r/todayilearned 6h ago

TIL orca cultural traditions are so powerful that one population is in decline because it is reluctant to eat other foods and mate with other cultures.

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r/todayilearned 15h ago

TIL about Avoidant Attachment, which is the result of not getting emotional needs met during childhood. This emotional neglect often results in people becoming overly independent on themselves and unable to connect emotionally with others.

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r/todayilearned 17h ago

TIL Tom Cruise sued porn actor Chad Slater after he told a magazine he was involved in an affair with Cruise. Slater was ordered to pay $10 million in damages after defaulting on the suit, later admitting the story was false. Cruise has also sued two other publications for homosexual claims.

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r/todayilearned 9h ago

TIL the FICO credit score was started in 1989 and people used to be able to get approved for a mortgage with a letter of recommendation from their priest

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r/todayilearned 9h ago

TIL 'Do The Bartman' (1990) was a chart-topping hit around the world, sung by Bart Simpson voice actor Nancy Cartwright, written and produced by the King of Pop himself - Michael Jackson.

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL Ancient Romans used to wipe their butt with a communal sponge on a stick, rinsing it with vinegar or salt water before leaving it for the next person.

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r/todayilearned 17h ago

TIL Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has written various books on topics ranging from the history of a black tank battalion that fought in World War II to a reimagining of the life of Mycroft Holmes, the brother of Sherlock Holmes.

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r/todayilearned 7h ago

TIL about the Tuatara, A species native to New Zealand that has 3 eyes, is a separate order from all other living reptiles, and have had the same physical characteristics for 20,00 years, Being referred to as a "living fossil".

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r/todayilearned 12h ago

TIL That Mexican music was very popular in Yugoslavia during the '60s. With young people dressing up in mariachi outfits.

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r/todayilearned 6h ago

TIL the Japanese host who "became" Kenny Blakenship on MXC was also a Japanese governor

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r/todayilearned 16h ago

TIL Afghanistan was the only country banned from participating in the 2000 Olympics, due to the Taliban government’s oppression of women and ban on sports.

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r/todayilearned 3h ago

TIL Phosphogypsum is a common byproduct of fertilizer production. It has very few pratical uses and is radioactive, containing uranium, thorium, radium, radon and polonium. For this reason they are stored indefinitely in Stacks. ONE ton of phosphoric acid produces FIVE tons of phosphogypsum waste.

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r/todayilearned 15h ago

TIL Heroin was a trademark of the Bayer corp for diacetylmorphine, marketed as cough medicine. It later became accepted as the common name of the drug.

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL 22 of the 48 largest countries by area are on the African Continent

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r/todayilearned 8h ago

TIL of the "Curse of the White Star Line". the company that owned the Titanic. The Titanic had 2 sister ships. The Britannic and the Olympic. The Titanic sank in 1912, the Britannic hit a mine and sank in 1916 and the Olympic had a mutiny in 1912 hit a warship in 1911, and a passenger ship in 1934

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r/todayilearned 17h ago

TIL that human hair was effectively used to fight the oil spill in Mauritius in July 2020 because it repels water and can collect heavy metals and other contamintants, like oil

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r/todayilearned 11h ago

TIL The first iPhone virus did nothing except change the wallpaper of jailbroken phones to a photo of Rick Astley

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r/todayilearned 27m ago

TIL that MIT created a system that provides cooling with no electricity. It was tested in a blazing hot Chilean desert and achieved a cooling of 13C compared to the hot surroundings

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL: Kangaroos, known for their 2 footed hopping motion, also use Pentapedal, 5 footed, motion when grazing. the 5th foot being the tail.

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL Kanō Jigorō, creator of judo, also served as the Japanese representative to many Olympics and had a pivotal role in securing Japan's bid for the 1940 Olympics. He was indifferent towards the inclusion of judo, however, as it was not "mere sport" but rather "a principle of life, art and science."

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL a civil rights activist was buried alive by the KKK after being apprehended by a deputy sheriff. The deputy sheriff identified the activist using information provided by an official Mississippi state agency dedicated to spying on civil rights activists.

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r/todayilearned 9h ago

TIL that Peter Cooper, who designed and built the first American steam locomotive, also had the patent for powdered gelatin. It was bought by Pearle Bixby Wait, who would use it to make what became known as Jell-O.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL - Raccoons and skunks will literally sniff out a yellow jacket nest at night and dig it up to eat the yellow jackets.

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r/todayilearned 15h ago

TIL Drew Barrymore is a member of a family which has been involved with acting for almost 200 years

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