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TIL about an orangutan named Ken who escaped from his enclosure at the San Diego Zoo multiple times in the 80's. His apparent goals were visiting other animals, throwing rocks at a despised orangutan rival and taking photos with tourists.

Author : CordieNV
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Points : 49,007
Published : 1 hour ago
Comments : 717

TIL sharks enter a trance-like state known as tonic immobility when turned upside down. A female orca off the coast of California was observed rolling a Great White over to induce this state and was one of the first cases of predation on a Great White in the wild by anything other than a human.

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Points : 36,985
Published : 2 hours ago
Comments : 986

TIL Frank Zappa was a futurist who was enthusiastic for the possibility of holographic imagery. So much so that he recorded footage of himself in the early 70s with the intention to be used when technology got to that point. A Frank Zappa holographic tour using that footage starts next year.

Author : herpty_derpty
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Points : 90,467
Published : 6 hours ago
Comments : 1355

TIL of Hussain al-Shahristani. An Iraqi who was forced into solitary confinement in prison for 8 years under Saddam Hussein. He kept his sanity by “making up mathematical problems, which he then tried to solve.” He later became Iraq’s minister of higher education and scientific research.

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Points : 48,096
Published : 9 hours ago
Comments : 690

TIL Aunt Bethany in Christmas Vacation sounds familiar because she was the voice of Betty Boop and Olive Oyl in the 30s, 40s, and 50s.

Author : Ralph-Hinkley
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Points : 1,200
Published : 55 minutes ago
Comments : 40

TIL on 22nd January 1943, the temperature at Spearfish (South Dakota) rose 27°C in just 2 minutes from -20°C to 7°C, then plummeted back from 12°C to -20 °C over a 27 minute period causing windows to crack

Author : EasyTigrr
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Points : 13,911
Published : 10 hours ago
Comments : 676

TIL Jeff Goldblum tried to hire a prostitute at the age of 13. He had heard about the red light district so stole $5 from his father and went to pick a girl. On the way to the room, he chickened out.

Author : derawin07
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Points : 7,251
Published : 10 hours ago
Comments : 489

TIL James Doohan, Scotty from Star Trek, was shot six times on D-day, four in his leg, one in the chest, and one that cost him the middle finger on his right hand...something he would conceal on-screen during most of his career as an actor.

Author : corkystclaire
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Points : 1,138
Published : 2 hours ago
Comments : 67

TIL that the sandwich was popularised by the 4th Earl of Sandwich, who ordered that meat be placed between two slices of bread for easy consumption. He therefore was able to gamble and eat at the same time.

Author : _Namejs
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Points : 9,857
Published : 11 hours ago
Comments : 402

TIL that Alexander Fleming, discoverer of the miracle drug, Penicillin, almost gave up on it entirely because it was very hard to extract. It was only with the help of Sir Howard Florey and Ernst Chain, whom developed a method of mass production, could penicillin be made available to millions.

Author : college-tool
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Points : 25,064
Published : 12 hours ago
Comments : 388

TIL Siberian tigers are the only predators to have been documented preying on fully grown bears.

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Points : 3,815
Published : 8 hours ago
Comments : 200

TIL the X in Xmas literally means "Christ." In Greek, the word Christos (Christ) begins with the letter "X," or chi. Early in the early fourth century, Constantine the Great popularized the shorthand for Christ. Most scholars agree the first appearance of Xmas dates to an Anglo-Saxon scribe in 1021.

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Points : 1,207
Published : 3 hours ago
Comments : 85

TIL that elephants are scared of bees even though a bee sting does not penetrate their hide

Author : NotABot8086
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Points : 2,441
Published : 6 hours ago
Comments : 75

TIL that Abraham Lincoln was a big fan of John Wilkes Booth and even invited him to The White House.

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Points : 693
Published : 1 hour ago
Comments : 56

TIL That the tetanus is not directly related to rust, it's caused by a soil bacterium. Iron just gets usually rusty after spending some time in the soil, and the rust is a nice place for the bacterium to live in.

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Points : 468
Published : 16 minutes ago
Comments : 13

TIL that there are poop banks that will pay you for your stools. The stool samples are processed and are used to treat people suffering from infections of C. difficile -- a bacteria that causes severe gastrointestinal distress. Dedicated poopers can make up to $13,000 a year.

Author : billiamcole
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Points : 274
Published : 2 hours ago
Comments : 59

TIL the term "Freelancer" refers to a knight in the Middle Ages not under feudal oaths who sold his services to the highest bidder. Since a knight's primary weapon was a lance, he was a "free" "lancer"

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Points : 776
Published : 3 hours ago
Comments : 38

TIL Ada Lovelace who wrote the first algorithm for a computing machine and first saw the potential in computers was a daughter of Lord Byron

Author : il_filk
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Points : 2,333
Published : 10 hours ago
Comments : 133

TIL Hulk Hogan was fired by WWF chairman Vince Mcmahon Sr. for accepting the role of Thunderlips in Rocky III. Due of his popularity from this film, two years later Mcmahons son Vince Jr, brought him back to the WWF using Hogans fame to eventually create WrestleMania.

Author : auctusoli
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Points : 224
Published : 6 minutes ago
Comments : 12

TIL that dolphins need to leap out of the water (porpoising) when they’re swimming fast because they need additional oxygen to keep up with the physical exertion.

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Points : 2,496
Published : 12 hours ago
Comments : 64

TIL Theodore Roosevelt opposed putting the phrase "In God We Trust" on money, not because of secular concerns but because it would be "unwise to cheapen such a motto by use on coins"

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Points : 39,452
Published : 19 hours ago
Comments : 956

TIL: Mr. And Mrs. wasn’t originally short form for mister and missus, but master and mistress

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Points : 553
Published : 5 hours ago
Comments : 26

TIL famed atheist Richard Dawkins loves religious Christmas carols, dislikes the secular carols, and hates saying "happy holidays" instead of Merry Christmas

Author : Jorts2018
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Points : 211
Published : 18 minutes ago
Comments : 63

TIL that Costco doesn’t hire business school graduates.

Author : Qaher-313
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Points : 203
Published : 11 minutes ago
Comments : 63

TIL about Abigail and Brittany, a pair of conjoined twins who have lived remarkably regular lives; each girl has total control of one arm and they coordinate movement through unexplainable processes, demonstrating a deep connection despite having their own brains and spines.

Author : reebee7
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Points : 657
Published : 6 hours ago
Comments : 210

TIL when NBC decided to air 'The Office' after the Super Bowl, execs encouraged the show's producers to cast celebrity guest stars. They booked Jack Black, Jessica Alba, and Cloris Leachman but instead of writing them in with the regular cast, they stared in a fake movie the cast watched.

Author : shaka_sulu
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Points : 51
Published : 6 hours ago
Comments : 9

TIL when Stephen King was 2 years old his father went out to 'buy cigarettes' and never returned.

Author : LastArmistice
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Points : 120
Published : 1 hour ago
Comments : 23

TIL that 1 Billion dollars of gift cards go unused every year.

Author : ton124
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Points : 68
Published : 4 hours ago
Comments : 11

TIL that in "Back To The Future", Doc Brown always has a notable hunch because actor Christopher Lloyd, at 6 feet 1 inch, towered over Michael J. Fox's 5 feet 5 inches. The two characters needed to look closer in height, so he was told to hunch down during scenes with Fox.

Author : ChaseDonovan
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Points : 99
Published : 2 hours ago
Comments : 15

TIL that J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings from 1937 to 1949, and that it wasn't published until 1955; in other words, it took 18 years for it to be completed and published.

Author : Redditer51
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Points : 41
Published : 6 hours ago
Comments : 6

TIL that USPS are the only postal service that can put mail and packages directly into mailboxes

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Points : 71
Published : 4 hours ago
Comments : 30

TIL one of the main reasons why police use horses is for the added height to increase visibility over large crowds/areas.

Author : OvertimeWr
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Points : 259
Published : 3 hours ago
Comments : 52

TIL That Frederick II, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire who was highly interested in languages, raised 6 young infants without any human interaction in an effort to discover the "natural" language of the human race. The only result was the death of the babies, as they needed human contact to survive

Author : Chendoleeh
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Points : 404
Published : 5 hours ago
Comments : 34

TIL Cotton-Eyed Joe is actually an American folk song that pre-dates the Civil War. It likely originated from slaves, but the earliest recording was made by a white man known as Fiddlin' John Carson. Today the best known recording of it is by a Swedish band called Rednex.

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Points : 68
Published : 4 hours ago
Comments : 12

TIL that street dogs in several cities around the world have learned to efficiently nagivate human traffic, using crosswalks, following street lights, and even using public transport

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Points : 59,930
Published : 21 hours ago
Comments : 1120

TIL that pepperoni isn't Italian... it's Italian-American. In fact, in Italy "peperoni" means bell peppers.

Author : palmfranz
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Points : 326
Published : 4 hours ago
Comments : 70

TIL that while camels now live in Australia as an invasive species, there are records of aboriginal people first seeing them. One man, Andy Tjilari, recalled following the camels with his family, concluding that "this horse is ignorant".

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Points : 8,406
Published : 20 hours ago
Comments : 391

TIL that if the Circus Maximus in Rome hadn't been destroyed and was still in use, it would currently be the largest active stadium in the world at a capacity of at least 150,000.

Author : jej218
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Points : 184
Published : 2 hours ago
Comments : 14

TIL: In the Star Trek universe, Enterprise is called Enterprise because of a line of space ships with that name starting with one of the first manned spaceships from Earth. In real life, the first space shuttle was called Enterprise because of Star Trek.

Author : thats_a_doozy
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Points : 7,735
Published : 21 hours ago
Comments : 400

TIL that while browning, bananas release isoamyl acetate, an especially soluble compound that gets on everything nearby and causes the things in your lunch bag to taste and smell like bananas.

Author : xDaze_
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Points : 74
Published : 1 hour ago
Comments : 3

TIL that some 3,000 Hessians, allied with the British, declined to return to Europe after the Revolutionary War and settled in the USA with their former foes

Author : nsjersey
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Points : 40
Published : 4 hours ago
Comments : 17

TIL about a set of twins that reunited after 37 years in 1979. Both were named Jim by their adoptive parents, loved carpentry and math, and pursued careers in security. Even stranger, they had each married a woman named Linda and then remarried a woman named Betty.

Author : billiamcole
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Points : 3,793
Published : 20 hours ago
Comments : 147

TIL British Army uniform regulations required every soldier to have a mustache from 1860 to 1916.

Author : kutukertas
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Points : 60
Published : 1 hour ago
Comments : 8

TIL Sherlock Holmes never speaks the line "Elementary, my dear Watson" in the books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It was said by Basil Rathbone in the movie 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes'

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Points : 629
Published : 11 hours ago
Comments : 40

TIL French doctor Ludovic O'Followell in 1904 used x-ray technology to demonstrate the negative health effects of corset tightlacing, using striking radiological images to great effect in his paper Le Corset.

Author : ErrantJune
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Points : 120
Published : 2 hours ago
Comments : 4

TIL that the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President Bush later ran for President of Iraq.

Author : RSTLNE3MCAAV
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Points : 60
Published : 1 hour ago
Comments : 7

TIL that countries in Central Asia end with stan, such as Kazakhstan and Tajikistan, because it comes from the Persian root istan which means land. So Kazakhstan means land of the Kazakhs.

Author : jfcknudsen17
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Points : 69
Published : 27 minutes ago
Comments : 10

TIL about Albert Göring, younger brother of prominent Nazi leader Hermann Göring. Albert "despised" the Nazi party and used his brother's name and influence to help Jews and dissidents escape the Nazi regime.

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Points : 173
Published : 4 hours ago
Comments : 11

TIL Eartha Kitt, the original singer of "Santa Baby", was also the voice of Yzma from The Emperor's New Groove.

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Points : 284
Published : 7 hours ago
Comments : 43

TIL of Buford Pusser, the inspiration for the "Walking Tall" movies. As sheriff he waged a one-man war against the Dixie mafia in his small town. He survived multiple assassination attempts, including one which killed his wife. He eventually died in a one-person car accident at 36 years of age.

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Points : 107
Published : 2 hours ago
Comments : 12

TiL about HMAS Sydney (D48), an Australian WW2 cruiser that tried and failed to shoot down the planet Venus

Author : BeigeLion
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Points : 19
Published : 6 hours ago
Comments : 5

TIL 1 Percent of TV Static Comes from Light of the Big Bang

Author : xcentriq18
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Points : 27
Published : 4 hours ago
Comments : 13

TIL The American soldiers guarding Saddam Hussein grew to have an attachment to him. At his execution, they were distraught, feeling like they betrayed and murdered a close friend or family member.

Author : Fart_Gas
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Points : 1,862
Published : 17 hours ago
Comments : 416

TIL Mark Twain,at 70 years, had a disturbing passion for “collecting” girls age 10-16 in a club and called them “angelfish”. He would stop talking to them once they aged 16 due to not being “innocent” in his eyes anymore.

Author : Mynxi
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Points : 19
Published : 6 hours ago
Comments : 5

TIL the Doolittle Raid was an air raid led by LtCol Jimmy Doolittle of the USAAF in reprisal for the Pearl Harbor attack. On April 18th, 1942, 16 bombers launched from the USS Hornet, causing negligible damage, but proved Tokyo was vulnerable, and caused significant psychological trauma to Japan.

Author : scottbailey72
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Points : 35
Published : 3 hours ago
Comments : 8

TIL that chocolate ice cream was invented before vanilla

Author : Aki-Lui
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Points : 50
Published : 45 minutes ago
Comments : 7

TIL there is a finch-based gambling ring in Queens, NY. Male finches are paired off and judged on how many songs they sing, the first to reach 50 wins.

Author : Elavabeth2
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Points : 27
Published : 3 hours ago
Comments : 4

TIL Ancient Greeks preferred small penises, as it was thought a man with a large penis was a barbarous half-animal with no self-control, while a man with a small penis was smarter and closer to the wisdom of the gods.

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Points : 11,950
Published : 1 day ago
Comments : 1258

TIL that gas is priced in tenths of a cent because of a $0.01 gas tax to get out of the Great Depression in 1932. The tax never went away and the government kept it as 9/10 because it appeals more to the consumer than if it was rounded up to the nearest cent.

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Points : 47
Published : 59 minutes ago
Comments : 14

TIL Roadrunners never need to drink water. They get all the moisture they need from their food.

Author : _JustThisOne_
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Points : 51
Published : 37 minutes ago
Comments : 8

TIL: Laurence Tureaud named himself professionally as Mr. T because he hated how his father, uncle, and brother who returned from Vietnam, were disrespectfully called "boy" by whites. He wanted the first word from everybody's mouth to be "Mister" when speaking to him.

Author : tmntnyc
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Points : 114,076
Published : 1 day ago
Comments : 2653

TIL Hitler didn't plan on utilizing established Nazi groups within the U.S. during a prospective invasion, but instead had plans to leverage Native American groups to undermine the Roosevelt administration.

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Points : 20
Published : 5 hours ago
Comments : 5

TIL: About the "Rabbit Test". An early pregnancy test where they would inject a woman's blood or urine into a rabbit. The rabbit would then be killed and dissected. If the woman is pregnant, a chemical in their blood and urine will cause the rabbit's ovaries to enlarge.

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Points : 41
Published : 1 hour ago
Comments : 14

TIL that Chuck Norris served as an Air Policeman in the Air Force, 1958-1968. It was during his military service that he started using the name "Chuck" and first began learning martial arts.

Author : ChaseDonovan
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Points : 81
Published : 2 hours ago
Comments : 32

TIL in 2001, Honda prepared to release a car called the Fit, or in European markets, 'Fitta', unaware that in Swedish, the word translates to a vulgar term for a vagina. The slogan would have been, 'The all-new Fitta, small on the outside, big on the inside.' It was renamed the Jazz before release

Author : szekeres81
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Points : 15,968
Published : 1 day ago
Comments : 574

TIL: Covent Garden Ladies was London's directory of prostitutes published from 1757-95. It advertised different women, for example: "Miss Clicamp: finest, fattest figure as fully finished for fun and frolick as fertile fancy ever formed. Fortunate for the true lovers of fat."

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Points : 11
Published : 7 hours ago
Comments : 4

TIL currently there's exactly 3 countries that haven't adopted the Gregorian calendar: Ethiopia, Iran and Afghanistan

Author : MrChoovie
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Points : 56
Published : 1 hour ago
Comments : 11

TIL that San Francisco passed an ordinance in 1912 that evicted all existing cemeteries from its city limits. Most of the interred were moved to cemeteries in a town called Colma, just south of SF. This lead to Colma having, by 2015, an estimated 1,500 residents and over 1.5 million deceased.

Author : spellbreaker
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Points : 36
Published : 42 minutes ago
Comments : 6

TIL about the mass sacrifice at the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan. Spanish sources claim the Aztecs sacrificed 80,000 people over four days, which would be 840 sacrifices per hour. Some modern scholars claim it was closer to 4,000, which would still be 41 sacrifices per hour for the entire festival.

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Points : 11
Published : 7 hours ago
Comments : 9

TIL Roger Staubach coined the term "Hail Mary" for a football pass in 1975.

Author : iconoclast63
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Points : 22
Published : 3 hours ago
Comments : 7

TIL: A member of the Canadian Armed Forces holds the record for the longest confirmed kill shot at a distance of 3,540 meters or just over 2 miles.

Author : Infinite_Worm
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Points : 1,922
Published : 20 hours ago
Comments : 351

TIL June Foray voiced so many familiar characters in her career- from Tweety/Sylvester's Granny, Cindy Lou Who, Rocky the Squirrel, even Chatty Cathy the first talking doll- that Chuck Jones said, "June Foray is not the female Mel Blanc. Mel Blanc was the male June Foray."

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Points : 8
Published : 7 hours ago
Comments : 0

TIL The film "The Message" (1976) tells the story of early Islam and the life of Muhammad without depicting him, in accordance with Islamic law. His face is not depicted on-screen, his voice is not heard and his presence is only announced with "light organ music".

Author : tracy_martell
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Points : 18
Published : 3 hours ago
Comments : 10

TIL the Indian civilization dates to '7500 BC to 6200 BC' according to recent findings, making it as old as Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations.

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Points : 9
Published : 7 hours ago
Comments : 0

TIL: The Donner Party set out from Springfield, Illinois. A local lawyer named Abraham Lincoln considered joining them on their journey. The ill-fated group of pioneers set out in 1846 to travel to California but got trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains for the winter.

Author : brother_p
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Points : 34
Published : 29 minutes ago
Comments : 4

TIL Wilt Chamberlain averaged 50.4 points per game during the 1961–62 season. He played 80 games for the Philadelphia Warriors,

Author : EADkent
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Points : 11
Published : 6 hours ago
Comments : 10

TIL that drinking coffee longterm reduces your alertness level to less than that of a normal non-drinker due to daily acute withdrawal effects, and you need to drink coffee just to temporarily return to normal alertness levels

Author : jmillsbo
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Points : 124
Published : 6 hours ago
Comments : 38

TIL Psychosis can be contagious, for example - Lasègue-Falret syndrome: Transmission of psychotic symptoms from a sick person to one person or several healthy individuals who elaborate on the induced delusions.

Author : StcStasi
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Points : 20
Published : 3 hours ago
Comments : 3

TIL a review led by a team of international researchers found that dairy consumption did not pose a cardiovascular/stroke risk. The review included studies totaling 938,465 participants. The data showed no association between dairy consumption and cardiovascular/stroke risk.

Author : TanookiDooki
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Points : 21
Published : 2 hours ago
Comments : 7

TIL that George Washington’s teeth were made from ivory, lead, copper, silver, horse teeth, cow teeth, and slave teeth, but not wood.

Author : WeirdGoesPro
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Points : 127
Published : 7 hours ago
Comments : 30

TIL Mr. T has T-cell lymphoma

Author : AcrolloPeed
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Points : 10
Published : 6 hours ago
Comments : 5

TIL that there is a fruit called the Durian that is so smelly that it is banned on all Public Transit Systems in Singapore.

Author : billiamcole
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Points : 48
Published : 1 hour ago
Comments : 22

TIL Longest career in the same company is 80 yrs 75 days

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Points : 39
Published : 1 hour ago
Comments : 5

TIL that Imperial Japanese pilot Sakio Komatsu tried to save his home carrier Taiho by kamikaze ramming an oncoming torpedo. Though he did manage to set that torpedo off, another one hit and sunk the Taiho.

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Points : 83
Published : 5 hours ago
Comments : 13

TIL In the 3 volume 2000 page Principia Mathematica it takes until page 86 in Vol.II to prove that 1+1=2, a proof humorously accompanied by the comment, "The above proposition is occasionally useful."

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Points : 1,556
Published : 21 hours ago
Comments : 104

TIL that the NASA Apollo guidance computer used 'Rope Memory' - actual woven ropes of copper wire bound in ferrite cores - as contemporary computer disks could never survive the radiation of space

Author : Aurazor
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Points : 143
Published : 8 hours ago
Comments : 9

TIL that The Vatican was behind one of the largest conspiracies to kill Hitler, even involving the German Chief of Military Intelligence.

Author : meesterbob
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Points : 60
Published : 4 hours ago
Comments : 3

TIL America defines space as starting at 50miles/ 80km up. The rest of the world has it starting 62 miles/100km.

Author : kjireland
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Points : 7
Published : 7 hours ago
Comments : 4

TIL The Philadelphia Eagles stadium is well known for its renewable energy due to very visible wind turbines on top of the stadium. But together they can only power a single hair dryer, with the bulk of the renewable energy coming from solar panels over the parking lots.

Author : BobSaggytits
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Points : 58
Published : 4 hours ago
Comments : 8

TIL That while the 2nd Earl of Grey abolished slavery and reformed child labor laws in England during his political leadership, he will be most famously remembered for the beloved tea he helped introduce to the world.

Author : TwixSnickers
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Points : 16,556
Published : 1 day ago
Comments : 423

TIL Chevy Chase ingratiated himself with SNL's first openly gay cast member by suggesting a skit where they weigh him every week to see if he has AIDS.

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Points : 5
Published : 6 hours ago
Comments : 15

TIL: The first food consumed on the Moon was Christian sacramental bread and wine by Buzz Aldrin. He kept it a secret due to lawsuits filed by American Atheists over the Genesis reading on Christmas 1968.

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Points : 655
Published : 17 hours ago
Comments : 137

TIL about the Iffland-Ring, a diamond-studded ring, the holder of which is considered to be the "most significant and most worthy actor of the German-speaking theatre". It is passed down by will from each actor to the next and the current holder is Bruno Ganz, who played Hitler in "Untergang".

Author : hrlemshake
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Points : 67
Published : 5 hours ago
Comments : 6

TIL: Jack "King" Kirby designed sets for the film version of Robert Zelazny's *Lord of Light*. The movie was never made, but the set designs were picked up by the CIA who used them to rescue hostages from Iran and renamed the would-be film *Argo*.

Author : Wulfenbach
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Points : 6
Published : 7 hours ago
Comments : 0

TIL that the tragedy of the Library of Alexandria burning down and "setting knowledge back centuries" is a myth. In reality, the Library slowly declined over many years and by its end, most major cities had similar libraries with many of the same works.

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Points : 4,738
Published : 1 day ago
Comments : 254

TIL that the Dutch Smouzen dog is named Smouzen because it means Jewish man in Dutch, because of it’s long beard and wiry hair which resembled the Orthodox or Hasidic Jewish man.

Author : VaiterZen
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Points : 16
Published : 2 hours ago
Comments : 1

TIL that Ben Franklin has an illegitimate son named William, who was a prominent loyalist leader and organized troops to fight on the side of Britain in the revolution. After the war he was exiled to Britain and died without ever reconciling with his father.

Author : Snark-Shark
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Points : 48
Published : 4 hours ago
Comments : 6

TIL Hedgehogs are NOT Closely Related to Porcupines. They are in the Order Eulipotyphla Like Moles and Shrews. While Porcupines are Rodents.

Author : Maie13
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Points : 37
Published : 2 hours ago
Comments : 2

TIL that Edward Lear coined runcible, a nonsense word. It apparently was one of his favorite inventions, appearing in many of his works (such as his self portrait). The word is also used especially in runcible spoon "spoon with three short tines like a fork," which first took the name 1926.

Author : MommyQuearest
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Points : 17
Published : 1 hour ago
Comments : 4

TIL Oslo, Norway was founded in 1040 by Harald Hardrada. The city was destroyed by a fire in 1624 & renamed Christiania. It was then renamed Kristiania from 1877-1897 & only renamed Oslo again in 1925.

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Points : 69
Published : 5 hours ago
Comments : 4