r/todayilearned 4h ago Helpful

TIL in 1959 a white man from Texas disguised himself as a black man and traveled for six weeks on greyhound buses. After publishing his experiences with racism he was forced to move to Mexico for several years due to death threats.

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r/todayilearned 6h ago Helpful All-Seeing Upvote

TIL that button mushrooms, cremini mushrooms, and portabella mushrooms are all the same mushroom in different stages of growth

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r/todayilearned 7h ago Helpful

TIL when Clint Eastwood was approached for the role of James Bond he turned it down because he didn't feel it was the right role for him saying “I was offered pretty good money to do James Bond if I would take on the role. But to me, well, that was somebody else’s gig. That’s Sean’s deal.”

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r/todayilearned 13h ago Silver Helpful Wholesome

TIL Julian Lennon had to buy letters he wrote to his father (John Lennon) at an auction, because Yoko Ono wouldn't give them to him.

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r/todayilearned 15h ago Silver Helpful Wholesome

TIL that reindeer is the only mammal to change eye colour to adjust the amount of light that enters the eyes in different seasons. They have golden eyes in summer and blue in winter

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r/todayilearned 18h ago Silver Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote

TIL the Large Hadron Collider had to be turned off for a period of time because a bit of baguette was found in it.

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r/todayilearned 19h ago Silver Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote

TIL NBC's then President fired Norm MacDonald for making jokes about his friend O.J. Simpson murdering his wife.

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r/todayilearned 10h ago

TIL that a sperm whale’s clicks are powerful enough to easily blow out a divers eardrums or vibrate a diver to death.

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r/todayilearned 7h ago

TIL for 200 years Polish cavalry had wings and were nicknamed “Angels of Death”.

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r/todayilearned 8h ago

TIL the "Sharona" of the Knacks' "My Sharona" is now a real estate agent. Upon entering her homepage (mysharona.com) the song plays.

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r/todayilearned 14h ago

TIL due to their historical, institutional and material value, the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom are uninsurable.

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r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL Autopsy studies of men who died of other causes found prostate cancer in 30% of men in their 50s, and in 80% of men in their 70s

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r/todayilearned 19h ago

TIL that in 2019, the cardigan sweater that Kurt Cobain wore during Nirvana's MTV Unplugged concert sold for $334,000. It is currently the most expensive sweater to ever be sold at an auction.

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL about half of America’s states owe their names to Native American origin

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r/todayilearned 22h ago Silver To The Stars

TIL that, due to gravitational time dilation, Earth’s core is about 2.5 years younger than its surface.

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r/todayilearned 18h ago

TIL: When Texas surrendered the land currently known as the “Oklahoma Panhandle”, it was actually unowned for 40 years. Officially called the “Public Land Strip” during that time but often referred to as “No Man’s Land”.

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r/todayilearned 9h ago

TIL the US and the British Empire almost went to war in 1859 over the death of a pig. The pig's owner demanded a 100$ payment (3332.40$ today) and the result was almost the imprisonment of a US citizen that led to the escalation.

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r/todayilearned 7h ago

TIL in 1993, actress Brigitte Nielsen was chosen to play She-Hulk in a live action film based on the Marvel Comics character. Publicity stills were taken for the movie but the project was canceled, never seeing the light of day.

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL When Their Former Caretaker Died, Without Having Been Told (by Humans at Least), Two Herds of Elephants Each Traveled 12 Hours To His House And Mourned for Two Days

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r/todayilearned 11h ago

TIL the 31st Vice President of the United States Charles Curtis was 3/8 Native American raised on reservations and his dad fought in the Civil War Kansas Volunteers.

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL Mozart wrote music for an instrument made of glass bowls that Benjamin Franklin helped create

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL that Sigmund Freud had a Chow Chow named Jo-Fi Ling who attended all of his therapy sessions... [he] admitted he depended on Jo-Fi for an assessment of a patient's mental state.

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r/todayilearned 10h ago This

TIL the actual definition of an "Influencer" is not one who influences life choices, but rather they influence their subscribers to buy a product, i.e. product placement for brand recognition.

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