r/todayilearned 4h ago Wholesome

TIL The pistol shrimp creates a bubble louder than a gunshot and when it bursts, it generates heat four times hotter than lava.

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r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL that Ireland is the only country in the world where you can be served fried chicken prepared with Colonel Sander's original KFC recipe

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL about Bactrian camels, a species native to the steppes of Central Asia. They can withstand temperatures ranging from -30 to +50 Celsius! Their habitat includes arid desert, stony plains, and sand dunes.

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r/todayilearned 8h ago

TIL that the Fleetwood Mac song "The Chain" is an assembly of unused material through tape splicing.

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r/todayilearned 22h ago

TIL there is a Greek-style statue of George Washington that depicts him bare-chested and with muscular figure. It is housed as the Smithsonian.

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r/todayilearned 22h ago

TIL Pan-Am's first Round-the-World flight was unplanned. The flight's return journey via Hawaii was cancelled after Pearl Harbor was attacked, and with the help of Auckland's library system, a route was plotted to return to America via Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Congo, and Brazil.

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r/todayilearned 58m ago

TIL: Fredric Baur (the food chemist that invented Pringles and with them, the Pringles can) wished to be buried in a Pringles can. His kids obliged and his grave has part of his ashes in a regular Pringles can and the rest in a regular urn.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL of a plane who made a forced landing on a Greenland ice cap in Nov. 1942. In attempting their rescue, 6 more planes either also stranded or crashed and it would take the survivors 5 and a half months of sheltering on the glacier until they were all rescued.

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL that the world's largest collection of flutes (yes, the musical instrument) is held by the US Library of Congress.

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r/todayilearned 21h ago

TIL it takes 67 mph wind to move the average adult person

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r/todayilearned 54m ago

In USA TIL domesticated rabbits cannot cross breed with wild rabbits because they are different species.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL that in Germany Vick's VapoRub is sold under the name Wick VapoRub because "Vick's", when pronounced in German, sounds too similar to the vulgar word fick.

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL record labels execs were concerned that the explicit content of the 1997 Meredith Brooks song "Bitch" would hamper its commercial success. They even considered censoring the song.

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r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL King Tammany Day was once a hugely popular holiday in America, even celebrated by George Washington and the Continental Army at Valley Forge

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r/todayilearned 1d ago Today I Learned

TIL in 550 AD the Byzantine Emperor dispatched two monks to smuggle silk worms out of China to bypass Persian control over the Silk Road. Hidden in the monks' walking sticks, the silk worms produced a Byzantine silk industry that fuelled the economy for the next 650 years.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL that perhaps the most famous female American poet, Emily Dickinson, only had 10 poems published of the roughly 1,800 she composed

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r/todayilearned 11h ago

TIL that the common ancestor of all mammals lived about 180 million years ago

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r/todayilearned 23h ago

TIL when the automatic telephone exchange was invented in the 1890s, it was advertised as providing a "girl-less, cuss-less, out-of-order-less, wait-less telephone" experience to contrast it with manual telephone exchanges operated by women

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL that Zambia produced a unique genre of rock music called Zamrock, inspired by James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, and traditional African music. It faded out after the economic collapse of Zambia in the 80s.

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL that during the Cold War, Berlin had two metro lines which began and ended in the western half of the city, but cut through eastern territory. East Berlin agreed that for a fee, trains could pass through so long as they never stopped at any of the stations there.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL the Binturong, also known as the bearcat, has musk glands emit an odor reminiscent of popcorn or corn chips.

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r/todayilearned 18h ago

TIL Octupus Wrestling was a popular competition in the 1950’s, attracting crowds of thousands as divers tussled with Giant Pacific Octupi

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r/todayilearned 14h ago

TIL that Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video was released on VHS and sold over 1 million copies

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL in 2014 in Greece a woman was falsely declared dead & buried alive. Kids playing near the cemetery heard her screams; she died of asphyxia. In 2015 in the same area of Greece a 49 year old woman was buried alive & her family heard her scream after burial. She died of a heart failure.

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r/todayilearned 17m ago

TIL that Venus Fly Traps only grow in a small area of the American Carolina.

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