TIL 50% of Panda births result in twins, but Panda moms almost always abandon one. Therefore, Zookeepers have to switch the cubs every few hours to trick the mom in to caring for both.
/r/todayilearnedTIL: The actor that played Chris R in The Room was on the Armenian Bobsled team in the 2002 Winter Olympics and appeared on an episode of Wheel of Fortune.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that San José, Costa Rica, was the third capital city in the world (after New York and Paris) to have electricity, and the first capital city in Latin America.
/r/todayilearnedTIL WWII Marine Hershel "Woody" Williams earned the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Iwo Jima, by using a flamethrower to clear out the reinforced pill boxes.
/r/todayilearnedTIL the first ever computer generated sequence in a feature film was made by Loren Carpenter inspired by a book written by Mandelbrot he found in a bookstore
/r/todayilearnedTIL the Satanic-sounding backmasked vocal at the end of the Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy credits theme is the show's creator, Maxwell Atoms, saying "No no, this is the end of the show, you're watching it backward!"
/r/todayilearnedTIL that before a star dies it gets a new lease of life, and during this process the aging star creates heavier elements until the point that it dies. Gold is literally the deathly remains of long dead star that landed here on Earth.
/r/todayilearnedTIL Ricky Gervais was part of a New Wave band in the 80s. They had one hit song — in the Philippines.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that in 1943 Salvador Dalí and Walt Disney worked on a film that was cut short due to WWII. In 2003 it was recovered and released as a short film named, “Destino”.
/r/todayilearnedTIL some roller coasters have sand filled Track to limit noise.
/r/todayilearnedTIL of Reggie Ho, who at 5'5" and 135 pounds, made the Notre Dame football team as a walk on kicker, kicked 4/4 field goals against #7 Michigan, then went straight to the library to study medicine after the game.
/r/todayilearnedTIL in college in the mid-80s, David Schwimmer was in an improv group with Stephen Colbert
/r/todayilearned[TIL] that in 1943 the Nazis released a version of the movie Titanic, that while regarded as propaganda, still has an accurate representation of the sinking's timeline, and the key figures in the sinking.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that there is a Paralympic sport called wheelchair rugby, commonly referred to as “Murderball”. The sport is a combination of rules from wheelchair basketball, ice hockey, handball, and rugby. Yes, you can knock other people out of their chairs...
/r/todayilearnedTIL The original arcade game Dragon's Lair took less than 12 minutes to complete.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that in 2013, IBM released the world's smallest stop-motion film, made by rearranging individual atoms frame-by-frame.
/r/todayilearnedTIL about "Sonoluminescence", Sound into Light. It is a phenomenon that occurs when bubbles trapped in a liquid grow and then contract at incredibly high speeds when blasted with acoustic sound waves, this results in small burts of of an intensely hot light, and thus light is created from sound.
/r/todayilearnedTIL The songwriter of the 'Catchy Song' from LEGO movie 2 is the same as 'Show Me Your Genitals'
/r/todayilearnedTIL Leslie David Baker, aka Stanley Hudson from The Office, released an EDM song and accompanying music video in 2014 featuring Leslie sporting a bath robe dancing with bikini-clad ladies. His refrigerator also gives him a hand job at one point.
/r/todayilearnedTIL In 1996 Metallica was told by MTV that they couldn't use profanity or pyro during the MTV Music Awards. So instead of playing what they were told to, they played Last Caress by The Misfits and Metallica was banned from MTV Europe.
/r/todayilearnedTIL due to a complicated agreement between 6 religious denominations over ownership of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, nobody is allowed to remove a ladder which has been perched against a wall since at least 1728.
/r/todayilearnedTIL aluminum was the most valuable metal on Earth until the 20th century. When Napoleon the third entertained guests, his guests would use a gold spoon and he would use an aluminum spoon.
/r/todayilearnedTIL guitar can be played with one hand by using only 'hammer-ons' and 'pull-offs'. Here is a video of Trace 'The Acoustic Ninja' Bundy performing his own song, 'Dueling Ninjas', in which he uses his left hand to play the melody and his right hand to play the bass notes.
/r/todayilearnedTIL: The Sea Spider isn’t actually a spider but its genitals are on its legs, which is nice.
/r/todayilearnedTIL That despite modern-day hookup apps and a more tolerant sex culture, less people are actually having sex compared to previous generations.
/r/todayilearnedTIL Pam Ferris really did swing Jacqueline Steiger by the pigtails in Matilda
/r/todayilearnedTIL the original Playstation startup sound is actually just 3 short and simple audio samples contained in the BIOS, played at different speeds and overlapped.
/r/todayilearnedTIL The music video for the song "Star Guitar" by The Chemical Brothers is a visual representation of the song, with buildings and structures representing drum hits and notes.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that Geddy Lee’s (lead singer and bassist for Rush) parents met in a Nazi work camp, were both sent to Auschwitz. His fater was then sent to Dachau and his mother went to Bergen-Belsen. Both were liberated and eventually reunited.
/r/todayilearnedTIL it is easy to build a particle physics detector with just a fish tank, alcohol, paper and a hot water bottle. It will show cosmic rays that come from beyond our galaxy.