r/todayilearned 3h ago

TIL High School boys had to swim in the nude in schools across America until 1970

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r/todayilearned 10h ago

TIL of a very convincing theory suggesting that declines in lead exposure and lead in gasoline among the public in the U.S. and elsewhere since the 1970s has correlated with pronounced wanes/decreases in violent crime since 1990.

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r/todayilearned 3h ago

TIL Pilots have a better return for the cost of their education than doctors or lawyers

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r/todayilearned 13h ago

TIL The organizers of the 2022 World Games excluded the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (Iroquois) team because it wasn't a "sovereign nation." The Ireland team has bowed out to allow the game's inventors, who are also ranked 3rd worldwide, to play.

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r/todayilearned 9h ago

TIL Oklahoma has a panhandle specifically because Texas forfeited land they wouldn't be allowed to have slaves on

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r/todayilearned 9h ago

TIL Prior to the American civil war, King Rama IV of Siam offered to send war elephants to the Union for their own military and logistical use. Lincoln declined, stating that the American climate would not support the domestication of elephants and that the steam engine would suffice

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r/todayilearned 10h ago

TIL that although using the ejection seat of a fighter jet in an emergency situation is not a punishable action, it often means the end of a pilot's career due to spinal fractures or head trauma.

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r/todayilearned 16h ago

TIL the Rat Pack were a group of entertainers who were friends in the 1950's. When one performed in Vegas, others would often come without an official booking and perform at the first one's show. Hotel marquees would read "Dean Martin, Maybe Frank (Sinatra), Maybe Sammy (Davis, Jr.)”

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r/todayilearned 3h ago

TIL it is illegal in the State of Mississippi to have two or more "illegitimate children" and it is technically punishable by between 30 and 90 days in jail and a fine.

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r/todayilearned 9h ago

TIL: ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, comedian Bill Engvall and Gothic horror/romance novelist Ann Rice all attended the same high school in Texas, which was also the setting of the student suicide incident that inspired the Pearl Jam song "Jeremy".

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r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL: Two billion years ago, a uranium deposit at the present-day location of the Oklo mine in Gabon, west Africa, had just the right environmental characteristics to sustain a nuclear chain reaction. With ground water acting as a moderator, it operated like a natural version of a nuclear reactor.

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r/todayilearned 14h ago

TIL John Leguizamo has legitimate beef with Stevan Seagal, after Seagal slammed his elbow into his neck on the set of a movie

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r/todayilearned 17h ago

TIL the 1972 pornographic movie Deep Throat earned a reported 600 million dollars at the box office, which if true, would make it the highest grossing movie of the 1970s.

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL that the Disney film Pocahontas originally had a role written for John Candy. He was supposed to voice a turkey named Redfeather.

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451 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 15h ago

TIL that Australian researchers have developed a needle-free diabetes test that measures glucose levels from saliva and that can reveal their body’s glucose levels on a smartphone app.

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL Francesca Hilton, the only child of actress Zsa Zsa Gabor and Hilton hotels founder Conrad Hilton, was so poor at the time of her death that she was sometimes forced to sleep in her car. She was also the great aunt of Paris Hilton.

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r/todayilearned 8h ago

TIL "Second Breakfast" is not just a LOTR meme, and is in fact tradition in many countries

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r/todayilearned 13h ago

TIL about Project Paperclip, a secret United States intelligence program in which more than 1,600 German scientists, engineers, and technicians were taken from former Nazi Germany to the U.S. for government employment after WW2 ended. Many of these personnel were former members of the Nazi Party.

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r/todayilearned 6h ago

TIL 80s Star, the instantly recognisable 6'4", 340 lb menacing skinhead hulk star of 'Stir Crazy', 'The Running Man' and 'The Wanderers' was in fact a Dutch nobleman, opera singer and double MIT graduate

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r/todayilearned 6h ago

TIL about "museum bugs.” Flesh-eating beetles eat the tissue from bone specimens for museum displays.

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL that in addition to Kamikaze pilots, the Japanese in WW2 used manned torpedoes as a suicide weapon. The pilot would sit inside and manually direct the torpedo towards the target to maximize the amount of hits scored from torpedoes fired.

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r/todayilearned 10h ago

TIL that In 1938, an L.A. woman went to jail for wearing slacks in courtroom

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r/todayilearned 12h ago

TIL Beethoven was one of the first composers to use a metronome but he used it incorrectly leading to musicians not knowing what true speed was intended.

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r/todayilearned 3h ago

TIL there is an actual sport where competitors chase a 9 pound wheel of cheese down a hill

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r/todayilearned 10h ago

TIL Yugoslavia were disqualified from 1992 UEFA Euro cup due to the ongoing civil war. Denmark was brought in as a replacement, with only 10 days of advance notice, and eventually won the cup.

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