TIL Socrates was very worried that the increasing use of books in education would have the effect of ruining students' ability to memorise things. We only remember this now because Plato wrote it down.
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TIL that staring into someone's eyes for ten minutes straight may cause disassociation and hallucinations.
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TIL of Carfentanil, a drug based off of fentanyl that is 100-200x stronger than the latter. The Canadian RCMP intercepted a shipment of 1kg coming from China in 2016, enough lethal doses to wipe out the country. (50million+ lethal doses)
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TIL female psychopaths appear to be more prone to promiscuity than male psychopaths, and while they.prefer to date non-psychopathic men in the short-term, for long-term relationships they tend to look for a fellow psychopath.
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TIL despite having killed Captain James Cook for kidnapping their chief, the Hawaiians treated Cook's body as if he was a Chief also, giving him royal funeral rights and turning his bones into a religious icon akin to that of medieval saint relics.
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TIL The Medical Student Syndrome is a condition experienced by med students who perceive they are suffering from the disease they are studying
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TIL 300,000 students in Monrtréal protested for over 100 days over a 75% hike in tuition prices.
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TIL in 2017 North Korea arrested and tortured an American tourist college student, Otto Warmbier, for stealing a poster. He died of his wounds 6 days after being released back to his family
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TIL George Washington Carver was accepted to Highland Presbyterian College (Kansas) in 1880. But upon arrival to begin studies and the school realizing they'd accidentally accepted an African American they revoked his acceptance.
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TIL: Hot dog cart operators pay almost $300k an year, to operate outside Central Park, NYC.
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TIL that South Korea formed a covert military unit in 1968 with the intention of assassinating North Korea's leader. Unemployed youths or petty criminals were recruited and trained on an uninhabited island for 3 years. The existence of the unit was covered up until the 1990s.
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TIL President Lyndon B. Johnson once said, "I'll tell you what's at the bottom of it. If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you."
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TIL that Doritos were scientifically designed to be addictive by hitting every sensation as perfectly as possible
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TIL that Polish intelligence officer Witold Pilecki volunteered for a resistance operation to be imprisoned in Auschwitz in order to gather intelligence about the camp. He organized a resistance movement in the camp, sent information to the Allies about what was happening there, and escaped in 1943.
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TIL The youngest ever powerball winner was a 19-year-old from South Carolina who won a $35.3 million jackpot after he heard a voice and "the winning numbers in his head"
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TIL Tom Dickson, the "Will it Blend?" guy, had his blender jar design ripped off by Vita-Mix. He took them to Federal court, won, and was eventually awarded $24M
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TIL that In 1880, Doctor Washington Sheffield of New London, CT manufactured toothpaste into a collapsible tube. He had the idea after his son traveled to Paris and saw painters using paint from tubes
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TIL: Only one commercial entity in America can import Coco Leaves with approval from the DEA, The Stepan Company, after extracting the Cocaine, the leaves are then shipped to Coca Cola to be used as an ingredient in the secret recipe thus making an imitation recipe near impossible.
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TIL that Adolf Hitler nearly drowned when he was four years-old but was saved by a local priest
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TIL about Lucille Bogan, a 1930s 'dirty blues' singer known for her extremely sexually explicit lyrics
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TIL Primatology pioneer Dian Fossey, determined to save the nearly-extinct Mountain Gorillas waged a war against poachers: she led armed patrols, burned their huts, arrested and placed bounties on poachers and convinced the locals that she practiced black magic, in order to scare them away
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TIL an elevator with 6 people fell 84 floors in a Chicago skyscraper in 2018. All survived.
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TIL Anoka, Minnesota was the first U.S. city to put on a Halloween celebration when they did so in 1920 to divert youngsters from Halloween pranks. It was also proclaimed "The Halloween Capital of the World" by Congress in 1937. Today, tens of thousands of people visits Anoka annually for Halloween.
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TIL Beauty and the Beast and Rumpelstiltskin are about 4,000 years old; the oldest fairy tale, The Smith and the Devil, is estimated to be 6,000 years old
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TIL that Tic Tacs are allowed to be listed as having zero grams of sugar by the FDA despite being approximately 90% sugar (depending on the flavor), because each individual Tic Tac contains less than half a gram of sugar.
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