TIL According to Homer's Odyssey, Odysseus, the Greek King of Ithaca, had a dog named Argos. When Odysseus left for the war on Troy, Argos waited for 20 years for him to return, and died as soon as he saw his master had come back safe and sound.
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TIL Starbucks was a complete failure in Australia, mainly because Aussies are used to good quality coffee. They entered Australia in 2000, opened 84 outlets across Australia’s eastern coast. Eight years and $143 million in losses later they closed 60 stores, and sold the rest.
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TIL that in the 1930s laws were proposed in Massachusetts and St. Louis to ban car radios out of fear that they would distract drivers and cause accidents or even lull a driver to sleep.
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TIL the term “mark” originated from the carnival. When dishonest game operators found someone they could entice to keep playing their rigged game, they would "mark" the player by patting their back with a hand that had chalk on it. Other carnies would then keep an eye out for rubes with chalk marks.
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TIL Coffee does not dehydrate you and likely hydrates instead
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TIL there is a monument on the coast of Norway that consists of three giant (10 m / 33 ft tall) swords rising from the rock.
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TIL dunkin donuts donuts used to have a handle on them to dunk the donuts
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TIL that red-haired people were considered poisonous in the middle ages. People planned to melt the fat from them and use it as poison.
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TIL: A group of 45 men were ejected from a Detroit Tigers game for being dressed as Magnum PI, smoking cigars, and cat-calling women.
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TIL That printer companies intentionally design their products to perform ineffectively in an effort to get more money from the consumer.
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TIL nuclear mushroom sights from the Nevada Test Site, visible from Las Vegas, were one of the city's tourist attractions.
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TIL that in a creative writing assignment titled "Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapses", a student at a local High School predicted the Tacoma Narrows bridge collapse on November 6, 1940. The bridge collapsed November 7, 1940.
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TIL of Dmitry Argarkov; a Russian man who changed the opening terms of his credit card contract and the bank signed it. His version of the contract contained a 0% interest rate, no fees and no credit limit.
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TIL there is a mutation that causes bones to become 8 times denser than normal that allow people to walk away from car accidents without a single fracture but with a trade off of being unable to swim.
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TIL the first mass-produced version of Penicillin, the life-saving antibiotic, was developed from a strain found on a moldy cantaloupe in an Illinois market.
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TIL you are likely descended from royalty, but that doesn’t make you special. Everyone of European descent alive today can claim ancestry from medieval kings and queens based on statistical analysis of their ancestry
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TIL mathematician George Dantzig was late to class one day in college and copied down a few problems he saw on the board. Thinking they were homework, he completed and turned them in not realizing they were actually two famous unsolved problems in statistics.
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TIL that the purpose of the fairy tale "Beauty and the Beast" was to help young girls accept arranged marriages.
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TIL that Rob McElhenney of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" originally wanted the entire cast to get fat for a single season. When nobody else agreed, McElhenney decided to do it on his own - gaining 1/3 of his body weight and then losing it again just for a season.
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TIL there’s a man in Henderson, NV who used DNA testing and research to discover that as an infant, he was wrongly “returned” to a different family whose son had been kidnapped from the hospital. He’s still looking for his real twin sister who also disappeared.
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TIL that a French man invented a pill that perfumes your farts to smell like roses, violets, or chocolate. 60 pills sell for around $22.00 and he has also developed scented fart pills for flatulent dogs.
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TIL An Entrepreneur in Hong Kong (Tin Ka Ping)who had donated 80% of his wealth throughout his life to build over 200 schools and 1000 libraries in Hong Kong and Mainland China. During the 1997 financial crisis, he had even sold his mansion to continue funding his charity foundation.
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TIL that in 1982, Indian composer-musician Charanjit Singh combined electronic disco and classical ragas. In the process, he created an anachronistically modern sound -- anticipating the Acid House genre almost a decade before its existence.
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TIL that honey bees only die after stinging humans and other mammals with thick skin, but are perfectly capable of attacking other insects. Their barbed stinger gets stuck in the thick skin making them disembowel themselves when they try to escape and die.
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