Top 20 BoomBapOriginalRap Highest Rated Reddit Posts of All Time

TIL Heroin was synthesized in 1897 at Bayer pharmaceutical by German chemists looking for a less potent form of morphine. Bayer marketed heroin as a "non-addictive morphine substitute" for cough suppressants.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 4,063
Published : 1 day ago
Comments : 259

TIL Charles Kuentz fought for the Germans during WW1 but became a French citizen after his homeland, Alsace-Lorraine, was taken back by France after the war. When France surrendered to Germany in 1940 he became a German citizen until the fall of the Third Reich which again made him a French citizen.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 901
Published : 5 days ago
Comments : 39

TIL American soldiers in the Pacific theater of WW2 always used passwords containing the letter 'L' due to Japanese mispronunciation, a word such as lollapalooza would be used and upon hearing the first two syllables come back as 'rorra' would "open fire without waiting to hear the rest".

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 52,847
Published : 1 week ago
Comments : 4792

TIL While attacking a series of machine gun nests during WW2, Daniel Inouye had most his right arm shot off while arming a grenade. He pried the grenade out of his severed hand and destroyed a bunker with it before finishing the last resistance in the bunker with a one-handed Tommy gun burst.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 71,024
Published : 1 week ago
Comments : 3034

TIL During the Second Battle of the Aisne the French took 40,000 casualties on the first day alone and within the following twelve days casualties rose to 120,000 men being dead, wounded, and missing.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 29
Published : 3 weeks ago
Comments : 1

TIL Cyanide pills were distributed to audience members of the last Berlin Philharmonic concert on 12 April 1945 as Allied forces approached Berlin and the surrender of Germany seemed imminent.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 2,652
Published : 1 month ago
Comments : 266

TIL More people died fighting on the Eastern Front than in all other fighting across the globe during World War II.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 3,371
Published : 1 month ago
Comments : 546

TIL A survivor of the 1942 Cocoanut Grove fire went into the building four times in search of his date and lived with third degree burns on 55% of his body, fourteen years later he burned to death in a car accident.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 85
Published : 2 months ago
Comments : 6

TIL A dried bull penis was used to torture and flog prisoners starting around the 1500s.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 26
Published : 2 months ago
Comments : 4

TIL There is a $10 million reward for information leading to the recovery of $500 million of artwork stolen in 1990 from a Boston museum, the reward expires at the end of 2017.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 107
Published : 2 months ago
Comments : 8

TIL A French WW1 air force squadron composed of American volunteer pilots, named the Lafayette Escadrille, had two lion cubs as their mascots named ‘Whiskey’ and ‘Soda’

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 29
Published : 3 months ago
Comments : 1

TIL The isolated territory in France called ‘Zone Rouge’ is estimated to take no fewer than 700 years to completely clean due to shells, chemicals, remains, and other waste from World War 1.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 61
Published : 3 months ago
Comments : 3

TIL During the comic book speculator boom, knockoffs of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were made with names like Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters, Geriatric Gangrene Jujitsu Gerbils, and Pre-Teen Dirty Gene Kung-Fu Kangaroos.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 101
Published : 5 months ago
Comments : 17

TIL In World War 1, during the Siege of Przemysl, daily announcements were issued in fifteen different languages due to the ethnic diversity of the Austro-Hungarian inhabitants

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 250
Published : 5 months ago
Comments : 9

TIL The Battle of the Somme ended with roughly 420,000 British, 200,000 French, and 500,000 German casualties, the result of the 141-day battle was the British frontline moving just 6 miles into German territory.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 600
Published : 6 months ago
Comments : 59

TIL Adolf Hitler was dissuaded from committing suicide in 1923 after police came to arrest him for the failed Munich Beer Hall Putsch.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 79
Published : 6 months ago
Comments : 5

TIL The United States built more merchant shipping in the first four and a half months of 1943 than Japan did in the entire seven years of WW2.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 53
Published : 6 months ago
Comments : 7

TIL Ike Hoover’s first job as an electrician at the White House was to turn the lights on and off for President Benjamin Harrison and his family.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 24
Published : 6 months ago
Comments : 0

TIL Christopher Nolan was attracted to the idea of Dunkirk because of its inherent contradiction to the Hollywood formula : the Battle of Dunkirk was not a victory, did not involve America, and yet demanded big-scale production to be put on screen.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 17
Published : 6 months ago
Comments : 10

TIL Christopher Nolan was unaware of Harry Styles' level of fame as a singer before casting him for "Dunkirk".

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 5
Published : 6 months ago
Comments : 0

TIL Teddy Roosevelt’s son at age 56 was the oldest man and only general to land by sea during D-Day. He survived the landings after successfully guiding troops inland under heavy fire but passed away about a month later due to heart problems.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 435
Published : 6 months ago
Comments : 17

TIL Tommy Wiseau sent a copy of 'The Room' to Paramount Pictures to gain wide distribution, they denied it within 24 hours (the typical response time being two weeks).

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 49
Published : 7 months ago
Comments : 6

TIL Historians believe the fate of Christianity hinged on the Battle of Tours where an Arab invasion force was defeated by a Frankish force in present-day France, preventing the spread of Islam to all of Western Europe and preserving Christianity as the religion of Europe.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 978
Published : 7 months ago
Comments : 164

TIL After 20 months of war and a 13 month siege, the Numantians (old Spanish civilization) chose to burn their city and die free rather than live and be slaves to the Roman Empire.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 801
Published : 7 months ago
Comments : 30

TIL Abraham Lincoln was not originally expected to attend, let alone speak, at Gettysburg.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 21
Published : 7 months ago
Comments : 0

TIL By the end of the Civil War, the town of Winchester, Virginia changed hands 72 times total and 13 times in one day.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 43
Published : 7 months ago
Comments : 0

TIL In 1860, 1 out of every 7 Americans were slaves to another American.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 906
Published : 7 months ago
Comments : 140

TIL Lonnie Franklin Jr., the Grim Sleeper serial killer, was arrested roughly 20 years after his first murder due to police finding his DNA on a piece of discarded pizza.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 204
Published : 7 months ago
Comments : 13

TIL In a single day at the Battle of Antietam, more than twice as many Americans were killed in combat than in the War of 1812, Mexican War, and Spanish-American War combined.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 42
Published : 7 months ago
Comments : 3

TIL Ulysses Grant said after the Battle of Shiloh "it would have been possible to walk across the clearing in any direction stepping on dead bodies without a foot touching the ground."

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 127
Published : 7 months ago
Comments : 12

TIL Erwin Rommel had an affair with a 20-year-old fruit seller that produced a daughter, Gertrud. Rommel stayed in touch with Gertrud throughout his life and she knit him a plaid scarf which is seen in many of his pictures from the African campaign of WW2.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 35
Published : 8 months ago
Comments : 2

TIL Helen Keller was listed as a Communist party member in multiple FBI reports, based on her progressive and socialist views.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 156
Published : 8 months ago
Comments : 19

TIL 100 years ago the Battle of Messines began with the detonation of 19 mines under German front lines which killed 10,000 troops in 20 seconds, considered the deadliest non-nuclear, man-made explosion in history.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 1,017
Published : 8 months ago
Comments : 87

Japanese Boy Scouts - Yokohama, Japan (1912)

Subreddit : OldSchoolCool
Points : 17
Published : 8 months ago
Comments : 2

TIL The Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station is the only land surface on Earth where the Sun is continuously up for six months and then down for six months, causing the year to be divided into two long "days".

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 232
Published : 8 months ago
Comments : 14

TIL Mark Twain had a near fatal heart attack in 1898 after watching a belly dancer's routine.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 381
Published : 8 months ago
Comments : 30

TIL The first Ferris Wheel made in 1893 was 264 feet high and had 36 cars that could hold up to 60 people per car, it carried about 38,000 passengers daily at the Chicago World Fair.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 17
Published : 8 months ago
Comments : 6

Mrauk-U pagodas, famous for their mystical and magical looks. Rakhine State, Myanmar

Subreddit : pics
Points : 5
Published : 9 months ago
Comments : 1

"I asked a Burmese why women, after centuries of following their men, now walk ahead. He said there were many unexploded land mines since the war." - Robert Mueller

Subreddit : quotes
Points : 13
Published : 9 months ago
Comments : 2

TIL Robert Mueller was appointed FBI director one week before the 9/11 terror attacks.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 2
Published : 9 months ago
Comments : 1

TIL A hacker group called The Shadow Brokers have used exploits named EXTRABACON and EPICBANANA.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 5
Published : 9 months ago
Comments : 0

TIL Francisco Coronado, Spanish explorer in search for the Seven Cities of Gold, inadvertently "transformed life” for the Great Plains Indians when a number of his horses escaped. Within a few generations the Indians mastered horsemanship and greatly expanded the range and scope of their activities.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 63
Published : 9 months ago
Comments : 2

TIL Roger Williams, Puritan leader during colonial America, tried and failed to pass a law in 1652 banning slavery in Rhode Island. By the early 1700s, Newport, Rhode Island became the leading port for slaves in the Triangular trade.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 74
Published : 9 months ago
Comments : 1

TIL You can become allergic to red meat from a tick bite.

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Points : 1
Published : 9 months ago
Comments : 0

TIL Of James Hadfield who suffered eight sabre wounds to the head in 1794 and believed the Second Coming of Jesus would be advanced if he was killed by the British government, he attempted to assassinate King George III and was acquitted by reason of insanity.

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Points : 7
Published : 9 months ago
Comments : 3

TIL William Bradford, governor of Plymouth Colony and born in 1590, has descendants that include Christopher Reeve, John Lithgow, Sally Field, Clint Eastwood, Julia Child, and the Baldwin brothers.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 37
Published : 9 months ago
Comments : 2

TIL Former NBA player Latrell Sprewell refused a $21-million three-year contract from the Minnesota Timberwolves, claiming it would not be enough to feed his children.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 95
Published : 9 months ago
Comments : 14

Trump meets with Henry Kissinger, former secretary of state, after a meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister and Russian ambassador to the U.S.

Subreddit : news
Points : 185
Published : 9 months ago
Comments : 68

Trump meets with Henry Kissinger, former secretary of state, after a meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister and Russian ambassador to the U.S.

Subreddit : worldnews
Points : 109
Published : 9 months ago
Comments : 77

TIL The British army had less than 48,000 troops at the onset of the American Revolutionary War, in less than four decades the army grew to more than 250,000 over the course of the Napoleonic Wars.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 434
Published : 9 months ago
Comments : 58

TIL William Bradford, governor of Plymouth Colony, was a year old when his father died so he was sent to live with his grandfather, who died two years later so he was sent to live with his mother, she died one year later.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 329
Published : 9 months ago
Comments : 17

TIL The military drills for George Washington’s troops in the Revolutionary War, written by Friedrich von Steuben, had to be translated every single night from Prussian to French and then from French to English so Washington could command his troops the next morning.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 341
Published : 9 months ago
Comments : 25

TIL Of 'Shark Island', a concentration camp in German South West Africa (currently Namibia) where victim's bodies were "buried in a few inches of sand at low tide, and as the tide came in the bodies went out, food for the sharks."

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 144
Published : 9 months ago
Comments : 9

TIL The currency used in Vietnam is the 'Vietnamese dong'

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 0
Published : 9 months ago
Comments : 7

TIL Of the "Storm that saved Washington", a heavy thunderstorm that occurred less than a day after British troops set fire to several public buildings in the capital, the storm extinguished all the fires and drove the British troops away while badly damaging their ships.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 71
Published : 9 months ago
Comments : 5

TIL In WW2 Randolph Churchill, son of Winston, walked a 106-mile round trip in under 24 hours on a bet. He had around 20 minutes to spare but wasn't paid by his fellow officers.

Subreddit : todayilearned
Points : 234
Published : 10 months ago
Comments : 13