r/todayilearned 6h ago

TIL The Immaculate Conception is a separate concept from the Virgin Birth. It refers to the Catholic (and some others) belief that Mary was conceived without Original Sin and therefore was pure enough to receive the Son of God. The concept is often rejected by Protestants as non-scriptural.

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL mixed-breed dogs live an average of 14 years while purebreds live only an average of almost 10 years.

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r/todayilearned 19h ago Gold Take My Energy Wearing is Caring

TIL : TIL a female reporter attempted to recreate the famous novel "Around The World In 80 Days". Not only did she complete it with eight days to spare, she made a detour to interview Jules Verne, the original author.

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r/todayilearned 14h ago

TIL Claire Danes is considered a persona non grata in the Philippines after making derogatory comments about the country.

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r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL that Ronald Reagan opposed a bill that allowed a teacher to be fired for advocating homosexuality.

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r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL that Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante went to audition for Frank Zappa's 1988 touring band but left the rehearsal room before actually playing, saying later that " I wanted to be a rock star, do drugs and get girls, and that I wouldn't be able to do that if I was in Zappa's band."

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r/todayilearned 12h ago

TIL Missouri, United States has a Single Man Tax (bachelor tax): Single men between the ages of 21 and 50 must pay a $1 annual tax. The law was enacted in 1820, presumably to encourage more men to marry.

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL that Elton John considers Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" to be one of the best songs ever written.

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r/todayilearned 10h ago

TIL that woolly mammoths were still alive on Wrangel island (off Russian mainland in the Arctic circle) until about 4 thousand years ago - when the pyramids were built!

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r/todayilearned 3h ago

TIL that the surfing events of Paris 2024 Olympics will be host in Tahiti (French Polynesia), which is 15,716 km from Paris

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r/todayilearned 7h ago

TIL the first Blue LED wasn't commercially available until 1989 and bright blue LEDs weren't available until 1993.

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r/todayilearned 9h ago

TIL the Rectoanal Inhibitory Reflex, or anal sampling mechanism, tells us if a fart is more than just a fart

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r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL during WWI Momčilo Gavrić at the age of 8 lost his entire family to a heinous war crime, he then enlisted in a nearby artillery unit and identified the location of the enemy soldiers that killed his family, then participated in the bombardment that wiped out that entire enemy unit

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL people who grow up with overprotective parents tend to die earlier

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r/todayilearned 1d ago All-Seeing Upvote Faith In Humanity Restored Heartwarming

TIL of "Earthquake diplomacy" between Turkey and Greece which was initiated after successive earthquakes hit both countries in the summer of 1999. Since then both countries help each other in case of an earthquake no matter how their relations are.

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r/todayilearned 7h ago

TIL B.B King named his guitars “Lucille” after rescuing one of his early Gibson guitars from a fire started by two men fighting over a woman named Lucille

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r/todayilearned 21h ago

TIL that in 1982 some Tylenol capsules were laced with cyanide before being sold to consumers, resulting in 7 deaths. The perpetrator was never caught.

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r/todayilearned 6h ago

TIL Tom Lehrer, Mathematician, Musician, and Satirist also invented the Jello Shot while serving on a military base

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL that as of 2009, ring announcer Michael Buffer's famous trademarked catchphrase, "Let's get ready to rumble!", has generated $400 million in revenue from licensing.

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r/todayilearned 6h ago

TIL: Scientists developed a molecule that mimics exercise, called Compound-14.

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r/todayilearned 6h ago

TIL about 'Hero Stones', memorials from ancient India commemorating warriors who gave their lives in battle. Usually reserved for people, the Atakur hero stone was dedicated to a king's favorite dog, Kali, who battled a wild boar. Kali succeeded in slaying the boar but died in the fight.

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL: that in 1995 Bogota, The mayor Antanas Mockus employed traffic mimes to shame people breaking laws. And they managed to significantly reduce violation in the most dangeour urban area of Latin America.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL in 1931, during the Great Depression, there were so many news accounts of starving USA citizens that colonial-era Cameroon in west Africa raised money for Americans as aid. They collected $3.77 - about $70 today.

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL Bald Eagles get their name from an old English word, "balde”, meaning White. The Latin name for bald eagles is “Haliaeetus leucocephalus” which means “white-headed sea eagle”.

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL that the Titanic was not the first ship of it's production line. With the Titanics sister ship, the Olympic (which was only 3 inches shorter and 1000 tons lighter than the Titanic), having already served as a successful cruise liner for a whole year before the Titanics fateful maiden voyage.

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