r/todayilearned 5h ago Helpful Wholesome

TIL of Theodore Hall, among the youngest Manhattan Project scientists. Finished high school at 14, graduated from Harvard at 18, and recruited for the nuclear program at 19. Fifty years later, near death, he admitted to having been a Soviet informant the entire time.

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r/todayilearned 11h ago Silver Helpful

TIL of Qian Xuesen, a Chinese rocket scientist and mathematician, who worked on the Manhattan Project during WW2 to help America build the world's first atomic bomb. During the Cold War, he was accused of being a communist and fled America to China, where he helped China build its first atomic bomb.

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r/todayilearned 7h ago Gold Helpful All-Seeing Upvote

TIL, Angostura bitters has a label that doesn't fit because two brothers in 1870 redesigned the bottle and label but did not consult one another. They entered a contest but did not win. One of the judges convinced them to keep it as "signature labelling."

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r/todayilearned 8h ago

TIL for a motorcycle stunt in 'No Time To Die', they had to pour 8400 gallons of Coca Cola onto a street of Italy to make the stunt possible. They did that to make the street less slippery and it cost over $70k.

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r/todayilearned 10h ago

TIL Kenny G was one of the original investors in Starbucks and has made more money investing than from his music career.

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r/todayilearned 6h ago Silver

TIL: Pittsburgh is the only city in the United States in which all the major professional teams share the same primary colors (black and gold).

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r/todayilearned 11h ago Silver Helpful Wholesome

TIL People who speak English as a second language outnumber those who speak it as their first language 4 to 1

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r/todayilearned 18h ago Silver Helpful Wholesome Take My Energy

TIL Neil Gaiman's Coraline almost wasn't published, his editor said it was too scary, but was convinced after her daughter said it was fine. Years later, the daughter said she was terrified but wanted to know what happened next so she never let on

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL that the American Nazi Party erected a hidden monument in honor of executed Nazis In Washington DC.

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r/todayilearned 13h ago Helpful

TIL that Santa’s reindeer are female, because male reindeer lose their antlers before Winter.

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r/todayilearned 13h ago

TIL That the victims of Pompeii had near-perfect dental health due to a low-sugar diet and a local water source rich in fluorine.

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r/todayilearned 6h ago

TIL Electronic Storage Device Detection K9s. These dogs are trained to locate SD cards/flash drives, recording devices, cameras, and other tiny electronic devices. These dogs are particularly helpful during building/room searches of suspected human traffickers & child pornographers.

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r/todayilearned 14h ago

TIL that Jimmy Boyd's I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus was condemned by the Roman Catholic Church in Boston when it was released on the grounds that it mixed kissing with Christmas. Boyd was photographed meeting with the Archdiocese to explain the song. After the meeting, the ban was lifted.

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r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL: That the military uses silly string to detect tripwire. The string is light enough to show the location of the tripwire without triggering it!

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r/todayilearned 10h ago Wholesome

TIL that Mad Max (1979) according to The Guinness Book of World Record's is the most profitable film of all time. With a $350,000 USD budget it made $100,000,000 USD.

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r/todayilearned 18h ago Helpful

TIL McDonalds lost the 'Big Mac' naming rights in england after trying to sue an irish company called Supermac (that predated McDonalds) , allowing Burger King to troll them by calling their burgers things such as 'like a big mac, but actually big'

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r/todayilearned 15h ago

TIL that the earliest Chinese dynasty (the Shang) that we can confirm through archeological records worshiped one supreme God, resembling a primordial monotheism

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r/todayilearned 10h ago Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Narwhal Salute

TIL Ryan Kavanaugh (Former CEO of Relativity Media) falsified evidence to accuse Co-President Adam Fields of sexual misconduct.

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL polar bears aren’t white. But Each hair is a clear hollow tube, which makes them look white

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL the U.S. was on the verge of drafting women into the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in anticipation of the invasion of the Japanese mainland in late 1945 during World War II

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL Bubble lights on a Christmas tree are filled with the low boiling solvent methylene chloride that boils and creates bubbles with the heat of a Christmas tree light bulb.

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r/todayilearned 9h ago

TIL about the the transmitter for WLW radio outside Cincinnati, until the output was reduced in 1939 from 500,000 watts, would cause lights to not turn off until WLW engineers rewired houses, a nearby hotel sign never went dark and farmers reported hearing WLW through their barbed-wire fences.

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r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL: A human hair has a higher tensile strength than bone

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r/todayilearned 39m ago

TIL Samuel L Jackson stuttered as a kid and still uses “motherf*cker” to get through a speech block

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r/todayilearned 9h ago

TIL a statue of William Shakespeare in Central Park was paid for with funds raised by John Wilkes Booth

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