TIL TBS sped up Seinfeld by 7.5% so they could add 2 more minutes of commercials.
TIL that while writing the popular 1990s song Friday I'm in Love, The Cure frontman Robert Smith became convinced that he stole the tune from somewhere, and was so paranoid that he called every person he knew and played the song for them, asking if they recognized it. It was, indeed, unique.
TIL scientists trained bumblebees to pull strings for food; they pulled strings to bring discs with sugar water out from under a plastic sheet. Over 60% of other bees watching behind a clear wall knew to pull the string when it was their turn.
TIL of Ching Shih. Originally a prostitute who married a pirate, she ended up commanding a fleet of 20,000-40,000 pirates, battling the Portuguese empire, British empire, and Qing Dynasty at various stages. She married her adopted son, had two children with him and died a free woman at age 69.
TIL Goats prefer happy people. They can differentiate between human facial expressions and prefer to interact with happy people.
TIL Soviet scientists defended the world's largest seed bank during the 28 month Siege of Leningrad when it couldn't be evacuated. 9 scientists starved, surrounded by tons of crops and fruit, refusing to destroy 'the future of Russia'.
TIL The day that "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" premiered, there was an op-ed in the New York Times titled "O'Brien flops" that said "one can't help but have grave doubts about his prospects". The op-ed was written by Conan O'Brien himself.
TIL when insects are electrocuted by bug zappers, it can spread a mist containing insect parts up to about 2 metres from the device. The air around the bug zapper can become contaminated by bacteria and viruses that can be inhaled by people or settle on food.
TIL: In 2011, new students at the Wabash College in Indiana were required to play the video game Portal as part of a course on what it means to be human. The course discussed how Portal's villain presents different versions of themselves, showing a public face, while hiding a different private face.
TIL when Ford introduced the Mustang, they were expecting to sell about 100,000 a year. Over a million Mustangs were sold within the first two years.
TIL the Lenape tribe were the original inhabitants of Manhattan, New York and were forced to leave 300 years ago. Tribes from across the country returned to New York last year for the first Pow Wow in centuries to celebrate their origin.
TIL Bear Grylls, at the age of 21, survived a fall of 16,000 feet after his parachute malfunctioned
TIL the term "Native American" is falling out of favor amongst indigenous Americans, in favor of indigenous Americans, American Indian, or the name of their own tribe.
TIL In males, 80% to 95% of REM sleep is normally accompanied by partial to full penile erection.
TIL the Delaware Aqueduct, which provides half of New York City's fresh water, has been leaking up to 35 million gallons of water per day since at least the 1990s.
TIL Balto, the Alaskan sled dog, was sold into the L.A. Vaudeville circuit after his 1925 serum run. A Cleveland businessman saved him from his showbiz squalor and Balto retired at the Cleveland Zoo. Since his death, was taxidermied and is on display at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
TIL The WWI Vickers Machine Gun, Used by the British from 1913-1968, was so reliable that in one test, they fired it continuously for 7 days and 7 nights
TIL that Cillian Murphy was vegetarian for about 15 years prior to working on Peaky Blinders. Saying it was never a moral decision. It was more that he was worried about getting mad cow disease.
TIL: In 1944 Lex Luthor was the first character in a comic book (and one of the first in fiction) to use an atomic bomb. The United States Department of War asked this story line be delayed from publication, which it was until 1946, to protect the secrecy of the Manhattan Project.
TIL the Windows 10 default desktop image is actually a photograph and not made using CGI
TIL Marilyn Monroe's sister is still alive today at age 100.
TIL after the Boston Tea Party, many Americans switched to drinking coffee during the Revolutionary War because drinking tea had become unpatriotic.
TIL While the film "Entebbe", which was about an airliner hijacking, was being filmed at Malta International Airport, Afriqiyah Airways Flight 209, an actual hijacked flight, landed at the airport. Scenes from the hostages exiting the Afriqiyah plane were filmed, edited and inserted into the movie.
TIL that a traditional Sardinian cheese, casu marzu, is eaten with live maggots in it. The maggots break down the cheese’s fats, making it exceptionally soft. Each cheese has thousands of maggots in it. The larvae can launch up to 15 cm, so diners hold their hands above the cheese to prevent this.
TIL the reason most films end with the “This is a work of fiction [...]” disclaimer is a 1933 Rasputin biopic. The prince responsible for his murder sued the studio, claiming that the production did not accurately depict the murder
TIL that Newman's Own gives 100% of their profits to charity, so you can feed yourself and give to a good cause at the same time - just a small way to make a difference
© 2020 imglurk.net
how did this get here? i no good with computer!