TIL about shot towers, formerly used to produce projectiles for shotguns. Molten lead was dropped from the top of the tower and into a bucket of water at the bottom, and the force from the fall formed spherical shots.
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TIL about "The Demon Core", a mass of plutonium that was responsible for the death of two scientists on two separate occasions.
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TIL the oldest D20 dice was uncovered in Egypt and dates back around 30 BC
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TIL about the Controversy surrounding the Four Color Theorem which states that every map can be colored using only four different colors. The remarkable theorem is the first that had to be proved using computer-assistance.
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TIL Costco’s $6,000 Doomsday Food Kit Only Gets Your Family Through Year One of the Apocalypse. The kit is delivered as two pallets of boxes that together weigh 1,800 pounds. To keep neighbors in the dark, Costco promises everything is “packaged discreetly.” The some products expire in 30 years.
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TIL that you only need a salary of $38k to buy a home in Pittsburgh, PA & that you will need to be making at least $255k to be able to afford a home in San Jose, California
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TIL The Simpsons crew sent flowers to South Park studios when they parodied Family Guy.
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TIL that pineapples were so rare a sight in the 1700's they were a symbol of wealth. The few that were cultivated in hothouses were worth about five thousand pounds ($8000) each. They weren't eaten, but were rented out by the aristocracy as a table centerpiece at dinner parties.
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TIL GTA: San Andreas was supposed to have skateboards, earthquakes, and Tommy Vercetti from Vice City, among many other things that were removed.
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TIL in 2002 paramedics in Poland were arrested for killing patients and selling their information to funeral homes who would contact their relatives to make funeral arrangements. The funeral homes then added the cost of the bribes they paid the killers to the funeral bills of the victims' families.
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TIL that, for a brief time, there existed a breakaway "Samurai Republic" on the island of Hokkaido that held the first-ever "democratic" elections in Japan
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TIL after rigorously training dogs for space travel, Soviet scientist had a dog named Bobik run away days before their flight. A replacement named ZIB who was an untrained street dog found running around the barracks, was quickly located and made a successful flight.
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TIL: the first pilots crossing the Atlantic, crash landed on bogland in the western tip of Ireland. During their flight they came into free fall twice above the ocean. They lost the hood of the ‘cockpit’ and went trough snow and rain at 3500 m altitude, soaking and freezing them completely.
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TIL the city of Nottingham, UK, named a tram after a locally born actress, Vicky McClure. On her maiden trip on the tram, she was ejected for fare evasion. Having been offered a free ride, she did not have a ticket.
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TIL of the Tarantula Hawk, a giant member of the wasp family whose sting is described as an "immediate, excruciating, unrelenting pain that simply shuts down one's ability to do anything, except scream. Mental discipline simply does not work in these situations." It's the state insect of New Mexico.
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TIL jazz violinist Joe Venuti, known for practical jokes, once called every double bass player in the New York phonebook, asking them to meet with him on a street corner; over 50 arrived with their instruments, creating a minor roadblock. Venuti later had to pay them all, as mandated by the AFM.
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TIL during WW2, a 360 ft long prehistoric chalk horse figure on a hill in Britain, was covered over with turf and hedge trimmings so that German pilots could not use it for navigation during bombing raids.
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TIL Some landscaping companies use goats to get rid of invasive plant growth rather than machines and pesticides.
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TIL that Jimmy Carter's siblings and father all died of Pancreatic Cancer, with all of his siblings dying within 7 years of one another.
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TIL in 1994, Rosa Parks was robbed and assaulted in her home at the age of 81. Little Caesars founder Mike Ilitch offered to move her to a safer apartment and paid her rent for the next 10 years up until her death in 2005
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TIL: You can shoot flowers into your garden using a shotgun shell loaded with seeds.
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TIL M&M's are named after it's founder's Mars & Murrie
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TIL In 1989, Russian psychic E. Frenkel was run over by a train while attempting to stop it with his psychic-biological power, after previously ‘successfully’ stopping a car and streetcar.
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TIL that a marine scientist accidentally invented a way to make corrals grow 25-40 times faster, making large scale reef restoration a possibility
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TIL When Michael Jackson was angry at one of the producers on a project because he was treating everyone terribly, rather than create a scene or fire the guy, Michael called him to his office and one of the security guards threw a pie in his face.
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