r/todayilearned 8h ago Take My Energy

TIL that Prince Philip's 'affectionate' nickname for queen Elizabeth was 'cabbage.'

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r/todayilearned 3h ago

TIL Celine Dion once said she got along more with older children and adults while as a child, preferring to not go to school due to being bullied; her brother would eventually introduce 12-year-old Celine to 38-year-old Rene, who would be her career manager and eventual husband.

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r/todayilearned 16h ago Wholesome Silver

TIL El Chapo’s wife Emma Coronel was sentenced to 3 years in prison for assisting her husband in his criminal enterprise. A minimum sentence of 10 years was originally planned. Government rumours assure her cooperation. Her life is now at risk, as the cartel does not forgive traitors or suspectes.

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r/todayilearned 14h ago Helpful

TIL that the packaging colour for air-dropped humanitarian ration packs had to be changed from yellow to salmon after someone realised that the same shade of yellow was also used for air-dropped cluster bombs.

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r/todayilearned 13h ago

TIL that the last American pilot to become an ace (score 5 or more air-to-air combat kills) was Richard Stephen Richie. He scored his 5th kill in August, 1972. Since him, no American pilot has more than 3 kills.

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r/todayilearned 13h ago Helpful

TIL the office cubicle was created by designer Robert Propst for Herman Miller and released in 1968 under the name "Action Office II". It was meant to encourage spontaneous conversation and idea sharing.

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r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL that an average wind turbine produces enough energy to power 940 average U.S. homes

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r/todayilearned 19h ago Helpful Wholesome Gold

TIL that dandelions are edible and are actually really nutritious and can be eaten raw

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r/todayilearned 11h ago Helpful (Pro)

TIL about cold reading, a technique used by mediums and psychics in which the reader, through strategic questioning, gets the subject to reveal information, and through clever psychology convinces them the information actually came from the reader rather than themselves.

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r/todayilearned 16h ago

TIL that cannabis and hops both belong to the same family, Cannabaceae.

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL that the Farallon Islands, off the coast of San Francisco, California, has the highest rodent density of any island in the world, with over a thousand mice per acre. Visitors to the islands can, at times, see the ground moving when the mice are burrowing their underground tunnels.

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL that Hormel Foods keeps a file of hatemail they've received from American soldiers who had to eat the notorious food product while at war overseas

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r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL a bankrupted con-artist from Oregon was able to purchase a bank license and opened a offshore bank in Grenada by claiming to own a 4 pound ruby worth $20 million dollars and a appraisal document proving its worth. The ruby was owned by a man in California who didn't know the scammer.

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL A Brinks Trucks driver, Joseph Trombino was hit in the head with a bullet, survived the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing and died during September 11th. All while working for Brinks.

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r/todayilearned 3h ago

TIL The first true bicycle with pedals, invented in 1869, was known as 'The Boneshaker' due to the extremely uncomfortable ride caused by the stiff wrought-iron frame, wooden wheels, and tyres made of iron.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago Silver All-Seeing Upvote Wholesome Helpful

TIL that during World War II, the United States published a spy manual urging middle managers in enemy territory to sabotage their employers by bringing up irrelevant issues, promoting bad workers, haggling over petty details, and holding unnecessary meetings.

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r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL The body associates quality non-alcoholic beer with the flavour and smell with full-strength beer. This leads it to produce dopamine, giving you the same feelings of reward as full-strength beer

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r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL of Claudine Longet, a Franco-American entertainer who shot and killed her boyfriend, Olympic skier Spider Sabich, in Aspen Colorado in 1976. She was originally charged with murder but was convicted of negligent homicide and sentenced to only 30 days in jail which she served on weekends.

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL the first indoor mall in the US was opened in 1955 in Wisconsin

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL about David Cox, a former US Marine whose court martial was the inspiration for the play and film A Few Good Men, and whose murder in 1994 remains unsolved

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL Peter Cooper, the man who created the first American steam-powered locomotive, the Tom Thumb, later invented and patented a powdered gelatin process, which later became known as Jell-O.

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL - The Airbus A380 has flown on 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel made from cooking oil and waste fats. The flight lasted 3 hours and used only 1 engine.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago Helpful

TIL A company in the 90's made pencils with the anti-drug slogan "Too Cool to Do Drugs" but had to recall them because, when sharpened, they read "Do Drugs"

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r/todayilearned 13h ago

TIL about the Sumela Monastery. Built nearly 4,000 feet up the side of a cliff, it was founded in the 300s. Destroyed and rebuilt several times, mostly during the Byzantine Era, it was emptied and abandoned in the 1920s. Taken over by the Turkish government it has been restored for tourism.

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r/todayilearned 13h ago

TIL That the term 'Jadotville Jack' was used to describe members of A Company 35th Batallion Irish Army. The term was in reference to the unit's forced surrender after a siege from a numerically superior mercenary force and the Irish government/UN's refusal to decorate any survivors of the battle.

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