TIL a catholic priest (using Einstein’s general relativity) was first to theorize Big Bang. George LeMaitre
/r/todayilearnedTIL that there is such a thing as sun sneezers, who sneeze when entering or look at bright sun light
/r/todayilearnedTIL that they sink ships to make new reefs. This is St. Lucie County Florida sinking a ship to become an artificial reef
/r/todayilearnedTIL birds "mob" bigger birds to annoy them into leaving the area
/r/todayilearnedTIL that the "Wilhelm Scream” soundbite originating in the 1951 Gary Cooper movie “Distant Drums” has been repeatedly used in numerous movies, cartoons & TV programmes over the the last 68yrs, inc. Star Wars, Family Guy, Indiana Jones, Titanic & Reservoir Dogs.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that Birmingham, UK has more miles of canals than Venice or Amsterdam
/r/todayilearnedTIL that before the modernization of laundry detergents, one of the bleaching chemicals used was urine, which would be left out to ferment into ammonia
/r/todayilearnedTIL that the world's largest robot is a 2.4km long train owned by Rio Tinto in the pilbara, Western australia.
/r/todayilearnedTIL With one working arm, numerous facial wounds, and 8 of his crew dead or critically wounded, B-17 Pilot Lt. William R Lawley managed to fly his crippled plane one-handed all the way back to England, where he made a miraculous landing that saved the lives of all surviving crew members
/r/todayilearnedTIL There is a California man who has eaten at over 7000 Chinese restaurants and he has them all methodically logged in an Excel spreadsheet
/r/todayilearnedTIL that blue jays eat paint off houses as a source of calcium
/r/todayilearnedTIL That by 2050 most of the reef on earth will be dead causing the world to change completely.
/r/todayilearnedTIL, In 1983, a trial was held at San Francisco city hall to determine if fortune cookies were invented by a San Francisco Resident or a Los Angeles resident
/r/todayilearnedTIL - The growth pattern of the universe is coincidentally similar to the growth pattern rate of a human being.
/r/todayilearnedTIL there's a fish called a "Pearl fish" that hides in sea cucumbers anuses, to hide form predators.
/r/todayilearnedTIL vampire bats can actually run, unlike other species of bats.
/r/todayilearnedTIL in 1981 comedian Andy Kaufman goaded his way into professional wrestling offering $500 to any woman who could pin him at one of his shows, declaring himself the Intergender World Champion, setting up a rivalry and several matches with pro Andy Lawler.
/r/todayilearnedTIL In 2010, Chris Pratt shot a behind the scenes video for Parks and Recreation, joking that Steven Spielberg was texting him to star in Jurrasic Park 4. Five years later he starred in Jurrasic World.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that Russian scientists domesticated foxes over 60 years of selective breeding. The foxes who were most docile were the only ones allowed to breed during the experiment.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that South Korea planted over 350 million trees in a massive reforestation program starting at the end of World War Two.
/r/todayilearnedTIL The members of Pink Floyd made no money on 'The Wall' tour because the production cost was so expensive. Except for Richard Wright. Who was fired from the band during the recording of The Wall and then was hired to play keyboards on the tour. Thus paid as a hired musician.
/r/todayilearnedTIL That Jeremy Clarkson was able to say goodbye to his father due to the ability of the Porsche 928 to sit at 170mph for extended periods of time.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that the band Styx, on their 1983 album Kilroy Was Here, trolled the US Government with their "backmasking". As rock bands were being accused of hiding satanic messages, Styx actually hid Latin phrasing from the Great Seal of the United States.
/r/todayilearnedTIL to accommodate the blind elevators use an auditory sound when opening to signal the direction of travel. One beep for up and two for down.
/r/todayilearnedTIL Ocean Ramsy marine biologist swims with great white sharks to prove they aren't as dangerous as people falsely believe
/r/todayilearnedTIL John Tesh had no way to record his famous NBA theme "Roundball Rock" when he first thought of it in a European hotel, so he called his home answering machine and left a voicemail of him singing the melody.
/r/todayilearnedTIL a woman named Patricia found out that her half-sister was Oprah Winfrey in 2010 by finding out her real mother's name and the same day seeing her in a news story connected to Oprah
/r/todayilearnedTIL The U.K. Is Partially Ruled By The Church Of England, With 26 Seats In The House Of Lords Reserved For Bishops
/r/todayilearnedTIL a blacksmith can use his hammer and anvil to light his forge.