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submitted 29 days ago by Mental from youtu.be
TIL that during World War II, Japan floated over 9,300 Fu-Go balloon bombs towards the United States mainland. While the bombs were largely ineffective, they were the first intercontinental weapons, with one reaching as far as Michigan.
submitted 2 months ago by NorfolkTerrier from en.wikipedia.org
TIL expensive placebo pills are proven to be more effective than cheap ones
submitted 2 months ago by Saturday from thefactsource.com
submitted 3 months ago by ElifromtheBook from urbandictionary.com
TIL that the US's original nuclear war plan included bombing China. When asked if there was an option to spare China if it wasn't part of the war, Strategic Air Command leader Thomas Power said he hoped no one would think of that, "because it would really screw up the plan."
submitted 3 months ago by NorfolkTerrier from nsarchive2.gwu.edu
TIL a seven year old boy became heavyweight champion of the world for one day. ♥️
submitted 3 months ago by hfxB0oyA from imgur.com
TIL Medieval Eltz Castle has remained with the same family for 860 years (33 generations)
submitted 3 months ago by Saturday from thefactsource.com
TIL that the Madagascar Sign Language is derived from the Norwegian Sign Language, since the education for deaf in the country was established by Norwegian missionaries.
submitted 4 months ago by Jashfior from repository.tufs.ac.jp
TIL that at a library in Anchorage, Alaska you can borrow taxidermy animals.
submitted 4 months ago by Jashfior from atlasobscura.com
TIL bone conduction was used to diagnose the source of deafness in patients as early as the sixteenth century (no, Beethoven did NOT invent bone conduction)
submitted 4 months ago by liz_ from blog.sentienhq.com
TIL that the rarest naturally occuring element is Astatine (atomic number 85). It is so rare because it has a half-life of 8.1 hours. Less than one ounce (28 grams) exists in the Earth's crust.
submitted 4 months ago by Jashfior from en.wikipedia.org
TIL that all mammals of order Carnivora are divided into two groups: cat-like (Feliformia) and dog-like (Caniformia).
submitted 4 months ago by NorfolkTerrier from en.wikipedia.org
TIL that there was an Indian con-man called Natwarlal who repeatedly "sold" Taj Mahal, the Red Fort in Delhi, the Indian presidential palace and parliament house.
TIL that two airplanes collided in Switzerland in 2002 due to bad air traffic control. A Russian man who lost his family in the accident murdered the air traffic controller who handled the traffic that night. After his release he became deputy minister of construction in North Ossetia-Alania.
TIL that the library Biblioteca_Joanina in Coimbra, Portugal is home to a swarm of bats that feed on book-eating insects.
TIL that Francisco Macías Nguema, dictator of Equatorial Guinea 1968-1979, gave himself the title "Unique Miracle", changed the national motto to "There is no other God than Macías Nguema", banned western medicine and had 150 opponents executed on Christmas Eve by soldiers dressed as Santa Claus.
TIL that in 1968, Liechtenstein held a referendum on women's suffrage where both men and women were allowed to vote. Despite this, the No-side won with 56.3% and 49.5% of the women voting against voting rights for women. Women's suffrage would not be introduced until 1984.
TIL that the last sword duel in France took place in 1967, between the mayor of Marseille and the presidential candidate of the Socialist Party.
submitted 4 months ago by Jashfior from rarehistoricalphotos.com
TIL that the Paraguayan war 1864-1870 led to the death of up to 69% of the population in Paraguay. After the war there were only 28,746 adult men left in the country.
TIL What It Was Like to Witness the Guillotine - Weird History
submitted 4 months ago by EndlessSunflowers from youtube.com
TIL that Ninja as portrayed in Modern Media aren't Real and all Ninja Masters today are Fake
submitted 4 months ago by scrubking from youtu.be
TIL that the first rocket launched by the Indian space program in 1963 was transported to the launch site by bicycle. The space center from which the launch was performed was set up in a church.
submitted 4 months ago by Jashfior from indiatoday.in
TIL about the dancing plague of 1518 in Strasbourg where hundreds started to dance maniacally without any known reason, some even dancing to their death.
TIL that the great mathematician and logician Kurt Gödel, famous for his incompleteness theorems, refused to eat anything not cooked by his wife out of fear of poisoning and died of starvation when she was hospitalized and unable to cook for him.
TIL that the national anthem of Estonia is the same as that of Finland, but with different lyrics.
TIL that a small islet called South Talpatti was disputed between India and Bangladesh until 2010, when it was submerged due to rising sea levels caused by global warming, settling the dispute.
submitted 4 months ago by Jashfior from smh.com.au
TIL that there exist many villages in France that "died for France" in WWI. They were never rebuilt and the land not incorporated in other administrative divisions. Instead the villages officially remain with zero inhabitants to commemorate their sacrifice.
TIL that an Indian man married a dog to atone for having killed two other dogs, something that had brought a "curse" upon him.
submitted 4 months ago by Jashfior from news.bbc.co.uk
TIL That Humans have a limited ability to care about people outside their social circle, and this is why there will always be what some consider social injustice.
submitted 4 months ago by NaughtyUnicorn from lundtan.lundaekonomerna.se
TIL on the Papuan Bougainville Island 41% of the men admitted to having coerced a non-partner into sex, and 59% to having sex with their partner when she was unwilling. 14.1% admitted having commited gang rape.
TIL that in 532, half of Constantinople was destroyed and tens of thousand died in riots between supporters of different chariot racing factions.
TIL that there are three islands in lakes on islands in lakes on islands, all in Canada. There used to be four, until the Taal Volcano Main Crater Lake in the Philippines was emptied after an eruption on January 12, 2020.
TIL about Flettner rotors that use the Magnus effect, the same effect that makes spinning balls follow a curved path. They can be used for rotor sails on ships consisting of large cylinders, or as cylindrical wings on rotor airplanes to create lift.
TIL that in 1800 Alexander von Humboldt found a pet parrot in Amazonas that spoke an extinct language. He documented what it said, and his notes are the only trace of this language.
submitted 4 months ago by Jashfior from mentalfloss.com
TIL that "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" is one of the most profitable films of all time with a 6150% return on investment
submitted 4 months ago by skunkwerx from cnbc.com
TIL that "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective", "The Mask", and "Dumb and Dumber" were all released in 1994.
submitted 4 months ago by skunkwerx from en.wikipedia.org
TIL about a murderer that couldn't be executed due to the innocence of his parasitic, conjoined twin
TIL that Madagascar was not inhabited from nearby Africa, but from Indonesia some time between 200 and 500 AD.
TIL the founder of the Chinese Communist Party, Mao Zedong, was responsible for the deaths of over 65 million people, making him the most prolific killer of the 20th century.
submitted 4 months ago by aThievingStableboy from heritage.org
TIL that on the isolated Pacific Pitcairn Island, six men, out of a total population of just 47, were in 2004 found guilty of rape and sexual assault against children, including the mayor.
TIL Iraq 1971 poison grain disaster has left 459 dead and 100,000 brain damaged. Farmers consumed grain treated with mercury fungicide, because they didn't understand English/Spanish warnings or skull/crossbones sign
submitted 4 months ago by Saturday from thefactsource.com
TIL that in 2010 the stock market experienced a flash crash, when over a trillion dollars were lost and mostly regained, all in 36 minutes. The crash was caused by automatic trading, although the exact causes are not definitely determined.
TIL Zionist Jews orchestrated 9/11
submitted 4 months ago by Jesus from takeourworldback.com
TIL that in English, swear words tend to have Germanic origins (fuck, shit, etc.) while euphemisms tend to have Latin origins (copulate, defecate, etc.)
submitted 5 months ago by aThievingStableboy from grin.com
TIL Cleopatra was ethnically Greek, not Egyptian. Her ancestor Ptolomy served in Alexander the Great's army. After Alexander's, death Ptolemy stole the body & used it to claim legitimacy as ruler of Egypt. His dynasty lasted 292 years until Augustus Cesar defeated Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium.
submitted 5 months ago by aThievingStableboy from en.wikipedia.org
TIL about the Vela incident, an unidentified double flash occurring in the south Atlantic on September 22, 1979. It is believed to be a secret nuclear test carried out by South Africa and Israel.
submitted 5 months ago by Jashfior from en.wikipedia.org
TIL There is an inverse correlation between the amount of money spent on a wedding, and how long the marriage lasts. The more people spend on the ceremony, the more likely the couple will get divorced.
submitted 5 months ago by theFriendlyDoomer from insider.com
TIL about the sweating sickness in England (1485-1551)
submitted 4 months ago by theFriendlyDoomer from en.wikipedia.org
TIL there are more payday loan stores in the US than there are Starbucks or McDonald’s.
submitted 5 months ago by theFriendlyDoomer from research.stlouisfed.org
TIL Jeff Bezos founded a spaceflight company called Blue Origin. It even has a coat of arms.
submitted 5 months ago by Cindy from en.wikipedia.org
Primonumerophobia and disparnumerophobia
submitted 5 months ago by infocom6502 from phobia.wikia.org
TIL since it is forbidden for Jews to carry certain objects in public during Shabbat, many cities have installed lines in the air, enclosing the city, making the entire city count as private domain and thus making it allowed to carry among other things, house keys, tissues, medication, and babies.
TIL that retirement is strongly correlated with death. The earlier you retire, the more likely you are to die.
submitted 5 months ago by aThievingStableboy from webmd.com
TIL that research on reversible vasectomies (RISUG) has been delayed for nearly a decade because Indians don't want needles getting near their dicks.
submitted 5 months ago by Adallindis from en.wikipedia.org
TIL that the longest known sniper kill occurred in 2017. A member of the Canadian special forces smoked an ISIS fighter at 3,871 yards, which is over 2 miles.
submitted 5 months ago by aThievingStableboy from nationalinterest.org
TIL that on pre-colonial Easter Island there existed a undeciphered system of writing or proto-writing, called Rongorongo, which would be one of few independent inventions of writing.
TIL that all Native American dog breeds were wiped out by Eurasian dogs after the arrival of European settlers. Despite thriving on the continent for thousands of years, no pre-contact breeds survive today.
submitted 5 months ago by aThievingStableboy from smithsonianmag.com
TIL American chickens can be processed in China, shipped back, and legally sold in the U.S. as American products
submitted 5 months ago by Saturday from thefactsource.com
TIL in 1980 a dingo ate the infant Azaria Chamberlain. Authorities thought the story was false and charged her parents with murder. The mother was demonized by several media outlets who spread false information pointing to her guilt. Yet, after years of legal battles both parents were acquitted.
TIL about the Falkland Islands wolf. It was the only native land mammal living on the islands, and it is not quite clear how it was able to get there from the mainland, 480 km away. It was hunted to extinction by sheep farmers in the 19th century.
TIL most men’s right testicle is slightly larger than the left, and tends to hang a little higher.
submitted 5 months ago by aThievingStableboy from healthline.com
TIL of Brandolini's Law, aka the "Bullshit Asymmetry Principle" which states, "The amount of energy needed to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it"
TIL That, in addition to head-coverings, followers of Sikhism must always carry a Kirpan (ceremonial dagger) as a symbol of their "spirituality and the constant struggle of good and morality over the forces of evil and injustice."
submitted 5 months ago by aThievingStableboy from sikhs.org
TIL that you can't be denied access to any public business in California for lack of a face mask
submitted 5 months ago by discountmeat from youtube.com
TIL that the small Pacific island nation of Nauru was once the richest country in the world thanks to phosphate mines, but as the phosphate was depleted it descended into poverty, reaching 90% unemployment.
submitted 5 months ago by Jashfior from telegraph.co.uk
TIL of Transnistria - a European country that doesn't officially exist. Internationally, it's recognized as part of Moldova, but is largely self-governing and considers itself independent.
TIL that after the invention of lightning rods in the 18th century, it became popular in France to wear lightning rods e.g. in your hat or umbrella.
All Dutch PMs since 1982 have attended the Bilderberg.
submitted 5 months ago by Robin from wikispooks.com
Windshield phenomenon. Are insects disappearing?
submitted 5 months ago by Canbot from en.wikipedia.org
Copper's Surprising Reaction to Strong Magnets | Force Field Motion Dampening (7:45) ~ NightHawkInLight, 2018-01-26 [Did any of you know about this?]
submitted 6 months ago by JasonCarswell from youtube.com
Helicopter Tree Sawing In The MD 500 (7:26) ~ Helicopter Online Ground School, 2015-08-17
submitted 7 months ago by JasonCarswell from youtube.com
TIL that aspirin might have increased mortality during the spanish flu
submitted 7 months ago by [deleted] from youtu.be
TIL In 1933 Asbestos companies settled claims about the damage of asbestos, they then funded the research so they could control it.
Today I learned about New Rave.
submitted 9 months ago by JasonCarswell from self.TIL
TIL about the "Davy Crockett" M-29 portable nuclear warhead mortar gun, made in the 1950s
submitted 10 months ago by magnora7 from en.wikipedia.org
TIL Scholars now think that human writing independently developed in at least five ancient civilizations: Mesopotamia/Sumer (between 3400 and 3100 BC), Egypt (around 3250 BC), China (2000 BC), Mesoamerica (by 650 BC), and Peru (by 200 CE)
TIL: Dogs dont want to be alone when they die, they're just scared and confused
submitted 11 months ago by Tiwaking from wagwalking.com
An Alabama store sells your unclaimed luggage
submitted 11 months ago by mikipika from unclaimedbaggage.com
TIL: The 4 richest banks in the world are all based in the same country, which surprised me.
submitted 11 months ago by Robin from en.wikipedia.org
Patented in 1857, the phonautograph was the earliest known device to record sound, but had no means of playback. The recordings were first converted back into sound in 2008.
TIL: At least two IMF directors have been convicted of financial crimes
submitted 11 months ago by Robin from self.TIL
Exclusive: Pentagon spent nearly $8 million to treat 1,500 transgender troops since 2016
submitted 1 year ago by Tom_Bombadil from usatoday.com
TIL an AI that tracks "hate speech" finds minorities to be the worst offenders.
submitted 1 year ago by Chipit from youtube.com
TIL: Sophia the AI robot was developed as a result of funding by Jeff Epstein. Wonder if he trained her?
submitted 1 year ago by Squizzel from twitter.com
TIL about the inspiration for "The green mile".
submitted 1 year ago by Mnemonic from imgur.com
TIL of the Great Male Renunciation
submitted 1 year ago by [deleted] from en.wikipedia.org
TIL that the late Philip Marshall has _two_ amazon author pages:
submitted 1 year ago by Robin from self.TIL
TIL about the Soucouyant, or Loogaroo. (I'm pretty sure that HRC is a loogaroo)
submitted 1 year ago by Tom_Bombadil from en.wikipedia.org
TIL that JFK Jr. died in a small plane crash in 1999.
TIL about the usage of the 'word' Texas.
submitted 1 year ago by Mnemonic from i.imgur.com
In February this year Wikipedia voted on whether to delete its entire article on the Israeli occupation of the West Bank.
submitted 1 year ago by Robin from en.wikipedia.org
TIL that Donald Rumsfeld was the 3rd Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity. This office was created to fight the "War on Poverty". Obviously, he didn't win the war.
submitted 1 year ago by Tom_Bombadil from en.m.wikipedia.org
TIL about the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act. This April the UK Govt. claimed the right to jail its citizens for up to for 10 years if they enter a "designated area" abroad.
submitted 1 year ago by Robin from independent.co.uk
TIL that the WHO declared Ebola a PHEIC (Public Health Emergency of International Concern) 2 Weeks ago.
submitted 1 year ago by Robin from who.int
TIL about Child beauty pageants in France
TIL about the World's littlest skyscraper
submitted 1 year ago by Mnemonic from en.m.wikipedia.org
TIL: that Scatman John had a stutter
submitted 1 year ago by Mnemonic from youtube.com
TIL about the Pfeilstorch (German for "arrow stork")
submitted 1 year ago by Mnemonic from en.wikipedia.org
TIL about Van Eck phreaking
TIL about: the Petroleum Warfare Department