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TIL in 1997 a division by zero on the USS Yorktown's database system brought down all the machines on the ship's network, causing the propulsion system to fail.
Why We're Not Allowed To Divide By Zero
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TIL Steven Spielberg used dungeons and dragons to test the compatibility between cast members in E.T. The original Eliot didn't get the part because the other kids didn't like him.
The Story of Casting Elliott in "E.T."
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TIL Although making up a staggering 8 percent of earths crust, aluminum was only discovered in 1807 and a viable way of mass smelting it wasn't invented until 1886
Aluminium, The History, Discovery and Development as a Product
Mark_Bear
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TIL that citizens of former Spanish colonies only need 2 years of legal residence in Spain (instead of the usual 10) in order to acquire Spanish citizenship.
Spanish Nationality
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TIL The French foreign intelligence service bombed and sank a Greenpeace vessel while the vessel was moored at Auckland, New Zealand.
Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior - Wikipedia
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TIL that from 1948, until 1963, all young men in Britain between the ages of 18, and 30 had to serve two years (later four) national service in the military.
What was National Service?
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TIL Curb Your Enthusiasm was originally supposed to be a documentary about Larry David’s return to stand-up comedy. However, he felt the moments of his every day life being documented would be boring, so he decided to make stories up (Curb storyline’s) so it would be more interesting
Larry David documentary
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TIL that Brisbane was originally founded as a penal colony for convicts who comitted new offences after they had arrived in Australia.
Brisbane - Wikipedia
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TIL James Hyatt was only 4 years old when he picked up a metal detector for the first time and revealed a 16th century reliquary worth £ 2.5 million! The gold box used to hold religious relics was found buried just 8 inches below the surface.
Boy, four, unearths 16th Century gold pendant in Essex
K900_
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TIL that the first ever London Tube line opened in 1863, two years before the end of the American Civil War, and some 30 years before any other city would build its own subway
London Underground - Wikipedia
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TIL In 1978, Grave Robbers Dug Up Film Star Charlie Chaplin’s Body For Ransom. Chaplin's widow Oona refused to pay. "Charlie would have thought it rather ridiculous," she said. After 2+ unsuccessful months, the thieves were caught, and eventually wrote letters of apology to Oona.
Grave Robbers Once Held Charlie Chaplin’s Body For Ransom
KYMPHO
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TIL that George R.R. Martin continued to use his DOS word processor WordStar4 from the 1980s until 2011
A Song of Ice and Fire - Wikipedia
px403
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TIL: Yuma, Arizona is the sunniest place in the world. Experiencing an average of 4,015 hours of sunshine per year.
The cities of the world with the most and fewest daylight hours
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TIL 100 million years ago, dinosaurs would get high by eating psychedelic fungi.
Scientists Discover that the Dinosaurs Also “Got High” Off Plants
pingnoo
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Til: in Germany in the 1930's and 40's margarine was produced synthetically from coal, providing up to 700 calories of nutrition per day.
Fischer–Tropsch process - Wikipedia
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TIL The common pain reliever, acetaminophen (Tylenol/etc) increases risk-taking. Its pain reduction effects extend to various psychological processes, lowering people's receptivity to hurt feelings, experiencing reduced empathy, & even blunting cognitive functions.
Effects of acetaminophen on risk taking - PubMed
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TIL, in 1839, Charles Goodyear accidentally created Vulcanized Rubber when he dropped some rubber on a hot stove with sulfur, hardening it, making it much more durable.
Charles Goodyear and the Vulcanization of Rubber | Connecticut History | a CTHumanities Project
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TIL that The Blade Runner Director's Cut only exists because a Warner Bros. executive accidentally gave a theater Scott's personal cut which he had left in a screening room. His cut garnered critical acclaim prompting Warner Bros. to allow him to make an official version.
How One Movie Theater's Mistake Changed Ridley Scott's <em>Blade Runner</em> Forever
mcandre
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TIL that Charles Baudelaire, one of France's most influential poets, ironically spent the last year of his life with aphasia due to a stroke, the only word he could still express himself with was "crénom!", meaning "holy shit!".
Profiles of Aphasia: Charles Baudelaire - National Aphasia Association
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TIL that Americans are consistently more confident than Britons in which animals they believe they can beat in an unarmed fight, with 8% thinking they could take out an elephant if needed
Which animals could Britons beat in a fight? | YouGov
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TIL that the astro-inertial navigation system of the SR-71 worked by tracking the stars through a circular quartz glass window on the upper fuselage. Its "blue light" source star tracker, which could see stars during both day and night.
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird - Wikipedia
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TIL when Steve Buscemi was 4-years-old he was hit by a bus and managed to survive with a fractured skull. He received a $6,000 settlement from the city that was to be collected from a trust fund when he turned 18. When Buscemi turned 18, he used part of the money to pay for full-time acting classes.
WashingtonPost.com: The Life He Left Behind
JonVX
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TIL that a year after he was elected as khan of the mongols in 1186, Temüjin (Genghis Khan) was defeated in battle by his former ally Jamukha, and only returned to power 10 years later. Jamukha wished to preserve the aristocracy while Temüjin supported a meritocratic system to delegate authority.
Genghis Khan - Wikipedia
Tyrx
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TIL Barry White spent 4 months in jail for stealing $30,000 worth of Cadillac tires when he was 16. While behind bars, he heard Elvis Presley's "It's Now or Never" which he stated inspired him to become a singer.
In Memoriam: A Look Back At Barry White's Impressive Career
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TIL that in 2012 Chinese state media picked up an Onion article that named Kim Jong Il as the sexist man alive and treated it as a serious story complete with a 55 page photo gallery of the North Korean dictator
Onion: We just fooled the Chinese government! | CNN
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TIL that a scientist in Antarctica tried to murder his co workers because he kept revealing him how his favourite books ended. It was the first arrest for attempted murder ever in Antarctica.
Antarctica scientist allegedly stabs colleague for spoiling the endings of books
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TIL of Yaphank, NY, a town where certain plots of land required the owners to be of German descent and hosted many German-American Bund rallies. The property rules existed into the 2000s, when they were finally sued under Fair Housing doctrine.
A Town Founded By Nazis Was Just Sued for Housing Discrimination
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TIL - Paul Stamets the character on Star Trek Discovery that helps transport the ship anywhere in the universe by accessing the “mycelium network” is a homage to the real life mycologist of the same name.
Paul Stamets (Star Trek) - Wikipedia
9fingfing
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TIL that people were drafted in WWI and WWII specifically to bury soldiers killed in action
A Grave Task: The Wartime Job Nobody Wanted
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TIL The U.S.S. Constitution maintains about 10 to 20 percent of its original wood, including the lower futtocks, keel and the deadwood at the stem and stern.
Rebuilt, Preserved, Restored - USS Constitution Across the Centuries - USS Constitution Museum
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TIL when you are invited by Mongolian people to their house, you should always keep your sleeves rolled down. It's considered impolite to show your wrists to someone.
Mongolian Customs & Etiquette: Know Before You Go
EatShh
(Lvl 13)
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TIL that the final Confederate surrender of the US Civil War took place on the River Mersey, in Liverpool, England, when a Confederate warship (CSS Shenandoah) learned of the North’s victory while abroad.
Liverpool and the American Civil War
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TIL that Sinclair Lewis is the only author in history to turn down a Pulitzer Prize. He refused the 1926 award for Arrowsmith because he thought they were awarding to him on a basis of American exceptionalism rather than literary merit.
Arrowsmith (novel) - Wikipedia
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TIL The Composer for 'Loki', Natalie Holt once pelted Simon Cowell with Eggs during an Episode of Britain's Got Talent and was pulled off stage.
Natalie Holt - Wikipedia
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TIL Kanō Jigorō, creator of judo, also served as the Japanese representative to many Olympics and had a pivotal role in securing Japan's bid for the 1940 Olympics. He was indifferent towards the inclusion of judo, however, as it was not "mere sport" but rather "a principle of life, art and science."
Kanō Jigorō - Wikipedia
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TIL That Mexican music was very popular in Yugoslavia during the '60s. With young people dressing up in mariachi outfits.
In mid-'60s Yugoslavia, mariachi music was really popular
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TIL of Dishwasher Salmon. The Salmon is wrspped tightly in tinfoil to protect it and the heat of the dishwasher cycle effectively poaches it.
Dishwasher salmon - Wikipedia
binaryFate
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TIL Carol Burnett got her career started with the help of money from a stranger, who asked that he never be identified. (Not only has she never revealed his name, her benefactor also never told anyone else about his help, even after she became famous.)
A Stranger Gave a Struggling Carol Burnett $1,000 to Start Her Career
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TIL that Brenda Lee (best known for her hit "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree") had 47 US chart hits during the 1960s, the most by a woman and surpassed only by Elvis Presley, the Beatles and Ray Charles.
Brenda Lee - Wikipedia
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TIL that in 1795, conditions at Rugby School were so bad that the pupils staged a "Great Rebellion". The headmaster's office was blown up with gunpowder and troops had to be called in to restore order. The ringleader, Willoughby Cotton, later rose to the rank of General in the British Army
Willoughby Cotton - Wikipedia
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TIL in 1996, a Hong Kong ganster "Big spender" kidnapped the son of the richest man in Asia and demanded a ransom of $160 million for his return. After receiving the money, the gangster later phoned up and asked for advice on how to invest the money.
Kidnapper of Li Ka-shing's son asks tycoon for investing tips
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TIL the first sports bra was made in 1977 by sewing two jock straps together. Its literal test run was performed by of its two inventors: one jogging forwards wearing the Macgyvered prototype while her friend ran ahead, jogging backwards so she could assess her friend's "bounciness"
The first sports bra was two jock straps. Meet the New Jersey women who invented it
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TIL in the 1960's, Francis Ford Coppola would survive on $10 a week. His colleagues at UCLA Film School told him that students made extra money by shooting erotic films. He received $3,000 to shoot 'The Peeper' which starred Playboy Playmate Marli Renfro.
Francis Ford Coppola - Wikipedia
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TIL in the rushed rampup to train military pilots during World War II from a thousand graduates in 1939 to hundreds of thousands by 1945, over 15,000 Americans died in nearly 30,000 crashes in stateside training alone
Sobering Stats: 15,000 U.S. Airmen Killed in Training in WW II
wolfman4807
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TIL Specific wagers can't be made on Jeopardy, such as $1488, $666, and $69
<em>Jeopardy!</em> Has Banned Contestants from Wagering $69 ($666 Isn't Allowed Either)
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TIL Faster Then Light (FTL) travel will be impossible because objects gain mass when traveling at a speed close to light. The amount of energy it would require to make this possible is near infinite. Only reason "Light" can travel at these kinds of speed is because they are massless (photons)
The real reasons nothing can ever go faster than light
abcjety
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TIL a bee creates lift by clapping its wings together above its back. When the wings separate, air fills the void, and the downward swinging wings generate lift. The failure to account for this is the basis for the myth that bees shouldn’t be able to fly.
Bumblebees Can't Fly
Mark_Bear
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TIL the Statue of Liberty was a recycled idea originally meant for Egypt. The original statue was to be called "Egypt Carrying the Light to Asia" and the statue was to sit at the entrance of the Suez Canal. The project was rejected due to its cost and the idea recycled to be "The Statue of Liberty."
Egypt Carrying the Light to Asia - Wikipedia
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TIL that the Guinness World Record for the longest career as a television news broadcaster is still ongoing at over 55 years
Longest career as a television news broadcaster
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TIL that in 1938 Chinese caused an intentional flood in an attempt to stop the advance of Japanese troops 400,000-900,000 people died.
1938 Yellow River flood - Wikipedia
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TIL in 1927, during the worst flood in the history of the Mississippi River Valley, Herbert Hoover and the Red Cross set up "concentration camps" comprised of African Americans forced to work at gunpoint on the levee, and created a media campaign to cover it up.
mcmonkey26
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TIL in 1841 the state of connecticut outlawed nine pin bowling in an attempt to curb gambling. ten pin bowling was created as a way to circumvent the law
Bowling.com > bowling blog > bowling knowledge > how the tenth pin changed bowling forever
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TIL that there is a war memorial for pigeons. Part of it was destroyed by arson in 2009.
Beach House Park, Worthing - Wikipedia
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TIL the legendary burning of Alexandria's Library never happened - it's decay was not immediate and most texts were eventually copied or moved to other libraries around the world
Library of Alexandria - Wikipedia
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TIL that Six Flags New Orleans was permanently closed after damage from hurricane Katrina. Despite several proposals to redevelop it, it’s still sitting there in a state of decay.
Rise and fall of Six Flags New Orleans is topic of documentary by 22-year-old YouTube star
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TIL about the Blair Mountain Revolt, the largest armed uprising in the US post-Civil War. Thousands of workers upset at company town policies and poor conditions in the mines staged a mass strike in West Virginia, leading to the President ordering the army and airforce in. 133 died, over 900 jailed.
Battle of Blair Mountain - Wikipedia
toastjam
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TIL that forest fires in Germany can detonate unexploded bombs left from WWII, putting firefighters at risk
Firefighters in Europe face a new obstacle as forest fires rage: unexploded Second World War ammunition
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TIL: Kellogg pioneered the 6hrs a day, (30hr) work week and by the very measure on both the employee and employer side, it produced positive results. They kept this going all the way to 1980
Orion Magazine | The Gospel of Consumption
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TIL 30 years ago a tank crushed a small red car in Osijek, Croatia, as a show of force. In 2011 a monument was built: a tiny red car, crushing a tank.
The Red Fiat
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TIL of the Philadelphia Poison Ring. During the 1930's, Italian immigrant cousins led a group of 16 that killed people with arsenic to collect their life insurance. By the time they were sentenced in 1941, the gang was responsible for the murder of 114 people.
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