r/todayilearned 8h ago

TIL people living near a former atomic weapon plant in Washington state have increased thyroid cancer rates and nervous system tumors

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r/todayilearned 3h ago

TIL that Switzerland is so far the only country in the world that recognizes the dignity of plants in its constitution.

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r/todayilearned 13h ago

TIL that the acronym “R.I.P.” has been engraved on tombstones since at least the fifth century. “Rest in Peace” is the English translation of a Latin phrase with the same acronym.

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r/todayilearned 16h ago Take My Energy

TIL of cascatelli, a new pasta shape invented in 2021 by podcaster Dan Pashman for maximum "sauceability", "forkability" and "toothsinkability"

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r/todayilearned 15h ago

TIL a funeral home in Michigan has a drive-thru. You can view the deceased through a window and pay your respects. There is also a registry book and a memorial box for dropping off cards

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r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL that the Illuminati existed but had no enduring influence on world politics

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r/todayilearned 20h ago

TIL that in 1950's and 60's the Canadian government, military and the RCMP used a device called "the fruit machine" to attempt to identify homosexual men in the public service. Subjects were made to view pornography while measurements were taken of pupil diameter, perspiration and pulse.

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL: Johnny Cash Covered Soundgarden's "Rusty Cage" and Was Nominated for a Grammy in the Category of Best Male Country Vocal Performance

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r/todayilearned 13h ago

TIL The 'Tubular Bells' song from 'The Exorcist' was actually a 25-minute track featuring 20 instruments and funded by Richard Branson who used it to jumpstart his new label: Virgin Records

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL A chess robot in Moscow broke the finger of its 7-year-old human opponent after the boy made a quick move without waiting for the robot to complete its turn.

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL The lines "No man is an island" and "...for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee." Both come from Meditation XVII of John Donne's Devotions upon Emergent Occasions. Donne quickly wrote his meditations following a terrible illness.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL that from 2009 to 2019, out of 212 cruise ship overboard incidents only 48 people were rescued.

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r/todayilearned 22h ago

TIL show sponsor Home Depot pushed out host Bob Vila from PBS's This Old House in 1989 due to his sponsorship of then-competitor Rickel. He was paid so little by the network, whose funding had been slashed, that he decided to stick with Rickel rather than the show.

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r/todayilearned 17h ago

TIL the vast majority of the Earth's mantle is not magma but rather solid rock because of the extreme pressures. The viscosity of this rock is comparable to that of normal glass at room temperature, hence why plate tectonics only moves at speeds measured in centimeters per year.

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r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL that The Narmer Palette is an Ancienf Egyptian artefact containing one of the earliest hieroglyphic inscriptions. It describes the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt by King Narmer in ca. 3100 BCE.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL: In 2013 a group in California were genetically engineering plants to glow in the dark and hoping to replace streetlights

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r/todayilearned 3h ago

TIL that, according to Jerome, the Hebrew name of God (יהוה) was sometimes mistaken for the Greek letters πιπι (pipi).

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r/todayilearned 14h ago

TIL the ‘Tetris’ Theme is based on a Russian Folk Song about two peasants falling in love.

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203 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL that aqueducts are water channels that use gravity to move water from a source to a destination. An ancient Roman aqueduct used only a 51 foot height difference to push water down a 31-mile-long path, resulting in as little as a 1-inch drop to push water 1,500 feet.

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r/todayilearned 23h ago

TIL about the bonnacon, a mythical medieval beast said to defend itself with explosive bowel movements.

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r/todayilearned 19h ago

TIL that North Korea Has a Space Program that has put 2 Satellites into Orbit and plans on going To the moon By 2026 and Mars

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r/todayilearned 51m ago

TIL the Crest House, located at an elevation of 14,120 ft. (4,304 m.) near the summit of Mount Evans, CO, was the highest elevation business structure in the world. Finished in 1941, it was partially destroyed in a propane fire in 1979. Its ruins were later converted to an observation deck.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL that in 1986, Motörhead broke records by hitting 130 decibels in concert. The music was so loud that it damaged the ceiling of Cleveland’s Variety Theater.

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r/todayilearned 8h ago

TIL the origin of the dance routine from Whigfield’s “Saturday Night” are unknown. Once she performed the song and to her bemusement people started doing it. It was not in her music video and she never knew about it.

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r/todayilearned 17m ago

TIL A Dominican man survived nearly a month at sea with nothing but ketchup and seasonings.

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