TIL About Rachel Hoffman, a college student who was told the only way she’d get out of drug charges was to become a informant. She was ordered to buy 1,500 ecstasy pill, 2 oz of cocaine and two firearms. She was subsequently killed by one of those firearms and her body was found two days later.
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TIL about the Indian skin trade in which “poor women are being trafficked and duped into selling their skin to be used for penis and breast enlargements in the global cosmetic surgery market” (Reuters)
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TIL that Cuban orchestras tune their string instruments to A = 336hz, substantially lower than the conventional A = 440hz, as looser strings are less prone to breaking and requiring expensive replacements.
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TIL Giant hogweed is a towering, invasive plant with toxic sap that burns the skin and eyes upon contact.
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TIL that Eminem almost died from a methadone overdose in 2007. Shorty after being released from the hospital he relapsed but quickly after that he stopped using drugs and has now been sober for ~11 years. The reason he gave for gaining his sobriety is that his family needed him.
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TIL over 95% of pilots land their planes when conditions dictate that they shouldn’t.
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TIL that during WWI, France built a 'Fake Paris' near its capital city to confuse German pilots.
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TIL In 2010, Chris Pratt shot a behind the scenes video for Parks and Recreation, joking that Steven Spielberg was texting him to star in Jurrasic Park 4. Five years later he starred in Jurrasic World.
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TIL that if an acronym is said letter by letter, like FBI or ATM, it is called an initialism. To be a true acronym all of the letters must be said as a word, some examples are NATO, NASA and POTUS.
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TIL that Jane Minor, a slave born in 1792, was freed due to her medical work during an epidemic in 1825. She spent her life buying the freedom of other slaves. She freed at least sixteen, some costing over $2000, on a salary of around $2-$5 per medical visit.
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TIL During the Depression, Post Toasties (now Post Consumer Brands) decided to use cartoon animals on its boxes and paid its cartoonist $1.5 million in the first year. That artist was Walt Disney, and he used the earnings to build the Disney empire.
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TIL Toshiba developed micro-nuclear reactor to power a standard home for 40 years at 5 cents per kilowatt hour, about half the cost of grid energy.
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TIL that 3 Australian bird species deliberately help spread wildfires so they can find prey more easily
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TIL That Joan Kroc gave NPR $200 million because they were the only ones that picked up the phone when she way trying to give it out
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TIL Marvel collected royalties from Hulk Hogan for 20 years and it all stems from originally being introduced as "The Incredible Hulk Hogan." Once WWF used it, they couldn't just drop "The Incredible" to avoid infringement. Had he been "Hulk Hogan" from the start, there wouldn't have been an issue.
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TIL that the Senate Majority Leader does not have any Constitutional power to block a bill on their own; rather, the practice began in the 1920s and is only continues as it’s seen as a “custom” of the Senate.
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TIL that "Mountain Dew" was originally slang for mountain-brewed moonshine. And the soda was originally sold as a whiskey chaser.
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TIL that Tom Hanks has a younger brother named Jim Hanks who works as Tom's voice double on all Toy Story video games and spin-offs
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TIL that Andrew Carnegie, starting in the late 1800s, funded the construction of almost 1700 public libraries across the country, and over 800 abroad, for any town that would agree to set aside the land, and 10% of the construction cost annually to maintain it.
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TIL at Area 51 Loads of paints and solvents used to make the Stealth bomber and other classified aircraft were set on fire in trenches causing clouds of poisonous smoke for laborers. The smoke resulted in respiratory illness, cancers and rashes. The official response was nothing happened at Area 51
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TIL- Americans accents are more similar to 18th century England than modern day Brits with some words pronounced more like Shakespeare, British accents have undergone more change in the last few centuries than American accents
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TIL that the average American worker takes less vacation time than a medieval peasant
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TIL that the last official sword duel took place in France on the 21st of April 1967 because a parliament member called the mayor of Marseille “a dumbass” during a parliament conference
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TIL In 2016, a British man crowdfunded a ten hour film of paint drying in order to force the British Board of Film Classification to watch it, as part of a protest against it. This is due to independent filmmakers needing to pay £1,000 per submission in order to be certified. The film received a U.
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TIL that the terms "Dash" and "Pinch" (and "Smidgen", apparently) are concrete measurements in recipes equating to 1/8 tsp, 1/16 tsp, and 1/32 tsp.
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