TIL that kids who Trick or Treat past the age of 12 in the city of Chesapeake, VA can be fined up to $100 and/or jailed for up to 6 months.
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TIL North Korea's late leader Kim Jong-Il reportedly spent $700,000 a year on Hennessy cognac
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TIL There are three types of dashes. A hyphen (-) connects compound works, like Anglo-Saxon. The En-Dash (–) is used when showing a type of distance or range, like Mon–Fri. The Em-Dash (—) is used to add a thought into a sentence, like "I memorized the state capitals — all fifty of them."
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TIL: “Flamin’ Hot Cheetos” sent multiple kids to the ER worried about blood in their stool, but actually it was just the red food dye changing the color because of the amount they ate.
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TIL in 2015 a Chinese woman was stopped at an airport in Beijing for having a bottle of Cognac in her carry-on. Instead of handing it over to airport security, she chugged the entire bottle on the spot before taking her plane.
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TIL a casino was hacked into by exploiting a smart fish tank that was connected to the internet
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TIL Angkor Wat actually used a much greater amount of stone than every one of the Egyptian pyramids combined. On top of that, if also occupied a surface area greater than Paris in its entirety
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TIL the word “spam” used in reference to e-communications (commonly emails) comes from a 1972 Monty Python sketch in which two customers are lowered into a restaurant and everything on the menu contains spam. The connection is that no matter want you want, you can’t get away from the unwanted spam.
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TIL starting in 1782 the official motto of the United States was "Out of many, one" until it was changed in 1952 to "In god we trust"
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TIL about the hidden Beijing Underground City a 35 sq mile cold war era bomb shelter designed to hold 6mil people
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TIL Robert Lane named his sons Winner and Loser. Winner Lane became a small-time crook, racking up over 30 arrests and a stint in state prison, while Loser Lane was a star student and athlete, who became a police detective in New York City.
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TIL of the United Flight 811 disaster; a jumbo jet's cargo door blew out, tearing a hole dozens of feet wide in the plane's body, killing nine people, and destroying two engines with debris. Despite the heavy damage, the plane kept flying and the crew landed safely, saving 346 people.
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TIL During WWII, the British housed captured Nazi generals in country estates which were secretly bugged. They were invited to garden parties, lunches at the Strand in central London and were each given servants. It was so extravagant that an outraged Churchill ordered the "pampering" to stop
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TIL Robert Rodriguez and John Malkovich made a film that will not come out until 97 years from now. The film is being kept in a high-tech safe behind bulletproof glass that will open automatically on 18 November 2115, the day of the film's premiere.
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Today I learned the name "IKEA" is actually an acronym that stands for Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd. Ingvar Kamprad is the founder's name while Elmytrad is his farm name and Agunnaryd is his hometown.
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TIL Jesus is referenced in the Quran, directly or indirectly, 187 times. Making him the most referenced person in the Quran.
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TIL Switzerland accidentally invaded Liechtenstein in 2007 when 170 Swiss soldiers got lost in the rain. The Lichtenstein government accepted a Swiss apology, saying that "it has happened before" and "nobody really realised it"
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Today I Learned that due to the popularity of the song “Hey Ya” by OutKast, specifically the line “shake it like a Polaroid picture,” the Polaroid company had to issue a statement informing consumers that shaking the Polaroid picture will not assist in developing the photo and can actually ruin it.
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TIL In December 1969, a Korean Air Lines plane was hijacked by a North Korean agent soon after taking off from Gangneung.The pilot was forced to fly to and land in North Korea. The crew, aircraft, and seven of the passengers have yet to be returned.
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TIL that one of the Jin Dyansty Emperors was so disastrous that after being assassinated, he was posthumously demoted to a prince, and later demoted to a commoner
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TIL that in 2013, Margit Arrobio bought a Powerball ticket for a $360 million jackpot that matched all winning numbers. The next day, she saw the media report that nobody had won, so she called the store that sold her the ticket and found out she bought it an hour after the numbers were drawn.
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TIL extermination camp Treblinka II was disguised as a transit camp for deportations further east, complete with made-up train schedules, a fake train-station clock with hands painted on it, names of destinations and a fake ticket window.
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TIL that in 1972, the year before the FAA began requiring passenger/baggage searches, there were 31 airplane hijackings in the U.S.
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TIL out of the 3 volunteers who went in 1986 on a suicide mission to open the valves of the pool at the Chernobyl plant 2 are actually still alive
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TIL every year divers replace the White Ensign on the wreck of HMS Royal Oak
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