TIL in Office Space, Lumberg was supposedly dead after the building burned down
/r/todayilearnedTil White Town's 1997 hit 'Your Woman' was a direct sample of Al Bowlley's 1932 non-hit 'My Woman'. The main riff is absolutely identical, but the lyrics were 'reversed' to be from a female POV even though Jyoti Prakash Mishr is a one man band, making it one of the few 'gender bending' hit singles
/r/todayilearnedTIL that when sound was first introduced to filmmaking (around 1927), musical scores were recorded by having musicians play their instruments next to the camera as the scene was filmed
/r/todayilearnedTIL that a number of car manufacturers install speakers in their cars that imitate the sound of more powerful engines to create the illusion of the same
/r/todayilearnedTIL In 1700s and 1800s when medical science was flourishing in Britain, demand for cadavers was so high that some people started making money by digging up recents graves and selling fresh corpses in the black market
/r/todayilearnedTIL that the New Jersey Turnpike used to employ attractive women to aid travelers which they called "Pikettes".
/r/todayilearnedTIL that GM built and tested a Coal Powered Car in response to the oil crisis in the late 70s early 80s
/r/todayilearnedTIL pigeons don’t bob their head when they walk. They move the head forward and keep it still until the body catches up.
/r/todayilearnedTIL Tom Dickson, the "Will it Blend?" guy, had his blender jar design ripped off by Vita-Mix. He took them to Federal court, won, and was eventually awarded $24M
/r/todayilearnedTIL The Indian state of Sikkim is World’s First 100% Organic State. In 2018, Sikkim won the “Oscar for best policies", conferred by Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO) for World’s Best Policies Promoting Agroecological & Sustainable Food Systems, beating 51 nominees from 25 countries.
/r/todayilearnedTIL Electronic music producer Aphex Twin was once hired to make music for an advert. The company kept sending the tape back to the record label, thinking there was an error with the tape. It wasn't until the 4th time, they realised that was what it was supposed to sound like.
/r/todayilearnedTIL "It's My Life" by No Doubt is actually a cover. The original song was by 1980s band Talk Talk.
/r/todayilearnedTIL the Swedes have a code of conduct called "Law of Jante" that prevents them from bragging about their achievements
/r/todayilearnedToday I learned Tom Cruise hung outside of an airplane 8 times for Mission Impossible
/r/todayilearnedTIL Shaquille O'Neal has a role as an extra in the music video of "Vanilla Twilight" by Owl City
/r/todayilearnedTIL if you put your head under water in Kerosene Creek , a hot spring in New Zealand, its possible for amoebas in the water to get into your nose. They then pass through your nerves into your brain. Once they are in your brain they eat your neurons and you eventually die. Death is almost guaranteed.
/r/todayilearnedTIL COPS was created in 1989 after the 1988 Writers Guild of America strike negatively impacted the entertainment industry and FOX needed a new material that wouldn't require union writers
/r/todayilearnedTIL that 2 artists and a composer created a 22 minute song with elements that were polled as the “most annoying” sounds, which included cowboy music, bagpipes and a rapping soprano
/r/todayilearnedTIL that “Strawberry Fields Forever” was spliced together from two different takes recorded on different days at different speeds. Engineers slowed down the second take so that it matched the first. The spice occurs between “cause I’m” and “going to.”
/r/todayilearnedTIL that Winnebago made a Flying Motorhome helicopter in the 1970's. They only made 8 of them, and they are all gone now.
/r/todayilearnedTIL: Out of respect for David Letterman, Conan O'Brien urges his audience to switch the channel and watch the final Late Show with David Letterman instead.
/r/todayilearnedTIL James Baldwin, Marlon Brando, Harry Belafonte, Charleton Heston, and Sidney Poitier all attended the March on Washington (August 28, 1963). Later that same day, they met for televised panel discussion of their views on the gathering.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that Iron Man 3 had extra footage included for viewers in China, but was not included in the Western release.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that the reason why in 1916 Georgia Tech def. Cumberland College 222-0 in football, was because Cumberland College hired ineligible players (such as minor league players) to beat Georgia Tech 22-0 in baseball earlier that year.
/r/todayilearnedTIL Tibetan monks practice a sacred art form called 'sand mandala', where monks spend DAYS laying down colored sand in intricate patterns, only to ceremoniously destroy it
/r/todayilearnedTIL of Earth's rarest element, Astatine, which exists in quanities of 1g or less at any given time naturally, and decays within seconds to hours
/r/todayilearnedTIL Pulp's Jarvis Cocker tried to impress a girl by hanging by his fingertips from the windowsill of her 3rd storey flat. Unable to pull himself up, he fell, resulting in 6 weeks in hospital. He credits this incident with bringing his lyrics 'down to earth'.
/r/todayilearnedTIL: The English Moors used to be a Temperate Rainforest, now a barren and desolate "wet desert" due to deforestation & fires caused by humans thousands of years ago
/r/todayilearnedTIL that women are drenched in ice cold water and later spanked by men in Slovakia on each Easter Monday. It's called an old tradition that's still practiced today.
/r/todayilearnedTIL Union soldiers sang a modified version of "Dixie" with the lyrics changed to be biting and irritating to Confederates.