinct volcano in Australia.
TIL of Anders Haugen, the only American to ever medal in ski jumping. He finished 4th in the 1924 olympics, but when a historian reviewed the results 50 years later he found a scoring error. Shortly thereafter, Anders went to Norway at 86 years old and was awarded his long overdue bronze medal.
TIL a party boat carrying sixty men and women once capsized in Texas after all the passangers rushed to one side as the boat passed a nude beach.
TIL that in the 1950's and 60's Americans were told that by the year 2000 the normal work week would be 20-30 hours, and people would be committing suicide from boredom.
TIL sugar rushes were determined to be a myth in 1985 (and again in 1995)
TIL The M1_Abrams was able to run on Jet Fuel, along with diesel, kerosene, and any grade of motor gasoline.
TIL that until a hard fought vote that only passed 83-80 in 1985, condoms could not be sold in Ireland w/o a prescription because of the Catholic Church's influence.
TIL the Great Lakes have at least 6,000 shipwrecks with some estimates as high as 25,000
TIL in Japan, there are strict social rules for writing a resume. For example, photo must be attached, along with detailed personal information. Applicants use a uniform template. If it is written by hand, it must be in black ink, with no white out. Photocopies are not accepted.
TIL that due to a researcher’s offhand comment about octopus DNA seeming “alien”, many news outlets mistakenly began reporting that cephalopods had actually come from outer space.
TIL that Winston Churchill served as MP for 64 years. He served under both Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.
TIL there's a Batman miniseries called "White Knight" which reverses the roles of Batman and the Joker. The comic takes place in world where Joker has been rehabilitated and now has to save Gotham City from the Batman.
TIL Japanese Honeybees defend themselves against wasps by swarming them and "baking" them by vibrating their wings to 47 degrees Celsius. One degree above the wasp's max temperature.
TIL that loofah sponges come from luffa plants; a species of gourd with edible fruits. Once dried and peeled they reveal a matrix of tough fibrous tissues inside that act as wonderful natural sponges
TIL Darwin had a gravel path installed at his home that he would walk around each day as he thought about problems. He would stack stones at the start of his walk and the knock them down one by one as he went round, describing the difficulty of the problem as a three, four, or five-flint problem.
TIL: Certain mammals such as the red kangaroo or roe deer can perform Embryonic Diapause- the ability to "pause" embryo development in unfavorable environmental conditions, effectively saving the embryo and the mother's life in bad conditions.
TIL that there exists a single fungal colony in northern Michigan that stretches across 37 acres, weighs in at 21,000 lbs., and is around 1,500 years old
TIL When an 8.0 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico City, a hospital collapsed but nearly all the babies survived. They are known as the "miracle babies" for surviving 7 days without nourishment, water, warmth or human contact.
TIL about Perpetual Stew, common in the middle ages, it was a stew that was kept constantly stewing in a pot and rarely emptied, just constantly replenished with whatever items they could throw in it.
TIL Within 48 hours of quitting smoking, your senses of smell and taste begin to return to normal.
TIL the cast of "Cheers" was not allowed by NBC to attend the funeral of Nicholas Colasanto (Coach) because it interrupted filming. John Ratzenberger (Cliff Clavin) was sent by NBC to represent the cast.
TIL that the Olympic Rings (actually designed in 1912) were mistakingly thought to be an ancient Greek symbol, after researchers in the 1950s found a stone with the symbol carved on it in Delphi. The stone turned out to be a leftover from a ceremony held there for the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
TIL in 1903, two men and a pit bull made the first documented journey by automobile from San Francisco to New York using only a connection of dirt roads, cow paths, and railroad beds. The journey took 63 days, became a national sensation, and called for a system of long distance roads.
TIL In 1918, there was an outbreak of the 'Spanish Flu'. This was during WW1 and many countries had limits on what the press could write about, except Spain who was neutral. Thus, more reports came out about the flu from Spain causing people to think it was just happening there.
TIL Jeremy Soule was inspired to write music for TES: Oblivion which reflects the human condition and the beauty of life, after being involved in a car crash which he was lucky to survive.
TIL A bug called the Cochineal is used in red foodcolouring, mainly in strawberry flavoured food.
TIL that Kanye West first started making beats when trying to make a Mario style game about a giant penis
TIL that in Oklahoma there exists a ghost town so polluted from lead mining that leftover minerals have caused the rivers to turn red. Children who went swimming in the arsenic-filled water thought they were just getting sunburnt - in reality, they were being covered in chemical burns.
TIL Doctors in the Civil War used hypnosis to soothe soldiers before surgery.
TIL Homer Plessy (of Plessy v. Ferguson) admitted to a railroad conductor that he was 1/8 black so that he would be ejected, thus giving him cause to protest against the treatment against him.
TIL that half of people "remember" events that never happened.
TIL there's an Alien gargoyle on Paisley Abbey
TIL the number of non-religious people (1.1 billion or 15.35%) on Earth is almost now equal to the number of Hindus (1.15 billion or 16.06%).
TIL that around 80% of ‘close door’ buttons on elevators don’t do anything
TIL: Charlie Sheen's revelation that he was HIV-positive sparked an increase in testing equivalent to 7 World AIDs Days.
TIL that a creature known as the "Dogman" is said to prowl forests of Michigan. It is describe as a large, bipedal canine with a howl like a human scream.
TIL that in traditional Christian angelology, archangels are actually NOT the "highest" order of angels. They're technically one of the "lower" orders, beneath classes of beings such as seraphim and cherubim, which are arguably a bit less humanoid and/or humanly comprehensible.
100 Hip-hop-enonomus444 That was a good story thank you for that.
145 zoominskee If you're interested in more of how he lived and the extent of his isolation, GQ ran a long article that is a incredibly well-written account that goes into much greater length than the one above.
45 Landlubber77 The few he let into his life described him as "crabby."
26 ScreamingSeagull I'm from Maine, this was a big story when all of this happened. The fact he was able to survive for so long- despite stealing to survive- is amazing. Hell where I live, during that recent cold spell that hit the US it was constantly -20 F without the wind chill. One can only imagine surviving that every winter year after year.
17 paleologus Is no one else amazed that in 27 years he never lost or broke his glasses?
15 SleepTalkerz Pretty anticlimactic at the end there. All this preamble describing things he stole over the years and how hard he was to catch, then ends by basically just saying "and then he got caught" with no detail whatsoever. You yada-yada-yada'd over the most interesting part, article.
61 thegovernment0usa "in the woods of Maine with over 1000 cases of burglary to stay alive." What?
6 wakejedi 27 years and he only said "Hi" to some random hiker.
6 WiseWordsFromBrett Curb Your Intrusion
10 kyle69d [I posted this a few years ago](, the GQ article is amazing, I highly suggest reading it, that author went on to write a book about the experience.
4 Downtown952 Just blew a good hour at work reading the GQ article about him. Good read.
3 Ploofy3212 At least it's not an axe murderer
3 MurrayMcScurrilous Last time my house was robbed I got the feeling from the things they took that it was a person living rough. They took: Some change A folding knife A pair of jeans A belt A bottle of tequila A rump steak Either that or we were robbed by a cowboy.
11 MhuzLord Not a very good hermit, was he
5 little_shmink There's a book about him I read in one sitting called " The Stranger in the woods" if anyone is interested in reading more about him
3 DerpWilson The book is very detailed and an enjoyable read, but made me feel sort of uneasy. It seemed to me that the hermit really didn't want the book written. The whole thing felt exploitative, like I was learning information that should have been kept private.
4 TheMoonPriestess When i read the part about he suffering in prison due to sensory stimuli, and when he described the world as being too noisy and colourful, i knew it had something to do with aspergers syndrome. Honestly, i would live completely isolated in a forest like him, if i could. I wish i lived in a outdoorsy place, my mental health would be so much better. Maybe one day. Edit: I'm referring to the GQ article.