TIL of the horse Comanche, who was the lone survivor from his detachment at the Battle of Little Bighorn. He is one of only three horses in US history to be given full military honors at his funeral.
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TIL that plague is not a synonym for epidemic, but actually a specific disease. Bubonic, pneumonic, and septicemic plague are all caused by the same bacteria: Yersinia Pestis
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TIL Iggy Pop once went round the VIP booths at the club before his own show, asking audience members for money to score some heroin before he would go on. He shot up next to the stage, then walked on and passed out (OD'd).
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TIL Patrick Bateman from 'American Psycho' was inspired by Tom Cruise... Christian Bale studied Cruise's mannerisms after seeing the actor give an interview, stating "he just had this very intense friendliness with nothing behind the eyes."
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TIL of an estimated 1.5 million species of mushrooms and fungi, about 75,000 have been named by scientists, 1100 have documented uses, and 10 are regularly grown for food
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TIL that the size of the entire Walt Disney World resort is equal to the size of San Francisco
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TIL of the Idiot Plot, defined by Roger Ebert, where a story is only happening because all of the characters involved are being idiots (not sharing key info, jumping to assumptions, etc)
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TIL that jellyfish have developed the most efficient form of swimming among all animals. They manage to achieve a 48% lower cost of movement than other aquatic animals.
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TIL that the Nirvana drummer / Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl once filled in for a sick drummer of the band Cage The Elephant. He had one day to learn the songs after only hearing them a few times and played them perfectly.
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TIL J.K. Rowling sent the ending of The Goblet of Fire a year before it was published to a leukemia patient, Natalie McDonald, but she died before reading the email. As a result of Natilie’s death, Rowling named a character after her.
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TIL that a Dutch porn actress, Bobbi Eden, promised all her twitter followers oral sex if the Dutch soccer team would win the World Cup of 2010, they lost the final with 0-1.
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TIL the man who holds the Guinness record for the world's lowest voice can hit notes so low that only animals as big as elephants are able to hear them.
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TIL that the character of Venom started with a fan suggesting a way to upgrade Spiderman's costume. Marvel paid him $220 for the idea.
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TIL of Tarrare, an 18th century Frenchman with abnormal eating habits. He ate live animals, rocks, military documents, and allegedly a toddler. When he died of TB, doctors found him to have an enormous, pus-filled stomach, and other oversized organs. You could see his stomach from down his mouth.
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TIL that Steven Spielberg wanted to direct a James Bond film but was turned down by Eon Productions. When he told this to George Lucas, Lucas said he had a film that was just like it but even better. The story was about an archaeologist named Indiana.
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TIL Roly polys or Pill bugs are actually crustaceans and have gills
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TIL the London underground system, once advertised as a cool escape from hot weather, has been slowly heating up due to dissipated heat from trains braking being captured and retained by surrounding clay, a natural insulator.
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TIL - 6 lenses were specially designed for the mission to the moon that were capable of photographing in the extreme low-light conditions of space, but 3 more of the same lens were sold to Stanley Kubrick for his candlelit film, Barry Lyndon. The owner of the lens company made one more for himself.
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TIL that Tommy Cash and Tommy Jennings recorded a duet called "My Mother's Other Son" about their famous brothers, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings.
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TIL that there have been two successful penile transplants in South Africa, as well as an UNSUCCESSFUL one in China that had to be reversed because the wife of the forty-four-year-old recipient panicked at the idea that he now had someone else's penis
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TIL Receipts in Taiwan are lottery tickets. It encourages locals to ask for receipts and boost tax income.
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TIL about Heinrich Kramer who, after being obsessed with a woman who rejected him sexually, went on to write Malleus Maleficarum, a book that explained how to find and destroy witches, causing the beginning of the massive witch hunt during the dark ages and the countless murders of innocents
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TIL that Walter Cronkite fired a machine gun at a German fighter plane while accompanying an American bomber crew on a raid over Germany in WWII.
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TIL Dan Castellaneta flubbed a line in The Simpsons episode "Homer Goes to College" but it was so funny that it was left in. It wasn't originally S-M-R-T.
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TIL The Simpsons are yellow because Matt Groening thought it would be a perfect way to catch the attention of people flicking through their channels looking for something to watch.
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