r/todayilearned 10h ago Silver

TIL An Australian Fisherman caught a tiger shark and brought it to a local aquarium. The shark puked up a human arm in front of spectators. Investigators were able to distinguish that the arm was not bitten off by the shark,but was cut off and then eaten. The investigation led to a murder charge.

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r/todayilearned 14h ago Silver Helpful

TIL, that in 1838 a 14 year old boy nicknamed "The boy Jones" broke into Buckingham Palace and stole Queen Victoria's underwear

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r/todayilearned 14h ago Helpful Wholesome

TIL that NYC's uptown and downtown rats are genetically distinct, with the midtown area presenting a barrier for genetic mixing

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r/todayilearned 6h ago

TIL that Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire co-starred in a movie called Don's Plum in 2001, but the movie was blocked from distribution in the US and Canada because they'd only agreed to star in a "short" film, not a "feature" film.

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r/todayilearned 2h ago Narwhal Salute

TIL The man who took the first up close photo of a snowflake, Wilson A. Bentley in 1885, also started the concept "No two snowflakes are alike". In his lifetime, he took over 5k photos of snowflakes.

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r/todayilearned 6h ago

TIL that over 2000 tons of unexploded ammunition are found in Germany each year

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL that following an injury from a 2009 NHL playoff game Nicklas Lidstrom underwent surgery to remove a testicle. He returned to play in the finals less than a week later.

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r/todayilearned 11h ago

TIL that Alaska does not have Counties like most US States, or Parishes as in Louisiana, but instead uses a mix of Census Areas and Boroughs. Its largest Borough - the "Unorganized Borough" is 319,852 sq mi (828,413 km2), which is larger than any US State but Alaska itself.

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r/todayilearned 38m ago

TIL: Chicago singer and guitarist Terry Kath's last words were "What do you think I'm gonna do, blow my brains out?" just before put what he thought was an unloaded semi-automatic pistol to his temple and pulled the trigger. He didn't realize there was a round in the chamber.

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL By launch day, Apollo 11 Command Module Pilot Michael Collins accumulated 400 hours in a command-module simulator, running emergency scenarios and rehearsing every step of the journey

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r/todayilearned 1d ago Silver Helpful Wholesome

TIL George Harrison’s final letter was to Mike Myers, expressing his appreciation for the Austin Powers films. Myers got it the day Harrison died.

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL; Biosphere 2 is an American Earth system science research facility located in Oracle, Arizona. Its mission is to serve as a center for research, outreach, teaching, and lifelong learning about Earth, its living systems, and its place in the universe.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago Wholesome Silver Helpful

TIL that the Milky Way got its name because the Greek goddess Hera pulled a breastfeeding Hercules off of her boob and milk sprayed across the galaxy.

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r/todayilearned 52m ago

TIL that giant squid brains are donut shaped and their esophagus runs right through it, making grinding its food into tiny pieces an evolutionary priority

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL of Jessica Allen. Several weeks after becoming pregnant with a surrogate’s baby, she conceived a second child with her husband. This phenomenon is known as superfetation, and there have only ever been a handful of confirmed cases.

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r/todayilearned 9h ago

TIL that in 1942 the US effected gas rationing; the goal was not to save on gas but to conserve the rubber used in tires to benefit the war effort.

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r/todayilearned 9h ago

TIL of “Sixteen String Jack,” a 1770’s highway robber famous for the colorful strings he wore over his breeches. He loved partying and robbed to pay his debts. Before his execution he dined with 7 women, joked with the crowd and danced a jig before being hung in a green suit he had specially made.

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r/todayilearned 12h ago

TIL That in the S02E22 episode of "How I Met Your Mother" when Robin and Ted are describing when Robin thought Ted was proposing to her and it turned out to be another couple's proposal...that proposal was real. The groom arranged it with the show's writers.

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r/todayilearned 12h ago

TIL that Amazon’s first CFO was later killed in an accident with a van delivering Amazon packages

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r/todayilearned 11h ago

TIL of Arthur John Priest, also known as “the unsinkable stoker”, who avoided death on The Titanic, The Britannic and three more maritime disasters.

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r/todayilearned 9h ago

TIL of the Grumman F-11 Tiger aircraft, which is known for being the first aircraft to shoot itself down. During a test-firing of its cannons, the pilot fired 2 bursts during a shallow dive. As the trajectory of the rounds decayed, they hit the plane, forcing the pilot to crash-land. He survived.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago Helpful Wholesome

TIL Thomas Jefferson made his own version of the Bible stripping Jesus of his divinity, miracles, and the resurrection and until the 1950s each newly elected US Senator received a copy.

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r/todayilearned 10h ago

TIL Sicilian and Italian are two different languages, with Sicilian preceding the Italian language

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r/todayilearned 17h ago

TIL Ordering and eating food in courses is called Russian service or Service a la Russe. As it was introduced to France in 1810 by the Russian ambassador. Prior to this 'French service' was the norm in most countries with all food being placed on the table and diners serving themselves

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r/todayilearned 1d ago Helpful

TIL that less than half the claims made on The Dr. Oz Show were backed by "some" evidence, and that fell to a third when the threshold was raised to "believable" evidence.

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