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TIL brain scans reveal that dogs not only seem to love us back, but they actually see us as their family

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Points : 5,618
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TIL: Earthworms have even been ranked the number one most influential species in the history of the planet – above dinosaurs and humans.

Author : hummus12345
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Points : 23,697
Published : 1 hour ago
Comments : 772

TIL after journalist Paulette Cooper wrote an article criticizing the Church of Scientology, they tried to get her committed to a psychiatric ward by writing her name and number on street walls, subscribing her to pornographic mail lists, and faking bomb threats with her stationary and fingerprints.

Author : Hdalby33
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Points : 5,598
Published : 2 hours ago
Comments : 176

TIL of "Operation Snow White", an operation carried out by the Church of Scientology, was one of the largest infiltration of the US government in history.

Author : Drake903
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Points : 12,030
Published : 1 hour ago
Comments : 392

TIL a bald eagle somehow made its way to Ireland in 1987 and was so tired that it had to be returned via airplane.

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Points : 22,059
Published : 4 hours ago
Comments : 587

TIL the scientist John von Neumann (1903-1957) could by the age of 6, divide two 8 digit numbers in his head and converse in ancient Greek. He published over 150 papers during his lifetime, and is considered by many to be among the most intellegent humans to have ever lived.

Author : Palana
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Points : 46,682
Published : 6 hours ago
Comments : 2227

TIL that Marjory Stoneman Douglas fought against efforts to drain the FL Everglades and reclaim land for development when she was 79 years old. Her tireless efforts earned her several variations of the nickname "Grande Dame of the Everglades.” She also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Author : JAlbert653
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Points : 4,715
Published : 2 hours ago
Comments : 59

TIL that Cougars are the biggest cat that can purr and meow.

Author : Crakkerz79
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Points : 3,008
Published : 1 hour ago
Comments : 187

TIL Sublime made 40oz. to Freedom by sneaking into the music department at CSU-Dominguez Hills after hours and recording all night.

Author : TheNateRoss
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Points : 947
Published : 3 hours ago
Comments : 40

TIL Australian Don Ritchie talked at least 160 people out of committing suicide at Watson's Bay by offering them a cup of tea and someone to talk to. He was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his efforts.

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Points : 35,806
Published : 9 hours ago
Comments : 600

TIL the last name of "How to Win Friends and Influence People" author Dale Carnegie was not originally named Carnegie - in an example of how to influence people, he changed the spelling from Carnegey to resemble the name of the more influential Andrew Carnegie

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Points : 1,145
Published : 34 minutes ago
Comments : 29

TIL Jóhann Jóhannsson had spent a year writing the score for Darren Aronofsky's "Mother" and at some point realized that the film was better with no music at all. He convinced Darren to delete everything.

Author : Lightfiend
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Points : 4,198
Published : 6 hours ago
Comments : 167

TIL In 1981, horse meat labeled as beef was discovered at a plant that supplied hamburger and taco meat to Jack in the Box. The meat was originally from Australia, and during their checks on location, inspectors discovered other shipments destined for the US that included kangaroo meat.

Author : JAlbert653
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Points : 749
Published : 1 hour ago
Comments : 95

TIL California is the 6th largest economy in the world behind USA, China, Japan, Germany, UK. It's bigger than India, France, Brazil, Italy, Russia, Canada, Spain, Australia, South Korea, Mexico.

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Points : 645
Published : 1 hour ago
Comments : 96

TIL of Brian Spencer, a former NHL hockey player who's father, upon hearing his son was starting in his first game, held a Canadian TV station hostage and forced them to broadcast it, before being shot and killed. After his career, Brian too was shot & killed during a robbery after buying crack.

Author : -doughboy
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Points : 2,875
Published : 6 hours ago
Comments : 68

TIL that, as a child, Jack Black (real name Thomas Jacob Black) appeared in a commercial for the 1982 Atari videogame "Pitfall!"

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Points : 13,369
Published : 12 hours ago
Comments : 588

TIL there were 30ft long sea cows called Steller's sea cows in the 1700s and we killed them.

Author : DoctorDaro
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Points : 36,730
Published : 13 hours ago
Comments : 2401

TIL Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the odour of farts smell good so that farting in public will become socially acceptable. Ben wanted flatulence to be "as agreeable as perfumes"

Author : Pawnbrake
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Points : 4,362
Published : 10 hours ago
Comments : 117

TIL one of the first science fiction stories, ‘Description of a New World, Called a Blazing World,’ was written in 1666 by the Duchess Margaret Cavendish. She helped popularize scientific advancements, like the telescope and microscope, and was considered the first female philosopher of her time.

Author : Hdalby33
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Points : 608
Published : 48 minutes ago
Comments : 4

TIL Keanu Reeves was forced to star in the critically-derided film The Watcher (2000) due to the fact a friend forged his signature on the contract agreement

Author : Sno0pyBo0
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Points : 1,751
Published : 6 hours ago
Comments : 84

TIL potato chips cause more weight gain than any other food

Author : mshebel
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Points : 371
Published : 1 hour ago
Comments : 41

TIL that there's a special minimally-fermented wine used at masses where the priest is a current or recovering alcoholic.

Author : lazyfirefly
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Points : 1,848
Published : 7 hours ago
Comments : 109

TIL the first man to go over the Niagara Falls in a barrel died after slipping on an orange peel.

Author : taxicabguy
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Points : 1,143
Published : 5 hours ago
Comments : 32

TIL that up to 1 BILLION birds are killed per year in collisions with buildings. the second greatest human-caused source of bird deaths (pet and feral cats kill more)

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Points : 523
Published : 1 hour ago
Comments : 48

TIL Indigenous Native Americans were not granted US citizenship until 1924

Author : ktchong
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Points : 754
Published : 4 hours ago
Comments : 39

TIL the fact that there are seven days to the week, internationally, and that the Sun day is followed by the Moon day, happened thanks to ancient Mesopotamia or Egypt passing it on to Greece, Rome, India, Japan...

Author : Jackpot777
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Points : 263
Published : 1 hour ago
Comments : 15

TIL A man, Denver Lee St. Clair died after being subjected to an atomic wedgie by his 33 year old stepson

Author : PikaV2002
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Points : 2,408
Published : 10 hours ago
Comments : 151

TIL that in 2015, Americans left 658 million vacation days unused. 222 million of those days were lost because they could not be rolled over, meaning Americans worked $61 billion dollars worth of time for free.

Author : thepkmncenter
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Points : 90
Published : 5 hours ago
Comments : 39

TIL that Elvira Taylor, was a notorious 'Allotment Annie' during World War II who was discovered to have married six sailors at the same time. She was found out due to a fight between two of her husbands when they learned that they were both married to the same girl.

Author : Gunner08
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Points : 1,516
Published : 10 hours ago
Comments : 76

TIL the total mass of the asteroid belt is approximately 4% that of the Moon

Author : desertpie
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Points : 274
Published : 1 hour ago
Comments : 14

TIL that India's Mars Orbiter mission had a budget of $73 million, which is less than the budget of big Hollywood movies about space

Author : _azaad_
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Points : 3,446
Published : 15 hours ago
Comments : 124

TIL that in future millenia, carbon dating specimens from our lifetime may not be possible because of the altering of current natural Carbon-14 levels by nuclear weapons and nuclear/fossil fuel power plants.

Author : camarasi
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Points : 217
Published : 56 minutes ago
Comments : 14

TIL Britain had their first queen regant in the 11th century BC after she defeated her husband in battle, then drowned his mistress and daughter. She ruled peacefully for the next 15 years.

Author : LoptThor
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Points : 50
Published : 6 hours ago
Comments : 13

TIL that Hans Zimmer's "Spider Pig", from The Simpsons Movie soundtrack, entered the UK singles chart at #24. The running time for the song is a mere 1:04, making it the second shortest single to ever chart.

Author : JerkyOnassis
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Points : 1,932
Published : 14 hours ago
Comments : 36

TIL The FedEx logo has won over 40 design awards and was ranked as one of the eight best logos in the last 35 years. The white arrow in the logo was an intentional design choice, created by blending two different fonts together.

Author : Darshitreddit
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Points : 319
Published : 4 hours ago
Comments : 27

TIL a penguin named 'Jinjing' who swims 5000 miles every year to visit his rescuer

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Points : 64
Published : 3 hours ago
Comments : 5

TIL that most cats are lactose intolerant, despite cats being shown drinking milk in stories and TV shows

Author : BravoBet
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Points : 102
Published : 59 minutes ago
Comments : 13

TIL that, during filming of The Wire, then-mayor Martin O'Malley called the show's creator, asked him to quit being so critical, and threatened to block filming in Baltimore.

Author : hopefulmonstr
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Points : 102
Published : 55 minutes ago
Comments : 8

TIL Andrew Myrick, a storekeeper on a Minnesota Native American reservation, told starving natives to get grass if they were hungry. He was found dead on the first day of the Dakota War of 1862 with grass stuffed in his mouth.

Author : apieysch
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Points : 35,179
Published : 22 hours ago
Comments : 1918

TIL that the peanut butter and jelly sandwich was invented in 1901 by Julia Davis Chandler

Author : stsgspn
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Points : 378
Published : 6 hours ago
Comments : 36

TIL that the word with the most meanings in English is the verb 'set', with 430 senses listed in the Second Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, published in 1989. The word commands the longest entry in the dictionary at 60,000 words, or 326,000 characters.

Author : __Odelay__
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Points : 37
Published : 5 hours ago
Comments : 6

TIL Warren Buffett, worth $78 Billion, gave his son Peter a single inheritance of $90k worth of stock at age 19. He has never given him more financial assistance. Peter spent the money on recording equipment. Had he kept the stock it would be worth over $70 million today.

Author : grandlewis
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Points : 15,481
Published : 22 hours ago
Comments : 964

TIL in 1997 Kleberg County, Texas voted unanimously to adopt "Heaven-O" as the county's official greeting. The resolution was the result of years of campaigning by local resident Leonso Canales who opposed the use of 'Hello' because it contained the word 'Hell.'

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Points : 235
Published : 4 hours ago
Comments : 30

TIL on September 25, 2000, NBA player Paul Pierce was stabbed 11 times in the face, neck, and back and had a bottle smashed over his head. On November 1st, Pierce played the season opener scoring 28 points and went on to play in every game that season.

Author : navarreless
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Points : 194
Published : 3 hours ago
Comments : 6

TIL the first known instance of a railway was not in modern history - written references place it as early as 600BC. The Diolkos, a grooved road paved with hard limestone, was used to roll ships across the land, saving long transport times on goods and assisting in naval campaigns.

Author : Trophonix
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Points : 584
Published : 9 hours ago
Comments : 22

TIL of the McCollough effect, a visual phenomenon which, if induced for 15 minutes, can alter your color perception to adapt to colors not actually present for over 3 months.

Author : Schinki
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Points : 143
Published : 2 hours ago
Comments : 18

TIL about the Flehmen response, or “stinky face.” When cats smell something they like, they open their mouths and curl up their lips because an organ on the roof of their mouths contains extra scent receptors that help them get a better whiff.

Author : Taypurade
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Points : 417
Published : 8 hours ago
Comments : 16

TIL when LeBron James left Cleveland for Miami, sports-memorabilia company Fathead lowered the price of wall graphics depicting James from $99.99 to $17.41, the birth year of Benedict Arnold

Author : basedman69
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Points : 29
Published : 5 hours ago
Comments : 4

TIL the oldest restaurant in the world is Sobrino de Botín of Madrid, Spain. This has been officiated by the Guinness Book of World Records. The restaurant opened in 1725 which would make it 293 years old.

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Points : 34
Published : 4 hours ago
Comments : 6

TIL In 363 AD an earthquake destroyed much of Petra, and crippled the vital water management system. The last inhabitants abandoned the city after it was further weakened by another major earthquake in 551 AD.

Author : zojiroshi
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Points : 29
Published : 5 hours ago
Comments : 5

TIL the first atomic explosion in the United States was delayed by over two hours because the switchboard operator who was supposed to be controlling all the phone calls in Alamagordo, New Mexico was asleep on a sofa.

Author : ViewedAskew
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Points : 195
Published : 5 hours ago
Comments : 7

Today I learned that in racing, there is a very dangerous fire called an “invisible fire.” It’s caused by methanol igniting. It usually gets all over the pit crew and is very hard to put out because it’s so hard to see the flames.

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Points : 32
Published : 4 hours ago
Comments : 9

TIL of Christian Dominionism which seeks to put Christians in governmental positions to impose Biblical laws.

Author : 311MD
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Points : 24
Published : 6 hours ago
Comments : 7

TIL thunderstorms can produce glowing orbs called “ball lightning.” Though still largely unexplained, these “luminous spheres” move around for a few seconds and then disappear.

Author : beej23
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Points : 124
Published : 3 hours ago
Comments : 20

TIL that when a man had a heart attack at a grocery story in rural Minnesota, 20 people lined up and performed CPR on him for over an hour and a half until paramedics arrived - and he survived

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Points : 80,953
Published : 1 day ago
Comments : 1884

TIL there are almost 2x more kangaroos in Australia than humans.

Author : supxlv
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Points : 1,570
Published : 17 hours ago
Comments : 131

TIL In normal humans the overbite is about 3-5mm between the teeth. Overlaps greater than 5mm are classified as an abnormal overbite. The overbites make up about 70 percent of the dental disorders in children making it the most common malocclusion

Author : questiondudes
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Points : 60
Published : 6 minutes ago
Comments : 4

TIL a "birthgasm" is a female orgasm that occurs during childbirth and that this is sometimes referred to as an "orgasmic childbirth."

Author : Crankyoldhobo
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Points : 16
Published : 6 hours ago
Comments : 8

TIL the marshmallow originally came from boiling the mallow plant found in marshes. It has little in common with today’s sugary treat.

Author : KatzDeli
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Points : 475
Published : 11 hours ago
Comments : 7

TIL that only 20 states have laws requiring breaks for meals.

Author : gatemansgc
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Points : 14
Published : 6 hours ago
Comments : 6

TIL All of those warring states near the beginning of the Old Testament were actually very small and only encompass what is now modern Israel

Author : DoomUnit_X2
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Points : 2,963
Published : 21 hours ago
Comments : 340

TIL Medical students in 18th-century Scotland could pay their tuition fees in corpses.

Author : it_roll
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Points : 1,653
Published : 18 hours ago
Comments : 47

TIL Burger King in Australia is called Hungry Jack's.

Author : TheMaxican
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Points : 30
Published : 2 hours ago
Comments : 10

TIL that the largest known volcano is on Mars and is the width of Arizona

Author : emailrob
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Points : 52
Published : 12 minutes ago
Comments : 0

TIL Female praying mantises that cannibalizes the male during copulation produces more eggs than those who don't

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Points : 38
Published : 1 hour ago
Comments : 3

TIL each time you recall a memory, it changes slightly.

Author : ashley2032
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Points : 144
Published : 5 hours ago
Comments : 14

TIL: The Dunning-Kruger Effect (illusory competence/superiority) was initially based on a bank robber who thought lemon juice would make his face invisible to security cameras.

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Points : 89
Published : 3 hours ago
Comments : 4

TIL that Ryan Gosling was a child actor in 1996 Goosebumps episode "Say Cheese and Die"

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Points : 144
Published : 6 hours ago
Comments : 19

TIL in 2008 a man electrocuted his wife to death with nipple clamps. The death was ruled a homicide.

Author : TheLadyEve
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Points : 38
Published : 33 minutes ago
Comments : 5

TIL of the "Chicken poop prison" in Thailand. The ceiling of the cells was a grate, and chickens were cared for above the cell. Their dung was allowed to drop freely onto the criminal within.

Author : yogokitty
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Points : 1,178
Published : 18 hours ago
Comments : 186

TIL that in Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, "the fourth, the fifth, the minor fall, and the major lift" actually refer to the chords the piano is playing at the time

Author : PopsTheOldMan
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Points : 15
Published : 5 hours ago
Comments : 2

TIL that Brazil has the largest Japanese community outside of Japan

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Points : 1,276
Published : 19 hours ago
Comments : 114

TIL traffic on Winston Churchill Ave near Gibraltar Airport must stop to allow planes to cross the street as they are taking off and landing

Author : mshebel
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Points : 29
Published : 1 hour ago
Comments : 2

[TIL] O.J. Simpson was sued by DirecTV for pirating their signals and had to pay a total of $58,678 for the judgment and attorney fees.

Author : terraculon
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Points : 19
Published : 3 hours ago
Comments : 2

TIL Abraham Lincoln was the tallest U.S. President at 6'4", while James Madison was the shortest at 5'4".

Author : Darshitreddit
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Points : 75
Published : 3 hours ago
Comments : 4

TIL Caffeine Prevents Cataracts

Author : coffeebeard
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Points : 16
Published : 4 hours ago
Comments : 1

TIL that in the 1936 Olympic games, boxer Thomas Hamilton-Brown lost his opening bout so went on an eating binge to console himself. An error was soon discovered and it turned out he didn't lose, but was disqualified from competition because he had gained so much weight from binge eating.

Author : atodaso
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Points : 2,347
Published : 22 hours ago
Comments : 52

TIL that all potatoes used to make fries from Five Guys are required to be grown north of the 42nd parallel.

Author : 0neSock
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Points : 5,775
Published : 1 day ago
Comments : 489

TIL Yuri Gegarin, the first man in space, began life in a mud hut

Author : Jumatak
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Points : 8,887
Published : 1 day ago
Comments : 266

TIL that Giraffe patches can be seen via infrared as they act as "thermal windows" to aid releasing body heat and cooling the animal.

Author : GiraffeCalves
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Points : 391
Published : 13 hours ago
Comments : 11

TIL: Although the USA only produces about 2% of the world's rice, it is one of the biggest exporters of rice

Author : paul_george
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Points : 63
Published : 3 hours ago
Comments : 6

TIL Elvis Presley was an identical twin. He had an older twin brother who was sadly stillborn.

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Points : 12
Published : 5 hours ago
Comments : 1

TIL in WWI, sauerkraut's name in America was changed to liberty cabbage as propaganda against Germany.

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Points : 17
Published : 3 hours ago
Comments : 22

TIL that a Philippine University houses 50+ stray cats after a group of professors decide to care for them in response to instances of security bagging and killing strays that wander in.

Author : nathanisjed
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Points : 126
Published : 7 hours ago
Comments : 6

TIL that if all the descendants of a pair of starfish survived and reproduced, then after just 16 years they would exceed 10^79, the estimated number of electrons in the known universe

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Points : 24
Published : 58 minutes ago
Comments : 3

TIL it is illegal in China to be reincarnated without government approval.

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Points : 45,571
Published : 1 day ago
Comments : 1587

TIL that Miami is the only major U.S. city founded by a woman

Author : southpawFA
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Points : 39
Published : 2 hours ago
Comments : 2

TIL there's a flawless recreation of the original Star Trek sets in Port Henry, New York made and funded by an Elvis impersonator.

Author : EZ_does_it
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Points : 119
Published : 8 hours ago
Comments : 12

TIL The engine on the BMW M5 is so quiet that the company plays fake engine noises through the speakers to “remind” drivers of their car’sperformance.

Author : Darshitreddit
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Points : 8,428
Published : 1 day ago
Comments : 722

TIL the first 1080 ever successfully landed on a skateboard was in 2012 by a 12 year old boy

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Points : 377
Published : 14 hours ago
Comments : 21

TIL the Korean word "Han", described as an all-encompassing sense of bitterness, a mixture of angst, endurance and a yearning for revenge that tests a person's soul.

Author : DanYHKim
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Points : 68
Published : 5 hours ago
Comments : 7

TIL Leonard Nimoy released multiple albums, including a two sided record titled "Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy". One side featured him singing songs as Spock; the other side featured songs related to his personal interests.

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Points : 1,144
Published : 21 hours ago
Comments : 43

TIL that there was a failed wild west outlaw nicknamed "Little dick"

Author : beagleboy167
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Points : 41
Published : 3 hours ago
Comments : 5

TIL Compton had only one black resident in 1930.

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Points : 50
Published : 3 hours ago
Comments : 9

TIL the Whopper Jr was created by accident in 1963 by the manager of the first Burger King restaurant in Puerto Rico. The molds for the standard Whopper buns didn't arrive so he used a much smaller local bun. The result was such a success that BK adopted it worldwide and called it the Whopper Jr.

Author : JAlbert653
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Points : 2,045
Published : 1 day ago
Comments : 51

TIL The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses.

Author : jdcjtc006
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Points : 24
Published : 29 minutes ago
Comments : 9

TIL Surgeons in The Republic of Georgia replaced a cancer patient's amputated penis with a "fully-functioning" substitute made from skin grafts and the man's middle finger. He has two girlfriends and a full sex life.

Author : Clayh5
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Points : 56
Published : 5 hours ago
Comments : 7

TIL that CBS bought the New York Yankees in 1964. However, the Yankees struggled, so they sold it in 1973 to George Steinbrenner, who owned the team until his death in 2010.

Author : SEA747
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Points : 62
Published : 6 hours ago
Comments : 1

TIL that up until two years ago, there was a law in Paris that required local bakeries to spread out their vacation time so that there was enough bread for the city during the holidays.

Author : thepkmncenter
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Points : 5
Published : 7 hours ago
Comments : 1

TIL that honey badgers' skins are so tough that spears and arrows are almost useless against them, and it's commonly held that the only certain way to kill them is "a direct shot in the head with a fairly powerful rifle."

Author : AWorldOnFire
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Points : 50
Published : 5 hours ago
Comments : 11