316 words TIL that every child in the United States, regardless of disability, is entitled to a "free appropriate public education," in the "least restrictive environment." If your local school district does not propose such a program for your child, you can request a "due process hearing."
158 words TIL that Andre Agassi, one of the greatest ever male tennis players (and husband of Steffi Graf, one of the greatest ever female tennis players), wrote in his autobiography that "I hate tennis, hate it with a dark and secret passion, and always have"
131 words TIL Tom Cruise divorced all three of his ex-wives when they turned 33 (Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman, Katie Holmes) and each is 11 years younger than the last.
332 words TIL that before the Americans with Disabilities Act passed, activists with disabilities shed their wheelchairs and pulled themselves up all 100 of the Capitol steps. This action "inconvenienced" several senators and pushed them to approve the act.
204 words TIL about two guys who used a decommissioned Atlas Missile Silo to produce an estimated 90% of the LSD sold in America in the late 90's and early 2000s.
251 words TIL of the UK's "Right To Roam" - people can access most mountains, moors, heaths and downs that are privately owned for hiking and leisure
280 words TIL the guy from the My Pillow commercials was a crack addict who thought of the idea to start a pillow company while high on a crack binge and woke up to the word "My Pillow" written all over the walls of his kitchen... then he sobered up and actually followed through with the idea
129 words TIL that the average workweek for a manufacturing employee in the 1890s was 100 hours. The five day, 40-hour workweek didn't become standard until 1940 thanks to the passing of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which required employers to pay overtime to anyone working more than 40 hours.
196 words TIL in 2001 Stan Lee was given the opportunity to re-imagine DC's Justice League and he made Batman black, Wonder Woman Hispanic and The Flash a teenage girl.
238 words TIL that in 2014 Korean Air vice president Heather Cho was so angry about receiving macadamia nuts in a bag instead of on a plate, she forced the plane to taxi back to gate and unload the offending flight attendant. "Nutgate" ended up costing her 5 months in jail
125 words TIL that in 2014 Korean Air vice president Heather Cho was so angry about receiving macadamia nuts in a bag instead of on a plate, she forced the plane to taxi back to gate and unload the offending flight attendant. "Nutgate" ended up costing her 5 months in jail
257 words TIL that a man from Kansas challenged his wife from Iowa to a sword fight over custody dispute, asked the judge for a three-month delay in order to obtain Japanese samurai swords for combat, then was ordered to take a sanity test.
184 words TIL the British Library must store one copy of every single book published in the UK and Ireland. It houses over 200,000,000 publications, adds 6 miles (9.65 km) of new shelf space a year, and receives over 8000 new publications each day
163 words TIL Monty Hall was born Monte Halparin. Excluded from medical school due to secret quotas restricting the number of Jewish students, he got a job in broadcasting. His station misspelled and shortened his names, making him Monty Hall. He co-created and hosted "Let's Make a Deal" for almost 30 years.
136 words TIL "Strange Fruit" is a song recorded by Billie Holiday in 1939. It protests the lynching of Black Americans, with lyrics that compare the victims to the fruit of trees. The song has been called "a declaration of war" and "the beginning of the civil rights movement".
165 words TIL that in the novel “No Country for Old Men,” set in 1980, Sheriff Bell refers to dope dealers who “shot and killed a federal judge” in San Antonio. The film version stars Woody Harrelson, whose father was the real-life contract killer convicted of that murder in 1979.
165 words TIL when Primus played their song "My Name is Mud" at the rainy Woodstock 94, the crowd responded by pelting the band with mud. The band's singer, Les Claypool, stopped the song and said "when you throw things on stage, it's a sign of small and insignificant genitalia." The crowd ceased throwing.
208 words TIL that Late last year, the Army launched an accelerated effort into training and equipping 26 of its 31 active combat brigades to fight in large-scale subterranean facilities that exist beneath dense urban areas around the world.
113 words TIL police are called to Walmart stores 3-4 times as often as they are to other big-box retailers like Target. 25% of all arrests in St. Petersburg, FL and 92% of larceny calls in Granite Falls, NC are attributed to single Walmart locations in each city.
123 words TIL In the '80s, the drinking age was raised from 18 to 21 nationally because Reagan passed a bill in 1984 that required states to raise their drinking age to 21. They don't have to make it 21 per se, but if they chose to opt-out, they would simply be ineligible for federal highway funding.