TIL of "Earthquake diplomacy" between Turkey and Greece which was initiated after successive earthquakes hit both countries in the summer of 1999. Since then both countries help each other in case of an earthquake no matter how their relations are.
TIL Tom Lehrer, Musical satirist, educator, and mathematician, made all of his music available as part of the public domain at the age of 92tomlehrersongs.com
TIL as recently as 2011, Dr Pepper ran an ad campaign with the slogan “Dr Pepper: IT’S NOT FOR WOMEN”. There was even a Facebook page that only men could access, where men would shoot at “girlie” things like flowers and rainbows.
TIL in 1931, during the Great Depression, there were so many news accounts of starving USA citizens that colonial-era Cameroon in west Africa raised money for Americans as aid. They collected $3.77 - about $70 today.digitalhistory.uh.edu
TIL that there was a restaurant on The Titanic, provided for first class passengers, who wanted to avoid dining with other first class passengers.
TIL Many formulas exist for Wind Chill. The current one was only implemented in 2001. It is calculated for a bare face, facing the wind, while walking into it at 5.0 km/h/3.1 mph. It corrects the officially measured wind speed to the wind speed at face height, assuming the person is in an open field
TIL that one of the most quoted lines from Star Trek: The Original Series is “Beam me up, Scotty." It’s been used in merchandise, commercials and other media influenced by the show. Ironically, this exact quote has never actually been said in any Star Trek episode or movie.
TIL Procrastination is not a result of laziness or poor time management. Scientific studies suggest procrastination is due to poor mood management.
TIL that as of 2009, ring announcer Michael Buffer's famous trademarked catchphrase, "Let's get ready to rumble!", has generated $400 million in revenue from licensing.
TIL that the largest urban old-growth forest in the United States is Wesselman Woods. It is located in the middle of Evansville, Indiana. 190-acres of virgin forest - tree cores date back to the 1650s and 90s for some of these trees. 🌳wesselmanwoods.org
TIL that Marvel Comics founder Martin Goodman and his wife had tickets on the Hindenburg when returning from their honeymoon in Europe in 1937, but were unable to secure seats together, so they took alternative transportation instead, avoiding the Hindenburg disaster
TIL: In 2019, it was found that belief in ghosts and UFOs had increased since 2007 among Americans. Interestingly, men were more likely to believe in UFOs and women were more likely to believe in ghosts and witchcraft than the other gender.ipsos.com
TIL of Edward Leedskalnin, a man with fourth grade education, who solely built the Coral Castle with over 1,100 tons of coral rock, using only hand tools. When asked how, his reply was that he understood the laws of weight and leverage. Today, it is a museum open to the public.
TIL about a phenomenon in mines called rock burst. Rock bursts occur when mining tunnels alter the pressure placed on nearby rocks which can cause the rocks to explode. Miners are killed every year by rock bursts.
TIL the devastating 1755 Lisbon earthquake caused king Joseph I to develop severe claustrophobia and he refused to live inside a walled building. His court instead ruled from a series of tents.
TIL that the Roman Emperor Augustus personally owned the entire country of Egypt as his own personal estatemetmuseum.org
Tower Bridge TIL about London bus driver, Albert Gunter. He found his bus on the London Bridge just was it was opening for a ship. He slammed the gas and jumped the gap. For this, he was given a bonus of £10 (about £290 in today’s money)
TIL: large earthquakes can systematically trigger other large earthquakes on opposite sides of the earthtoday.oregonstate.edu
TIL that the US Navy once retrieved a Soviet supersonic missile that had smashed into millions of pieces, none larger than 6 inches, from the sea floor and managed to reverse-engineer it.
TIL that human infants as young as 14 hours from birth prefer to look at attractive faces rather than unattractive faces
TIL that physically acting out your dreams (loss of REM sleep paralysis) is >80% accurate at predicting future brain maladies including Parkinson's, Lewy Body Dementia, and ALS
TIL there is a subspecies of Canada Goose once thought of as extinct, called the Giant Canada Goose, which grow from 17-24lbs in size, compared to the 7-9lbs of a typical Canada Goose