187 words TIL Mississippi, the poorest state, has 33,792 millionaires and 12 billionaires.
182 words TIL that according to the U.S. Department of Education, 54% of U.S. adults lack proficiency in literacy, reading below the equivalent of a sixth-grade level.
162 words TIL David Spade didn’t attend his best friend Chris Farley’s funeral. This fuelled speculation that there was some falling out with Farley prior to his death. However, years later Spade revealed that his absence from the funeral was because he would have found it too emotionally difficult.
133 words TIL that people with dementia think that stuff like a black doormat isn’t a doormat, but a deep hole in the floor. Due to these visual perception problems, people with dementia avoid stepping the doormat, and this is sometimes used to keep them from leaving their care facilites.
144 words TIL GM recalled 800k cars in 2014 for faulty ignitions. The cars would shut off while being driven which meant drivers lost power steering/brakes, and the airbags wouldn't deploy. They knew about the problem since 2005 but never fixed it because it would be 'too expensive'. 124 people died.
155 words TIL the “X” in Christmas is not an omission of “Christ” but an abbreviation of the Greek spelling of Christ (Χριστός) that has been used for hundreds of years
373 words TIL Stone crabs aren't killed for their meat. You simply remove one claw and throw them back in. They will eventually regrow their claw making them a renewable resource.
139 words TIL Cats domesticated themselves. They existed unchanged until the Middle Ages; and even now are genetically extremely close to their ancestors.
127 words TIL that the earliest credible evidence of coffee-drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century and none before that.
240 words TIL in the coldest of Russia's northern towns, people will leave their cars running from Fall to Spring lest the car batteries freeze solid.
246 words TIL lesbian romance/erotica author Radclyffe uses speech-recognition software to 'write' her books instead of typing them.
242 words TIL Walton family is $250 billion as of 2021, making them the richest family in the world.
125 words TIL women tend to use more exclamation points then men to appear more friendly even in professional settings (ie business emails)
375 words TIL that Johnny Cash was attacked by an ostrich on his farm in 1981. Cash suffered 5 broken ribs and claims the animal would have disembowled him if not for the large belt buckle he was wearing at the time.
141 words Today I learned that prior to testing the first atomic bomb, Manhattan Project physicists made bets on the whether the bomb would ignite the atmosphere and vaporize Earth.
176 words TIL Rabies has the highest mortality rate of any virus at 99.9%.
162 words TIL that Confederate soldiers could not be buried in national cemeteries, nor were they afforded any benefits from the United States Government. When the reburial corps in the late 1860s found remains on battlefields, they'd remove the Union soldiers and leave the Confederates.
214 words TIL that Confederate soldiers could not be buried in national cemeteries, nor were they afforded any benefits from the United States Government. When the reburial corps in the late 1860s found remains on battlefields, they'd remove the Union soldiers and leave the Confederates.
158 words TIL when Jim Henson died, Disney Imagineers sent a drawing of Mickey Mouse consoling Kermit the Frog to his mourning company.
216 words TIL Thomas Jefferson's draft of the Declaration of Independence contained a passage that condemned slavery as one of the many evils foisted upon the colonies by the British crown.