TIL Japanese emperor Meiji was so enthused about a treaty with Mexico he gave them a portion of his own Imperial gardens to build their embassy. It is also the closest to the national diet and their rent for the embassy is 115 yen a year.
/r/todayilearnedTIL of secondary impacts from the extraterrestrial impact on the Laurentide ice sheet 12,700 years ago, which effectively carpet-bombed large parts of North America with giant ice boulders traveling at 3km/s, ending the successful Clovis culture and killing all species of North American mega-fauna.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that there is a small seaside town called Ittoqqortoormiit in Greenland
/r/todayilearnedTIL Some sea snails are able to surf! Far from being slow moving animals, some sea snails can catch waves using their foot (pseudopod) to rapidly move along beaches!
/r/todayilearnedTIL that McDonald’s adds beef flavoring to the oils in their French fries
/r/todayilearnedTIL that Jim Carrey is not only a successful comedian-actor but also a prolific artist
/r/todayilearnedTIL That the eyes of goats, deer, horses, and sheep rotate as they bend their head down to eat, keeping the rectangular pupil aligned with the ground.
/r/todayilearnedTIL Old TVs With Tubes Actually Gave Off X-Ray Radiation
/r/todayilearnedTIL in "Goodfellas", Robert DeNiro learned details about the real Jimmy Burke. He found that Jimmy loved ketchup, and how he poured it-because dispensing ketchup out of a glass bottle was a common problem then. The "spin" technique is what he used in the film, the way the real Jimmy did.
/r/todayilearnedTIL: Loneliness is unhealthy. Twice as deadly as obesity, and as deadly as smoking a pack a day.
/r/todayilearnedTIL That Bungie, creators of the Halo and Destiny video game series, kept a decapitated dog's head in a jar preserved in formaldehyde in the 90s to somewhere in the 2000s. The dog, Ling Ling, was referenced in a few of the Halo games.
/r/todayilearnedTIL That DMX did a rendition of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
/r/todayilearnedToday I learned that the US has the top 2 size airforce in the world. 1st is the US Airforce, the 2nd is the US Navy/Marines.
/r/todayilearnedTIL the reason people didn't smile on old photos was because they had to hold their pose until the exposure was complete (after multiple seconds)
/r/todayilearnedTIL there is a house in which the border of Netherlands and Belgium passes through the front door so it is considered to be in both countries simultaneously
/r/todayilearnedTIL about multiphonics, the ability to play multiple tones at once on traditionally single-toned instruments by subtly changing one's embouchure.
/r/todayilearnedTIL the inventor of the bullet-proof vest shot himself in the chest wearing one to prove it worked. It did.
/r/todayilearnedTIL The Star Wars (1977) attack run scene was heavily influenced by the Dam Busters (1955) bombing run (based on the true story of a low flying bombing run, deep in Axis territory, amidst enemy fire, with a very narrow target window to hit a weak point in enourmous enemy targets. Sound familiar?).
/r/todayilearnedTIL a Spoor Spider pins its prey to the hot sand, burning it alive before devouring it
/r/todayilearnedTIL that while investigating a suspected serial killer, an FBI agent accidentally pocket dialed him, and he overheard them discussing their plans to apprehend him. That man is still on the loose today.
/r/todayilearnedTIL A collection of songs are referred to as an "album" because in the 78 rpm days, each record only held one or two songs, so an "album" would contain multiple records in a "book" or "album" of multiple discs.
/r/todayilearnedTIL Alanis Morrisette released two dance pop albums in Canada before jagged little pill. This music video features Matt LeBlanc!!
/r/todayilearnedTIL Hershey’s Kisses chocolates were individually hand wrapped until 1921
/r/todayilearnedTIL of the unwritten rule of baseball in which if a fan catches a ball in thier beer they are encouraged to drink the entire cup with the ball still in it.
/r/todayilearnedTIL: Yung Kai Chi aka Yuen Wah - the landlord in Kung Fu Hustle was the only stunt man for Bruce Lee's films Fist of Fury and Enter the Dragon. Also Jackie Chan stated that Yuen Wah's martial arts ability was well respected among his fellow students.
/r/todayilearnedTIL about Jack Murphy, a legendary surfer in the 1960s who pulled off the biggest jewel heist in American history
/r/todayilearned[TIL] During WW2, a minature railway not only had its own armored train, but is credited with downing several German aircraft.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that there is a whole group of scientists and medical practitioners dedicated to studying farts, in a field called Flatology.
/r/todayilearnedTIL Polar bears have an arsenal of strategies for hunting, each hunt brings a new challenge and each challenge is solved with a strategy.