r/todayilearned • u/Hybrid351 • 12h ago
TIL there is a pyramid being built in Germany that is scheduled to be completed in 3183. It consists of 7-ton concrete blocks placed every 10 years, with the fourth block to be placed on September 9 2023.
r/todayilearned • u/Consistent_Zucchini2 • 4h ago
TIL in 1982 for a film named Fitzcarraldo, director Werner Herzog had the cast drag a 320-ton steamship over a steep hill: to depict real life events. Under the threat of death, Carlos Fitzcarrald forced indigenous workers to transport a 30 ton ship over a mountain to get to another river in 1894.
r/todayilearned • u/Ignoreme_justbrowsin • 3h ago
TIL 4 US Presidents were male cheerleaders.
r/todayilearned • u/Crumbzies • 2h ago
TIL that the famous psychologist Sigmund Freud suggested that addictions, including tobacco, were substitutes for masturbation.
r/todayilearned • u/CrambleSquash • 5h ago
TIL that Benjamin Franklin wrote a joke paper submission to the Royal Academy of Brussels called "Fart Proudly" which details how important research into reducing the smell of farts needs to be undertaken.
r/todayilearned • u/HereWeFuckingGooo • 9h ago
TIL The Muppet Show was filmed entirely in England because US networks rejected it.
r/todayilearned • u/TheMadhopper • 1h ago
TIL that hot thermal pools have killed more people than bears in Yellowstone National Park. 20 deaths v. 8 deaths.usgs.gov
r/todayilearned • u/dougaderly • 6h ago
TIL Polly Smith, costume designer for the Muppet Show and Sesame Street also invented the sports braen.wikipedia.org
r/todayilearned • u/DueDoughnut7842 • 2h ago
TIL: The oldest time capsule in the US was buried in 1795 by Governor Samuel Adams and Paul Revere in a cornerstone of the Massachusetts State House and was found by accident in 2014 by workers trying to fix a water leak
r/todayilearned • u/DEFINITELY_NOT_PETE • 1d ago
TIL Mr. T stopped wearing virtually all his gold, one of his identifying marks, after helping with the cleanup after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He said, "I felt it would be insensitive and disrespectful to the people who lost everything, so I stopped wearing my gold.”
r/todayilearned • u/funnyguy135 • 31m ago
TIL John Cena holds the world record for granting the most wishes through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. As of September 2022, he’s granted 650 wishes. No other individual has surpassed 200.
r/todayilearned • u/triviafrenzy • 1h ago
TIL when Game Boy was first released 1989, the North America version came bundled with only Tetris. Only four other games were available: Allyway, Baseball, Super Mario Land and Tennis. Within ten years more than 1000 games were available.
r/todayilearned • u/adriangc • 1d ago
TIL about the 1983 video game recession in which US video game revenue plummeted from $3.2B in 1983 to $100m in 1985. Nintendo is credited with reviving the industry with the release of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).
r/todayilearned • u/ThePowerGuy1994x • 1d ago
TIL the PS3 game “MAG” received an award from Guinness World Records as "Most Players in a Console FPS" with 256 players in matches simultaneously.
r/todayilearned • u/ElvenArcherV • 17h ago
TIL that women hold 14 of the longest 23 neutral endurance records in marathon swimming
r/todayilearned • u/jamescookenotthatone • 1d ago
TIL Desperation pies are defined by inexpensive staple ingredients for filling. These types of pies were more popular during depressions, World Wars, and before refrigeration. Varieties include Green tomato pie, Shoofly pie, chess pie, and vinegar pies.
r/todayilearned • u/Johannes_P • 4h ago
TIL on 1971, the WLBT TV station in Mississippi had its license revoked for biaised coverage of the Civil Rights movement, cutting pro-Civil Rights materiel because of "Cable Trouble from New York" while allowing reporters to use racial slurs and carrying the "Citizens’ Council Forum"mississippiencyclopedia.org
r/todayilearned • u/volossaveroniki • 1d ago
TIL Marc-Antoine Fardin published a paper in which he cited photographs of cats in jars, baskets and salad bowls and concluded that cats have the properties of both solid and liquid objects. For this work, Fardon was awarded the Ig Nobel Prize in Physics in 2017.
r/todayilearned • u/marrymemercedes • 20h ago
TIL in Eastern Canada 1923 is known as “The year of free beef”. When the Maritimes changed from driving on the left to the right hand side of the road, oxen could not be retrained to walk on the right side and so were sent to slaughter causing a precipitous decline in beef price.cbc.ca
r/todayilearned • u/skumati99 • 2h ago
TIL elephants were used as executioners in some ancient cultures. In India, for example, rogue elephants were sometimes trained to execute criminals by crushing them with their massive weight.
r/todayilearned • u/vsauce9000 • 1d ago
TIL The US Marshals recovered North Carolina’s copy of the U.S. Bill of Rights in 2003 via a sting operation after it was stolen from the State Capitol by a union soldier following the civil war.usmarshals.gov
r/todayilearned • u/triviafrenzy • 14h ago
TIL of the 1866 shipwreck of the General Grant near New Zealand. Of the 83 on board only 15 survived the sinking and became castaways on Auckland Island. After nine months four of the survivors attempted to row for help and were never seen again. After 16 months the last survivors were rescued.
r/todayilearned • u/Niv-Izzet • 1h ago
TIL Canada's population growth rate of 2.7% in 2022 would put it among the top 20 in the world. Almost all countries with a higher pace of population growth were in Africa.statcan.gc.ca
r/todayilearned • u/Stotallytob3r • 22m ago
TIL the second highest scoring fighter ace with 301 kills, Gerhard Barkhorn, crashed a prototype British Harrier jet fighter in 1965. When being helped from the wreckage he is said to have commented, "Drei hundert und zwei !"
r/todayilearned • u/ptahhotep_ • 8h ago