TIL: In 2018, doctors found that a patient, Kendra Jackson, had a leaky brain for 5 years. After an accident in 2013, she had a daily runny nose for years and suffered headaches. She lost half a pint of brain fluid a day through her nose.
TIL a BBC analysis of 19 chocolate products between 2014 and 2018, revealed that 18 of them had shrunk in size. The worst hit by ‘shrinkflation’ in the study was a four-pack of Snickers, which reduced by 28.1%, from 232g to 167g
TIL Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto in 1930 and further investigated it across his lifetime. He died in 1997 aged 90, less than a decade before the New Horizons launch to Pluto. To honour his wishes his ashes were launched inside the spacecraft, making it the longest post mortem fight ever recorded.
TIL Patricia Demauro walked to a craps table at Atlantic City's Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa with $100. Four hours and 18 minutes later, Demauro had rolled the World Record for Craps Rolls. She rolled 154 times, the odds of accomplishing this is 1 in 1.56 trillion.
TIL that Bruce McAllister, a 16 year-old student, in 1963 wrote to 150 authors to settle a dispute with his English teacher about textual symbolism. More than 75 replied, including Ray Bradbury, John Updike, and Saul Bellow. McAllister later became an acclaimed author and literature professor.
TIL about Judith Catchpole, a young maidservant in the colony of Maryland, who was tried in 1656 for witchcraft and killing her newborn child. The judge summoned an all-female jury, who determined that Judith did not kill her child - in fact, there were no signs that Judith had even been pregnant.
TIL of the Utah teapot, a computer rendered 3D model created in 1975 at Uni. of Utah, based on a Melitta teapot, and since used as a standard reference object in computer graphics community. The teapot maker only learnt of the product's fame in 2017, whereupon they officially renamed it Utah Teapot
TIL that Britain's worst nuclear accident, would have been much worse, were it not for Sir John Douglas Cockcroft. Whom insisted on installing filters onto the exhaust shaft of the Windscale Nuclear Power Plant. When the accident happened the radioactive dust was reduced by 95%.
TIL Martin Luther King Sr was also a civil rights activist who lived until 1984
TIL of John, a teen who was the first person in the UK charged with inciting his own murder. He found his real-life friend Mark in a chatroom and convinced Mark to kill him (John) via a web of fictional characters. Mark stabbed John, convinced the CIA had ordered him to.
TIL: Dedicated Japanese monks spent years going through the horrifying process of turning themselves into mummies... while still alive. Viewing their bodies is now one of the world's creepiest tourist attractions.
TIL about the treeless tundra town of Nome Alaska, who's residents create their own Nome National Forest on the frozen sea out of their discarded Christmas trees. The tradition has fallen out of practice but has recently been reborn through pressure from the Mayor.
TIL saving data to an SSD, RAM, flash memory, etc. increases its weight by an extremely small amount. One calculation states that 1GB of flash memory completely filled with 1s weighs something like 729 femtograms more than the same memory filled with zeros.
TIL that 90% of Diamonds in the world pass through the Indian city of Surat in Gujarat state, before reaching the market. The diamonds are cut and polished here.
TIL Macauque monkeys at a temple in Bali have learned to steal electronics and other valuable items, in order to ransom them for food they perceive to be especially valuable.
TIL that in the film Psycho (1960), a concern for the censors, was an actresses flushing a toilet, with its contents (torn-up note paper) fully visible the first time. No flushing toilet had appeared in mainstream film and television in the United States at that time.
TIL that after Booth assassinated Lincoln by shooting him the back of the head, the largest manhunt in US history, involving thousands of troops and countless civilians, tracked him down to a barn. As he attempted escape, Sergeant Boston Corbett killed Booth by shooting him in the back of the head.
TIL that Sir David Mathew was a Welsh knight who stood at 6'8 (2.03m). At 60 years old he saved the life of Edward IV at the largest and bloodiest battle ever fought on British soil (the battle of Towton 1461). He died at the age of 84 in an 'altercation'.
TIL in 1995 Hayao Miyazaki directed a cyberpunk shortfilm for a rock song after having writer's block. He purposely misinterpreted the lyrics to make the video cryptic to evoke creative interpretations among viewers. SciFi writers and magazines called it "the most perfect short science fantasy film"
TIL that when Princess Diana died in 1997, the funeral's broadcast attracted an estimated 2.5 billion people worldwide. Which makes it one of the biggest televised event in history.
TIL Depression era hobo code used a cat drawing to indicate "nice lady lives here".
TIL "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" was first published in Japan because U.S. printers could not afford the holes and irregular pages.
TIL that Paul McCartney's first Hofner bass used on iconic Beatles recordings was stolen from him at Twickenham Film Studios in 1969 and has never been found. This particular model was only produced for four months and is one of the most sought after instruments in rock history
TIL that when Phil Collins first performed "In The Air Tonight" on television, he had a pot of paint on the stage, as the song was inspired by his divorce from his wife as she had had an affair with a painter and decorator.
TIL the great smog of London in 1952 was so bad that pedestrians couldn't even see their feet. Some of the 4,000 who died in the 5 days it lasted didn't suffer lung problems – they fell into the Thames and drowned because they could not see the river
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