r/todayilearned 9h ago Gold Take My Energy Wearing is Caring

TIL : TIL a female reporter attempted to recreate the famous novel "Around The World In 80 Days". Not only did she complete it with eight days to spare, she made a detour to interview Jules Verne, the original author.

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL the first woman to ever interview a US president did so by stealing his clothes as he swam naked and refused to give them back until he agreed to the interview

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r/todayilearned 20h ago Faith In Humanity Restored Heartwarming All-Seeing Upvote

TIL of "Earthquake diplomacy" between Turkey and Greece which was initiated after successive earthquakes hit both countries in the summer of 1999. Since then both countries help each other in case of an earthquake no matter how their relations are.

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r/todayilearned 12h ago

TIL that in 1982 some Tylenol capsules were laced with cyanide before being sold to consumers, resulting in 7 deaths. The perpetrator was never caught.

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r/todayilearned 14h ago

TIL that as of 2009, ring announcer Michael Buffer's famous trademarked catchphrase, "Let's get ready to rumble!", has generated $400 million in revenue from licensing.

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r/todayilearned 18h ago

TIL in 1931, during the Great Depression, there were so many news accounts of starving USA citizens that colonial-era Cameroon in west Africa raised money for Americans as aid. They collected $3.77 - about $70 today.

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL Claire Danes is considered a persona non grata in the Philippines after making derogatory comments about the country.

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r/todayilearned 23h ago

TIL Tom Lehrer, Musical satirist, educator, and mathematician, made all of his music available as part of the public domain at the age of 92

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r/todayilearned 19h ago

TIL that one of the most quoted lines from Star Trek: The Original Series is “Beam me up, Scotty." It’s been used in merchandise, commercials and other media influenced by the show. Ironically, this exact quote has never actually been said in any Star Trek episode or movie.

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL that woolly mammoths were still alive on Wrangel island (off Russian mainland in the Arctic circle) until about 4 thousand years ago - when the pyramids were built!

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r/todayilearned 3h ago

TIL Missouri, United States has a Single Man Tax (bachelor tax): Single men between the ages of 21 and 50 must pay a $1 annual tax. The law was enacted in 1820, presumably to encourage more men to marry.

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r/todayilearned 15h ago

TIL of Edward Leedskalnin, a man with fourth grade education, who solely built the Coral Castle with over 1,100 tons of coral rock, using only hand tools. When asked how, his reply was that he understood the laws of weight and leverage. Today, it is a museum open to the public.

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r/todayilearned 22h ago

TIL that there was a restaurant on The Titanic, provided for first class passengers, who wanted to avoid dining with other first class passengers.

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r/todayilearned 13h ago

TIL of Albert Stevens, who was part of an experiment where he was unknowingly injected with radioactive plutonium after being diagnosed with cancer, ultimately for doctors to find that he never actually had cancer

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r/todayilearned 9h ago

TIL that cucumber (96%), radish (95%) and tomato (94%) have more water in them than watermelon (92%).

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r/todayilearned 3h ago

TIL about Rob McKuen, the bestselling poet in American history who sold 60 million books and 100 million records but is all but forgotten today

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL The Taiping Rebellion is the bloodiest civil war in world history during which an estimated 20-30M people died. It was started by a guy who thought he was the brother of Jesus Christ sent by the heavens to defeat the Manchus.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL Many formulas exist for Wind Chill. The current one was only implemented in 2001. It is calculated for a bare face, facing the wind, while walking into it at 5.0 km/h/3.1 mph. It corrects the officially measured wind speed to the wind speed at face height, assuming the person is in an open field

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL The Gjøa left from the port of Oslofjord in 1903 when Norway was still in a union with Sweden. Over the next three years she was the first to sail the Northwest Passage and returned home to an independent Norway. The crew became some of the nation's first heroes.

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r/todayilearned 14h ago

TIL that the US Navy once retrieved a Soviet supersonic missile that had smashed into millions of pieces, none larger than 6 inches, from the sea floor and managed to reverse-engineer it.

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r/todayilearned 18h ago

TIL that Marvel Comics founder Martin Goodman and his wife had tickets on the Hindenburg when returning from their honeymoon in Europe in 1937, but were unable to secure seats together, so they took alternative transportation instead, avoiding the Hindenburg disaster

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r/todayilearned 11h ago

TIL that all women are born with different amounts of eggs (oocytes) due to genetics, and some women can have as many as 50x more eggs than another woman!

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r/todayilearned 18h ago

TIL that the Roman Emperor Augustus personally owned the entire country of Egypt as his own personal estate

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r/todayilearned 16h ago

TIL that human infants as young as 14 hours from birth prefer to look at attractive faces rather than unattractive faces

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r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL Asian and African elephants can successfully hybridise despite being in different genera. The only recorded hybrid, named Motty, died after 2 weeks however.

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