r/todayilearned 8h ago

TIL Texans Eat Pickles at the Movie Theater, and Many Are Surprised To Learn No One Else Does

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL of TLC's Toddlers and Tiaras, Kailia Posey – who went on to inadvertently become known as the 'Grinning Girl' meme – died by suicide aged 16 in May 2022.

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r/todayilearned 6h ago

TIL that in 1957, the town of Pleasanton, Texas voted overwhelmingly to desegregate its public schools. The vote (and entirely peaceful subsequent integration of African American students) bewildered the press and gained national attention as it occurred around the same time as the Little Rock Nine.

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL Because passenger airflights aren’t covered by the ADA, wheelchairs can’t be brought onboard. They are regularly returned damaged to their users, who depend on staff for everything from boarding, to using the bathroom, to departing.

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r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL John Candy was paid $414 for his cameo in Home Alone. This was a lower fee than was paid to the pizza delivery guy. He did it as a favor to the director and improvised all of his dialogue

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL Ronald Reagan would eat jelly beans to help him quit smoking. He had over 300 thousand jelly beans shipped to the White House each month, he would give them away to visitors and staff regularly. His favorite flavor was black licorice and there are special "Jelly Belly Ronald Reagan" packs.

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r/todayilearned 20h ago

TIL that the “n” in 7-ELEVEn is lowercase because the company president’s wife thought the all-caps was too harsh and, with a lowercase letter, the logo looked more graceful.

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r/todayilearned 21h ago

TIL that drinking a four-ounce shot of vanilla extract is equivalent to doing four shots of vodka

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL The Battle of Bamber Bridge in 1943 between black and white US troops was sparked after army MPs tried to segregate British pubs and landlords responded by banning whites.

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r/todayilearned 3h ago

TIL that serial killer Carl Panzram was so intent on being executed that he personally sent death threats to anti capital punishment activists trying to stop his execution

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL that when Californians wanted to name a new city after San Francisco businessman William Ralston, he declined and said he was not worthy of the honor. So instead they named the city in honor of his modesty: Modesto, California.

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r/todayilearned 7h ago

TIL six percent of Americans will never visit a dentist

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL in 1985, drug smugglers dropped 40 containers of cocaine from a plane above Tennessee because the plane was too heavy. 3 months later, investigators found the containers and a dead black bear that had consumed 75 pounds of the drug. It’s stomach was “literally packed to the brim with cocaine.”

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r/todayilearned 18h ago

TIL that the white house used to be open to the public and that in 1829 a rowdy crowd of 20,000 people celebrating Andrew Jackson's inauguration had to be lured out of the White House with washtubs filled with orange juice and whiskey.

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r/todayilearned 21h ago

TIL: The POWs who met with Jane Fonda in 1972 have confirmed that they never handed her slips, and the one man routinely mentioned never met Jane Fonda. It has been debunked as early as 1975.

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r/todayilearned 17h ago

TIL in 1958 Mao Zedong ordered all the sparrows to be killed because they ate too much grain

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800 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 13h ago

TIL that The Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Queen, Janis Joplin, Guns N' Roses, Tupac, The Doors, and the Grateful Dead - some of the biggest names/groups in music history - have a collective ZERO competitive Grammy wins.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL of Tilikum (Tilly) - a killer whale responsible for 3 of the 4 recorded human deaths by a captive killer whale.

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r/todayilearned 19h ago

TIL Tyrannosaurus rex and Brachiosaurus, both depicted in Jurrasic Park movie, existed further apart from each other in time, around 90 million years, than humans do to T. Rex, approx. 65 million years.

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r/todayilearned 8h ago

TIL that fish that live in frigid Arctic and Antarctic waters avoid freezing to death by producing antifreeze in their blood. This is so advantageous from an evolutionary standpoint that entirely unrelated fish species produce antifreeze proteins.

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL Cataract Surgery was done as early as the 5th century BCE using “couching” and evolved to use a syringe in the 11th century in the medieval Islamic world

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r/todayilearned 3h ago

TIL about Níðhöggr, a dragon who gnaws at the root of the world tree, Yggdrasil. Níðhöggr's name refers to its role as a monster who chewed the corpses of the inhabitants of Náströnd: those guilty of murder, adultery, and oath-breaking.

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48 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL Neapolitan ice cream was invented in Prussia.

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50 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 7h ago

TIL Of Empyrean Challenge, a play by mail game that has been described as "the most complex game system on Earth". The game involves 150 players trying to control a cluster of systems. A single turn can require a 1,000 pages writeup.

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r/todayilearned 17h ago

150 MINES TIL In 1894, Cripple Creek, a gold rush town in Colorado, boasted 150 miners and over 300 prostitutes.

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452 Upvotes