TIL of Polyglu, which is a powder that sticks to dirt in water and makes it sink to the bottom. This is being used to separate dirt from water in developing nations where clean water is hard to come by.
/r/todayilearnedTIL there's a Texas dialect of German
/r/todayilearnedTIL that the town of Baarle straddles an international border, with half of it belonging to the Dutch (Baarle-Nassau) and the other half to the Belgians (Baarle-Hertog). With dozens of border crossings throughout town, many houses, shops and even roads are split in two.
/r/todayilearnedTIL loofah sponges come from a gourd and not the ocean.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that FDR made an agreement with the press that they wouldn't take photos of him walking, or getting in and out of cars, so as to avoid publicising his disability due to polio.
/r/todayilearnedTIL - The singer in the dance scene of Better off Dead is E. G. Daily, better known for voicing Tommy Pickles in the Nickelodeon series Rugrats.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that there is a single called "Africa For Norway," satirizing the Band Aid charity singles by encouraging Africans to donate their heaters to the unfortunate, freezing people of Norway
/r/todayilearnedTIL Portions of the video for Limp Bizkit's "Rollin" was filmed atop the World Trade Center's South tower not long before its destruction. The day before the towers fell, the band received a thank-you letter from the World Trade Center for featuring the building in their video.
/r/todayilearnedTIL Square wave patterns exist and are very dangerous
/r/todayilearnedTIL about a technology that takes carbon from the atmosphere and combines it with hydrogen (and water) to create a fuel that is chemically the same as gasoline. It can be used in all gas, jet fuel, and diesel engines.
/r/todayilearnedTIL: There are tribes of people in Mongolia that train eagles to hunt their prey with them
/r/todayilearnedTIL That cancer, at its core, is a highly developed and highly successful form of cellular survival at the expense of its host. (4:23)
/r/todayilearnedTIL Rolling Stones Paint it Black was originally a Turkish song, from a famous Turkish singer back then doing what’s classified as Anatolian rock.
/r/todayilearnedTIL at the Berlin Olympic ceremony in 1936, 25.000 pigeons were released followed by canon fire. Which in the literal sense scared the crap out of them as they began to defecate on the crowd and athlete's.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that cuttlefish use the pigments in their flesh to hypnotize larger crabs who could otherwise fight them off
/r/todayilearnedTIL one armed drummer Rick Allen's (Def Leopard) arm was severed by a seat belt and he was thrown through a sun roof 100 meters
/r/todayilearnedTIL Narwhals use their tusk to beat fish over the head like a pimp cane
/r/todayilearnedTIL the 2008 Video Game Awards opened with Jack Black having sex with an Xbox
/r/todayilearnedTIL when returning home to Australia, Hugh Jackman has been known to notify the paparazzi as to his whereabouts so they can get the photos they want and leave him alone the remainder of his stay.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that there is a frog that sounds like a motorbike changing gears, and it has been aptly named the "Motorbike Frog".
/r/todayilearnedTIL Janis Joplin not only made a guest appearance on Tom Jones' TV show but sang with Tom and had a great time.
/r/todayilearnedTIL Jada Smith (Will Smith’s wife) has been the lead singer of a Metal Band since 2003
/r/todayilearnedTIL about "Underwater Rugby", an underwater contact sport where 2 teams of 6 freedive down to the bottom of a pool and score goals.
/r/todayilearnedTIL a nuclear bomb's flash is so bright, even when your hands are covering your eyes, the light will shine through your hands with Xrays showing your bones
/r/todayilearnedTIL in 2002 a tour guide left his passport at a hotel, causing his tour group to have to book tickets at the back, instead of in first class. This mistake saved the majority of their lives after the plane crashed.
/r/todayilearnedTIL there was a crossover between The Ring and The Grudge. And it has Sadako and Kayako fight over who gets to kill the victims.
/r/todayilearnedTIL The Chinese character for Cancer is based of the word for Rocks, representing a burden carried by ones body
/r/todayilearnedTIL Venus Fly Trap can effectively count the number of times the hairs are triggered, so as not to accidentally shut.
/r/todayilearnedTIL rapper Ice-T was able to convince a record executive to give him a half a million dollar advance without having any music to show.
/r/todayilearnedTIL that the first person to perform "Baby, It's Cold Outside" was Ricardo Montalban (AKA Khaaaaaan!)