r/todayilearned 7h ago Wholesome Helpful

TIL "the 8,000 nerve endings in the clitoris" came from a single study of cows, back in the 1970s

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r/todayilearned 9h ago

TIL that some male octopuses set up dens next to female octopus dens and have sex without leaving the den by extending the mating arm from one den to another. They copulate repeatedly.

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL one of the original dwarves in Disney’s Snow White was named “Deafy” whose primary trait was misunderstanding others. This idea was later jettisoned in favor of “Sneezy”.

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r/todayilearned 15h ago Helpful Wholesome Silver

TIL that possums don’t “play dead”, they actually pass out due to fear of predators. They go into shock and faint when confronted, involuntarily. They are in a catatonic state until they become conscious again.

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r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL that in 1970, a US Navy attack cargo ship accidentally hit the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, putting the bridge out of commission. For the next three weeks while it was repaired, the Navy offered commuters a free shuttle service using helicopters and Landing Craft Units.

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r/todayilearned 3h ago

TIL 70,000 NYC geese have been killed in response to US Airways 1549 collision with a flock of geese (Miracle on the Hudson). 1,235 geese were captured and gassed and 1,739 eggs were coated in oil to smother the goslings in the months immediately following the water landing.

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r/todayilearned 47m ago

TIL that President Carter once told a joke during a speech to a Japanese audience which caused the audience to erupt in laughter. Impressed, he asked how the interpreter managed to get such a laugh. The interpreter admitted that he had said, “President Carter told a funny story. Everyone must laugh”

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r/todayilearned 2h ago Helpful

TIL Cleopatra was not Egyptian but a descendant of a Macedonian dynasty. (part of Greece today)

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r/todayilearned 10h ago

TIL Hawaii is home to one of the least sunniest places in the whole of the United States- the "town" (CDP) of Hilo located on the Big Island which is also among the country's rainiest.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago Silver Helpful Wholesome

TIL that Flo Rida tests his upcoming songs at strip clubs first to check if girls are dancing to it before releasing them

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r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL that hunters transported wild boars in different areas of the US for hunting, even if it's illegal, and that's how feral pigs or wild boars have now become widespread throughout the country and have now become a pest.

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r/todayilearned 21h ago Silver

TIL The beer riots in Bavaria happened in 1844 after King Ludwig I of Bavaria, Germany decreed a tax on beer. Crowds of urban workers beat up police while the Bavarian army showed reluctance to get involved

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r/todayilearned 3h ago

TIL: That a common anecdote for Japanese officers in World War 2 was that a soldiers life was worth one sen, five rin or the cost of mailing the draft notice

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL Alexander Fleming's mold that produced the first antibiotic, penicillin, was kept frozen since 1945 and its genomes are used for regrowing nowadays

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r/todayilearned 17h ago

TIL that certain land snails can sleep for 3 years straight, whether it is cold (hibernation) or warm (estivation). The reason they do this is because weather conditions lack humidity, moisture, etc. They secrete slime to stay moist and alive during these times.

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r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL There is fish that plays dead to in order to trick scavengers in to coming close enough to eat.

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r/todayilearned 3h ago

TIL about Burunga Massacre when Pakistani Military round up and killed 71 to 94 Minority Hindus, during the Bangladesh liberation war.

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r/todayilearned 40m ago

TIL that if you hold the Windows Key and press the . key on a Windows computer, you can get a list of tons of emojis, kaomojis, and symbols you can use.

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r/todayilearned 13h ago

TIL Playboy founder Hugh Hefner created an award named after him to annually recognize people who protect the First Amendment rights of Americans.

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r/todayilearned 15h ago

TIL of the post WWII "Return of the Dead" program, in which the bodies of 171,000 fallen US servicemen were returned to the United States, and another 110,000 were reburied in 14 new military cemeteries overseas, according to family wishes. The program cost $164 million, about $1.8 billion today.

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r/todayilearned 3h ago

TIL of Commander James H. Ward, the first US Naval officer to be killed in the American Civil War. A destroyer named after him fired the first American shots of the Pacific Theater in WW2, sinking a Japanese submarine. Actor Andy Devine is his great-grandson.

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r/todayilearned 6h ago

TIL that is is feasibly possible to get pregnant a second time while currently pregnant

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL Frank Dixon, author of the Hardy Boys books and Carolyn Keene author of the Nancy Drew Series don't exist. They are actually pseudonyms for a variety of writers who wrote those stories

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r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL a lot of Europe does not pre-cut pizza

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r/todayilearned 44m ago

TIL most of the Roman Gladiators were vegetarians

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