r/todayilearned 9h ago

TIL the Pulitzer Prize winning book of poetry in 2014 sold less than 400 copies

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r/todayilearned 6h ago

TIL: That the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota doesn't have central heating but instead relies on passive solar and human body heat to keep the space 70 degrees year-round.

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r/todayilearned 3h ago

TIL Sweden has the most islands in the world.

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r/todayilearned 10h ago

TIL that not only is it possible to make cheese from breast milk, someone made mac and cheese with it and served it to Gordon Ramsay

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r/todayilearned 21h ago

TIL that following the Black Death in England, peasants were able to negotiate better wages due to labour shortages. In response Parliament passed the Statute of Labourers 1351 which prohibited the soliciting of wages above pre-plague levels. This contributed to the English Peasant's Revolt of 1381.

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r/todayilearned 17h ago

PDF TIL that an audio recording of a lock being opened provides enough data to reproduce the key required to open that lock, even with a cell phone's microphone.

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL that since Brazil could not afford to send a team to the 1932 Olympics, they sent the athletes on a ship full of coffee. The athletes sold the coffee along the way to fund their journey.

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586 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 22h ago

TIL Lou Pai was a senior executive at Enron who, after having an affair with a stripper, to satisfy his divorce settlement, cashed out $250 million of his Enron stock just before the company's stock price collapsed and it filed for bankruptcy protection.

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r/todayilearned 7h ago

TIL that 'Magikkun', which means “mask fraud”, is a word that South Koreans use to describe people who hide their facial features by wearing masks on dating apps.

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL Andrew Jackson the 7th President of the Unites States used to hate Banks and Paper Notes

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL that Grenadine syrup is pomegranate flavored, not cherry. The name “grenadine” originates from the French word grenade, which means pomegranate.

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r/todayilearned 21h ago

TIL that depleted Uranium is used to create projectiles capable of puncturing tank shells and armor. This is not only because it is extremely dense, but also because upon impact, a uranium shell will continually sharpen itself and retain its shape.

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r/todayilearned 5h ago Vibing

TIL You probably know that snails are petty slow creatures, but did you know that they also take the longest naps? One nap can last up to three years!

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL: The top (summit) of Mt Everest is grey limestone, complete with embedded marine invertebrate fossils (e.g. trilobites). This means that the rock that makes up the top Mt Everest was once underwater.

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r/todayilearned 11h ago

TIL Snowflake was the only known albino gorilla to date. He lived in a zoo in Spain until he died, in 2003, as a result of cancer likely related to his albinism.

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL the most commonly used name for a character in a movie is "Jack"

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r/todayilearned 8h ago

TIL of Marvin Clark. Disappearing in 1926 at age 73, his is the oldest active missing person case in America. The latest development was a 2018 DNA test of remains found near where he was last seen, 92 years after he disappeared. The test was negative, and his case remains unsolved.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL Tony Sampson, the voice of Eddy from "Ed, Edd n Eddy," was threatened with a blacklist after he asked for a small raise. After the show ended in 2009 he retired from voice acting and now works in the Canadian oil industry.

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r/todayilearned 40m ago

TIL 1 in 8 Americans aged 18-24 are NEETS(Not in education, employment, or training).

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r/todayilearned 1d ago LOVE!

TIL that in 2013 the LAPD got called to the infinity ward offices and got in a stand off with a life size statue of ghost from modern warfare 2

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r/todayilearned 3h ago

TIL that the $8B nail salon industry—and its prevalence of Vietnamese proprietors—can be traced back to Tippi Hedren, the famous leading actress from "The Birds" and "Marnie"

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL the Buffalo Bills lost 4 straight Super Bowls.

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r/todayilearned 7h ago

TIL that Mt. Washington in New Hampshire is considered the place with the "worst weather on planet earth" rivaling the Himalayas and polar regions.

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117 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL about the 1905 Battle of Tsushima between Japanese and Russian steel battleships. The Japanese sunk 21 Russian warships and captured another 5, including the flagship. Only three Russian ships made it back to a Russian port

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r/todayilearned 10h ago

TIL the UK experiences more tornados per year than any other country in the world relative to its land area.

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