TIL: When city council denied a permit to build on empty lot, a London man applied for a permit for a tank. Thinking it was a water storage container, council approved. Instead the man bought a Russian T-34 tank, parked it on his property and pointed the gun towards the city planning office.
TIL about Hemimastix kukwesjijk which is not a plant, animal, fungus, or protozoa. It constitutes an entirely new Kingdom, a new branch on the tree of life.
TIL of the Minneapolis Skyway System, a system of footbridges that connects shops, restaurants, and residential buildings over an area of 80 full city blocks. It allows residents to live, work, and shop without ever leaving the Skyway system.
TIL The worlds largest book was lost by the city of Cleveland. It was called The Golden Book of Cleveland; and it was as large as a mattress. It was misplaced in 1936.
TIL that only two employees are privy to the complete Coca-Cola formula at any given time and they are not permitted to travel together. When one dies, the other must choose a successor within the company.
TIL that during the Middle Ages, members of guilds were referred to as “masters.” Artisans who wanted to join a guild were required to prepare a “master piece” to be judged for qualification. If the masters approved of the piece, that artisan would be accepted into the guild.
TIL Cheryl Crane, the daughter of actress Lana Turner, stabbed one of her mother’s boyfriends to death during a domestic struggle at the age of 14 in 1958. It was considered a justifiable homicide and she was deemed to have been protecting her mother. The boyfriend was a known abuser.
TIL That the Guatemalan government carried out a genocide in the 1980's known as the Silent Holocaust against the Mayan people. Throughout it, the US government under Ronald Reagan gave Guatemala military aid, helping the genocidaires commit their atrocities.
TIL Steve from Blue's Clues left the show partly because he was losing his hair, not because he died
TIL that, in the United Kingdom, Several Prisons have restaurants that are fully run by inmates at the prison, including chefs and waiters. These restaurants are also open to the public and rank highly on Tripadvisor
TIL Disney's "Enchanted" film was originally written as a R-rated comedy princess movie with borrowed elements from "American Pie" and "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" that focused heavily on sex and profanity
TIL: 5% of people do not experience a headache in their lifetime.
TIL German Chocolate Cake is named for a man, not the country. Samuel German developed a formulation of dark baking chocolate that came to be used in the cake recipe.
TIL - The inventor of the black box only worked on it in secret, and it was originally rejected by the aviation community due to privacy concerns. Before the invention, troubleshooting crashes was extremely difficult, and lessons learned from black boxes have improved airline safety significantly.
TIL the people of St. Pauli, Hamburg, were sick of their district smelling like urine because of nightclub patrons relieving themselves on the street. So they painted the buildings with special paint that repels water so forcefully public urinators end up peeing on themselves.
TIL An abusive relationship with a narcissist or psychopath tends to follow the same pattern: idealisation, devaluation, and discarding. At some point, the victim will be so broken, the abuser will no longer get any benefit from using them. They then move on to their next target.
TIL that after the experience of playing Lieutenant Dan in Forrest Gump, Gary Sinise established a charitable foundation to help disabled veterans and their families
TIL only three people were trained to pack the parachutes used in Apollo. NASA forbade them from riding in the same car.
TIL the government used to take raisins from farmers to keep prices artificially high, until the supreme court struck down the practice in 2015 as unconstitutional.
TIL that fungi are more closely related to animals than to plants.
TIL that Bruce Springsteen stopped a walk out at the We Are The World recording. A few of the rockers felt the song was too pop and singing with non-rockers would hurt their image. They changed their minds when the boss said, "I'm here to save lives and feed people, and I'm staying."
TIL 250 Union soldiers surrendered to the Confederates, enlisted in the Confederate Army while held as POWS, were recaptured by the Union Army, and then re-enlisted as Union soldiers. They were called Galvanized Yankees.
TIL in the 2002 Xbox game Steel Battalion, if your mech takes too much damage, the player needs to eject when prompted. If they don't, his character will die, and the game deletes their saved data, making them start from the beginning.
TIL about YInMn Blue, the first non-organic shade of blue discovered in over 200 years. It was discovered partly by accident by Mas Subramanian, who is now looking for a similar non-toxic bright-red pigment.
Til that tiger blood flavoring is a mixture of watermelon, strawberry and a small hint of coconut.
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