TIL During the Great Depression, W.K. Kellogg structured his cereal plant to work four six-hour shifts instead of three eight-hour shifts, providing employment for more people.
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TIL that Country Time Lemonade once offered free legal assistance when children’s lemonade stands were being ticketed by local governments. The titled the service, Legalaid.
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TIL 7th Century General Sayyidina Khalid bin Walid swallowed posion to demonstrate how tough he was. He shrugged it off because he built up a resistance to it since childhood. His enemies immediately surrendered.
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TIL The authors of a 2009 study in The Journal of Sexual Medicine speculated that "if a man or woman has not had intercourse by age 25, there is a reasonable chance [he or she] will remain a virgin at least until age 45."
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TIL the town of Boring, Oregon is a sister city of Dull, Scotland and Bland, Australia
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TIL there are 'super-recognisers'. These people are so good at remembering faces, even after a fleeting glance, that law enforcement employs them. They were responsible for identifying the two men who poisoned Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
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TIL that bowhead whales are the longest-living mammals, able to live to around 200 years due to genes that allow for the repair of DNA. However, many of them do not live to old age as they are a common target for whaling.
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TIL Somali Pirates at one point had an investment firm. That’s right; you could invest in the Somali Pirates, and receive a cut of their loot if their plunder was successful.
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TIL Blowing out birthday candles increases bacteria on cake by 1,400% more bacteria
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TIL that in 2008, after receiving an email from Steve-O suggesting his possible suicide, Johnny Knoxville and other friends placed Steve-O on an involuntary 72-hour psychiatric hold, which was later lengthened to 14 days after an apparent suicide attempt.
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TIL Asian female/White male marriages are the least likely to divorce in any interracial marriage pairing.
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TIL that the Soviet gold medalist Elena Mukhina was forced back to practice with an unhealed broken leg, which didn't give her enough power to do a flip and broke her neck on the mat making her quadriplegic for life in 1980. After the accident she said "Thank God I don't have to go to the Olympics".
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TIL Costco loses an estimated 30 to 40 million dollars annually by sticking to a $4.99 price point on rotisserie chicken in order to keep members happy and foot traffic high
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TIL that in 2017, a dog named Odin refused to leave his flock of goats behind during the California Tubbs Fire as his owners fled to safety. Days later, the owners came back to their property to find Odin survived and managed to keep all the goats alive.
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TIL that in the 18th century, many prominent voices were concerned by the threat posed by people reading too much. They called it "reading lust" or "reading mania" and warned that it would lead to morally dissolute and promiscuous behaviour.
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TIL: The ashes of Clyde Tombaugh, the man who discovered the planet Pluto, were sent to outer space on the New Horizons spacecraft making his the first human remains to leave our solar system.
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TIL that after her husband was executed by the King of France, Jeanne de Clisson took to piracy and formed the "Black Fleet" - ships painted in black with red sails that would attack French warships.
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TIL of "Navayana Buddhism" which re-interpreted Buddha's original teachings to emphasize social equality. It was founded by a man from the lowest caste in India who would later earn doctorates both Columbia University and the London School of Economics.
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TIL A secret message was engraved inside Abraham Lincoln's pocket watch by a jeweler, and it was not discovered until 2009.
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TIL that when simple AI was taught to play Tetris, the best solution it found was to pause the game just before the screen filled up so it would never lose.
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TIL that Eminem was sued by his grade school bully for defamation in the song “Brain Damage.” However the judge ruled in Eminem’s favor with a 10 stanza footnote rap that ended with “It is therefore this court’s ultimate position, that Eminem is entitled to summary disposition.”
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TIL that in 1887 a group of men added Susanna M. Salter to the mayoral ballot of Argonia, Kansas, as a prank to discourage women from running for office. She then won by a 2/3 majority and became America's first female mayor.
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TIL that when the mummy of Ramesses II was flown to Paris for examinations in 1974, it was issued an Egyptian passport listing his occupation as "King (deceased)".
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TIL the earliest known use of "y'all" was from the English scholar William Lisle in 1631: "The captive men of strength I gave to you, the weaker sold; and this y’all know is true"
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TIL that our brains cannot comprehend large numbers like the difference between a million a billion. 1 million seconds is 11.574 days but 1 billion seconds is 31.69 years.
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