TIL the Aflac insurance duck in Japan is soft spoken and empathetic, unlike the American one which is obnoxious and a smart ass.
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TIL that the "fresh cut grass" smell is actually a chemical defense released by leafy plants trying to mitigate the damage just inflicted upon itself. These chemicals help close the wound faster and prevent bacterial infection.
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TIL that snakes have forked tongues to be able to smell in three dimensions. By picking up odours from slightly different locations they are able to tell the direction and source of the smell.
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TIL of Karl Schwarzschild who, in the same year Einstein introduced general relativity, provided the first exact mathematical solution to general relativity whilst on the front lines of World War I
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TIL that if you want to name your child something that is not typically used in Iceland, it needs to be approved by the Icelandic Naming Committee.
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TIL Socrates hated democracy because, without a well-educated populace, it inevitably let to demagoguery.
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TIL that grass makes you itch because thin nature of a blade of grass can cause microscopic scratches in your skin. When you sweat which contains salt touches tiny scratches and you itch.
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TIL that during the Second World War; a Japanese government official, Chiume Sugihara, helped 6,000 Jews to flee Europe by issuing transit visas to them to allow them to pass through Japanese Territory.
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TIL of Christian Atheism, an ideology of people who follow the teachings of Christ of love and tolerance but reject the notion of a supernatural being like God existing
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TIL Martin Luther was virulently antisemitic and his writings were used by the Nazis to justify their hatred of Jews
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TIL that Mansfield Cumming, first director of Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) started using semen as invisible ink during World War 1, but they stopped it because of the smell and questions regarding the masturbatory habits of the agents involved.
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TIL of William of Orange, a war pigeon from British Intelligence service MI14. In 1944, he delivered a message which saved more than 2000 soldiers.
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TIL that Doctor Min Chiu Li was fired from the NIH in the 1950s because he gave chemotherapy to patients even after their tumors appeared to be gone. After firing him, the NIH discovered the long-term survival rates for his patients were far superior to conventional treatments.
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TIL The US Military still uses 8 inch floppy disks on outdated IBM computers to run the nuclear missile systems. It's because they are incredibly hard to hack. The computers are essentially air-gapped and the old IBM computers are reliable. They could run for another 40 years with spare parts.
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TIL of Paul Michael Stephani, a serial killer known as the “weepy-voiced-killer”. After committing a murder, he would call the police and tearily confess to his crimes. He even said he would turn himself in, but never did. He was caught after one of his victims managed to fight him off.
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TIL the FBI has an appointment-only museum dedicated to private artwork, writings, correspondence, and other personal artifacts of serial killers. They call it the Evil Minds Research Museum.
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TIL there is a German hospital that specializes in treatment for traumatized train drivers. An average of 3 people in Germany kill themselves by jumping in front of a train every day.
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TIL that the $60 million(over $679 million in 2019 dollars) Mariner I rocket launched by NASA in 1962 exploded 5 minutes into flight. The root cause? A missing hyphen in the flight control software.
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TIL that the Church of Scientology used espionage, front groups, private detectives, and over 2,500 lawsuits to gain tax exemption in the United States.
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TIL 33 actors from all the Star Trek series all starred in the cartoon Gargoyles (1994 - 1997). It also had 5 writers from Star Trek and two artists who had worked on the Marvel Star Trek comics.
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TIL that pop-up ads were created by Ethan Zuckerman and he issued an apology for ever creating them in 2014.
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TIL Hitler hated smoking. In addition, German doctors were the first to link smoking with cancer, leading to the first ever public anti-smoking campaign.
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TIL Research shows that couples who slept naked felt happier in their relationships
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TIL Sir Ian McKellen turned down the role of Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series due to the late Richard Harris labeling him as 'passionless'
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TIL female sand tiger sharks mate with several males and their offspring devour each other in utero until only one remains and is born the victor and then the mother immediately abandons them
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