r/todayilearned • u/Such-Track5369 • 2h ago
TIL Snoop Dogg was excommunicated by the Rastafari Council after his attempt to rebrand as Rastafarian "Snoop Lion"
r/todayilearned • u/HeavyResonance • 14h ago
TIL hippos have a reflex mechanism that allows them to pop up, take a breath, and go back down without waking up so they can sleep underwater.
r/todayilearned • u/JJKingwolf • 4h ago
TIL That the saying "cried all the way to the bank" is popularly attributed to Liberace, who famously wrote the phrase in a telegram after winning a libel suit against a reporter who had insinuated that Liberace was homosexual.
r/todayilearned • u/VengefulMight • 13h ago
TIL of Caratacus who held off the Romans for ten years, using hit and run tactics. Finally he was betrayed and taken prisoner by the Romans, but gave such an eloquent speech, that Emperor Claudius set him free.
r/todayilearned • u/jamescookenotthatone • 13h ago
TIL Whale falls are a major source of nutrients for the ocean's bathyal or abyssal zones. The remains of an estimated 690,000 whales are being broken down on the ocean floor, with the bodies being picked clean, the skeletons dissolved, and ultimately a reef formed.
r/todayilearned • u/kicsiani • 7h ago
TIL Sharks first appeared around 420 million years ago, which means they were around before the dinosaurs
r/todayilearned • u/naomi_homey89 • 22h ago
Today I learned that genuine wasabi is rare and likely not even served in most high-end sushi restaurants. Apparently the real deal is difficult to grow as it’s quite picky and takes approx. three years to mature.
r/todayilearned • u/thisCantBeBad • 1h ago
TIL that Bothie the Polar Dog is the only dog to travel to both the South and North Poles. No other dog is expected to match Bothie's achievement of visiting both poles after the Antarctic Treaty of 1994, which has subsequently forbidden dogs from the Antarctic continent.
r/todayilearned • u/DramaGuy23 • 1d ago
TIL that Hawaii was a sovereign self-governing kingdom all the way up until 1893, totally unassociated with the U.S., until a coup d'état that year by 13 businessmen and 162 U.S. troops, with the openly stated goal of annexing the islands. (They succeeded.)
r/todayilearned • u/grandmamimma • 1d ago
TIL Elvis Presley craved the Fool's Gold Loaf, which consists of a hollowed-out loaf of French bread filled with one 1-lb. jar each of creamy peanut and grape jelly and a pound of fried bacon. It packs ~8,000 calories. He and friends once flew from Memphis to Denver to eat 30 of them.
r/todayilearned • u/paragon-interrupt • 6h ago
TIL it's illegal to sell whisky in Scotland that is less than 40% alcohol by volume (abv)
r/todayilearned • u/TB_Mumpitz • 12h ago
TIL, that because Mars father is Jupiter and Jupiters father is Saturn, Johann Bode proposed that the 7th planet should be named after Jupiters father. Bode was unaware of the fact that Uranus was the greek and not roman god. There are now 6 planets named after roman gods and 1 named after a greek.
r/todayilearned • u/edfitz83 • 1h ago
TIL - in 1973, Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones) wrote the song “Starfucker”, after Carly Simon released her hit song “You’re So Vain”. Jagger had an affair with Simon, who was married to James Taylor at the time, and the affair ended a few months before her song was released.
r/todayilearned • u/Son0fSun • 4h ago
TIL: Ginggaew Lorsoungnern is a Thai woman who survived her first execution in 1979 because she had situs inversus, a condition where all of the body’s organs are reversed.en.wikipedia.org
r/todayilearned • u/rahulprit • 7h ago
TIL If you heat the diamond in the open air, it will begin to melt and burn at around 700 degrees Celsius (1,292 degrees Fahrenheit). Burning a diamond without oxygen, however, will make it change into graphite (a crystalline form of carbon) before transforming into a fluid.
r/todayilearned • u/bozitybozitybopzebop • 17h ago
TIL Some of the reasons people drive aggressively include a sense of anonymity while driving, feeling more empowered driving than in the rest of their lives, and a feeling that other drivers have previously driven aggressively around them.unece.org
r/todayilearned • u/slk756 • 14h ago
TIL Copyleft is a thing - It's the legal name for a license allowing free use and modification of work. And yes, it has a symbol that is a rotated copyright mark.
r/todayilearned • u/PianoCharged • 41m ago
TIL L'Anse aux Meadows is the oldest known European settlement in North America. Discovered in 1960 in present-day Newfoundland, its origin was confirmed to be Viking from the 11th century based on artifacts and evidence consistent with other known Norse examples in Greenland and Iceland
r/todayilearned • u/VengefulMight • 16h ago
TIL that Stephen III of Moldavia handed the Ottoman Empire one of its greatest losses in 1475, despite being heavily outnumbered. After the battle, Stephen fasted for forty days and banned people from praising him for his success, saying that it belonged to God alone.
r/todayilearned • u/slinkslowdown • 4h ago
TIL that the cavatappi pasta shape was created by accident when a set of pasta dies at a Barilla factory had been mistakenly made with a spiral (instead of straight) set of lines. These produced pasta in a spiral or spring shape.
r/todayilearned • u/___HeyGFY___ • 50m ago
TIL about Richard Ankrom, an artist who created and installed a perfect replica of a highway sign to prevent motorists from missing the exit from CA-110 (north) to I-5 (north)
r/todayilearned • u/lrigwoCPlease • 5h ago
TIL two former captive beluga whales, Little Grey and Little White, were flown 6000 miles, from China to Iceland.
r/todayilearned • u/SuperMcG • 1d ago
TIL the longest recorded sniper kill was in June 2017, by an unnamed Canadian sniper with a 3,540 m (3,871 yd) shot in the Iraqi Civil War, surpassing a 2009 record by over 1,000 m (1,100 yd).
r/todayilearned • u/First_Level_Ranger • 11h ago
TIL that limelight is a type of lighting once used for stages. Intense illumination is created when a flame fed by oxygen and hydrogen is directed at a cylinder of quicklime. Long since replaced by electric lighting, the term has survived; someone in the public eye is said to be "in the limelight."
r/todayilearned • u/Flares117 • 7h ago