TIL Julian Lennon, John's firstborn son, would like to punch anyone gushing to him about his father to this day, because he has "no respect for him as a father and a person" due to his near-complete abandonment.
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TIL that while pregnant, Gene Tierney contracted German measles from a fan who had escaped quarantine to meet her. Her baby was born deaf and intellectually disabled as a result, inspiring the Agatha Christie book The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side
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TIL A retired electrical engineer named Bruce Campbell had an old Boeing 727 delivered to the woods near Portland, OR and converted it to his home where he lives full time
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TIL of a Krasue, a Southeast Asian creature of folklore. The entity appears as the floating head of a beautiful girl but has internal organs hanging out below the neck. It floats through the night dragging its entrails and is said to eat both humans and animals. It drinks blood and eats organs.
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TIL in much of the US it is illegal to buy a new car from the manufacturer. You are required by law to go through the middleman of a car dealer, so they can tac on an extra ~30℅.
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TIL that weeks after JFK's assassination, Russian intelligence started circulating stories that the CIA was involved in the killing and even covertly financed an American book promoting that theory that was published within a year
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TIL Hitler used an arson attack on the German parliament to justify taking away most civil liberties in Germany, including habeas corpus, freedom of expression, freedom of the press, the right of free association, public assembly and the secrecy of the post and telephone
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TIL Bill Murray auditioned for the role of Sulley in Monsters, Inc., but the director, Pete Docter, said that when they decided to offer it to Murray, they were unable track down the elusive actor because he had replaced his team of agents with a toll free 1-800 number. They took that to mean "no".
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TIL that over 50 gangs have members within the US military. The gang members use their time in the armed forces to gain weapon/combat skills. They also seek to expand their territory and traffic drugs.
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TIL in the 1907 Sydney Bathing Suit Protests thousands of men poured onto Sydney's beaches wearing wearing "their sisters' or grandmothers' underwear, ballet frills, curtains or tablecloths" To protest an increase in clothing regulations.
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TIL about Neil Harbisson, a man with Achromatopsia (total colorblindness) who understands color with an antenna implanted in his skull that sends vibrations to his inner ear. He's also the first person to be recognized as a cyborg by the government
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TIL that the scene with Morgan Freeman throwing a baseball in ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ took over nine hours to shoot. Freeman didn’t complain once throughout the entire ordeal, showed up the next day with his arm in a sling, and continued shooting.
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TIL Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I Love You, Man, etc) wore a Superman cape underneath his clothing until he was 13, "just in case there was trouble."
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TIL about a 21-year old Georgia woman who took a 2 hour college exam while in labor in the hospital. Once finished she delivered a healthy baby.
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TIL the bazooka rocket launcher was nicknamed for a musical instrument invented by a radio comedian in the 1910s
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TIL that Ben Affleck, a Boston Red Sox fan, caused the production of Gone Girl to shut down for 4 days because he refused to wear a New York Yankees cap on screen.
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TIL that George RR Martin is a big fan of football, but not of Coach Belichick and the Patriots. In "A Dance with Dragons", he even references the 2007 Superbowl where the Patriots fell after a perfect season to the Giants, naming a character "Belichio" who gets eaten by giants.
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TIL George R.R. Martin proposed Westerosworld as part of a crossover with Westworld. It would be inhabited by sentient robot versions of the Game of Thrones characters.
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TIL In 1895 an Irish man killed his wife because he thought she was a Changeling whom fairies had swapped with his real wife.
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TIL Napoleon Dynamite had a budget of only $400,000 while Jon Heder was only paid $1000 to play the lead role. It ended up grossing over 40 million
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TIL of the Radium Girls, young women who worked by painting clock dials using glow in the dark radium paints. Because they sucked the brush to make them pointier, they were exposed to massive amounts of radiation, some suffering debilitating diseases that eventually killed them.
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TIL: in 2013, Miriam Margolyes, or Professor Sprout from Harry Potter, announced she 'was a dyke' during her Australian Citizenship ceremony in front of the Prime Minister, to gasps from the crowd.
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TIL 90% of Chinese teenagers and young adults suffer from myopia (short-sightedness), up from 10-20% 60 years ago
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TIL A Single tablespoon of ketchup has more sugar than a chocolate chip cookie
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TIL Steven Spielberg went back to college after 33 years and submitted 'Schindler's List' to receive credits to graduate.
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