20756TIL: Earthworms have even been ranked the number one most influential species in the history of the planet – above dinosaurs and humans.
3630TIL brain scans reveal that dogs not only seem to love us back, but they actually see us as their family
4976TIL after journalist Paulette Cooper wrote an article criticizing the Church of Scientology, they tried to get her committed to a psychiatric ward by writing her name and number on street walls, subscribing her to pornographic mail lists, and faking bomb threats with her stationary and fingerprints.
11705TIL of "Operation Snow White", an operation carried out by the Church of Scientology, was one of the largest infiltration of the US government in history.
21819TIL a bald eagle somehow made its way to Ireland in 1987 and was so tired that it had to be returned via airplane.
46544TIL 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.
4588TIL that Marjory Stoneman Douglas fought against efforts to drain the FL Everglades and reclaim land for development when she was 79 years old. Her tireless efforts earned her several variations of the nickname "Grande Dame of the Everglades.” She also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
2804TIL that Cougars are the biggest cat that can purr and meow.
819TIL Sublime made 40oz. to Freedom by sneaking into the music department at CSU-Dominguez Hills after hours and recording all night.
35735TIL 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.
1073TIL the last name of "How to Win Friends and Influence People" author Dale Carnegie was not originally named Carnegie - in an example of how to influence people, he changed the spelling from Carnegey to resemble the name of the more influential Andrew Carnegie
4154TIL 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.
693TIL In 1981, horse meat labeled as beef was discovered at a plant that supplied hamburger and taco meat to Jack in the Box. The meat was originally from Australia, and during their checks on location, inspectors discovered other shipments destined for the US that included kangaroo meat.
2854TIL 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.
586TIL California is the 6th largest economy in the world behind USA, China, Japan, Germany, UK. It's bigger than India, France, Brazil, Italy, Russia, Canada, Spain, Australia, South Korea, Mexico.
13347TIL that, as a child, Jack Black (real name Thomas Jacob Black) appeared in a commercial for the 1982 Atari videogame "Pitfall!"
36702TIL there were 30ft long sea cows called Steller's sea cows in the 1700s and we killed them.
4346TIL 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"
591TIL one of the first science fiction stories, ‘Description of a New World, Called a Blazing World,’ was written in 1666 by the Duchess Margaret Cavendish. She helped popularize scientific advancements, like the telescope and microscope, and was considered the first female philosopher of her time.
1727TIL 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
1823TIL that there's a special minimally-fermented wine used at masses where the priest is a current or recovering alcoholic.
340TIL potato chips cause more weight gain than any other food
1123TIL the first man to go over the Niagara Falls in a barrel died after slipping on an orange peel.
501TIL that up to 1 BILLION birds are killed per year in collisions with buildings. the second greatest human-caused source of bird deaths (pet and feral cats kill more)
740TIL Indigenous Native Americans were not granted US citizenship until 1924
2397TIL A man, Denver Lee St. Clair died after being subjected to an atomic wedgie by his 33 year old stepson
250TIL the fact that there are seven days to the week, internationally, and that the Sun day is followed by the Moon day, happened thanks to ancient Mesopotamia or Egypt passing it on to Greece, Rome, India, Japan...
1507TIL 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.
71TIL that in 2015, Americans left 658 million vacation days unused. 222 million of those days were lost because they could not be rolled over, meaning Americans worked $61 billion dollars worth of time for free.
266TIL the total mass of the asteroid belt is approximately 4% that of the Moon
3439TIL that India's Mars Orbiter mission had a budget of $73 million, which is less than the budget of big Hollywood movies about space
207TIL that in future millenia, carbon dating specimens from our lifetime may not be possible because of the altering of current natural Carbon-14 levels by nuclear weapons and nuclear/fossil fuel power plants.
1931TIL 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.
311TIL The FedEx logo has won over 40 design awards and was ranked as one of the eight best logos in the last 35 years. The white arrow in the logo was an intentional design choice, created by blending two different fonts together.
35176TIL 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.
379TIL that the peanut butter and jelly sandwich was invented in 1901 by Julia Davis Chandler
98TIL that most cats are lactose intolerant, despite cats being shown drinking milk in stories and TV shows
94TIL that, during filming of The Wire, then-mayor Martin O'Malley called the show's creator, asked him to quit being so critical, and threatened to block filming in Baltimore.
33TIL Britain had their first queen regant in the 11th century BC after she defeated her husband in battle, then drowned his mistress and daughter. She ruled peacefully for the next 15 years.
15475TIL 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.