TIL that a criminal network of doctors that served the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco stole up to 300,000 babies from mothers that were poor or anti-fascist and gave them to families that supported Franco, even after his death.
TIL Musician Ian Dury, the late great lead singer of The Blockheads, won gold at the Paralympic games taking place at Stoke Mandeville in the UK which initiated the paralympic movement we know today.
TIL that LSD causes the regions in the brain involved in introspection and the regions involved in sensory perception of the outside world to communicate with each other more intensely than usual, which is why people tend to feel a sense of oneness with the universe while under its influence.
TIL that the word "Bokitaproof" was voted Dutch word of the year in 2007. It means "durable enough to resist the actions of a non-specific extreme situation" and was coined after a gorilla named Bokita escaped its enclosure and attacked a woman at the Rotterdam zoo.
Til that an 8 year old named Gabi Mann befriended her local crows by giving them part of her school lunch every day, and in return, they have started leaving her gifts ranging from random shiny objects like broken glass to a lens cap that her mother had lost earlier that day
TIL that setting standardized times in Russia has been a particular challenge for at least 100 years. Due to multiple changes with respect to time zones and daylight savings adherence, some places in Russia are now set approximately 2.5 hours ahead of mean solar time.
TIL that a neutron star (the result of a supernova explosion of a massive star) is so dense that a matchbox filled with its material would have a mass of approximately 3 billion metric tons
TIL of a train robber named Frank Grigware who escaped Leavenworth prison in 1910. He went on and became a mayor of a small town in Alberta, Canada. Later when he was found by the Canadian police and FBI, his charges were dropped due to doubts of his original conviction.
TIL about the Tinkerbell effect that states “things that are thought to exist only because people believe in them.” There is also a reverse Tinkerbell effect. It pertains to everything from religion to politics.
TIL FIFA revised the group system, so that the final two games in each group would be played simultaneously to avoid collusion between teams after the disgraceful match between Germany and Austria
TIL during the middle ages the catholic clergy openly kept concubines with whom they had families - despite their vow of celibacy. The practice was so common that at least two popes are suspected to be the son of a pope.
TIL the final group matches in FIFA World Cup have been played simultaneously since 1986, after West Germany defeated Austria 1-0 by colluding to eliminate debutants Algeria on goal difference in 1982. The match subsequently came to be known as 'Disgrace of Gijón'.
TIL that one of the reasons it was common for ships to have cats was because of their excellent night vision. Sailors thought that the cats would help guide them in a shipwreck at night because a cat's eyesight can more easily detect distant lights.
TIL While some believe a precursor may have been created by Thomas Jefferson, the clothes/coat hanger as we know it today probably wasn't invented until 1869 and was only popularized in the early 20th century
TIL of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault on the Norwegian island, Spitsbergen. Started by conservationist Cary Fowler, the vault holds and secures up to 4.5 million agricultural seed samples to ensure against the loss of seeds in a global crisis.
TIL the music video for "A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More Touch Me" features cameos from Panic! At The Disco, Gym Class Heroes, and The Academy Is... who all play different vampire gangs
TIL That to keep demand high across generations, Disney Studios carefully restrict the supply of some home release classics. They are locked away in the ‘vault' for 8-10 years before being released for a short unspecified time.
TIL John Lennon wanted to play Professor Falken in the 1983 movie WarGames. Screenwriter Larry Lasker was staring at Lennon's photo on Esquire's Nov. '80 cover when a "bit of a jerk" friend called and said, "You're gonna have to find a new Falken." That's how he found out about Lennon's murder.
Visited a nephew the other day complaining about PS4 crashes. Decided to show him a screenshot of this and attempt to explain how DOS games required memmaker to move memory into the upper registry + 10 other tricks. Old farts - remember the seductive DOS dance. Get off my lawn
TIL of Princess Alexandrine of Prussia, the eldest daughter of Wilhem, German Crown Prince, and Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.She was born with Down Syndrome, however, unlike other royal children with special needs, she was not hidden away and appeared in family photographs and at special events.
TIL 8 people have been made Honorary Citizens of the United States. The first was Winston Churchill, and he and Mother Teresa were the only to be awarded Honorary Citizenship in their own lifetimes.
TIL Jon Lovitz blamed Andy Dick for re-introducing Brynn Hartman to cocaine, leading to her murder of husband Phil Hartman. Lovitz claimed to have smashed Dick's face into the bar after being confronted and was told by Dick that Lovitz would be "the next one to die."
TIL: Depending on where you are in Australia, you will celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's birthday on either June 11, September 24, or October 1. This is despite the fact that the Queen's actual birthday is April 21
TIL in 1835 the last two men were executed for homosexual acts in England. The Magistrate wrote to the Home Secretary pleading for clemency, and all the other 15 people sentenced to death at the same time, including for attempted murder, were pardoned. However, James Pratt and John Smith were hanged
TIL in a 2011 interview, Bob Hoskins considered Super Mario Bros. the worst job he ever did, as well as his biggest disappointment; when asked what he would do if he could edit his past, he answered, "I wouldn't do Super Mario Bros."
TIL-The current hottest pepper in the world is called Pepper X. It contains 3.18 million Scoville units. The second hottest, Dragon's Breath, is 2.4 million Scovilles. The third hottest, the Carolina Reaper, ranges 1.4 to 2.2 million Scovilles.
TIL Sara Gilbert (Roseanne & The Big Bang Theory) is the sister of Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls from the 70's show "Little House on the Prairie") and Jonathan Gilbert (Willie Olesen on "Little House on the Prairie").
TIL Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, devised a WWII plan to plant false info about the Allies’ next attack on a dead man, drift him at sea, and hope he’d be found by Nazi sympathizers. Operation Mincemeat worked, turning the tide for the Allies, who stormed Italy while the Nazis defended Greece.
TIL that Austria qualified for the 1938 World Cup, but was annexed by Nazi Germany before the tournament was held. Some players joined the German team, but their biggest star, Matthias Sindelar, refused.