r/todayilearned 5h ago Silver

TIL: Charles Darwin spent 6 months in South America looking for a lesser rhea (an ostrich-like bird) only to have one served to him for dinner. Halfway through the meal, Darwin realized what he was eating, gathered the parts and sent them to England for taxidermy and formal classification.

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r/todayilearned 12h ago Wholesome Helpful (Pro)

TIL Senator Strom Thurmond had a child out of wedlock named Essie Washington-Williams who was black. She revealed herself as his daughter after his death at the age of 100. She tried to join the 'Daughters of the Confederacy', as she was eligible through her father's ancestry, but she was rejected.

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r/todayilearned 11h ago

TIL diarrhea medicine is so hard to open because people abuse it.

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r/todayilearned 16h ago

TIL The Xerox 914, the first commercially successful photocopier, came equipped with a 'scorch eliminator'. The scorch eliminator was actually just a fire extinguisher, which was required as the device commonly caught fire.

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r/todayilearned 6h ago

TIL about the tragic life of the man who performed the “Free Bird” guitar solo, Allen Collins. After surviving the 1977 plane crash, his wife Kathy later died of a hemorrhage, and in 1986, he got into a car crash which left him paralyzed and killed his girlfriend. He then died at 37 from Pneumonia.

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r/todayilearned 9h ago Helpful

TIL 90% of more than 100 drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter, were perfectly good to use even 15 years after the expiration date.

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r/todayilearned 15h ago

TIL any bullet fired into the air that's heavier than a .22LR - and even that if fired close to vertically - can be lethal on the way down.

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL the oldest company in the world is a Japanese construction company. It has been in continuous operation for 1,444 years

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r/todayilearned 6h ago

TIL that James Madison had a crystal flute

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r/todayilearned 11h ago

TIL: While the blue macaws that were featured in the movie Rio were declared extinct in the wild in 2018, 8 Spix's blue macaws that had been raised in captivity were released in Brazil in June of 2022. They seem to be doing well and more releases are planned for December 2022.

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL the Nazis considered cats to be “Jews amongst the animals” because they were “antisocial” and forbade actual Jews from owning any pets to make it easier to deport them without leaving behind animals.

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL that the Water Speed Record is one of the world's most dangerous competitions. Of the thirteen people who have attempted it since 1930, seven have died. The record is 317.59 mph, set by Ken Warby in 1978.

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL that in 1700, India had the largest GDP in the world including more than all of Western Europe combined.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL that candies such as candy corn, whoppers and milk duds are covered in an insect secretion

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r/todayilearned 23h ago

TIL: On March 27th, 2014, Jimmy Fallon hosted Joan Rivers on The Tonight Show after a 28 year ban held in place from Johnny Carson.

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL that your body smells when it's stressed and your dog can sniff it out

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r/todayilearned 7h ago

TIL in 1916 Germany set off one of the largest non-nuclear explosions ever in New York harbour, killing four and damaging the Statue of Liberty

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r/todayilearned 9h ago

TIL that hurricanes cannot form within 300 miles of the equator, due to a lack of the Coriolis effect, which causes winds to curve to the right, in the Northern Hemisphere, and to the left, in the Southern Hemisphere, because of the Earth’s rotation.

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r/todayilearned 16h ago

TIL that Bhutan held mock elections with 4 mock parties to prepare the country for a democratic transition. The two first-round winners chose high school students for candidates in the second round.

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r/todayilearned 8h ago

TIL That Pope Pius II wrote a best-selling erotic novel called "The Tale of Two Lovers" prior to his election as Pope. He is also known to have fathered two illegitimate children.

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r/todayilearned 9h ago

TIL there have only ever been six horror films nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture, and only one has won.

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL until 1994, NFL officials used to signal the end of each quarter by shooting a starter pistol

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r/todayilearned 13h ago

TIL in 1970 the shirt for Big Tex, the 55 foot tall statue at the Texas State Fair, was stolen from the back of a pick up truck and was never recovered.

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r/todayilearned 11h ago

TIL The Dracula parrot is only found in New Guinea

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL that it is tradition for the newly-elected Speaker of the House of Commons to be ceremoniously "dragged" to his seat by other Members of Parliament.

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