TIL one American Chef, Cecilia Chang, is credited for bringing over northern Chinese food to San Francisco in 1960. She introduced Hunan, Scheswean, and other northern styles. Potstickers, peking duck, lettuce wraps, and many more.
/r/todayilearnedTIL the Prince of Venice runs a food truck in LA
/r/todayilearnedTIL that there was a serial slasher in London called the London monster. He affixed sharp blades to his knees then would stab women in the butt by kneeing them. He would also put knives in flower bouquets then trick women into smelling it before stabbing them in the face.
/r/todayilearnedTIL traditional hedgerows are made by cutting trees MOSTLY through, then letting them regrow horizontally.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that Pelicans eat other birds and then throw them up ‘alive and half digested’ to feed their offspring
/r/todayilearnedTIL that there exits a subgenre of rock called 'wizard rock', which is themed around the Harry Potter franchise. The lyrics are about events in the Harry Potter books, and the musicians usually perform in Harry Potter -themed costumes in Harry Potter fan events.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that's The Smiths' Johnny Marr playing guitar on Hans Zimmer's "Time" from Inception
/r/todayilearnedTIL in 1994 Lisa Loeb was the first artist to have a number one Billboard hit without being signed to a major record label— something doable in the age of the internet and self-distributed music, but unheard of in an era when record labels controlled the industry. That song was “Stay (I Missed You)”
/r/todayilearnedTIL that the FAA has its own theme song, unlike any other US government agency.
/r/todayilearnedTIL Director Steven Lisberger's inspiration for the title of 1982's Tron came from the word "electronic". He has since stated in interviews that he had no knowledge at the time about TRON also being a debugging command ("TRace ON") in the dialect of BASIC.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that embalming is entirely optional, and unembalmed remains do not pose a health risk. Embalming chemicals may pose more of a risk, and there is also a “water cremation” (aquamation) that uses way less energy than traditional cremation.
/r/todayilearnedTIL the iconic "What are you waiting for!" scene from I Know What You Did Last Summer was directed by a kid who won a contest to direct part of the movie
/r/todayilearnedTIL Elijah Wood was one of the kids in the Wild Gunman scene in Back to the Future 2
/r/todayilearnedTIL about Guy Goma, who was going to BBC for a job interview as an accountant, but got mixed up with a expert named Guy Kewney, and had to do a live interview about a field he had no expertise knowledge of.
/r/todayilearnedTIL Daffy Duck, Squidward, Perry the platypus from Phineas and Ferb, Klaus from American Dad and a TON of other voices were all voiced by the same guy - Dee Bradley Baker.
/r/todayilearnedTIL, the Amen Break, a 6 second drum break beat, from a 1969 B-Side is probably one of the most sampled snippets of music ever, being quite popular in Hip Hop and Jungle
/r/todayilearnedTIL The Grateful Dead played at student occupied Columbia University in 1968
/r/todayilearnedTIL that the first eleveator shaft was built four years before the first safety elevator was invented
/r/todayilearnedTIL in 1944, they were demolishing a block of warehouses in London and they found a 13th century palace that had gone unnoticed between them for hundreds of years
/r/todayilearnedTIL the Batmobile from the Nolan films is several fully drivable custom vehicles capable of reaching over 90mph (145kph) and actually performed every stunt seen in the films, including the rooftop jump between two buildings.
/r/todayilearnedTIL: Contrary to popular beliefs, more Men died in Napoleon’s summer campaign (disease, heat) than in the winter retreat of 1812
/r/todayilearnedTIL that divorce laws already existed almost 4,000 years ago. Law 142 of the Code of Hammurabi (ancient Babylon) states that if a wife could demonstrate that her husband neglected her while she had no guilt, she had the right to take her dowry back and regress to her father’s home.
/r/todayilearnedTIL Australia is actually the third country with the most venomous species after Mexico and Brazil
/r/todayilearnedTIL that orchestral standard tuning was included in the Treaty of Versailles
/r/todayilearnedTIL that the Coconut Crab is a giant, 1 meter wide hermit crab capable of climbing trees and eating birds
/r/todayilearnedTIL a man actually managed to teach martial arts to a chimpanzee, and even said that the chimp was the fastest learner he’d ever taught
/r/todayilearnedTIL that hermit crabs form “vacancy chains” when they find a shell that’s too big. They form a line from largest to smallest and exchange shells down the line.
/r/todayilearnedTIL of the giant ichneumon wasp, whose females have an ovipositor up to 5 inches long that they use to delve into trees and inject venom and deposit eggs into horntail larvae hiding inside the trees. The resulting wasp larvae then eat the now-paralyzed horntail larvae.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that NYC's water supply is fed by a 92 miles aqueduct. The aqueduct uses Roman principles and uses gravity to bring water from upstate. Construction only took 9 years