TIL that about 90-95% of infants in films are played by twins or triplets, due to child labour laws that restrict how long they can be on set.
/r/todayilearnedTIL the Keeling Curve, used to measure carbon dioxide in the air, has been increasing steadily from values around 317 parts per million (ppm) when Charles D. Keeling began measurements in 1958, to nearly 400 ppm today.
/r/todayilearnedTIL Director Robert Rodriguez based the second Motorball sequence on a NASCAR rally. Instead of aerial and impossible shots, he used the physics of real cameras in placements seen in NASCAR. It includes long lenses capturing things whizzing by, as well as cameras on the track with the players.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that it is possible to walk from Russia to America as an ice bridge forms between two islands, owned by the respective countries, in the winter.
/r/todayilearnedTIL Macy's owners died in the Titanic crash
/r/todayilearnedTIL that Rasputin's remains were cremated to make sure he wasn't a zombie, but only after cutting off his extraordinary large penis and placing it in a museum.
/r/todayilearnedTIL If you are orbiting Earth and throw an object straight down, it won't hit the Earth. It will hit you. In the back of the head.
/r/todayilearnedTIL Painting Restoration contains multiple skills, they remove coatings, remove paint, repair damage, paint, and can UNDO each of their repairs!
/r/todayilearnedTIL Frieza's Voice Actor and Madara's Voice Actor (From Dragon Ball Z and Naruto, respectively) Sung Together In the Japanese Version of my Favorite 2000 Movie, The Road To El Dorado
/r/todayilearnedTIL of Alang, a town in Gujarat, India that is considered the largest ship graveyard in the world. Untrained workers dismantle supertankers, car ferries and container ships by hand with the nearest hospital being 50 kms away
/r/todayilearnedTIL: The great British Comedian Benny Hill died alone in his apartment, surrounded by money and uncashed checks, where he was found after a few days of no contact with his friends and families.
/r/todayilearnedTIL Thousands of cats and dogs were killed during the great plague in 17th century London in an attempt to stop the disease from spreading, only allowing it to spread faster since cats and dogs could have killed the rats actually spreading the disease
/r/todayilearnedTIL the United States is expected to run out of phone numbers by 2048. At that point, this issue will be addressed by either increasing the length of phone numbers, or the length of area codes, or both.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that not only did astronaut Gordon Cooper believe in UFOs, he said he had seen them, seen film of them on the ground and said they were covered up by the U.S. government
/r/todayilearnedTIL about two men, Daniel Pohl and Robert Ospald who escaped Czechoslovakia in the 1980s by zip lining over the Iron Curtain. They created a wooden pulleys and used them to zip line on a power line into Austria.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that the Boeing 737Max was fitted with a larger engine to be more fuel efficient, however the top of the engine would be bit above the wing; the nose would point too far up in full thrust during take off, so a new Software system MCAS was introduced. This seems to cause the 2 disastrous crashes.
/r/todayilearnedTIL Researchers at Yale cooked 4000-year old Babylonian stews from recipes written on ancient clay tablets, including a stew made from onion and leeks, beets, and broth of lamb
/r/todayilearnedTIL since Japanese honeybees don't have big enough stingers to pierce giant hornet exoskeletons, they instead attack by swarming them in "hot bee balls" and cooking them to death. The friction of the buzzing bees can reach 117° F / 47° C at the core of the bee ball.
/r/todayilearnedTIL of John Wildey (77 years) who as a passenger with no flight experience, landed a Cessna, at night when his friend and pilot died of a heart attack.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that locusts are actually grasshoppers. They become locusts after grouping together during extreme drought and releasing chemicals.
/r/todayilearnedTIL - Flamingo parents produce a bright red "milk" in order to feed their babies which end up giving them their pink hue. Due to adults having curved beaks as opposed to the babies straight beak, milk is the only way they can be fed, a method unique to flamingos.
/r/todayilearnedTIL about Sabina and Ursula Eriksson, two otherwise healthy Swedish sisters who are believed to have induced extreme psychosis in each other, causing them both to repeatedly run into traffic in England and leading to the murder of one man.
/r/todayilearnedTIL moose grow new antlers every year !
/r/todayilearnedTIL that rock band Iron Maiden went to a restaurant after a 1984 concert in Poland. The Maidens saw a wedding inside; after a chat, they took the wedding band's instruments and began playing for the night. Guests had no idea until the groom saw that his wedding band transformed into Iron Maiden.
/r/todayilearnedTIL the raccoon dog (a close relative of foxes) is the only canine known to hibernate.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that after winning the 1997 Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film Ving Rhames gave his award to fellow nominee Jack Lemmon.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that Michael Bay considered the space suit design to be the most catastrophic problem during the production of Armageddon.
/r/todayilearnedTIL Teachers at a Florida elementary placed books inside the school vending machine. Students can buy books using tokens earned from doing good deeds or working hard in class
/r/todayilearnedTIL that a ships hull flexes significantly when encountering rough seas. Skip to 01.00 to witness this.
/r/todayilearnedTIL about Wadi-us-Salaam cemetery in Iraq, the largest cemetery in the world and the final resting place of tens of millions of people.