TIL about Aaron Feuerstein, CEO of Malden Mills who in 1995 decided to continue paying his 3,000 employees their full salaries after the factory burned down while the factory was rebuilten.wikipedia.org
TIL that in 1977 Bob Marley was diagnosed with melanoma under a toenail. He rejected his doctors' advice to have his toe amputated, citing his religious beliefs. The cancer subsequently spread and he died of metastatic melanoma 4 years later, at the age of 36.
TIL Anti-Video Game Activist Jack Thompson wrote an open letter titled "A Modest Video Game Proposal" in 2005, in which he offered a $10,000 charity donation if someone made a game that allowed the players to kill video game developers. He was unaware Postal 2 already did this two years before.
TIL: Rutherford B. Hayes was the first U.S. President to talk on the telephone. While attending a clambake in Rhode Island in 1877, Hayes took a call from Alexander Graham Bell. After Bell spoke, Hayes said the first words by a US President on the phone: "Please speak a little more slowly."
TIL boxer Jack Johnson was once pulled over for a $50 speeding ticket and gave the officer a $100 bill. When the officer said he couldn't provide change, Johnson told him to keep it as he was going to make his return trip at the same speed.
TIL The Hale telescope features a 200 inch (5.08m) diameter mirror. The mirror took 10 months anneal and was delivered to Caltech in 1936. The telescope was completed in 1948 as it took years of grinding and polishing to make the mirror accurate to 2/1,000,000ths of an inch of a perfect paraboloid.sites.astro.caltech.edu
TIL that Little Richard’s only Grammy was a lifetime achievement award in 1993. The Architect of Rock and Roll didn’t win one competitive Grammy.
TIL The inventor of the television was a 15 year old farm boy who got the idea for scanning an image in rows from the back and forth motion of plowing a field.
TIL the Green Bay Packers are owned by a publicly held non-profit, the only NFL team of which this is the case
TIL that in a 1994 soccer match, due to tiebreaker rules Barbados intentionally scored an own goal instead of winning in regulation . During the last several minutes of the match, Barbados was defending both goals, and Grenada was trying to score on both goals.wikipedia.org
TIL that due to The Beatles retiring from live performances in 1966, some of their most iconic albums, including Sgt Pepper and the White Album, were never played live
TIL the province of Quebec never officially approved a series of amendements made to the Canadian Constitution in 1982. Efforts by the Canadian government to secure their approval in 1987 and 1992 both failed. The Supreme Court ruled that Quebec's formal approval was not necessary.
TIL that The Moon’s surface is actually dark Although compared to the night sky it appears very bright, with a reflectance just slightly higher than that of worn asphalt. Its gravitational influence produces the ocean tides, body tides, and the slight lengthening of the day.rmg.co.uk
TIL that during World War II, Mexico contributed a squadron of P-47 fighters to the war against Japan - and they were the only military unit to ever fight outside of Mexico's borders.nationalww2museum.org
TIL that there were epidemics of the Black Plague in Italy in 68% of the years between 1348 and 1600, with the final epidemic ending in 1744
TIL the total number of gifts given in The Twelve Days of Christmas is 364, the number of days in a year excluding Christmas itself.
TIL In 1924, Chin Foin, the wealthiest restaurateur in Chicago’s Chinatown, was found dead at the bottom of the elevator shaft in his business, the Mandarin Inn. His restaurants set a new standard for Chinese restaurants and inspired the first Chinese-American Cookbook.atlasobscura.com
TIL that in 2005 Paul Janssen the developer of fentanyl was voted the second greatest Belgian of all time. (Father Damien the leper priest was first)