3368TIL Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’ was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" enough for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the United States Library of Congress in 2016, the first metal recording to do so.
26882TIL the German Parliament has the grafiti "I f--k Hitler in the ass" preserved as a historic monument on one of its walls
7968TIL the human eye is capable of seeing some ultra-violet light but it is filtered out by the lenses in our eye. Painter Claude Monet had that lens removed due to cataracts and may have been able to see ultra-violet in his right eye.
3075TIL roman emperor Diocletian retired in 305 AD to grow cabbages and tend to his vegetable gardens.
5123TIL that early humans hunted animals by chasing them to exhaustion. "Persistence hunting" takes advantage of humans' two legs and ability to sweat, which makes us stronger distance runners than prey.
1812TIL that Peter Weller, the actor most famous for playing Robo Cop earned PhD in Art History, writing a dissertation on the Italian Renaissance in 2014
1241TIL Sweden is so good at recycling that they need to import trash to keep their plants going
9995TIL Because Germany dubs Hollywood movies to their native language, for every Hollywood movie-star there is an equivalent German voice actor who is used again and again in the same films as their counterpart.
6436TIL: During Prohibition, Grape bricks/juice came with warnings on how "not" to make wine so people could make their own wine.
13287TIL that during Charles Manson's trial, the judge began carrying a revolver under his robe after Manson charged at him with a pencil.
1230TIL Rio residents rely on an app called "fogo cruzado" (Cross fire) to keep track of all gun battles happening in the city any given day in order to avoid them.
2745TIL of Joe Arridy, a mentally ill man wrongfully sentenced to death in the 1930's. While on death row, he played with toy trains, requested ice cream for his last meal and, while being taken to the gas chamber, smiled and told the warden, "No no, Joe won't die"
8028TIL that because of the austerity measures following the war, Queen Elizabeth had to use clothing ration coupons to pay for her wedding dress. She was given hundreds of clothing coupons by brides-to-be to help her, but she had to return the coupon gifts as it was illegal to transfer them.
500TIL the Japanese sportswear company ASICS is an acronym of the latin phrase "anima sana in corpore sano", which translates to "a healthy soul in a healthy body"
3893TIL it is possible to coat droplets of water with silica, resulting in a dry powder known as "dry water"
638TIL Antarctica is governed by a treaty of over 50 countries banning all mining, pollution, colonization, or claims from any one country. Only scientific exploration is permitted and visitors must take every trace of themselves with them when they leave.
1392TIL of Adrian Carton de Wiart a British Officer who served in 3 wars; was shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg, hip and ear; survived 2 plane crashes; tunneled out of a POW camp; tore off his own fingers when a doctor refused to amputate them. He wrote in WW1 "Frankly I had enjoyed the war."
3063TIL The U.S state Texas is roughly 10% larger than France and almost twice as large as Germany.
3341TIL that the Holy Roman state of Hesse-Kessel became a "mercenary state" renting out its army to other major powers. The state maintained strict neutrality, to the point that it would rent out soldiers to both sides of a conflict and the Hessian soldiers would end up fighting each other.
16511TIL that Sir Richard Branson dislikes the formality of neck ties so much that he often carries around a pair of scissors with him, ready to cut the ties off of unsuspecting tie wearers. He even has a cushion that he keeps at his home on Necker Island made up from the ties of some of his victims.
510TIL there was a Roman emperor named "Maximinus Thrax" who was allegedly over 8-feet tall and could fit bracelets on his thumb
2521TIL That the inventor of Tang, also invented Pop Rocks, Cool Whip, a form of instant-set Jell-O, and other convenience foods.
40141TIL there was a German architect who devoted his whole life to promote his grand scheme of damming and draining the Mediterranean to create vast amounts of land and to unite Europe and Africa into one super continent.
517TIL: Detroit, synonymous with the auto industry, has a driverless monorail system that moves about 2.4 million people a year.
1626TIL there are 22 American states that can revoke your professional license for defaulting on college loans.
2446TIL when Charles Manson entered prison in 1961 he entered "Scientologist" as his religion
1235TIL that unlike much of its competition, Family Video owns the real estate housing their stores, helping them to avoid unsuccessful lease negotiations that led to the demise of Blockbuster and Movie Gallery, which includes Hollywood Video. Family Video is now the largest rental chain in the U.S.
479TIL that there's a possibility of silicon-based life rather than carbon-based life.
1892TIL Stanley Kubrick appointed French Director Bertrand Tavernier as his publicist in France and he was asking him regularly about strange stuff like types of lamps in theaters, Tavernier resigned after 3 months and told him: As a film-maker you are a genius but as an employer you are an imbecile.
4057TIL that despite US denial for 26 years, eight members of the Alabama Air National Guard volunteered to pose as Cuban rebel pilots during the Bay of Pigs invasion. Of these 8, 4 were killed when promised air cover never arrived, with two of the pilots dying in a firefight after being shot down.
215TIL that in Malmö, Sweden, it's cheaper to buy a grenade on the black market than it is to buy an ice cream cone.
258TIL herd animals in the wild often hang around with giraffes. The giraffes, being so tall, give the herd animals such as Zebra and Wildebeest an early warning of lions sneaking up on them. These herd animals benefit by having friends in high places (quite literally).
2929TIL there's a surgery that claims to change the color of your eyes. The surgery involves taking a laser and burning away the melanin layer of your iris. Over the course of a few weeks, your eyes naturally turn from brown to blue as the damaged melanin is removed by your body.
168TIL that one day each year, for just a few minutes, because of a program called Border Angels, US/Mexico border patrol open a gate to allow divided families to embrace for a total of three minutes.
801TIL that some Russian scientists are trying to restore a small region of Russia to the way it would've looked ~10,000 years ago, in a project called Pleistocene Park
301TIL that Robert Moses, the man who shaped NYC, ordered his bridges to be build low such that buses could not run under them, effectively keeping poor people out of certain neighborhoods
926TIL that during WW1, French commander Joseph Joffre employed professional car racer Georges Boillot to drive him around the conflict zone at blazing speeds.
66TIL that two men intended to kidnap Rupert Murdoch's wife and held her for ransom, but they took the wife of one of Murdoch's associates by mistake. This woman has never been found.
353TIL That in Japan even the passengers with a drunk driver can be fined and/or imprisoned.
1369TIL a hobbit-like species of human lived about 18,000 years ago. About the size of a 3-year-old, they lived with pygmy elephants and 10-foot-long lizards.