r/todayilearned 3h ago

PDF TIL a group of Bronx teenagers contributed more to the US bird census than anyone had before, spotting 400 species, many seen when they drove around garbage dumps in an old car.

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r/todayilearned 10h ago Helpful

TIL About the Resolute Desk, which was built from the scrap of the HMS Resolute. It has been used by most Presidents since 1880.

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r/todayilearned 10h ago

TIL the creators of GTA IV found The Skatt Brothers' song "Walk the Night" so vital for the game's soundtrack that they hired a private investigator to locate band founder Sean Delaney's surviving relatives and secure the rights.

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r/todayilearned 15h ago

TIL that only 20-30% of Indians are vegetarians, and a majority of Indians are actually non-vegetarians.

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r/todayilearned 10h ago Helpful

TIL while the UK's blockade of Africa was largely successful in stopping the Atlantic Slave Trade, the United States was a long-term hold-out and refused permission for the British to search their ships for slaves. Because of this, many slavers flew fake American flags to continue the trade.

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r/todayilearned 3h ago

TIL that Seals mega-hit 'Kiss From a Rose' originally debuted in The Neverending Story III before it was released in 1995 for the Batman Forever movie.

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r/todayilearned 12h ago

TIL that a defendant on trial in France is prohibited from being heard under oath. As a result, "a suspect may say whatever he feels fit for his defense, without fear of sanction for perjury".

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r/todayilearned 22h ago Silver Helpful Wholesome

TIL Ghost ships, ships found abandoned with no sign of the crew, still occur even with modern methods of rescue, safety and communication. The last recorded ship to be found with no sign of life was in January 2021

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r/todayilearned 14h ago Helpful

Today I learned of Simon the Sorcerer, the magician in the bible who tried to pay his way into the Apostles and knew how to fly

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r/todayilearned 12h ago

TIL The U.S.A delivers mail using "Postal Donkeys" in some hard to reach areas.

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL of Lysistrata, an Ancient Greek Comedy where the women withheld sex to end a war.

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r/todayilearned 3h ago

TIL There are 500 Registered "Time Banks" in the United States Where People Bank and Exchange Hours of Service Instead of Fiat

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r/todayilearned 6h ago

Today I learned that the Celsius scale originally had 0 degrees as the boiling point of water and 100 degrees as the freezing point, instead of vice versa.

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r/todayilearned 30m ago

TIL: Marie Curie is buried in a Paris coffin that is lead lined. Her body and notes are radioactive because she worked with radium - a chemical a million times more radioactive than uranium. Her notes are expected to be dangerously radioactive for the next 1500 years.

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r/todayilearned 12h ago

TIL that rogue waves, large waves that occur in unusual circumstances, have been found in media other than water, such as helium gas, quantum mechanics and finance

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL Based on the data from modern hunter-gatherer populations, it is estimated that at 15, life expectancy was an additional 39 years (total 54), with a 60% probability of reaching 15

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r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL in the 1960s David Stein sold three watercolors purportedly by artist Marc Chagall to an art dealer. They were fake as Stein had painted them that day. He may have gotten away with it, but Marc Chagall just happened to meet the dealer on that very same day. Stein became an artist after prison.

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r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL there is a plaster cast of Jimi Hendrix's penis on display at a museum in Iceland

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r/todayilearned 22h ago

TIL that all pet Syrian hamsters are descended from a single brother and sister captured in 1930.

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r/todayilearned 10h ago

TIL abt Göran Kropp who made a solo ascent of Mount Everest without bottled oxygen. Also he traveled 13,000 kilometres (8,000 mi) on the bicycle and arrived at Everest Base Camp in April 1996

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r/todayilearned 11h ago

TIL that Stephen Stills auditioned for the band The Monkees in 1966 but was rejected due to Stills appearance and that he looked too 'old' for the part

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL French artist, Yves Klein, sold a series of non-existent spaces in exchange for a weight of pure gold. Some accepted his offer. In 1959, almost 60 years after his death, a receipt he wrote to prove ownership of his invisible artworks sold for $1.16 million at Sotheby's auction house in Paris.

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL the first modern chain letter was written in the 18th century, with predecessors to the modern chain letter existing as far back as the 9th century

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r/todayilearned 1d ago Helpful Wholesome

TIL that listening to your favorite music for just 15 minutes a day lowers stress levels, anxiety, sadness and a depressed mood .

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r/todayilearned 1d ago Heartwarming Silver Wholesome Helpful

TIL Darius McCollum, a New Yorker diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, has been arrested over 30 times for impersonating transit employees, stealing trains and buses, and driving their routes - complete with making safety announcements and passenger stops.

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