148 words TIL The luftwaffe planted buoys in the english channel for downed pilots to survive in, containing food, alcohol, clothing and games. 141 words TIL there is a radio station in New Orleans for the blind. Volunteers every day read the local newspaper on the air, along best-sellers, grocery ads, stories for kids, mysteries, the Wall Street Journal, young adult novels and much more. 127 words TIL Chess Grand Master Ossip Bernstein was arrested by the Bolshevik secret police and ordered to be shot. As the firing squad lined up, an officer asked if he was really the famous chess master. The officer made Bernstein play a game for his life against him. Bernstein won easily and was released. 158 words TIL Bill Murray hired an assistant who 'was profoundly deaf and spoke only in sign language' to make communication as difficult as possible between him, the director and the studio during the filming of 'Groundhog Day' 147 words TIL the last thing on BBC Television before it was switched off on the eve of the Second World War was a Mickey Mouse show which was aired at around 12.35pm on 1st September 1939. Seven years later BBC Television returned with a repeat of the same Mickey Mouse programme. 161 words TIL a legal loophole in the UK allows alcohol to be sold without a license on a train in motion. An unlicensed distillery exploited this by setting up in a disused railway building, obtaining a steam train, and selling gin to customers while they road it back and forth from the distillery. 144 words TIL that the reason 9/11 worked is because we had a policy back then that if someone wanted to hijack a plane, you were to allow them to do so because the thought was that they wouldn't harm people. No one ever thought someone would intentionally crash a plane. 200 words TIL in Finland, fines are based on income. In 2002, a Nokia executive was fined with a US$103,000 speeding ticket. 138 words TIL in 2014, an 89 year old WW2 veteran, Bernard Shaw went missing from his nursing home. It turned out that he went to Normandy for the 70th anniversary of D-Day landings against the nursing home's orders. He left the home wearing a grey mack concealing the war medals on his jacket. 138 words TIL in 2014, an 89 year old WW2 veteran, Bernard Shaw went missing from his nursing home. It turned out that he went to Normandy for the 70th anniversary of D-Day landings against the nursing home's orders. He left the home wearing a grey mack concealing the war medals on his jacket. 115 words TIL in 2014, an 89 year old WW2 veteran, Bernard Shaw went missing from his nursing home. It turned out that he went to Normandy for the 70th anniversary of D-Day landings against the nursing home's orders. He left the home wearing a grey mack concealing the war medals on his jacket. 128 words TIL That Canada has an act/law (The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act) that in the event that you need to call 911 for someone who’s overdosed, you won’t get arrested for possession of controlled substances charges, and breach of conditions regarding the drug charge 100 words TIL Korea's Royal Palace was destroyed during the 1592-1598 Japanese invasions and left in ruins for over 250 years. It was rebuilt in 1860s but later systematically destroyed by Imperial Japan to build the colonial building. As of now, work has been ongoing for over 4 decades to restore the site. 137 words TIL That the name "Soccer" is actually British in origin. 124 words TIL: Tennessee State Representative Harry Burn was the deciding vote that led to the ratification of the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote in the U.S. He said: “I know that a mother’s advice is always safest for her boy to follow and my mother wanted me to vote for ratification.” 119 words TIL Japan proposed an amendment to the Treaty of Versailles that outlawed all racial discrimination. Despite receiving a majority vote for it to be added to the treaty Woodrow Wilson personally vetoed the measure and as a comprise let Japan claim a number of islands in the Pacific. 138 words TIL Simon & Garfunkel's first album was so unsuccessful on the charts that the duo split. Their producer took one of the songs from the album, overdubbed/remixed it without their knowledge or permission, and "The Sounds of Silence" became a hit. The duo made four more albums. 325 words TIL A key symptom of depression is anhedonia, typically defined as the loss of ability to experience pleasure. It is a core feature of depression, but it is also one of the most treatment-resistant symptoms. Using ketomine, researchers found over-activity in the brain blunting reward seeking 245 words TIL At 102°F most bacteria can no longer reproduce, which is the protective nature of human fevers 180 words TIL In 2002 a 19-year-old garbage man won a 15 million dollar lottery, spent it all on drugs, gambling, and prostitutes, and became a garbage man again.