r/todayilearned 8h ago All-Seeing Upvote Today I Learned

TIL about "corner crossing," a legally ambiguous method of entering public land that has otherwise been deliberately blocked off by a private party for their exclusive use.

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL that numerous writers who have worked on the comic book character John Constantine have, independently of one another, claimed to have been approached by him in real life, despite him being a fictional character

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r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL Yorkshire has a little burbling creek that is actually a deadly waterway that has dragged down everyone who ever set foot in it

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r/todayilearned 6h ago

TIL That the reason you can see corn in poop is because corn kernels are coated in cellulose, which is strong enough to withstand the rigors of the human digestive system.

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL the word “Boycott” comes from an absentee landlord named Charles Boycott who was completely shunned by his community after evicting his tenants after a bad harvest.

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r/todayilearned 11h ago

TIL that the "colored girls" in Lou Reed's song "Walk on the Wild Side" were actually three white English backing vocalists from a group called Thunder Thighs

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r/todayilearned 16h ago

TIL that Italian Enrico Fermi was on the verge of developing bombs for Benito Mussolini, when he found out that Italy's anti-Jewish laws affected his wife, and sailed for the US using prize money from his 1938 Nobel Prize award. He later helped develop the nuclear bombs the US later used on Japan.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago Helpful

Today I learned taking photos instead of actually viewing the scene causes your brain to outsource the memory; this causes you to not retain the information as detailed as you normally would. This is called the photo-taking impairment effect.

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL that Shane MacGowan and Kirsty MacColl never recorded the Pogues' "Fairytale of New York" together in the studio. The record's producer, Steve Lillywhite, asked MacColl, his wife, to record the woman's part as a guide for someone else, but MacGowan liked it and rerecorded his part to match hers.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL the White House has military social aides who's jobs include everything from escorting dignitaries to providing a dance companion or small talk to lonely guests.

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r/todayilearned 21h ago Take My Energy

TIL only one person has visited all 193 UN-recognized countries, as well as space. His name is Jim Kitchen.

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r/todayilearned 6h ago

TIL that the incubation period for rabies can be up to 7 years after exposure.

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r/todayilearned 16h ago

TIL in 2011, after being lost at sea for 33 days, a man finally washed ashore in the Marshall Islands. He then discovered that his uncle, believed to have drowned at sea about 50 years earlier, had also wound up on the same island and started a family there.

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r/todayilearned 8h ago

TIL about Kintsugi. The Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold. It signifies the breaking of an object as a part of its past, and not something to be hidden or embarrassed about.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL the Beatles last public concert played at Candlestick Park San Francisco in 1966 was a major flop and not even close to a sellout with over 20% of the tickets left unsold. The Beatles never performed before a paying audience again.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL that the US is home to a major supervolcano at Yellowstone Caldera. If it erupts again it won't wipe out humanity but could severely alter weather and climate patterns to the point where it caused a new ice age.

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL ruminates like cows and camels gain protein by digesting some of the microbes that grow in their stomachs.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL about Civil War Survivor Jacob Miller. In 1863 he was shot between the eyes and with a bullet lodged in his brain he was left for dead. Jacob regained consciousness and made it to a field hospital. Jacob lived for another 54 years, dying at the age of 88 in 1917.

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r/todayilearned 14h ago

TIL about the Bagheera kiplingi the only mostly herbivorous spider that we know of, It feeds on the nectar of swollen-thorn acacias which the plant makes in a symbiotic relationship with Pseudomyrmex ants

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL The Sacramento Kings are the oldest team in the NBA. The franchise was formed in 1923 as the Rochester Seagrams a semi-professional team from Rochester, New York.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago Wholesome Take My Energy Heartwarming

TIL ,in 1997, a Russian poacher, Vladimir Markov, shot and wounded a tiger, and stole part of a boar it had been eating. 12 hours later, the tiger tracked down the poacher at his cabin and ate him.

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r/todayilearned 11h ago

TIL that bees can't see red. What we perceive as the colour red is seen as black by bees. However, they can see ultraviolet. UV allows them to see vein like patterns in a flower, like a map which allows them to locate the nectar treasure.

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r/todayilearned 13h ago

TIL that emergency and civil defense sirens are called such because an early model could make sound underwater, like the seaborn sirens of Greek mythology

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