25 Totally Amazing Facts from r/todayilearned/

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What is TIL you ask? Well, it’s only one of the most fascinating pages Reddit has to offer!

Reddit is a bulletin board social news cluster where registered users can submit content and then vote on content to determine the position of posts on the site’s pages.

Reddit members use the subreddit TIL (meaning Today I Learned) whenever they have just discovered a surprising fact about the world. And there are some fascinatingly mind-blowing facts that people post.

Here are 25 of my favorite things I learned from binging on TIL:

A pig saved someone’s life by playing dead.

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TIL a pig named Lulu saved her owner’s life while the woman had a heart attack. The pig heard the cries of pain, forced her way out of the yard, ran into the road and ‘played dead’ to stop the traffic. A driver stopped, the pig led him to the trailer, he heard the woman and called 911.  submitted by laanal_98

Law and Order SVU still has new plot material to rip from the headlines.

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TIL in England, after 2 thieves broke into a mans home and made off with his laptop, they inspected the device, found serious child abuse material and went to the cops regardless. The paedophile got 3 yrs in jail. The judge gave robbers a 12 month community service orders in light of their good deed. submitted by AbeltonSkive

And speaking of Law and Order SVU, this proves Detective Munch is everything

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TIL The only character to appear, played by the same actor, in 10 different series is Richard Belzer’s Detective John Munch. He has appeared as this character in crossover shows ranging from X-Files to Arrested Development. His character has even been on five different TV networks. submitted by MyL1ttlePwnys

Labels are deceiving

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TIL Tic tacs are almost pure sugar but due to their weight are allowed to be labeled as zero sugar per serving. submitted by d3loots

This is nuts

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TIL that the “nut” in “Honey Nut Cheerios” used to be ground almonds in the recipe, but is now made from natural almond flavouring which is typically manufactured not from almonds, but from peach pits. submitted by queentsuga

Color me surprised

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TIL that after four years of eating Cap’n Crunch with Crunchberries, a woman sued the distributor of Cap’n Crunch because she discovered that she was eating brightly-colored cereal balls, and that “Crunchberries” aren’t a real fruit like she had thought. submitted by thr33beggars

Darth Vader was actually kind of evil on set.

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TIL The actor who played Darth Vader, David Prowse, stopped learning his lines after learning his voice would be dubbed over. Instead, he would improvise lines, sometimes speaking complete gibberish, forcing his co-stars to respond as if he had said the correct line. submitted by Try_Another_NO

It is possible to land a plane by being a poop terrorist.

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TIL that in 2015 someone did a shit so bad on a British Airway flight from Heathrow to Dubai that it had to turn around and land after just 30 minutes. submitted by spacewolfgrace

Hipsters didn’t just pop up in Brooklyn.

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TIL the term “Hippie” is derived from the term “Hipster,” which described jazz fans in the 1940’s. Hipsters were known for pot smoking and sarcasm. submitted by [deleted]

Not all who are lost can be found.

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TIL a woman changed clothes while on a tour of Iceland and people thought she went missing because they didn’t recognize her. The woman joined a search party looking for herself. submitted by jdf5093

A cat wrote a book. Sort of.

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TIL A Physicist Made His Cat The Co-Author Of a Paper Because He’d Accidentally Written “We” Instead of “I” Throughout the Paper and Couldn’t be Bothered Changing It. submitted by goldennorbspider 

So do they run a metal detector over every plate?

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TIL that there are blue bandaids that have metal in them so that they can be found by a metal detector if they fall off a worker in the food preparation industry. submitted by smarty_skirts

Be careful what you invent.

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TIL The man who invented the K-Cup coffee pods doesn’t own a single-serve coffee machine. He said,”They’re kind of expensive to use…plus it’s not like drip coffee is tough to make.” He regrets inventing them due to the waste they make. submitted by Miskatonica

A smile does come naturally.

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TIL That people born blind use the same facial expressions as sighted people when expressing emotions, meaning that our facial expressions are innate and not learned behaviour. submitted by Notandi

Bubble baths are cozier.

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TIL bubbles from a bubble bath thermally insulate the surface of the water, keeping the bath warm for a longer period of time. submitted by throwaway902568

Jesus and Buddha walk into a bar in Tokyo….

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TIL: There’s an anime and manga in Japan called Saint Young Men, which is about Jesus and Buddha living as roommates in Tokyo while taking a vacation on Earth and attempting to understand Japanese society. submitted by DillyDylan

An aquarium escape just like in Finding Nemo!

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TIL An octopus named Inky escaped into the ocean from New Zealand’s Nat’l Aquarium. He slipped out of his enclosure via a small opening, slid across the floor during the night and squeezed his body through a pipe leading to the ocean. submitted by Miskatonica

This sounds like it has to be made up, but is true!

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TIL The world’s largest concentration of nukes is housed 20 miles NW of Seattle, and it’s defended by trained dolphins. submitted by DeadPrateRoberts

Some inspiration to not give up because the next person you bump into may change everything.

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TIL that Dr Seuss’s first book was rejected 20+ times. He was on his way to burn it when he ran into a college friend who had just been made children’s editor at Vanguard Press. Seuss later said, ‘If I’d been going down the other side of Madison Ave, I’d be in the dry-cleaning business today.’ submitted by lucid_lemur

Alright

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TIL that Matthew McConaughey, with no acting experience, met a producer at a bar at 330 in the morning, the producer asked him to come down to a set at 930 that morning. In six hours, his career was launched with Dazed and Confused. submitted by sidetweakz

We lost out on what would have undoubtedly been an incredible collaboration between Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson because of a llama.

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TIL when Freddie Mercury recorded the album Mr. Bad Guy he planned on collaborating with Michael Jackson but cancelled after one song because he felt uncomfortable recording with Jackson’s pet llama in the studio. submitted by [deleted]

The world’s largest diamond could have been lost in the mail.

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TIL When the world’s largest diamond was transported from Africa to England, an elaborate & secure journey by sea was publicized – as a rouse. The real diamond was simply posted by mail. submitted by uscmissinglink

I knew pushing that button got me nowhere.

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TIL approximately 80% of “close door” elevator buttons aren’t connected to anything. submitted by mike_pants

This is ridiculous.

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TIL that movie theater popcorn costs more per ounce than filet mignon in U.S.A. submitted by Cupcake-Warrior

Just mind blowing stuff.

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TIL that palm trees aren’t actually trees. They’re grass. submitted by GiantSizeManThing

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