r/todayilearned 7h ago Helpful Wholesome

TIL that over 90% of American movies made before 1929 are lost, no copies are known to exist

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r/todayilearned 10h ago Snek Helpful

TIL Ireland limits taxation on writers, artist, composers, painters, etc. for their contribution to culture

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL of 'Denny', the only known individual whose parents were two different species of human. She lived ninety thousand years ago in central Asia, where a fragment of her bone was found in 2012. Her mother was a Neanderthal and her father was a Denisovan.

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r/todayilearned 14h ago Wholesome Seal of Approval

TIL in 2013 in Florida, a sink hole unexpectedly opened up beneath a sleeping man’s bedroom and swallowed him whole. He is presumed dead.

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r/todayilearned 13h ago Helpful

TIL that Albert Göring, Hermann Göring's Brother, was opposed to Nazism, and helped Jews and others who were persecuted escape Nazi Germany. He died in 1966 never having received recognition for his actions.

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r/todayilearned 11h ago Helpful

TIL Before Canada was officially named Canada, other names had been suggested but rejected. Some examples: Albertsland, Borealia, Britannia, Tuponia and others. The current name likely comes from the aboriginal word "Kanata" which means village or settlement.

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r/todayilearned 8h ago

TIL the verb “to duck” existed before the name of the animal. Originally called an “ened” in Old English, the waterfowl was later referred to as a “duck” (or a “ducker”) because of how it would duck underwater for food.

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r/todayilearned 3h ago

TIL that as a writer on Saturday Night Live, Bob Odenkirk invented Chris Farley's motivational speaking character, Matt Foley. ("Living in a Van Down by the River!!")

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL around 400,000 gladiators died in the Colosseum.

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r/todayilearned 6h ago

TIL the opening shot of “Apocalypse Now” was made from old footage found in the trash. Director Coppola shot 1.5 million feet of film, and accidentally came across the scene. Coppola also told the editor to use The Doors’ “The End,” since he thought it would be funny to start a movie with "The End."

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r/todayilearned 10h ago

TIL American gas prices are less than half of Danish gas prices

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL of the concept of a Savior Sibling, a child who is conceived in order to provide a stem cell transplant to a sibling that is affected with a fatal disease

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r/todayilearned 7h ago

TIL The British Monarch has 'The Royal Prerogative of Mercy' which allows them to grant pardons to convicted people. Queen Elizabeth II has pardoned a few people, the most famous of whom was a posthumous pardon for Alan Turing, convicted for 'Homosexual Acts' as was illegal in 1952.

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL the house where Bo Burnham lived until 2021 and filmed his special Inside is the famous Elm Street house.

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r/todayilearned 13h ago

TIL James Cameron's first big break was as a production designer on Roger Corman's Battle Beyond the Stars (1980). Because of the tight budget Cameron used materials like McDonald's containers for sets and spent weeks with little sleep. His special effects were the best received part of the film.

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r/todayilearned 17h ago

TIL In the country of Georgia you can undergo treatment for bacterial diseases using viruses called Bacteriophages, which have shown potential as a solution to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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r/todayilearned 11h ago

TIL that Indigo Buntings migrate at night using the stars to navigate.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL Armie Hammer's great grandfather Armand Hammer tried to buy Arm & Hammer because was tired of being asked about it

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r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL that in 1991 a self-appointed reincarnation of Jesus Christ named Vissarion established a sect with thousands of followers, who lived as an isolate community in a remote Siberian village. Having promised the end of the world, the cult leader taught reincarnation and veganism to his adepts.

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r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL of Bill Hatfield, the oldest person to ever circumnavigate the earth. He attempted a total of four times before succeeding and even washed overboard on his first voyage. He was 81 when he earned the record.

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r/todayilearned 12h ago Helpful

TIL that Cannabis users appear to be less aware of unhealthy relationship strategies they may use with their partners when discussing a conflict, according a study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

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r/todayilearned 9h ago

TIL that multiple undetonated bombs have been found in Pompeii. As a result of Allied bombing during World War II, it is estimated that between seven and ten unexploded bombs remain in the unexcavated portions of the site. The last time one went off was over thirty years ago.

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r/todayilearned 10h ago

TIL Chevron operates a couple of gas stations under the name "Standard" since they own the trademark for Standard Oil and they have to use it

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL Robin Williams was an accomplished athlete in addition to an actor and comedian

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r/todayilearned 10h ago

TIL that Colorado has the fewest required school days in the United States (160), and that 8 states don't have any minimum school day requirement: Arkansas, Idaho, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

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