r/todayilearned 11h ago

TIL a Looney Tunes director and animator, Robert McKimson, bragged to colleagues for getting a good bill of health at 67. His family history of living past their 90s caused him to tell his colleagues: "I'm going to be around after you guys are gone!" He died two days later of a heart attack.

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r/todayilearned 13h ago

TIL That in 2004, a 25 year old virginal Japanese woman had surgery to remove a mature fetiform teratoma (a tumor that formed a doll-like structure) that contained brain, eye, spinal nerve, ear, teeth, thyroid gland, bone, bone marrow, gut, trachea, and blood vessel tissue... and more. 😳

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r/todayilearned 18h ago

TIL that Abraham Lincoln - a fearsome wrestler as a young man - once wrestled the county champion outside the store where he worked, as the whole town looked on. When his opponent began cheating, Lincoln picked the man up and flung him to the ground, knocking him out and starting an all-out brawl.

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r/todayilearned 14h ago

TIL the B-2/Stealth Bomber costs $135,000 for every hour of flight time

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r/todayilearned 12h ago

TIL of Operation Babylift, a US-led evacuation of children from Vietnam during the Vietnam War for adoption in America, Canada, Australia, and Europe. The very first flight crashed shortly after takeoff and killed 78 children.

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r/todayilearned 21h ago

TIL that a main reason historians are sure Frederick the Great was gay is on July 1750, the Prussian king unmistakably wrote to his gay secretary and reader, Claude Étienne Darget: “Mes hémorroïdes salient affectueusement votre v…” “My hemorrhoids affectionately greet your cock” NSFW

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r/todayilearned 12h ago

TIL Ben & Jerry's has a 'Flavor Graveyard' with tombstones for flavors which are no longer sold

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r/todayilearned 1d ago Lurking

TIL: In 1962, a 10 year old found a radioactive capsule and took it home in his pocket and left it in a kitchen cabinet. He died 38 days later, his pregnant mom died 3 months after that, then his 2 year old sister a month later. The father survived, and only then did authorities found out why.

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r/todayilearned 22h ago

TIL that a cup of grape juice contains 33% more sugar than a cup of grape soda.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL: Alexander Hamilton’s first son Philip died from a duel three years earlier near the same spot Alexander was fatally shot, using the same set of pistols.

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r/todayilearned 10h ago Starstruck

TIL That companies AMD and Nvidia who are competitors, do not fabricate their own semiconductor chips, and actually hire the same company for fabrication, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.

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r/todayilearned 7h ago

TIL that after The Washington Post was acquired in 2013, one of the proposed ideas was to install a feature that allowed a reader to remove the vowels from an article they didn't enjoy, the idea being that another reader would have to pay to reinstate the vowels.

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r/todayilearned 8h ago

TIL The Satanic Temple has an after school Satan Club

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r/todayilearned 22h ago

TIL that Neil Armstrong was the subject of a hoax claiming that he converted to Islam after hearing the call to prayer on the Moon. Despite being officially refuted, the rumor persisted partly because of the confusion between Armstrong's residence in Lebanon (Ohio) to Lebanon the country.

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r/todayilearned 14h ago

TIL: In the late 1970’s, a radioactive Source of Cobalt-60 was smelted down to make rebar, and ~4000 people were exposed across Mexico and the US. The contamination was found in 1984, when a trucker took a wrong turn, into the Los Alamos Lab, setting off detectors.

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546 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 14h ago

TIL: Lead shot for frontier settlers was made in a tower by dropping molten lead 150ft into water.

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615 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL: At the height of her popularity, because she was very physically coordinated and never seen missing baby teeth, child actress Shirley Temple combated rumors that she was in fact a 30 year old with dwarfism. The rumor was so prevalent in Europe that the Vatican sent a priest to investigate.

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r/todayilearned 38m ago

TIL In the 1970s East Germany had a coffee shortage so they made Vietnam into a supplier. East Germany invested the equivalent of tens of millions of dollars into Vietnam in exchange for half of Vietnam's coffee harvests for 20 years. By the first harvest in 1990 East Germany was already dissolved.

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r/todayilearned 12h ago

TIL when the German Navy was restarted in 1956, it salvaged a sunk u-boat from World War II and used it till 1980

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r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL about the Euthanasia Coaster, a hypothetical steel rollercoaster designed as a euthanasia device to kill its passengers

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r/todayilearned 15h ago

TIL Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman's son once married Bill's ex-wife's mother, making Bill Wyman stepfather of his former mother in law, as well as stepgrandfather of his former wife

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r/todayilearned 3h ago

TIL Facebook has more monthly active users as of October 2022 (2.96 billion) than the entire population of Earth in 1958 (2.92 billion)

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r/todayilearned 19h ago

TIL in France there is a group called the Garden Gnome Liberation Front which steals garden gnomes with the goal of "freeing" them and "returning them to the wild".

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r/todayilearned 7h ago

TIL Godfrey the Hunchback, (1076) was assassinated by a spy below his personal latrine with a spear… in the posterior

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r/todayilearned 12h ago

TIL a message in a bottle thrown off the Titanic the day before she sank was discovered washed up on a Canadian beach in 2021, after drifting for nearly 100 years.

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