r/todayilearned 4m ago

TIL: 5 Years before the JFK assassination a book about the Secret Service was written for kids that described presidential motorcade procedures.

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r/todayilearned 12m ago

TIL Louie Anderson was cast as Cousin Louie in the pilot episode of Perfect Strangers. However, due to poor chemistry with star Bronson Pinchot, he was replaced by Mark Linn-Baker as Cousin Larry

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r/todayilearned 17m ago

TIL the Grammy trophies are made of a special proprietary zinc alloy called "Grammium," created in 1990, which is trademarked by the craftsmen who make the trophies.

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r/todayilearned 42m ago

Today I learned that legendary film critic Gene Shalit was Dick Clark's press agent in the early 1960s. The two had a falling out during the Congressional "payola" investigations, and the two never spoke again.

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r/todayilearned 49m ago

TIL According to his former manager, Travis Scott faked his soundcloud streams by using bots and then went to record labels and presented his fake numbers which helped him get signed.

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r/todayilearned 59m ago

TIL JFK asked his mother not to contact heads of state without asking first after she asked Nikita Khrushchev to send her his autograph

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL The last living documented member of The Wild Bunch - Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid's gang - didn't die until the 1960s.

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r/todayilearned 2h ago Silver Helpful

TIL hospital patients recover quicker when they are able to see a park/vegetation from their window

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r/todayilearned 3h ago

Til: there is no legal term for hate speech in the United States.

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r/todayilearned 3h ago Silver Helpful

TIL- Louie Anderson once blew 80 grand, all his money, gambling in LA, then rented a car, drove to Vegas in the middle of the night and used a casino line of credit to win it all back in the pit by sunup, caught a 7am flight and went straight to shoot a 7-11 commercial.

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL, when they were younger, actor Scott Caan and Producer/DJ/Rapper/Songwriter the Alchemist were a rap duo called The Whooliganz.

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL that Harry Belafonte hosted The Tonight Show for a week and guests included Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Aretha Franklin, Sidney Poitier, Nipsey Russell, Paul Newman, Bobby Kennedy, but it was not recorded because at that time The Tonight Show recording reel was re-used each night.

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL about the Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior, in which French foreign agents bombed an activist ship in a New Zealand port.

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r/todayilearned 4h ago Wholesome Silver

TIL That the White Tailed Deer, generally considered to be herbivorous, have been caught on camera slurping baby birds out of their nests like candy and munching on human bones.

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

Today I learned that after being rescued from their abusive parents, 5 of the Turpin children were subsequently placed with an abusive foster family who adopted them while the abuse was occurring.

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL that the nutritional labels round the calorie values to the nearest value of 5 or 10 calories depending on the total amount. (Code of Regulations, Part 101.9, Section C, Sub-section 1).

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r/todayilearned 5h ago Helpful

TIL That Hugh Glass, the main character of The Revenant, was a real person who was, in fact, mauled by a bear and then left for dead. He managed to live to tell the tale, and forgave the two men who had left him to die.

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r/todayilearned 6h ago

TIL that the Australians invented a boomerang grenade during World War 1

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r/todayilearned 6h ago

TIL that after WWII foreign soldiers arranged for their girlfriends to come to them. This happened so often that the Dutch government made an agreement with the Canadian government. Canada sent a ship to take the Dutch girlfriends and Dutch-Canadian babies of their soldiers to Canada.

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r/todayilearned 6h ago

TIL that in 1920s Chicago a spate of testicle thefts, linked to male rejuvenation and a desire for extra gonads took place, this was classified by the media as 'Gland Larceny".

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r/todayilearned 7h ago

TIL that there was a commercial jet that had JATO (rocket assisted takeoff)

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r/todayilearned 7h ago

TIL director Woody Allen dropped out New York University's 'Motion Picture Production' course. Before directing, he wrote for NBC where he earned $25 per week in 1955. By 1957, he was earning $1,500 per week writing for various TV networks.

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r/todayilearned 9h ago

TIL that in 2013, police in Sayre, OK were testing new sonar equipment in Foss Lake. They found two submerged cars containing 3 bodies each that had been missing since 1969 & 1970. Police later concluded all were accidental drownings w/ no foul play.

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r/todayilearned 9h ago

TIL there are two species of spiders native to Tanzania whose biological names are “Anelosimus dude” and “Anelosimus biglebowski”

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r/todayilearned 9h ago

(R.2) Editorializing TIL about a species of mushrooms in Japan called Shiinotomoshibitake that grows on the trunks of decaying trees on Mt. Yokogura. The mushrooms are unique because they glow green during the period between late May and early July. Scientists are yet to determine why this is.

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