TIL earlier this year, Eminem's Marshall Mathers Foundation donated over 400 meals of "Mom's Spaghetti" to Detroit area frontline hospital workers.
TIL that Gladiator had a planned sequel and a script written by Nick Cave. But the story was so crazy, (Maximus time traveling, being reincarnated by Roman Gods, fighting the Nazis) that it got scrapped.
TIL there is a town in the UK that publicly weighs their Mayor before and after their term to ensure they haven't gained weight at the taxpayers’ expense. If they have gained weight they are publicly booed.
TIL that our brains do their best to keep us from dwelling on our inevitable demise. A study found that the brain shields us from existential fear by categorising death as an unfortunate event that only befalls other people.
TIL there’s a chef that lost all of his taste due to radiation in curing his stage four cancer. He regained his taste back eventually, but slowly. Now he owns a three Michelin star restaurant in Chicago and is praised by his unique flavor combinations.
TIL that both a human and a dog's blood pressure decrease while the human pets the dog.
TIL The Simpsons producer's contract allows them to write the show without interference from Fox. This allows them to make fun of the network.
TIL a female serial killer in ancient Rome is said to have been "raped by a giraffe" as part of her punishment.
TIL Fred Rogers proposed to his wife Joanne via letter. When she received it, Joanne rushed to a payphone to respond. She was so nervous that when Fred answered the phone she was focused on the phone booth graffiti and greeted him by saying, "Shit." Fred laughed and she agreed to marry him.
TIL that the man known as "Hide the Pain Harold" is named Arató András. He is a retired Hungarian electrical engineer turned stock photography model and stumbled upon himself as a meme when he was looking up stock photos of himself to see how they turned out.
TIL A battery has been ringing a bell for 180 years and we don’t know what its made of
TIL that many elements of Harry Potter are very similar to a book written 3 years before. The Secret of Platform 13 features a boy of magical lineage who lives with in an abusive house with a spoilt other child, and you get to the magical world through a platform at King's Cross.
TIL about Oscar, a nursing home cat in Rhode Island who appears able to predict the impending death of terminally ill patients—by choosing to nap next to people a few hours before they die. Oscar has been mentioned in The New England Journal of Medicine and so far has predicted at least 100 deaths.
TIL that the last thylacine captured on film bit the cameraman on the ass.
TIL That in the US, Chicken is washed in Chlorine. This has been banned in the EU since 1997.
TIL that Scotland re-established its parliament in 1999 after the Scotland Act (1998) was passed by the British parliament after a referendum. One of the first words spoken in the Parliament were, "The Scottish Parliament, which adjourned on March 25, 1707, is hereby reconvened." - Dr. Ewing.
TIL Danny Trejo got his first acting job when visiting a patient he was doing substance abuse counseling for on the set of "Runaway Train". He was offered a job as an extra in the film's prison scenes.
TIL that Elvis Presley recorded over 600 songs throughout his career and did not write a single one of them on his own.
TIL that Samsung has a hypnosis thing called "Unspoil me" that are supposed to let you experience your favorite TV Series as if it was the first time.
TIL that because the UK Royal Navy's Astute class nuclear powered submarines can purify their own air and water and run on nuclear fuel, that the endurance is only limited to 90 days due to breakfast storage capacity for 18,000 sausages and 4200 Weetabix
TIL Dennis Leary's foundation, the Fund for New York's Bravest, has distributed over $2 million to the families of the 343 firemen killed in the September 11 attacks in 2001
TIL That the Maya civilization used chocolate as money. Chocolate—in the form of fermented and dried cacao beans—was "almost certainly" a key Maya currency. Running out of it may have played a role in their downfall.
TIL Sea Otters are the reason kelp forests exist off the coast of California
TIL The total solar eclipse of April 8, 2024 will be visible across U.S., Mexico, and Canada. Cities include Rochester, Niagara Falls, Quebec City, and Montréal
TIL that the Mark Turmell, the game designer of NBA Jam, was a Pistons fan. Since the Pistons and Chicago Bulls were rivals, Turmell wrote a code into the game so that, whenever a Bulls player would attempt a last-second shot against the Pistons, the shot would wind up missing
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