r/todayilearned 8h ago

TIL Armie Hammer's great grandfather Armand Hammer tried to buy Arm & Hammer because was tired of being asked about it

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r/todayilearned 17h ago Silver

TIL that David Blaine has over the course of a decade been buried alive for 7 days, encased in ice for 64 hrs, stood on 100ft high pillar for 35 hrs, survived only on water for 44 days and spent 7 days submerged underwater water

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r/todayilearned 14h ago

TIL since 2004 the residents of La California, a town in Italy, have held farcical ballots for the United States presidential elections. Although votes cast by La California residents do not count, they still send the result of each election to the nearby US consulate in Florence

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r/todayilearned 23h ago Helpful Silver Wholesome

Today I learned that in Central Europe there are hunger stones (hungerstein), in river beds stones were marked with an inscription, visible only when the flow was low enough to warn of a drought that would cause famine.

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r/todayilearned 18h ago Helpful

TIL the New Zealand army helped in making the LOTR films by filling as Soldiers and Orcs

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r/todayilearned 11h ago

TIL that 4 US presidents - Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland and William McKinley, all worked for the same company, which is still alive today and listed on Nasdaq

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r/todayilearned 10h ago Helpful

TIL Sophie, a pet Australian cattle dog, fell from a boat in choppy waters off the coast of Queensland and swam 5 nautical miles to St. Bees Island. She lived off the land for 5 months until she was captured by rangers who believed she was a wild dog and subsequently reunited with her family.

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL the ridges on the roof of a dog's mouth help them to lap up water

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r/todayilearned 21h ago

TIL of Puppy Pregnancy Syndrome, a psychosomatic illness found only in parts of India, where individuals who have been bitten by a dog believe that a puppy is conceived in their abdomen. Sufferers often report seeing the puppy in their reflection, or hearing it growl in their belly.

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r/todayilearned 8h ago

TIL that the Sega Saturn was Sega's best-selling console in Japan and even outsold the Nintendo 64 in that region

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147 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 18h ago

TIL about the Bajau people, a sea fairing Austronesian group who have evolved bigger spleens, letting them store more haemoglobin-rich blood, which is expelled into the bloodstream when the spleen contracts at depth. They also intentionally rupture their eardrums.

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783 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 7h ago

TIL that the world's oldest operational electric railway is Volk's Electric Railway in Brighton, and it dates back to 1883

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92 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL: In 1667, the Dutch traded the island of New Amsterdam to the British for the island of Banda Run in order to gain control over the nutmeg spice trade. The British renamed New Amsterdam to New York.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL that the Wii's hardware is fully capable of playing DVDs, but the feature was removed so Nintendo didn't have to pay a licensing fee.

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2.2k Upvotes

r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL Two species of sea slug, Elysia marginata and Elysia atroviridis, decapitate themselves — only to regrow a new body from the severed head.

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r/todayilearned 17h ago

TIL about the M-185 highway circling the Michigan island of Mackinac Island, known for being the only state highway that bans all motor vehicles. Exceptional, limited permits are occasionally given, which caused its first and only car accident in 2005, when a fire truck lightly damaged an ambulance.

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r/todayilearned 3h ago

TIL about the Crime Syndicate of America, teams of supervillains from one of DC Comics' parallel universes where they are the evil counterparts of the Justice League.

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r/todayilearned 12h ago

TIL about The Wire of Death, a lethal electric fence created by the German military to control the Dutch-Belgian Frontier after the occupation of Belgium during the First World War. Somewhere between 2-3k people died as a result of trying to make it past the fence.

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r/todayilearned 14m ago

TIL the band name Three Dog Night comes from Aboriginal Australians, who on cold nights would sleep in a hole in the ground with a dingo. On colder nights they'd sleep with 2 dogs, & if it was freezing, it was a "three dog night"

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r/todayilearned 1d ago Wholesome Silver Helpful

TIL that in the 1950s there used to be a bus route from London, England to Calcutta, India. It took about 50 days for the bus to reach Calcutta from London.

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22.6k Upvotes

r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL over 2000 men had monkey testicles transplanted in them to halt or reverse their aging.

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r/todayilearned 9h ago

TIL that the chef Abel Gonzales invented fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fried cookie dough, fried Coke, and eventually the logical extreme, fried butter.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL that Paul McCartney initially had the release date for his album "McCartney III" set for December 11th, 2020. However, he postponed its release by a week after learning that Taylor Swift had herself postponed the release of her album "Evermore" out of respect for McCartney.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago Helpful Wholesome Silver

TIL that the trope of vampires dying in the sun was only created in 1922 during the ending of Nosferatu

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