440 words TIL in 1981, Ronald Reagan fired 11,345 air traffic controllers after they refused to end their strike and subsequently banned them from federal service for life
120 words TIL in the 50s there was a nuclear bomb test in the Australian Outback. Aboriginals thought a spirit killed all of the kangaroos for them. They ate them and died of radiation poisoning.
167 words TIL according to the Australian constitution, New Zealand is a part of Australia
245 words TIL that in 1963, a White civil right activist named William Lewis Moore protested segregation by walking 400 miles,alone, from Tennessee to Mississippi to deliver his own letter to the governor, urging him to accept integration. 2 days after starting, he was found murdered in the side of a highway.
126 words TIL North-Korea has its own operating system called "Red Star OS" based on Linux. The administrator user is disabled, media files copied from the OS are watermarked with the hard drive's serial number and the "virus scanner" automatically deletes censored files.
121 words TIL the composition of breast milk will change over the course of a single feeding based on the baby's nutritional needs, which are communicated via chemical info from baby's saliva absorbed into the areola.
198 words TIL In 2007, Keira Knightley was awarded £3,000 ($6,000) in damages from a lawsuit against Daily Mail for publishing an article about her having anorexia nervosa and added another £3,000 to this amount to donate to Beat, a charity for those who suffer mental illness and eating disorders.
153 words TIL After Reagan watched the movie WarGames he asked “Could something like this really happen?” to his chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a week later the general returned and said “Mr. president, the problem is much worse than you think.”
202 words TIL Norway's $1tn Sovereign Wealth Fund owns 1.5% of shares worldwide. They use this clout to push gender-equal pay and reasonable executive salaries while blacklisting 'unethical' companies. They are considering adding high carbon emitters to this blacklist too.
155 words TIL Neanderthal dental plaque shows that there was no such thing as a typical Paleo diet. Some ate mostly meat, and some others are entirely vegetarian.
347 words TIL that despite infamously campaigning on "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever," Alabama governor George Wallace later renounced segregationism, publicly apologized to the black community, and appointed record numbers of African Americans to state positions and his cabinet.
245 words TIL that the soundtrack for the animated movie ‘Akira’ was composed before it was animated. The animation crew created scenes in time with the music, rather than the other way around.
215 words TIL that exercise does not actually contribute much to weight loss. Simply eating better has a significantly bigger impact, even without much exercise.
299 words TIL that according to a study, strict parents can turn their kids into more effective liars because children who are afraid to tell the truth learn more deceptive behaviors to avoid getting in trouble.
104 words TIL that the Nazi Party was particularly fond of decaffeinated coffee, as it saw caffeine as a poison that "threatened the Aryan Race."
127 words TIL that printer companies implement programmed obsolescence by embedding chips into ink cartridges that force them to stop printing after a set expiration date, even if there is ink remaining.
150 words TIL that during a prisoner revolt at Auschwitz in 1944, an SS guard was burned alive by prisoners in a crematorium oven
102 words TIL 'Honorificabilitudinitatibus' is the longest word in the English language featuring only alternating consonants and vowels.
163 words TIL that Office clerk Stefan Kiszko spent 17 years in prison for the murder of a schoolgirl in northwest England in 1975. Though he had confessed his guilt at the time, evidence later proved he was innocent. He was coerced to confess using the Reid interrogation technique.
140 words TIL That the founder of match.com Gary Kremen, lost his girlfriend to a man she met on match.com