27469TIL Thomas Jefferson was Deist, the belief that a God created the universe but hasn't interfered with it since.
2186TIL that ABBA's "Dancing Queen" is a favourite of Queen Elizabeth II. She claims: "I always try to dance when this song comes on, because I am the Queen, and I like to dance."
54907TIL a defendant in the UK called a judge a "bit of a cunt" and the judge replied with "you're a bit of a cunt yourself"
1805TIL that the Chernobyl Power Plant continued operating and producing electricity until 2000, 14 years after the Chernobyl disaster.
4743TIL that 14% of the US adult population could not read in 2013
2131TIL: Chinese philanthropist, Run Run Shaw (1907-2014) gave $1+/- billion to fund education, aiding over 6000 construction projects. Because so many buildings (5000+) bear his name, Yifu, it is often confused as a generic name.
1310TIL that just as % stands for per cent, ‰ stands for per mille
1400TIL Rolex replaced (for free) all watches seized by the germans from shot down allied pilots in WW2.
1243TIL they used to release massive balloons from Macys Parade into the air. If found, you could redeem one for a $100 reward. But they stopped because in "1932 an errant balloon wrapped itself around a passing airplane's wing, sending it into a tailspin."
568TIL almost all cattle is descended from only 80 aurochs tamed in northern Mesopotamia about 10,000 years ago
505TIL Tryptophan in turkey isn’t what makes us tired after Thanksgiving dinner, it’s the overeating of carbohydrates. Turkey contains no more tryptophan than chicken or beef, and nuts and cheeses actually contain more.
21155TIL In 2013, a Pizza Hut GM Stood Up and Refused to Force His Employees to Work Thanksgiving, Believing They Should Get to Spend Time With Family Instead.
349TIL about the Australian hoax "drop bears" intended to frighten outsiders and tourists by convincing them that some treetops were inhabited by sharp-toothed flesh-eating koala that could drop down from great heights (8 + meters) and attack.
1727TIL That John Lennon wrote "I Am The Walrus" simply because he wanted to mess with people who were trying to analyze The Beatles songs (but inevitably people tried to anyway)
692TIL that about 30,000, or 24% of the world's cranes, are currently operating in Dubai
832TIL of Edward Stuart Baker, a man who survived a panther attack by shoving his left arm down its throat. Despite losing his arm, he remained a formidable tennis player and even won a local tournament several years later.
1016TIL Three explorers who wanted to prove that the penguins are the missing link between birds and reptiles went in the middle of the Antarctic winter (–60C) to collect penguin eggs in 1911 and when they returned back with the eggs the museum initially refused to look at them.
316TIL that the first smartphone, an IBM prototype codenamed Angler, debuted in 1992--three years before the word 'smartphone' was invented. It sent emails, ran apps, and had a working touch screen.
91TIL Thomas Jefferson believed Jesus's teachings were "the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man," but that they had been appropriated by his followers, resulting in a Bible that contained both "diamonds of wisdom" and the "dung" of ancient political agendas.
359TIL: Businesses or stores larger than 2,000 square feet can be charged thousands of dollars in fines if they're using Spotify, Apple Music, etc. and not licensed music.
39583TIL that a 2012 survey of 1,000 Americans found that 45% of them wished they could skip Christmas due to financial pressures
140TIL that wild turkey were hunted to extinction in New England by about 1850. The turkey were reintroduced to the region by transplant only in the 1970s.
1924TIL: When FDR died, Eleanor Roosevelt told Harry Truman that the president was dead. When he asked there was anything he could do for her, she replied, “Is there anything we can do for you? For you are the one in trouble now.”
295TIL That the coverart for Neils Young's album ''Silver & Gold'' is a picture taken by his daughter with her Gameboy camera
80TIL There is no English equivalent to the German word "Backpfeifengesicht", which essentially means "a face begging to be punched".
184TIL of the Sentinelese, a tribe living near the bay of bengal, upon previus encounters they have been so violent they remain uncontacted, and trying to do so is illegal.
6959TIL that John Cleese once defaced his school's grounds "as a prank, by painting footprints to suggest that the statue of Field Marshal Earl Haig had got down from his plinth and gone to the toilet"
3745TIL if you threw a stone overboard above the Mariana Tench (6.8 mi deep) it would take an hour for it to hit the ocean floor.
12004TIL that after its tourism sector boomed, Kazakhstan's foreign minister thanked Sacha Baron Cohen in 2012 for the release of Borat after the country saw a 10x increase in issued visas.
5105TIL of the "Pompeii Masturbator:" a man who appears to have been forever immortalised in the midst of some personal time.
85TIL the first planet we landed probes on besides earth was not Mars but Venus
68TIL The US did not have only two atomic bombs in WWII. They had a third ready to drop on Japan on August 19th that was halted by the surrender. Three to four more bombs were slated to be produced every month in support of a US invasion if Japan did not capitulate.
167TIL that from certain viewing points, the statue of William Penn atop city hall in Philadelphia appears to have a hard on.
88TIL the actor Armie Hammer is the grandson of Armand Hammer, who was named after the "arm & hammer" emblem of the Soviet Union. The elder Armand also tried to buy out the Arm & Hammer company because of the similarity to his name.
197TIL approximately 20% of municipal water in England is lost to leakage, before it ever reaches a property
116TIL I learned about the sunken city of Heracleion, an ancient Egyptian city built over several Islands 35 km north of Alexandria. It is thought to have been sunk by an Earthquake at around the 2nd Century AD.
9816TIL a Japanese professor searching to find out what happened to Einstein's brain discovered that it was being kept in a mason jar by a retiree in Kansas, who would occasionally shave off slices with a kitchen knife and mail it to people if they asked for some of it
66TIL in Norse mythology, Odin rode an 8-legged horse named Sleipnir. The horse was the offspring of Loki and the stallion Svaõlifari.
313TIL the Lagunitas Brewing Company in California was shut down for 20 days after being found to give out free cannabis. The company responded by releasing a beer called "Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale"
51TIL despite designing nuclear missiles and launching astronauts into space, China has so far failed to build a reliable, high performance jet engine.