20 Facts Shared By The TIL Online Group That Might Teach You Something New Today (New Facts)
In the vast world of the internet, we are surrounded by lots of different types of information. From random life hacks to details about other people’s lives, we scroll through so many things on our social media feeds daily.
And sometimes, our curiosity leads us to online pages like Today I Learned. This popular subreddit is a great platform for learning new things and has become a hub for knowledge-seekers. Scroll below to see some of their interesting posts. And if you want more, check out previous posts here, here, and here.
More info: Reddit
TIL that breast cancer used to be known as “Nun’s disease” due to the higher prevalence amongst nuns, who were at increased risk due to their celibate lifestyle. An association between reproductive history and cancer risk wasn’t proven for about 250 years after it was associated with nuns.
TIL Pope John Paul II forgave his attempted assassin Mehmet Ali Ağca who shot him four times in 1981. At the Pope’s request, the Italian President pardoned Ağca of the crime and he was deported back to Turkey. Ağca requested to meet Pope Francis in 2014 but Francis chose to decline.
TIL Norway sends The UK a christmas tree every year to thank UK for saving Norway in WW2
TIL that Supai, AZ is the most remote community in the contiguous US. It is 8 miles from the nearest road and is only accessible by foot, mule, or helicopter. It is the only place in the United States where mail is still carried in and out by mules.
TIL there’s an unexplained global effect called “The Hum” only heard by about 2-4% of the world’s population. The phenomenon was recorded as early as the 1970s, and its possible causes range from industrial environments, to neurological reasons, to tinnitus, to fish.
TIL that the disability with the highest unemployment rate is actually schizophrenia, at 70-90%
TIL in the early 90s LL Cool J shared with his grandma that he couldn’t survive as a rapper now that gangsta rap was popular. His grandma responded, “Oh baby, just knock them out!” which inspired him to write ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’ a grammy award winning certified platnum single.
TIL that the Magic Eraser has no chemical solvents in it. Instead it is a special foam with super sharp microscopic edges that basically scrapes off dirt.
TIL Flowers exposed to the playback sound of a flying bee produce sweeter nectar within 3 minutes, with sugar concentration averaging 20% higher.
TIL The founder of Sony hired an outspoken critic of their products so they could make better products. 20 years later, he became the president of Sony.
TIL Certain types of fly larvae are ideal for treating gangrene because they feed on dead and infected tissue but leave healthy tissue alone. However, because of the nature of this type of treatment, many people are reluctant to try it.
TIL Queen Sophie of the Netherlands’ marriage with King William was so turbulent that when she died, she was buried in her wedding dress because she viewed her life ended on the day she got married.
TIL that in 1845 79 people died in a bridge collapse that happened because a large crowd had gathered to watch a clown in a bathtub be pulled up a river by four geese.
TIL Ladybugs are extremely promiscuous, and as a result have rampant STD’S
TIL that consumption of the Australian aquatic fern called Nardoo can cause you to starve if improperly prepared. The plant contains vast quantities of an enzyme that obliterates thiamine (vitamin B1), making your body unable to unlock energy from food, even if eating a full nutritious diet.
TIL in 1982, Byron Peiss wrote a book called the Secret. In it, there are clues to 12 treasure boxes hidden in various places all around the US and Canada. As of 2022, only 3 of the 12 boxes have ever been found. If a box is discovered, you can exchange it for bragging rights and a precious gem
TIL A 2017 study found that the introduction of iodized salt in 1924 raised the IQ for the one-quarter of the population most deficient in iodine.
TIL it took around 3 billion years for the very first single-celled organisms to eventually evolve into basic animal life forms. For comparison, dinosaurs were around for about 165 million years, modern humans have been around for 300,000 years.
TIL Lucky Charms were invented by a General Mills employee who chopped Circus Peanut candies into a bowl of Cheerios.
TIL In the 1990s Marvel released their financial reports in comic book form. The comics featured characters like Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk discussing revenue sources and future business plans.