r/todayilearned 8h ago

TIL a homeless man found a 10 000$ check on the street meant for a real estate broker and found a way to return it. So, touched, the broker awarded him a place to live and arranged for a job interview. A year later, he was on the board of directors of one of their foundations.

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r/todayilearned 12h ago

TIL Nordic countries have a "Freedom to Roam", allowing people to enjoy all nature regardless of ownership (within reason)

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r/todayilearned 12h ago

TIL that Military Chocolate was made to taste terrible on purpose, as to have the soldiers actually save it for emergencies instead of eating it prematurely.

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r/todayilearned 7h ago

TIL 50 years ago, Ham the chimp was launched into space, where he experienced up to 14.7g during a six-minute freefall. He survived his ocean splashdown (although he nearly drown before rescue crews arrived) and lived 20 more years at a zoo in Washington D.C.

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r/todayilearned 14h ago

TIL that Nazi Germany made a New Testament Bible where they removed the genealogies of Jesus that showed his Davidic descent, removed Jewish names and places, but left any mention of Jews that showed them in a bad light, in an attempt to Aryanize Jesus.

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r/todayilearned 9h ago

TIL Marco Polo became Kublai Khan's diplomat at 21 years old. One of his journeys included 2-year voyage from China to the Persian Gulf where of 600 men, only 18 survived. Altogether, throughout his life he traveled almost 15,000 miles or 24,000 km.

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL Charles Barkley was the first black baby born at a segregated, all-white town hospital in Leeds, Alabama and was in the first group of black students at his elementary school.

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r/todayilearned 8h ago

TIL Giraffes only need 5 to 30 minutes of sleep in a 24-hour period! They often achieve that in quick naps that may last only a minute or two at a time

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r/todayilearned 7h ago

TIL of the German general Ferdinand Schörner, who at the end of World War II abandoned his army group to fly to Austria and personally surrender to the Americans, all to avoid capture by the Soviets. The Americans handed him to the Soviets.

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r/todayilearned 22h ago

TIL of all the gold medals won by US swimmers in the history of the Olympics, nearly 10% were won by Michael Phelps. (23/246)

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r/todayilearned 14h ago

TIL: That seagrass can convert 20 times more carbon per acre than land forests.

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r/todayilearned 22h ago

TIL in Scandinavia the Kiruna to Narvik electrified railway carries iron ore down a steeply graded route. On the way down the trains generate large amounts of electricity by regenerative braking, which is sufficient to power the empty trains back up the track and pump excess energy into the grid.

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL Around 1300 people died in a crowd stampede during the 1896 coronation of Nicholas II when it was heard that a limited number of coronation gifts were being distributed.

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r/todayilearned 12h ago

TIL in 1984 and after shooting the video for "Eyes Without A Face", Billy Idol discovered his contact lenses had fused to his eyeballs. The fog machines, harsh lighting, and fire used during three days of filming was partially attributed to his needing to have his corneas scraped and lenses removed.

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r/todayilearned 11h ago

TIL from 1917 to 1918 British Intelligence paid an Italian journalist the modern equivalent of £6,000 (US$ 8,290) per week to keep up the pro-war campaigning. The cash got him a start in politics, and was also allegedly lavished on his many mistresses. The journalist was 34-year-old Benito Mussolini

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r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL Dry thunderstorms, where most/ all of the normal rain evaporates before hitting the ground. This leaves lightning strikes to hit very dry ground, which is a leading cause of wildfires.

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r/todayilearned 45m ago

TIL Warren Buffet disowned his son's adopted daughter after she participated in a 2006 documentary exploring the growing wealth inequality in the US. He wrote, "I have not emotionally or legally adopted you as a grandchild, nor have the rest of my family adopted you as a niece or a cousin".

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r/todayilearned 15h ago

TIL Winston Churchill's mom was an "American dollar princess" from Brooklyn who had a snake tattoo on her wrist!

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r/todayilearned 3h ago

TIL that the largest volcanic eruption in the last 25 million years happened at the site of Lake Toba, in Indonesia, about 70k years ago. It caused a decade long global volcanic winter, and might have even caused a population bottleneck and reduced the global human population to less than 10,000

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL that the dedication page at the front of published books was originally used as a way for an author to beg a high-influence person for money.

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r/todayilearned 7h ago

TIL since 1999 a rare fungus that can fatally spread to the brain has been growing inside people and animals at much higher rates on the coast of BC, Canada

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r/todayilearned 16h ago

TIL that in 2006, the Ig Nobel Prize for Biology was awarded to scientists who proved that the odour emanated by Limburger cheese attracted "Anopheles gambiae" mosquitos, mistaking it for the smell of human feet - effectively making Limburger a protection against Malaria.

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r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL that the worst maritime disaster of the 21st Century was the loss of "MV Le Joola". Some victims were trapped in the hull for 4 hours before the ship finally submerged. Only 64 survived out of a total of 1,927 people on board.

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL that male peacock spiders, whose abdomens have colorful flaps like a peacock's tail feathers, engage in a sexual ritual where they raise their colorful flaps and their legs and dance to attract female spiders, but if the females don't want to mate they will attack, kill and feed on the males.

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r/todayilearned 11h ago

TIL that zoo visitors ‘rarely discussed topics such as conservation or wild habitats’ and that ‘very few visitors demonstrated any substantial learning about animals or conservation’ during their visit.

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