TIL that, while filming "Polar Bear Family and Me", Gordon Buchanan was forced to sit tight whilst a seemingly hungry polar bear tried to get him by clawing, biting and rocking his protective pod
/r/todayilearnedTIL that walruses can whistle
/r/todayilearnedTIL that what we refer to today as "elevator music" is actually the result of a 1940s Stimulus Progression campaign from the Muzak company. Though based on pseudoscience, this campaign brought easy listening music into commercial places to influence moods and encourage consumers to buy more
/r/todayilearnedTIL Before he was famous, Steve Martin was a contestant on The Dating Game.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that chants and choir tracks in the DOOM Eternal video game was a large, varied group of experienced metal singers lead by Mick Gordon
/r/todayilearnedTIL giraffes fight by swinging their necks at each other.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that the band Novo Amor spent over 35 hours of free diving and a real sculpted whale made out of plastic waste for their music video "Birthplace"
/r/todayilearnedTIL that Dave Grohl does not read Music but perceives it through Ear and Intuition. He also perceives the Guitar as a Drum Set.
/r/todayilearnedTIL in 1980s Venice Beach, there was a group called MSA (Mexican Surf/Skate Association) whose purpose is to give kids an alternative to gang membership
/r/todayilearnedTIL C-3PO's actor, Anthony Daniels, flubbed most of his lines on the first day of shooting STAR WARS. After repeatedly messing up, George Lucas came up to Daniels and said, "You can say anything you like. We can fix it later." Daniels then proceeded to speak his next lines in gibberish
/r/todayilearnedTIL That during the cold war Fred Rogers appeared as a guest on a Soviet Television Program called "Good Night Little Ones"
/r/todayilearnedTIL Flashlight fish, casting a vibrant blue glow as they swim, owe their bioluminescence to the bacteria that grow in an organ underneath their eyes. It's a symbiotic relationship that allows the bacteria to obtain extra oxygen needed to survive.
/r/todayilearnedTIL Jim" Corbett fought Peter Courtney in 6 one-minute rounds at Thomas Edison's Black Maria studio. This small piece of Round 1 is all that remains and is the oldest surviving footage of a sport being filmed.also making this the first boxing knockout ever filmed
/r/todayilearnedTIL: Supernova Stars observations have been used to derive a mean rate of supernova per century. The total Galactic Supernova rate is found to be 3 ± 1 per century.
/r/todayilearnedTIL: Giant crabs exist! They are called coconut crabs. True to name they can crack a coconut and eat it, but they also kill and eat birds and other small animals.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that there are active subglacial tidal lakes under the ice in Antarctica.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that in 2014, Afroman made a remix of his 2001 song 'Because I Got High' where he changed the lyrics to reflect the positive aspects of getting high
/r/todayilearnedTIL the movie "Baby Driver" was first imagined when director Edgar Wright heard the song "Bellbottoms" and imagined a getaway driver waiting for his crew to complete a bank heist. He tested the concept while directing the music video for "Blue Song" by Mint Royal in 2003, almost 15 years earlier.
/r/todayilearnedTIL Whole Foods hires its employees by a process known as "Team Member voting" (Where your coworkers in your department will vote on you. A 2/3rd majority of them must vote to keep you on in order for you to stay and become a regular team member).
/r/todayilearnedTIL The Flintstones used to advertise cigarettes
/r/todayilearnedTIL Cash-strapped western hippies who came on buses to Nepal sold their Mercedes buses and those vehicles have been operational for nearly half a century.
/r/todayilearnedTIL In the early comics, Aquaman went to college to learn about fish, where he gives himself the clever alias "Mr. waterman" only to out himself as Aquaman to the swim coach.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that Robert Stack voiced a role in the film Beavis and Butt-Head Do America. He was so concerned that the producers of Unsolved Mysteries would fire him for appearing in the movie that he paid a lawyer $550 to have his name removed from the credits. He only earned $500 for the movie.
/r/todayilearnedTIL Russia has it's own identical remake of Arnold Schwarzenegger's 'Commando' called 'D-Day'.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that the toxin that causes botulism (botulinum) is so potent, a crystal of it the size of a grain of sand is enough to kill up to 9,600 people.
/r/todayilearnedToday I learned about a 93 year old man building a cathedral on his own and has been for 40 years.
/r/todayilearnedTIL - NASA's Mars team used the term milli-pirate-ninjas to indicate watt hours generated per sol, as an homage to Watney's invention in The Martian.
/r/todayilearnedTIL: In the "Greatest Hits" version of the PS1 Spider-Man game, the cheat code menu was removed. This was because developers realized that the cheat to play as Mary Jane would result in the final cutscene featuring a long lesbian kiss between Mary Jane and herself.
/r/todayilearnedTIL Guinness brewery signed a 9000 year lease on their brewery