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TIL about sakotis, a Lithuanian tree-shaped cake made by continuously pouring layers of batter onto a rotating cylinder. A 2 kilo cake uses 30 eggs, but the largest one ever made was 2 meters tall and used 1200 eggs!
Lithuanian spit cake (šakotis)
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TIL on 14 June 1984, while visibly drunk the New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon called for a snap election in 1 month time - he lost
Robert Muldoon - Wikipedia
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TIL That evolution is faster in primates with larger testicles. A study of 55 species of primates found that there was a relationship between testicle size and genome mutation rates.
Big Testicles Drive Genetic Evolution: Size Does Matter After All
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TIL Richard Simmons would wake up at 4AM to call up to 40 people who are isolated, alone, or needed empathy. Some credited Richard Simmons for saving their lives.
Searching for Richard Simmons
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TIL in 1993, the U.S. signed Public Law 103-150, also known as "The Apology Resolution". This acknowledged that the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1893 was an illegal act. Hawaiians have used this resolution as an argument for their sovereignty.
Apology Resolution - Wikipedia
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TIL about Dr.Beatrice 'Tilly' Shilling who, during the Battle of Britain, invented a device preventing fighter planes engines from shutting down during negative G maneuvers. The device became known as "Miss Shilling's orifice".
Beatrice Shilling - Wikipedia
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TIL Of Henry Gunther, an American soldier who charged a German machine gun nest trying to regain his rank after being demoted. He was reluctantly killed by them at 10:59am on November 11th, 1918. One minute before the Armistice took effect. Making him the last soldier killed in World War I.
Henry Gunther - Wikipedia
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TIL British breweries donated free beer to soldiers during WWII, but after D-Day, there was no room for it on the ships going across the English Channel. Spitfire mechanics and pilots worked together to modify pylons to carry beer kegs and deliver brews to the troops. Flying high enough chilled it.
Spitfire - bringing beer kegs to the men in Normandy - Aviation Humor
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TIL when Eggo waffles were first sold in 1953, they were named “Froffles”, short for frozen waffles.
In 1953 "Froffles" Debuted. In 1955 It Was Renamed Eggo Waffles - South Florida Reporter
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TIL Contrary to the publicized image of the upbeat patient joking with surgeons, Ronald Reagan lost half his blood and came within seconds of dying in 1981 when he was gunned down. His true condition was concealed from the public for nearly 30 years.
Trump's COVID-19 Diagnosis Recalls History Of Secrecy On Presidential Health
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TIL that whales have inverted nipples and produce milk so fatty it has the same texture as toothpaste.
How Do Whales Breastfeed Underwater? | North American Nature
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TIL the plans for Winston Churchill's state funeral had to be revised several times because Churchill outlived several intended pallbearers.
Operation Hope Not - Wikipedia
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TIL the 2011 earthquake off the coast of Japan was so powerful - measuring almost 9.0 on the Richter scale - it moved Japan 8 feet closer to North America and shifted the planet on its axis, causing the length of a day to shorten by almost 1.8 microseconds
Quake moved Japan coast 8 feet, shifted Earth's axis
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TIL about Grise Fiord. Canada's most northern Town. The forced relocation of 8 indigenous families by the Canadian government established the town in 1953 to claim sovereignty. Survivors of the families were awarded 10 million dollars and a formal apology in 2010
Grise Fiord - Wikipedia
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TIL Danny DeVito did the dub for his role as the titular character in The Lorax (2012) in Russian, German, Italian, Catalan, and Castilian Spanish, despite not speaking any of those languages
Actor, Dub Thyself: Daniel Brühl & Danny DeVito On Joy In Voicing Themselves — Cannes
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TIL Every fall, Alaska’s Katmai National Park hosts “Fat Bear Week” and crowns the park’s fattest brown bear. The aim is to highlight the park and wildlife conservation.
Everything you want to know about Katmai National Park’s Fat Bears
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TIL laminated safety glass was invented by chemist Édouard Bénédictus after a lab accident in 1903. A glass flask coated with the plastic cellulose nitrate was dropped, shattering but not breaking into pieces. In 1909 he filed a patent, after hearing of a car accident causing injury by glass debris.
Laminated glass - Wikipedia
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TIL Fergie, the Black Eyed Peas frontwoman, sent Alanis Morissette a butt-shaped cake after being impressed by her cover version and video of My Humps.
Alanis Morissette On Anger, Fame And Motherhood
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TIL that there is a street that is split down the middle by the USA-Canadian border, aptly named Canusa street. People who live in houses on the south side of the street are in the USA, and the north side, in Canada. Crossing the street requires having to report to the border crossing office.
Canusa Street - Wikipedia
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TIL Gender reveal parties have killed more people than sharks this year.
2 killed after plane crashes in gender reveal gone awry
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TIL that in April 1831, in northern England, the combined and synchronised footsteps of a British Army unit induced mechanical resonance in a suspension bridge, which caused its collapse and many injuries. British Army practice is now that all troops must break step as they cross bridges.
Broughton Suspension Bridge - Wikipedia
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TIL that macaroni and cheese originated in the 14th Century. A Middle English recipe describes it as "Take and make a thynne foyle of dowh. and kerve it on pieces, and cast hem on boiling water & seeþ it well. take cheese and grate it and butter cast bynethen and above as losyns. and serue forth."
Macaroni and cheese - Wikipedia
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TIL that steel shortages in WW1 is what led women to abandon the corset and transition into bras as we know them today.
How World War I Helped Women Ditch the Corset
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TIL from the 1960s to 1990s, Pan Am flight attendants were required to be under 130 pounds.
10 shocking secrets of flight attendants
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TIL That in 2017, 7 priests were asked to leave a pub because the landlord thought they were a stag party in fancy dress.
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