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 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 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 visitors to the Sistine Chapel are barred from taking any photos of the frescoes painted by Michelangelo. This is due to a Japanese company owning the copyright to all of the images within the building, which they won via an auction held to help pay for the paintings' restoration.
TIL Yuri Gegarin, the first man in space, began life in a mud hut
TIL it is illegal in China to be reincarnated without government approval.
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 that all potatoes used to make fries from Five Guys are required to be grown north of the 42nd parallel.
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
TIL schizophrenia has been linked to maternal exposure to influenza
TIL that Russians considered the winter when Napoleon invaded Russia to be "a relatively mild winter"
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 that hundreds of hip-hop songs can be traced back to Slick Rick's and Doug E. Fresh's La Di Da Di (1985)
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 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 There are more than 500,000 pieces of debris floating or orbiting around Earth now. Most of them originated as parts of satellites and rockets.
TIL: To become an astronaut in Japan you are tested in your ability to fold a thousand paper cranes.
TIL the largest surviving relative of the Tyrannosaurus is the common Ostrich.
TIL In 1998 a group of cattle ranchers sued Oprah after she made disparaging comments about beef and 13 states have food libel laws which allows companies to sue people who speak badly about their food.
TIL sperm cells can live for up to 30 hours after a man has died. The sperm can be gathered and used for posthumous fertilization.
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 there's a Korean word for ‘mom’s friend’s son’, a fictional person who is perfect in everything, that moms compare their sons to all the time.
TIL that there is a true heavy metal band, weighing about 1 1/2 tons, consisting of only robots. The guitar player has 78 fingers
TIL Medical students in 18th-century Scotland could pay their tuition fees in corpses.
TIL sultans of the Ottoman Empire employed deaf servants, because silence played a key role in expressing majesty to subjects and visitors.
TIL that since WW2, all British Tanks have been equipped with the means to make tea. This is because British Soldiers used to have to get out of the tank to boil the water, wasting time and endangering the soldiers.
TIL that some rainbows have only one color and it is called a "Monochrome rainbow".
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 actor Jim Bullock, who played Prince Valium on "Spaceballs" and also appeared on "Seinfeld," contracted HIV as early as 1985 and is still alive today
TIL there are almost 2x more kangaroos in Australia than humans.
TIL a man was fined $48,000 by the FCC for using a cell phone jammer everyday on his commute, because he didn't like motorists around him on their phones
TIL “Heroin” was originally a trademark of Bayer for the drug diamorphine. It was named for the German word “heroisch” meaning heroic, and originally marketed as a non-addictive morphine substitute. Bayer being a German company, it lost the trademark in 1919 as a result of the Treaty of Versailles.
TIL that Brazil has the largest Japanese community outside of Japan
TIL that the 'Baphomet Sigil' aka the pentagram with the goat in it is actually trademarked by the church of satan
TIL Mexican artists Diego Rivera and his wife Frida Kahlo were communists. When asked to paint for the Rockefellers, Rivera created an ode to the USSR and Lenin. After refusing to remove Lenin, the fresco was promptly plastered over.
TIL a Japanese man responsible for beheading his master during seppuku failed to make a proper cut, which led to him committing his own seppuku but failing at that as well
TIL that in Turkish, turkeys are called Hindi, and that in Hindi, turkeys are called Peru.
TIL The US government recruited over 1600 Nazi scientists, engineers, and technicians, in what is know as Operation Paperclip, in an effort to win the space race
TIL there is a species of blind cave beetle only in five humid caves in Slovenia known as Anophthalmus hitleri, named in tribute to Adolf Hitler in 1933 when they were discovered. Their name has not changed since, as it is taxonomic tradition to not change the name of an organism after it is named.
TIL Ben, from Ben & Jerry's ice cream, has no sense of smell and gets his "food enjoyment" from texture. This is why the brand puts chunky ingredients in their icecream.
357 TikTesh I have a feeling that people who haven't heard of this are going to put out teal pumpkins because they look trendy and this is going to become pointless real quick.
58 PhalconAvAtAr Parents had me handing out pencils and erasers a while back. They did this so I didn't feel excluded because I was alergic to corn and couldn't have candy. This stopped when I explained I'd rather feel excluded than have to dodge the pencils and erasers thrown at me by my peers. Kids were dicks.
17 jonnypickins13 Lol my wife has teal pumpkins all over cause she likes the color not cause anything about some other potential persons possible allergies
157 [deleted] I do this because I'm sick of having candy around our house (whatever candy we buy and doesn't get given out, etc). I get stuff like play doh, glow in the dark vampire teeth, temporary tattoos, etc and give that out instead. Kids have seemed stoked so far. The kids across the street got some from us and months later I'd still see them playing with the stuff occasionally.
52 PlasmidEve Also known as the "let's skip this house and go to the next one" Project.
10 LucianoThePig So basically they're saying "don't come to this house"
8 kelloggflakes Michael's is currently selling them for $10.99. I was going to buy one for just decorating but decided that was too much.
25 Jeggasyn My kid is colourblind. Teal is orange.
9 draxdiggity Why teal though
5 motorhead_mike I am sending my kids to school dressed as open-faced peanut butter sandwiches this year.
9 toomuchoversteer i like the look of teal pumpkins, but i also want to give out regular candy. why not both. a bowl with normal candy and another with the non-allergic chalk tasting candy? caramel covered onions and beer for the older looking of the children
7 squirmdragon A lot of parents just let their kids trick to treat anyway and then replace all that candy with stuff their kid can have (or they eat it, lets be honest). Halloween is really about the experience. I've been a preschool teacher for a while now and most food allergy kids are pretty self aware and understand that they can't have certain foods. I think it's the parents that choose to make it a huge deal.
7 campysparkling We've been participating for 3 years now. People actually drive their kids over to us (there's a map you can register your location) because they have allergies. It's so sweet to see how excited the kids are to just pick a toy from the bowl. Normal kids like it too when they have a bag full of candy already. Our most popular toy grabbed? Bubbles.
5 welcometothejl In other words, you're going to want to maximize your fun by skipping these homes.
31 thoawaydatrash ITT: People who didn't catch the fact that they're offering non-food treats *in addition to* candy.
8 TheBeardedMann I set out a giant pumpkin on my front step so kids know I give out full size candy bars.
3 Inactivated Robes of teal.