7714TIL 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
38282TIL it is illegal in China to be reincarnated without government approval.
6348TIL that in the early 20th century, several American condom manufacturers tested their condoms for defects and sold the rejects under cheaper brand names rather than discarding them
2758TIL Yuri Gegarin, the first man in space, began life in a mud hut
3069TIL 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.
3397TIL 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
2350TIL schizophrenia has been linked to maternal exposure to influenza
13241TIL that Russians considered the winter when Napoleon invaded Russia to be "a relatively mild winter"
1204TIL 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.
1096TIL that hundreds of hip-hop songs can be traced back to Slick Rick's and Doug E. Fresh's La Di Da Di (1985)
603TIL that all potatoes used to make fries from Five Guys are required to be grown north of the 42nd parallel.
2733TIL 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.
778TIL 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.
32710TIL 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.
822TIL the largest surviving relative of the Tyrannosaurus is the common Ostrich.
1953TIL that there is a true heavy metal band, weighing about 1 1/2 tons, consisting of only robots. The guitar player has 78 fingers
1361TIL sultans of the Ottoman Empire employed deaf servants, because silence played a key role in expressing majesty to subjects and visitors.
53326TIL 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
831TIL that some rainbows have only one color and it is called a "Monochrome rainbow".
209TIL: To become an astronaut in Japan you are tested in your ability to fold a thousand paper cranes.
415TIL 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
30127TIL 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.
65979TIL it's only called an acronym when you pronounce the abbreviation as a real word (ex. NASA). Otherwise it is known as an initialism (ex. FBI).
268TIL 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
184TIL that the 'Baphomet Sigil' aka the pentagram with the goat in it is actually trademarked by the church of satan
115TIL 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.
374TIL that Tristan da Cunha, a British island in the Atlantic 2400 km away from the nearest continent, is a commune, where all land is communally owned and cattle numbers are restricted to discourage wealth accumulation.
67TIL sperm cells can live for up to 30 hours after a man has died. The sperm can be gathered and used for posthumous fertilization.
52TIL 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.
207TIL - The early Nazi Party (DAP) began counting their membership numbers at 500 to give the impression they were a much larger party. Hitler was number 555.
8534TIL that McDonald's Filet-O-Fish was created in 1962 for Catholics abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent. According to McDonald's, a quarter of all its Filet-O-Fish sandwiches were sold during Lent last year.
149TIL 14th Century China's use of the porcelain tea cup stunted their advancement of science when compared to Europeans who preferred glass cups
225TIL actor Sean Astin of Goonies and Lord of the Rings fame is the son of actress Patty Duke
48TIL 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.
123TIL - During WWII German Soldiers in N. Africa Ate Camel Poop to Cure Dysentery Outbreak
258TIL A Device Exists That Can Make People Hear Voices In Their Head That Nobody Else Can Hear.
32TIL 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.
42TIL eggs have markings on the EU. The first digit from 0 to 3 shows the condition the hens were in from organic to caged.
44TIL Ariana Grande’s anthem to female empowerment, ‘Dangerous Woman,’ was written by three men. The R&B/pop song was also originally pitched to Carrie Underwood as a country song.
30TIL “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.