TIL that Along a lonely stretch of highway in Awa-shi, Japan, a rare vending machine sells homemade meals of fresh curry over rice. The vending machine owner, Tadashi Yoshimoto, grows the rice in every meal just down the road on his own farm!
/r/todayilearnedToday I learned that old cartoons were actually filmed with an actual camera, not just drawn, even the drawings were shot with a camera after it was created.
/r/todayilearnedTIL - According to international Laws of War established by The Geneva Conventions, if one side does not have enough medical personnel, it has a right to take hostage medical personnel from the other side in order to treat wounded combatants.
/r/todayilearnedTIL CBS created a show called Kid Nation (2007), where 40 kids ages 8-15 spent 40 days without direct adult supervision in a ghost town where they had to create a sustainable community
/r/todayilearnedTIL Grapes in a microwave create plasma because the wave lengths are the same size as the grapes
/r/todayilearnedTIL that the BBC quiz show Only Connect originally used Greek letters to represent questions. After recieving complaints from viewers that the Ggreek letters were too pretentious, the show switched to Egyptian hieroglyphs instead.
/r/todayilearnedTIL Border Collies are so smart that they can herd sheep with such precision as to be able to make art with them.
/r/todayilearnedTIL about an indigenous kids spinning top street game in Lombok, Indonesia, called Mantek. Each region of Indonesia has its own name and rules. The kids make the tops themselves from Tamarind trees. It's played here in North Lombok by survivors of last years devastating earthquakes
/r/todayilearnedTIL that Cymru the Welsh name for Wales means friends or companions, but the English name Wales derives from the germanic word walh which means stranger or foreigner.
/r/todayilearnedTIL commercial tea manufacturing was stolen from China in 1848 by British East India Company. They sent a Scottish botanist Robert Fortune, disguised as a merchant, to China. He brought back tea seeds, tea leaves, details of manufacturing green, and black teas and 80 Chinese tea workers!
/r/todayilearnedTIL that there is a 10lb 2 ft giant Black Sea slug called the Black Sea hare. It’s tentacles resemble rabbits ears.
/r/todayilearnedTIL learned about Pink Floyd's lost album 'Household Object's'. There are only two known tracks (linked below). The album was created after Dark Side of the Moon. When asked about it, the band can be quoted in saying the album was too weird even for them.
/r/todayilearnedTIL a New York taxi driver once hit 240 consecutive green lights in a single drive around the city
/r/todayilearnedTIL that Dungeons and Dragons was once linked to satanism and murder because of sensationalized media.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that Mark David Chapman planned on Killing David Bowie if "for some reason" he couldn't kill Lennon which he did on 12/8. On 12/9 Bowie performed @ the opening night of 'The Elephant Man' and the only open seats in the theater were for Lennon, Yoko Ono and Mark David Chapman.
/r/todayilearnedTIL The RMS Titanic's Distress Calls and Conversation With Other Ships During the Sinking Is Available to Read
/r/todayilearnedTIL The ancestors of modern, squishy cephalopods like the octopus and the squid all had shells. In ancient times, their shell was their greatest asset but it eventually proved to be their biggest weakness.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that famous Adult star Ron Jeremy once released a rap single called "Freak of the Week", featuring cameos from Dr. Dre and many other celebrities, peaking at #95 on the Billboard Hot 100.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that in a customary exchange of gifts, Justice Kennedy gave the communist Chinese Vice Premier a Supreme Court facts calendar. He then had the interpreter read the fact listed on the VP's birthday: "April 17, Supreme Court decides US v. Dennis, affirming prison terms for five communist leaders."
/r/todayilearnedTIL about Bob Knodel, a prominent flat-Earther who accidentally demonstrated the rotation of the Earth (excerpts from the documentary Behind the Curve)
/r/todayilearnedTIL That "My Name Is" by Eminem uses as sample from a 1975 song called "I got the..." by Labi Siffre.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that 85% of the languages of the world do not have a writing system.
/r/todayilearnedTIL Rick‘s main catchphrase from Rick & Morty was inspired by Curly from the The Three Stooges. It was originally written into the script as Curly’s catchphrase, “Wub wub wub wub wub”, but Justin Roiland erroneously read the text aloud as “Wubba Lubba Dub Dub”. They loved the change, so they kept it
/r/todayilearnedTIL The Iron Throne in the Game of Thrones TV Show is Vastly Different from the Book Version. It's uglier, larger, and sharper, making it very dangerous to sit on.
/r/todayilearnedToday I learned soccer legend Rondaldinho first got noticed at age 13 after a 23-0 win in which he scored all 23 goals.
/r/todayilearnedToday I learned that snail secretion is commonly used in beauty products. The process of harvesting the slime traditionally harmed the snails but Simone Sampò has developed a method of collecting the secretions by a process of 'pleasuring' the snails.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that a chicken egg can develop outside of its shell
/r/todayilearnedTIL Late actor and comedian Charles Nelson Reilly survived the 1944 Hartford Circus Fire, which claimed the lives of 167 and injured 700+ at a Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey performance
/r/todayilearnedTIL that during the Apollo 15 mission, astronaut David Scott carried out a version of the classic Galileo's hypothesis by dropping a feather and a steel hammer at the same time on the surface of the moon. The objects took the same amount of time falling and there by proving the hypothesis.