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17622 Today I learned that the price of admission for a zoo in 18th century England was a dog or a cat -- they were fed to the lions. (en.wikipedia.org)
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52807 TIL that scientists believe there is a 9th planet in our solar system that is roughly 10 times larger than earth. They haven't been able to locate it yet but they know it's there because of its gravitational effects on other objects. (space.com)
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11141 TIL while searching for drugs in NYC, Jimi Hendrix was kidnapped by"wiseguy wannabes"looking for a quick ransom. When a mobster heard about this, he quickly got them to release him by threatening to kill them. Later the mobster tracked down the kids and "gave them a beating they would never forget" (rollingstone.com)
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7285 TIL In Japan, death by overwork is so common that they have a word for it, "Karoshi". Some examples of karoshi are: working 110 hours a week, working 3000 hours a year with no days off in 15 years, working 4320 hours a year, and working 34 hour shifts five times a month. (en.wikipedia.org)
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4896 TIL of Dr. Howard Jones, who in 1978 was forced into retirement due to rigid age restrictions for surgeons at Johns Hopkins. Rather than end his medical career, Jones moved to Virginia, where in 1981 at the age of 70, he performed the first IVF case in the U.S. He died in 2015 at the age of 104. (en.wikipedia.org)
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4814 TIL actor Kevin James was the number one spot on his high school wrestling team, until he had a season ending back injury. His friend took over his place and became WWE star Mick Foley. (en.wikipedia.org)
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4231 TIL that Frank Buckles, the last surviving soldier of World War I, lived for 110 years and died in 2011. When asked about his secret for long life, he simply offered, "When you start to die... don't." (en.wikipedia.org)
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4064 TIL When Australia beat England in a cricket match in 1882, a British newspaper published an obituary proclaiming the death of English cricket. The symbolic ashes of its cremation were placed in an urn, and both teams still compete to win them back every two years. (en.wikipedia.org)
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2219 TIL it's incredibly difficult to read text during your dreams. This is precisely why 'Inception' doesn't have even a single dream sequence of people reading text. (scientificamerican.com)
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1934 TIL in the 19th century Human Zoos (zoos that displayed humans) were quite popular. The last one was closed in 1958; oddly, the first person to ban them was Hitler. (emadion.it)
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1776 TIL Forrest Gump beat 'The Shawshank Redemption' and 'Pulp Fiction' to win the Oscar for the Best Picture in 1995. Also, Tom Hanks beat Morgan Freeman and John Travolta to win the Best Actor in the same year. (en.wikipedia.org)
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1720 TIL When President Ronald Reagan has been admitted to a hospital in 1981 due to being shot by John Hinckley Jr., he joked "Please tell me you're all Republicans." To which a surgeon who was a liberal democrat himself replied, "We're all Republicans today." (deseretnews.com)
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1706 TIL People who drink whole milk are considerably less likely to be over-weight than those who drink low-fat milk. (time.com)
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1647 TIL Japan has a museum devoted entirely to rocks that look like faces. There are over 1,700 rocks on display, and they include rocks that look like E.T. and Elvis Presley. (thisiscolossal.com)
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1451 TIL even when taking dinosaurs into account, the modern day blue whale is the largest animal to ever live. (uk.whales.org)
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1418 TIL Cristiano Ronaldo bought his agent a whole Greek Island as a wedding present (bbc.com)
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1004 TIL The creators of South Park mocked Tom Cruise and Scientology at the end of their episode 'Trapped In The Closet' by changing all the credits at the end to John/Jane Smith. They did this because they knew of their reputation for suing people. (en.wikipedia.org)
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816 TIL that hermit crabs will transfer their symbiotic anemone pals to their new shell! (youtube.com)
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774 TIL Coca-Cola made a vending machine exclusive to India and Pakistan called a "Small World Machine" where users in opposite countries are rewarded with a drink for cooperating with each other (youtube.com)
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674 TIL that in World War 2 it was common for desensitized US troops to murder German POWs if they were wearing American boots, as it was a reminder that one of their buddies had been killed (digital.library.txstate.edu)
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458 TIL that a 1996 study comparing arousal in homophobic and non-homophobic men found that only the homophobic men were aroused by MM gay porn , i.e., that homophobes are often closeted homosexuals. (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)
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