r/todayilearned 7h ago

TIL Weird Al's biggest problem with services that illegally distributed his music was that they would misattribute songs to him. Al was especially annoyed by profane songs like, "Baby Got Jack” or “Ugly Girl”.

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r/todayilearned 12h ago

TIL in 1955, actor Ray Liotta was adopted from an orphanage at the age of six months. He hired a private detective to locate his biological mother in the 2000s, and learned that he had one biological sister, one biological half-brother, and five biological half-sisters.

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL The whale tail on cruise ships is designed to direct diesel exhaust over the stern and away from the passengers.

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r/todayilearned 7h ago

TIL the hill in the Olympiapark in Munich, Germany is largely made out of rubble from the remains of Munich after the Second World War

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r/todayilearned 6h ago

TIL that in the Kingdom of Hungary in 1946, inflation was so high that prices doubled every 15 hours. Something that cost 379 Hungarian pengős in Sep 1945, ended up costing 1 trillion trillion pengős by Jul 1946.

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r/todayilearned 3h ago

Today I learned that both the Library of Congress and the Department of Justice have tried to count the exact total number of criminal laws in the United States. Both failed.

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r/todayilearned 20h ago Gold Helpful Wholesome

TIL "the 8,000 nerve endings in the clitoris" came from a single study of cows, back in the 1970s

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r/todayilearned 6h ago

TIL 93% of all assets seized by the IRS in FY 2021 were cryptocurrencies, totaling $3.5 billion.

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r/todayilearned 18h ago

TIL one of the original dwarves in Disney’s Snow White was named “Deafy” whose primary trait was misunderstanding others. This idea was later jettisoned in favor of “Sneezy”.

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL one of the first casualties in the construction of the Hoover dam was John Tierney, who drowned on December 20, 1921. Then exactly 14 years later on December 20, 1935, the job site suffered its last fatality when a worker fell off an intake tower. That man was Patrick Tierney, John‘s only son.

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL negative reviews are felt to be more expert despite the reviewer being seen as less likeable

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r/todayilearned 21h ago Helpful Wholesome

TIL that some male octopuses set up dens next to female octopus dens and have sex without leaving the den by extending the mating arm from one den to another. They copulate repeatedly.

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r/todayilearned 18h ago

TIL that in 1970, a US Navy attack cargo ship accidentally hit the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, putting the bridge out of commission. For the next three weeks while it was repaired, the Navy offered commuters a free shuttle service using helicopters and Landing Craft Units.

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r/todayilearned 3h ago

TIL that: In Goslar, Germany, there was at one time a "Town Crier" hired to remind the local townspeople not to urinate or defecate in the river the day before water was drawn for brewing beer.

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL that the US stores it's nuclear waste in New Mexico, in a deep geological repository called the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, functional since 1999.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago Silver Helpful Wholesome

TIL that possums don’t “play dead”, they actually pass out due to fear of predators. They go into shock and faint when confronted, involuntarily. They are in a catatonic state until they become conscious again.

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL that Charrúa people were the indigenous people of Uruguay and the surrounding areas. In 1831 the first president of Uruguay, Fructuoso Rivera, organized a campaign to eradicate the Charrúas. They are now considered ethnically extinct.

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL that the James Bond Movies "The Spy Who Loved Me" and "Moonraker" strayed so far from Ian Fleming's novels that Eon Productions authorized the screenwriter for both, Christopher Wood, to write novelizations based upon the films, rather than promote the original novels.

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL Babe Ruth starred in a film called "Babe Comes Home". It is now considered a lost film, meaning no known copies exist.

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL that Shelley Halil, the actor that played Haziz in 40-Year-Old Virgin, stabbed his girlfriend 23 times and served 8 years out of a 12 years to life prison sentence.

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r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL of Kármán line - a line to delineate aeronautics and astronautics, to differentiate between earth's atmosphere and outer space, maintained by the FAI. It is situated at a distance of 100km from the earth's surface.

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL about Yola, a.k.a the "Forth and Bargy dialect", an extinct Anglic language spoken in southern County Wexford until the 1990s.

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL that the DeFeo family (Amityville Horror) was “mobbed up”. Ronald DeFeo Sr. was the nephew of powerful Genovese captain Peter “Philie Aquilino” DeFeo (pictured below) who was one of their top earners in his prime.

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL in Shakespeare's time, onstage special effects included using real animal blood, bones and intestines

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r/todayilearned 35m ago

TIL at the 1908 Olympics, Great Britain won 4 medals in a single event of Hockey. Great Britain defeated Great Britain to win the gold medal, leaving the later with a silver medal. The Bronze was won by two teams, Great Britain and Great Britain.

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