230 words TIL that Most MacDonald's Restaurants are NOT BBB Accredited!!!
197 words TIL about the murder of Shanda Sharer, a 12 year old tortured and burnt alive by 4 teenage girls, who have all since been released from prison.
171 words TIL Stephen King would do so much cocaine he had to stuff cotton up his nose to stop blood from dripping on his typewriter.
140 words TIL of Dmitry Argarkov who scanned a credit card agreement, edited it, and returned it with a 0% interest rate and no limit in the new terms. The bank signed and approved without reading and a judge held them to it.
101 words TIL Satanists do not literally worship Satan. They are closer to an Atheist religion, and believe Satan is a positive archetype demonstrating pride, individualism and enlightenment and use Satan as a symbol of defiance against Abrahamic faiths.
129 words TIL that 71 percent of Americans age 17 to 24 are ineligible to join the military, primarily because they are too overweight or too poorly educated, or they have a record of serious crime or drug abuse.
114 words TIL upon graduating, Teddy Roosevelt's doctor advised him to pursue a desk job and avoid strenuous physical activity due to serious heart problems. Ignoring this, he instead pursued activities like regular exercise, boxing, tennis, hiking, rowing, polo and horseback riding, even into his presidency.
134 words TIL A Female Scientist Defined the Greenhouse Effect In The 1800s, But Didn’t Get the Credit Due to Sexism
129 words TIL MIT, often cited as one of the world’s most prestigious universities, puts almost all of its course materials online for anyone to access for free.
165 words TIL an alcoholic court stenographer in Manhattan repeatedly typed I hate my job instead of documenting speech during cases
133 words TIL about Philip Gale, child prodigy that committed suicide at age 19, jumping from a classroom's window. Before jumping he wrote on the blackboard Newton's equation for how an object accelerates as it falls, along with a sketch of a stick figure tossing a chair. He signed it, "Phil was here"
592 words TIL when Nick Diaz (UFC Fighter) was in highschool, his girlfriend committed suicide. Afterwards Nick would "run to her grave just to promise her I would make it as a fighter" Diaz would go on to win world titles and become a UFC star
339 words Til in 1922 in Guam, USA, "Governor Adelbert Althouse...noted that 'few school children could speak English with any degree of efficiency' and Chamorro remained the predominant language in Chamorro homes." So the US Navy Chamorro-English dictionaries, "printed at Navy expense" in 1918, were burned.
262 words TIL Smoking Areas existed in Public High Schools back in the 1980’s. Students could smoke cigarettes on school grounds between classes in designated lounges
176 words TIL Taylor Swift was born into wealth. Her father is "from three generations of bank presidents" and worked for Merrill Lynch. At the age of 14 her family moved to Nashville where her father purchased a stake in Big Machine, the label to which Swift first signed.
171 words TIL an elderly man gained the trust of a Belgian bank by bringing the workers chocolates. He was eventually given VIP access to the bank vault. In 2007, he stole $28 million worth of diamonds and vanished.
508 words TIL this picture of an ancient tablet is actually a 5,000 year old beer receipt. 'Alulu beer receipt' records a purchase of "best" beer from a brewer, c. 2050 BC from the Sumerian city of Umma in ancient Iraq.
152 words TIL Charles Morgan, an escrow agent working for the FBI and 2 big crime groups, was found shot in the back of the head. He had on a bullet proof vest, had a map to the location his body was found, had his tooth in his pocket & a bill with a bible reference. It was ruled suicide.
170 words TIL in 1946, a black WWII veteran was taking a bus home in uniform, and asked the driver to stop for a bathroom break. The driver called the police, and the local chief of police arrested the man, beat him, and gouged out his eyes with a nightstick. The officer was acquitted by an all-white jury.
117 words TIL that Steve Jobs lied to Steve Wozniak. When they made Breakout for Atari, Wozniak and Jobs were going to split the pay 50-50. Atari gave Jobs $5000 to do the job. He told Wozniak he got $700 so Wozniak took home $350.