194 words TIL that in 1961 JRR Tolkien was rejected by Nobel Prize committee because The Lord Of The Rings had 'not in any way measured up to storytelling of the highest quality'.
152 words TIL: During WW2 black U.S soldiers stationed in England were drinking in a pub with local people when U.S Military police arrived to stop them getting served and arrest them for not segregating. The white local people in the pub defended the black men, which eventually led to a riot and gunshots.
248 words TIL The man who succeeded Ronald Reagan as Governor of California, and the man who succeeded Arnold Schwarzenegger, also as Governor, is in fact the same man. Jerry Brown was elected for his 1st term in 1974, served two terms, and 28 years later returned to serve another 8 years.
130 words TIL: During WW2 black U.S soldiers stationed in England were drinking in a pub with local people when U.S Military police arrived to stop them getting served and arrest them for not segregating. The white local people in the pub defended the black men, which eventually led to a riot and gunshots.
138 words TIL: People like Forrest Gump were real. In the Vietnam War, a program under LBJ, and McNamara swept through the ghettos of America looking for low IQ people to induct into the Armed Forces; in total 354000 people. Termed "McNamara's Morons" they were KIA at 3x the rate of other soldiers
138 words TIL the real "Soup Nazi", Ali Yeganeh, did not like the Seinfeld character based off him. When Jerry Seinfeld visited his restaurant a few weeks after the episode aired, Seinfeld sarcastically apologized to Yeganeh. Yeganeh bellowed "no soup for you!" and ejected Seinfeld from his restaurant.
124 words TIL that for free, the US Treasury Department provides blind US citizens with a machine to read their currency for them. "The iBill is compact enough to slip into a side pocket. It can identify all US currency," They have also developed free apps to read currency with a smartphone.
130 words TIL The Triangle is theoretically an instrument of indefinite pitch, for its fundamental pitch is obscured by its nonharmonic overtones. Triangle parts in classical music can be very demanding and "the triangle is by no means a simple instrument to play"
115 words TIL for a long while, in Christianity, Satan was not feared. He was more 'comic relief' and the butt of jokes. It was the increased belief in Witchcraft which eventually caused Satan to be feared.
186 words TIL In 1915 a woman was found alive after her sister ran late to her funeral, then demanded she see her sister one more time. When they dug her out, the woman sat up and smiled, she went on to live for 47 more years.
160 words TIL lack of personal hygiene and body smell is such an issue at Super Smash Bros tournaments that some tournaments now disqualify players not keeping up with hygiene and even resorted to passing out deodorant.
292 words TIL that half of the US population lives in just 146 counties out of the 3000+ total.
123 words TIL Steve Jobs believed that his commitment to vegan diets meant his body was flushed of mucus and he was free from body odor, so he didn't need to wear deodorant or shower regularly. His former coworkers quote that he was 'very, very wrong'
164 words TIL Steve Jobs believed that his commitment to vegan diets meant his body was flushed of mucus and he was free from body odor, so he didn't need to wear deodorant or shower regularly. His former coworkers quote that he was 'very, very wrong'
175 words TIL that a 14 year old boy named John once impersonated an MI5 agent online and "recruited" his best friend into the secret services. The initiation test was to murder... John. John became the first person in the UK to be convicted for inciting his own attempted murder.
216 words TIL: In an average week, nursing facilities in the US administer antipsychotic drugs to over 179,000 people who do not have diagnoses for which the drugs are approved.
147 words TIL A supermarket chain in the Netherlands has a policy that if all queues have 4 people in them and not all checkout lanes are open yet, then you get your groceries for free.
429 words TIL: More cops in the USA died from suicide than any other cause in 2017
156 words TIL: More cops in the USA died from suicide than any other cause in 2017
119 words TIL about imposter syndrome, a psychological condition that causes the sufferer to feel as though they are a fraud, and that their success is not because of their intelligence or hard work, but merely a result of luck or happenstance, and that they're about to be exposed at anytime.