TIL of Adam Clayton, a guy in his 20's who fought for right to die legislation bill C14 in Canada, while dealing with incurable chronic nerve pain. He committed suicide in late 2016.
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TIL Betelgeuse has a radius of approximately 887 Suns, but its mass is only 11 Suns. And if you swapped out the sun and replaced it with Betelgeuse, the red star would swallow Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and the asteroid belt.
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TIL about the Banach–Tarski Paradox where mathematically it is possible to split an object in to multiple parts and recombine them into two exact copies of the original without adding new material.
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TIL that Orlando Bloom and Peter Jackson have both seen "taking the hobbits to isengard"
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TIL astronaut Chris Hadfield placed Space Oddity in space
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TIL that on March 29, 2018, Canadian accountant Scott Foster played 14 minutes in an NHL game, had 7/7 saves, and is one of 18 goalies in the NHL to have a perfect 1.0 save rate. He got to keep the team jersey he wore in the game but recieved no other compensation for his work.
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TIL - Tony Hawk Performed 50 Tricks in Celebration of Turning 50. The 50 tricks were among the 100+ tricks that he created since he started skating in '77.
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TIL, "Friends" deleted a scene about joking with bombs at an airport, that was supposed to air two weeks after 9/11.
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TIL Mount Rushmore because it’s carved in solid granite and within a stable ecological place may last 100,000-200,000 years after the last human on earth (Brin, 2015, 1:22).
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TIL that there is a practice in China for reusing fatbergs from the sewers as cooking oil.
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TIL The thresher shark uses its tail as a whip to stun its prey
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TIL Sperm whales are the loudest animals on earth. At 236 decibels, their click sounds can literally vibrate a human body to death. But when research divers approach them, the whales welcome them into their pod; while modulating their clicks so the divers aren't hurt.
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TIL that scientists have developed measurement formulas so precise that the distance between the Earth and Moon can be calculated with a margin of error smaller than the distance of a red blood cell.
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TIL Alec Douglas-Home (UK Prime Minister 63-64), Once talked himself out of being kidnapped by telling the kidnappers, he'll win the next election if they do.
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TIL Chris Hemsworth's first job was cleaning human breast pump rentals
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TIL The last of the Taron people which stood 4 foot 3 on average and were known as real life dwarfs was documented in this video
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TIL Peter Kürten a sadistic serial killer from the 1920's would find a sexual gratification in his own execution and said that his death would be "The pleasure to end all pleasures". He is classed as one of the most sadistic killers to ever live.
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TIL a lord mayor of London had a glass box built so that he would not catch the plague.
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TIL about the shortest race in history of F1 championships - 1991 Australian Grand Prix. Due to torrential rain almost all cars crashed/stopped and the ones still intact were struggling to maintain control. They had to stop the race 24 minutes from the start. Ayrton Senna won.
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TIL The ancient Greeks had their own style of MMA called Pankration which was a main event in the Olympics and was said to be created by the demigod Hercules.
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TIL Paul Bettany proposed to Jennifer Connelly without even dating and she said yes.
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TIL that we can (loosely) link back binary code to approx 4,500 years ago, in a multiplication system used by the Egyptians.
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TIL of the ARP 2600 Synth used to make some of the greatest sounds of the 70s. Edgar Winter, The Who and Star Wars
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TIL that a janitor at Boston University for 15 years had all his 5 kids go the University, tuition free. Thanks the schools policy that if you work there your kids can go there for free.
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TIL Big Pimpin' was sampled from a 1950s Egyptian song
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TIL Brian Blessed (voice of Clayton) did the iconic yell for Disney's Tarzan (1999)
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TIL Kansas City, Missouri was founded in 1853, and twenty years later, Kansas City, Kansas copied the name. What both have in common is the barbecue
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TIL The 2018 eruption of Kīlauea in Hawaii increased the Calderas size by nearly 2x.
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TIL in 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' the camera is animated at 24 fps but all characters except for the Spider-Men are animated at 12 fps. Miles Morales starts at 12 fps but becomes 24 fps throughout the movie as he learns to become Spider-Man
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TIL CBS recorded World Airlines' last flight to evacuate Women & Children as DaNang fell. Chaos erupted as 1000s swarmed the airfield to escape. They flew with an exposed rear stairway where 8 held on for life. 7 fell off. Almost 300 made it onboard, but the crew counted only 8 Women & Children.
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