TIL Australian Don Ritchie talked at least 160 people out of committing suicide at Watson's Bay by offering them a cup of tea and someone to talk to. He was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his efforts.
TIL that, as a child, Jack Black (real name Thomas Jacob Black) appeared in a commercial for the 1982 Atari videogame "Pitfall!"
TIL there were 30ft long sea cows called Steller's sea cows in the 1700s and we killed them.
TIL about the Berlin Conference in 1884. 14 European countries held a 6 month long conference to formally divide Africa, so they an invade, overthrow existing governments, and pillage without fighting among each other. By 1902 90% of the continent was owned by European countries.
TIL the scientist John von Neumann (1903-1957) could by the age of 6, divide two 8 digit numbers in his head and converse in ancient Greek. He published over 150 papers during his lifetime, and is considered by many to be among the most intellegent humans to have ever lived.
TIL Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the odour of farts smell good so that farting in public will become socially acceptable. Ben wanted flatulence to be "as agreeable as perfumes"
TIL A man, Denver Lee St. Clair died after being subjected to an atomic wedgie by his 33 year old stepson
TIL that India's Mars Orbiter mission had a budget of $73 million, which is less than the budget of big Hollywood movies about space
TIL Andrew Myrick, a storekeeper on a Minnesota Native American reservation, told starving natives to get grass if they were hungry. He was found dead on the first day of the Dakota War of 1862 with grass stuffed in his mouth.
TIL of Brian Spencer, a former NHL hockey player who's father, upon hearing his son was starting in his first game, held a Canadian TV station hostage and forced them to broadcast it, before being shot and killed. After his career, Brian too was shot & killed during a robbery after buying crack.
TIL Warren Buffett, worth $78 Billion, gave his son Peter a single inheritance of $90k worth of stock at age 19. He has never given him more financial assistance. Peter spent the money on recording equipment. Had he kept the stock it would be worth over $70 million today.
TIL that Elvira Taylor, was a notorious 'Allotment Annie' during World War II who was discovered to have married six sailors at the same time. She was found out due to a fight between two of her husbands when they learned that they were both married to the same girl.
TIL Jóhann Jóhannsson had spent a year writing the score for Darren Aronofsky's "Mother" and at some point realized that the film was better with no music at all. He convinced Darren to delete everything.
TIL that Hans Zimmer's "Spider Pig", from The Simpsons Movie soundtrack, entered the UK singles chart at #24. The running time for the song is a mere 1:04, making it the second shortest single to ever chart.
TIL that there's a special minimally-fermented wine used at masses where the priest is a current or recovering alcoholic.
TIL Keanu Reeves was forced to star in the critically-derided film The Watcher (2000) due to the fact a friend forged his signature on the contract agreement
TIL that when a man had a heart attack at a grocery story in rural Minnesota, 20 people lined up and performed CPR on him for over an hour and a half until paramedics arrived - and he survived
TIL All of those warring states near the beginning of the Old Testament were actually very small and only encompass what is now modern Israel
TIL there are almost 2x more kangaroos in Australia than humans.
TIL Medical students in 18th-century Scotland could pay their tuition fees in corpses.
TIL a bald eagle somehow made its way to Ireland in 1987 and was so tired that it had to be returned via airplane.
TIL the first known instance of a railway was not in modern history - written references place it as early as 600BC. The Diolkos, a grooved road paved with hard limestone, was used to roll ships across the land, saving long transport times on goods and assisting in naval campaigns.
TIL about the Flehmen response, or “stinky face.” When cats smell something they like, they open their mouths and curl up their lips because an organ on the roof of their mouths contains extra scent receptors that help them get a better whiff.
TIL of the "Chicken poop prison" in Thailand. The ceiling of the cells was a grate, and chickens were cared for above the cell. Their dung was allowed to drop freely onto the criminal within.
TIL the first man to go over the Niagara Falls in a barrel died after slipping on an orange peel.
TIL that all potatoes used to make fries from Five Guys are required to be grown north of the 42nd parallel.
TIL the marshmallow originally came from boiling the mallow plant found in marshes. It has little in common with today’s sugary treat.
TIL that in the 1936 Olympic games, boxer Thomas Hamilton-Brown lost his opening bout so went on an eating binge to console himself. An error was soon discovered and it turned out he didn't lose, but was disqualified from competition because he had gained so much weight from binge eating.
TIL that Brazil has the largest Japanese community outside of Japan
TIL Yuri Gegarin, the first man in space, began life in a mud hut
TIL that the peanut butter and jelly sandwich was invented in 1901 by Julia Davis Chandler
TIL it is illegal in China to be reincarnated without government approval.
TIL that Giraffe patches can be seen via infrared as they act as "thermal windows" to aid releasing body heat and cooling the animal.
TIL The engine on the BMW M5 is so quiet that the company plays fake engine noises through the speakers to “remind” drivers of their car’sperformance.
TIL the Whopper Jr was created by accident in 1963 by the manager of the first Burger King restaurant in Puerto Rico. The molds for the standard Whopper buns didn't arrive so he used a much smaller local bun. The result was such a success that BK adopted it worldwide and called it the Whopper Jr.
TIL Leonard Nimoy released multiple albums, including a two sided record titled "Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy". One side featured him singing songs as Spock; the other side featured songs related to his personal interests.
TIL the first 1080 ever successfully landed on a skateboard was in 2012 by a 12 year old boy
TIL that Ryan Gosling was a child actor in 1996 Goosebumps episode "Say Cheese and Die"
TIL Indigenous Native Americans were not granted US citizenship until 1924
TIL soft-shelled crabs are just regular crabs removed from water after moulting to prevent their shells from hardening and not a species of crab with soft shells
10755 Eschlick A good engineer uses off-the-shelf components as often as possible. Source: am a bad engineer.
20350 iamgiorgious The second periscope has a madcatz controller.
3456 MasVice I believe EOD (explosive ordinance disposal) in the Navy control their bomb robots with Xbox controllers as well.
3086 Noobsauce9001 We did this with 360 degree camera equipment at my old job! Basically I was writing software for people to cut video clips for boxing matches, and one guy comes to me with this diagram mapping our camera controls to a 360 controller and says "can you make this happen?". Fuck yes we made it happen, best idea ever. **EDIT:** For clarification, it wasn't like a normal 360 camera, it was an array of cameras pointed towards a center point, and digitally/optically manipulated in real time to create 3d footage you could rotate around as you pleased. Here's a gif showing it in action: Don't think they work on it anymore, or at least I can't find it on their site, but we definitely got a 360 controller working with that bad boy so sports clips could be cut more easily.
17027 ReasonablyBadass It's almost as if decades of engineering for easy control and feedback from many users went into game controllers...
965 StarkRavingNormal Somehow these submariners soon began head shotting terrorists from hundreds of miles away at sea. Last reported comment from ISIS commander "Fucking Hackers."
5394 TooShiftyForYou *An Xbox 360 controller sells for around $30 on Amazon, compared to the $38,000 price tag for the photonic mast handgrip and imaging control panel.* Makes sense, good thing they didn't go with the [original Xbox controllers.](
8722 CrimsonPig "Sir, we have detected a Russian submarine invading U.S. waters. Should we prepare a strike against them?" "No. Just send them a message." "What should I say, sir?" *"...I fucked ur mom, lol"*
2362 Willmarr13 Sailor: Right, Down, Left, Up, Up, Left, Down, Right XO: What are you doing, sailor? Sailor: Trying to get a million dollars, Sir.
644 mrfl3tch3r And somewhere someone would be willing to pay 4/500$ for a "real" controller to use in sub-sims...
443 taw_225 Let's be clear, Microsoft easily spent as much money on R&D for their controllers as did the navy. But Microsoft is spreading that cost over millions of units rather than hundreds.
940 CelticRockstar Makes perfect sense; take an uncommon or specialized skill and translate it to something we've been practicing more or less sense childhood. Unusual to see the military doing something that makes so much sense...