152 words TIL about Stella, a dog who communicates with her owners using a sound board preprogrammed with her favourite words. Recently her “beach” button broke, so she instead used the buttons for “water” “outside” and “help” to communicate that she wanted to press the beach button and couldn’t.
814 words TIL that real LIFE IS A GAME and that there is an actual tutorial to it. (Summary in the comments)
185 words TIL a Harvard study found that hiring one highly productive but toxic worker does more damage to a company’s bottom line than employing several less productive but more cooperative workers.
370 words TIL a Harvard study found that hiring one highly productive but toxic worker does more damage to a company’s bottom line than employing several less productive but more cooperative workers.
127 words TIL there is no evidence that the popular 'keto diet' leads to sustainable weight loss, and the diet was developed to treat drug-resistant epilepsy in children and is not low in carbohydrates only but also in proteins, providing just enough to maintain the correct weight for age and height.
127 words TIL that in an attempt to make his spy novels feel more authentic, author John Le Carré is credited with coining a number of terms for his fictional intelligence agency (terms like mole, honey trap, pavement artist, asset babysitter) which have become common terms used in real intelligence agencies.
203 words TIL in Anchorage, Alaska, many large animals, such as moose, are hit by vehicles. While Motorists get first rights to roadkill; Charity groups sign up to collect large roadkill and the meat is donated to the needy.
184 words TIL Alan Turing, WW2 codebreaker and father of modern computer science, was also a world-class distance runner of his time. He ran a 2:46 marathon in 1949 (2:36 won an olympic gold in 1948). His local running club discovered him when he overtook them repeatedly while out running alone for relaxation
175 words TIL After a composer released a song that was just 60 seconds of silence, he was sued by the estate of a man who had released a similar track, called 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence. His defense was, "I have been able to say in one minute what he could only say in four minutes and 33 seconds"
267 words TIL The color red on the Republic of China flag stand for the blood shed by those who fought to overthrow the Qing Dynasty. This flag was originally adopted in 1928, although it was used in Mainland China at that time instead of Taiwan. This flag is banned in Cambodia
117 words TIL James Baskett, star of controversial Disney classic 'Song of the South', was unable to attend the film's premiere because he would not have been allowed to participate in any of the festivities, as Atlanta was then a racially segregated city.
262 words TIL "&" and "and" mean different things in movie credits. Two writers' names joined with "&" means they collaborated, while "and" means they worked on the script at different times.
130 words TIL Studies in 'ice cores' found in Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania - the mountain which supplies the Nile with its water - have revealed that a drought did take place around 3600 years ago - around the time the Bible sets Joseph's story in Egypt
111 words TIL that plastic and petroleum were originally environmental saviours, because they eliminated the need to kill whales, elephants, turtles, and many other creatures for their materials.
410 words TIL Countries with high organ donation rates are due to consent form design. To consent, you do nothing. To deny, you check a box. Countries with low consent rates are due to the reverse design. To consent, you check a box. To deny, you do nothing.
298 words TIL of “The Milk”. In 1994, a student at MIT bought a carton of milk but forgot to use it, and rediscovered it 10 months later. Instead of binning it he threw a ‘birthday’ for it. A cult following developed for this legendary expired dairy product. In 2015 it celebrated its 21st birthday.
380 words TIL That there is compelling evidence that Matthew Shepard was killed as a result of a drug deal gone bad, and not because he was gay.
130 words TIL the term "yellow journalism" (if it bleeds, it leads) was coined as a criticism of Joseph Pulitzer's New York World and William Randolph Hearst's San Francisco Examiner
122 words TIL that Americans are the most charitable people in the world. "Americans are about twice as generous in their private giving as Canadians, and 3-15 times as charitable as the residents of other developed nations. Americans also volunteer more than almost any other wealthy people."
136 words TIL: The hormone, oxytocin, which triggers feelings of unconditional love and protection occurs when parents and children look into each other’s eyes or embrace, this spikes in both human and canine brains, we love our pets in the same way as family members, and dogs return this devoted affection.