r/todayilearned Apr 06 '16

Request for identification of frequent TILs reposts. Provide TIL reddit link as a top-level comment. TIL Approved

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u/[deleted] Apr 06 '16

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u/WorldsGreatestPoop Apr 07 '16

Austria fought a war against Ostriches and won!

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u/penutbutter85 Apr 08 '16

Australia fought a war against kangaroos and wo- oh wait we lost that one

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u/georgeo Apr 17 '16

Found the kangaroo.

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u/lordanubis79 Apr 10 '16

Emeperor Caligula of Rome declared war on the ocean, and won

He also made his horse a Roman Senator

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u/dackinthebox Apr 28 '16

I would trust my horse with major decisions of a republic more than most people, to be fair

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u/[deleted] Apr 10 '16 edited Apr 10 '16

One of these is not like the others... EDIT: Yep, I'm an idiot.

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u/[deleted] Apr 10 '16

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u/[deleted] Apr 10 '16

I just saw that then... God I'm dumb (for anyone else, you can't cut your hand on water, it was Django Unchained, Steve was a firefighter and they just block off the pipe from your testes to penis rather than actual castration).

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u/[deleted] Apr 19 '16

But I did cut my balls off to watch March Madness... I'm gonna miss those guys.

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u/[deleted] Apr 07 '16 edited Jun 23 '20

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u/XYZ-Wing Apr 06 '16

https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/4dnz4s/til_albert_einstein_was_offered_the_role_of/

Albert Einstein offered the role of President of Israel but turned it down.

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u/OneAnimeBatman Apr 07 '16

Wow, this is the most upvoted one in this thread and the only one I didn't know.

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u/ShibaHook Apr 08 '16

I've been on reddit for 6 years+ and subscribed to TIL during all that time and this may be the first time I've seen this TIL.

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u/[deleted] Apr 21 '16

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u/[deleted] May 10 '16

There's no way you founded TIL

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u/[deleted] May 10 '16

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u/[deleted] May 10 '16

If you did that actually really cool. But to me it's much more likely that you're just some random redditor making a false claim.

Also, if you founded TIL wouldn't your name be green? I'm on mobile so I could be completely out of place

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u/[deleted] May 10 '16

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u/[deleted] Apr 09 '16

I've been on Reddit for 4 and seen it 100 times

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u/CedarCabPark Apr 21 '16

That's why reposts can be okay, in my eyes. We aren't all on every day, and don't all view by month or anything. But if something is used almost every day, then yeah. Tear down that thing.

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u/PikaXeD Apr 07 '16

TIL Napoleon Bonaparte's height was not below average. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_depictions_of_Napoleon

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u/[deleted] Apr 07 '16

hmm, sounds recent...

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u/tellman1257 Apr 07 '16 edited Apr 16 '16

I think the all-time MOST FREQUENT reposts are:

OJ Simpson was supposed to be in the first Terminator movie, but wasn't considered to be believable enough as a cold-blooded murderer.

And: There have been many missing or shot-down commercial flights before MH370, the Malaysian one last year.

BOTH are mentioned in this title, which was a top link on July 20, 2015, with PLENTY of examples:

https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/2b8qjm/we_get_it_oj_was_considered_for_the_part_of_the/

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u/j0m1n1n 468 Apr 06 '16

Can the mods program the bot to autodelete any mention of Steve Buscemi?

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u/latenightnerd Apr 07 '16

Buscemi could still do interesting things with the rest of his life. John Cazale on the other hand, cannot be in any more Oscar nominated films.

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u/[deleted] Apr 06 '16 edited Jun 02 '21

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u/vertigo01 Apr 07 '16

Shut the fuck up Donny.

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u/[deleted] Apr 07 '16

Dude!

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u/Haberdashed Apr 07 '16

You're out of your element!

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u/dingoperson2 Apr 10 '16

I thought about how you can automate this.

How about:

  • list out the top 20 websites for each of these TILs

  • when a post is submitted which matches one of those websites and the corresponding word (e.g. "Buscemi") it is automatically put on hold, and they get an automated message saying: We want to avoid too frequent repetitions, if your post is NOT about this/these TILs (A, B, C) then please respond with the single word "NO" and your post will be cleared for publish. It may still be subject to manual moderation as normally for posts.

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u/brackfriday_bunduru Apr 10 '16

I heard once that that guy helped out during 9/11 or something

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u/Madbrad200 Apr 14 '16

They could just do that with Automoderator, but as stated, that'd removed a lot of interesting stuff.

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u/XYZ-Wing Apr 06 '16

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u/FX114 Works for the NSA Apr 06 '16

And all Natural Born Killer jokes that follow it.

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u/blast4past Apr 08 '16

Anything relevant to Debeers or diamonds:

https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/2w4ill/til_debeers_diamond_company_created_the_concept/

https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/1kaurj/til_that_diamonds_are_not_rare_or_valuable_and/

https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/3sdln2/til_the_tradition_of_spending_several_months/

each time it gets posted, its the same comments, and people upvote them because its the opinion that person formed last time they read the post. They seriously dont add anything

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u/CedarCabPark Apr 21 '16

Anything that made its way on Adam Ruins Everything should pretty much be closed down.

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u/drakesylvan Apr 07 '16 edited Apr 07 '16

Have I told you how much I love you, TIL mods?

Steve Buscemi was a firefighter and worked on 9/11 after he went back to his old firehouse.

Please make this TIL Stop being posted.

https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/4cuf8w/til_that_steve_buscemi_was_a_volunteer/?

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u/[deleted] Apr 06 '16

Omg thank you.

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u/[deleted] Apr 06 '16

You're welcome and thank you.

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u/GonkGeefle Apr 08 '16

Rick Moranis retired from acting after his wife died, so he could raise his kids. I've seen it here more than anything other than Steve Buscemi. Here, here, here, here, here, here, here...

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u/MichaelOChE Apr 07 '16

The one about Pope Francis once being a bouncer.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Francis#Early_years

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u/dingoperson2 Apr 08 '16

https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/4dt6g0/til_van_halens_no_brown_mms_clause_was_to_check/

Van Halen requested a bowl of brown M&Ms on their rider to see if people were paying attention to their rider

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u/manInTheWoods Apr 09 '16

Interestingly enough, many of these are new to me.

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u/StrangeYoungMan Apr 14 '16

The system is broken!

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u/sillybandland Apr 13 '16

TIL: Thomas Edison offered Nikola Tesla $50,000 to improve his DC motor. Upon completion, Edison failed to pay and scoffed, "You don't understand American humor."

https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/4ef42n/til_thomas_edison_offered_nikola_tesla_50000_to/

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u/sgtpepper_spray 40 Apr 13 '16

Honestly, everything there is to know about Tesla has been posted at least twice.

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u/FuckCazadors Apr 13 '16

TIL Keanu Reeves said the version of "Hurt" that Steve Buscemi recorded on 9/11 was so good that he decided to give away all the money he earned from the Nespresso adverts to fund a satellite to spy on South Sudan.

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u/[deleted] Apr 14 '16

And everyone who voted for the satellite was instantly drafted into the Army.

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u/SwissJAmes Apr 24 '16

The average ratio of a front page repost seems to be 3 or 4 old hands complaining about seeing it before, and 5,000 up voters enjoying an interesting fact for the first time.

Can think of bigger problems in the world.

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u/Plainchant Apr 07 '16

Through slightly different links and various titles, I have learned a lot about Mr. T in this sub:

Mr. T. is really good at chopping down trees, both in the army and on his own property (posted >12x).

https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/4a2j3a/til_that_when_mr_t_was_in_the_army_he_was_told_to/

He also used to be a bouncer that wore patron's lost jewelry (posted >8x).

https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/3tal2j/til_that_mr_ts_wearing_of_gold_chains_and_other/

He also stopped wearing jewelry in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (posted >6x).

https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/2subyi/til_mr_t_stopped_wearing_his_gold_chains_after/

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u/Niall_Faraiste Apr 08 '16

https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/3fr0g8/til_midway_through_the_great_irish_famine
The Choctaw Indians sending $710/170 to Ireland during the Great Hunger.

To be honest a lot of Potato Famine ones come up frequently, and more often than not the comments are bad. Racism (latvia jokes, dumb Irishman jokes), comments of genocide or not, IRA did nothing wrong etc.

Edit: More recent one, more about the monument though.
https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/4b76au/til_in_a_small_town_in_county_cork_ireland_a/?ref=search_posts

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u/DonRobeo Apr 10 '16

Hell, there is one right now, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Wahlberg#Arrests

Almost everyone who knows who Mark Wahlberg is knew he was a racist that beat up and blinded a Vietnamese man.

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u/twerky_stark 80 Apr 12 '16

Anything having to do with the etymology of words or phrase; 99% of it is urban legend.

Anything with translation errors from one language to another, eg 'Got Milk' -> Spanish: 'are you lactating', as these are also 98% urban legends easily debunked by anyone fluent in the language.

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u/Fermats_Last_Account Apr 12 '16

Lol I speak Spanish. That not even what it translates to

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u/twerky_stark 80 Apr 13 '16

Exactly. People people have posted that bullshit a bunch of times.

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u/Eagle694 Apr 10 '16

Steve. Fucking. Buscemi.

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u/georgeo Apr 17 '16

You wouldn't say that if only you knew how much he helped on 9/11.

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u/sgtpepper_spray 40 Apr 07 '16

The Gay Vietnam Veteran gets posted monthly by one user alone.

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u/randomsubguy Apr 22 '16

Am I the only one who is learning a ton in this thread?

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u/hecticengine Apr 09 '16

Brian May: astrophysicist. For a while it seemed to come up weekly. Now it's probably every month or two. https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/3u10q1/til_queen_guitarist_brian_may_is_an/?

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u/lolno12 Apr 12 '16

Omg thank you.

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u/cute_things_are_cute Apr 19 '16

Thanks, mods!

My biggest pet peeves beyond the ones I see already listed here (including Steve Buscemi & 9/11, Pablo Escobar's rubber bands and hippos, Mozart's ass licking, president Einstein, Australia's emu war) are (most recent 5 posts of each):

The proteins Sonic Hedgehog and Robotnikinin exist: https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/471yow/til_there_is_a_gene_called_sonic_hedgehog_there/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/43oxbs/til_there_is_a_protein_involved_in_the_formation/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/3q0rf3/til_a_potential_inhibitor_of_the_sonic_hedgehog/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/3kptup/til_that_humans_contain_a_protein_called_sonic/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/3k0tha/til_that_there_is_a_protein_called_sonic_hedgehog/

A man robbed a bank with lemon juice on his face/Dunning Kruger effect: https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/4f5b4w/til_that_a_man_once_robbed_two_banks_with_lemon/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/4chnxp/til_that_the_dunningkruger_effect_based_off_of/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/426gws/til_that_a_bank_robber_covered_his_face_with/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/3skruv/til_that_mcarthur_wheeler_robbed_two_banks_after/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/3oofvq/til_as_lemon_juice_is_used_to_make_invisible_ink/

The Baader-Meinhof phenomenon: https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/4f3563/til_the_baadermeinhof_phenomenon_its_the_illusion/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/4f2659/til_of_the_baadermeinhof_phenomenon_which/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/49h4w1/til_of_the_frequency_illusion_also_known_as_the/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/49fhhb/til_of_the_frequency_illusion_also_known_as_the/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/3ouydo/til_of_the_baadermeinhof_phenomena_which_is_the/

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u/cute_things_are_cute Apr 19 '16

After browsing through new posts, I have remembered a few more:

Banana equivalent dose can be a quantitative descriptor of radioactivity (and/or bananas are radioactive): https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/4f6e34/til_bananas_are_slightly_radioactive_and_the/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/4afmmb/til_a_crate_of_bananas_is_radioactive_enough_to/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/46ttt3/til_eating_80000000_bananas_would_give_you_a/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/4265c2/til_banana_for_scale_is_actually_used_in_ionizing/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/41gc2g/til_bananas_are_radioactive_if_you_ate_a_banana/

Cavendish bananas are genetically identical (and/or are in danger of becoming extinct): https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/4crysk/til_that_the_cavendish_banana_the_banana_variety/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/4bxdu9/til_that_all_cavendish_bananas_the_most_commonly/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/42g1lh/til_practically_every_banana_consumed_in_the/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/3y3mw1/til_the_banana_as_we_know_it_cavendish_may_become/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/3vjyut/til_the_worlds_most_popular_banana_is_in_danger/

(Also, bananas are berries even though some other things aren't, the once common now rare Gros Michel banana is the model for artificial banana flavoring, banana trees aren't really trees, and bananas are Walmart's no. 1 selling item: https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/49k5p4/til_bananas_are_berries_strawberries_are_not/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/4ayjn4/til_the_cavendish_banana_is_the_primary_banana_in/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/4djwbu/til_the_banana_tree_is_actually_not_a_tree_but/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/49mi7k/til_the_banana_is_walmarts_number_1_selling_item/ )

Blowing smoke up the ass was a treatment for drowning: https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/4e7ea2/til_tobacco_enemas_were_used_in_1774_for/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/4aq1l0/til_that_in_the_18_century_it_was_common_to/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/437kzg/til_that_the_term_blowing_smoke_up_your_ass/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/3k9dwg/til_blowing_smoke_up_your_ass_was_an_actual/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/3je945/til_that_blowing_smoke_up_your_ass_used_to_be_a/

Musical piece "as slow as possible" is a piece played very slowly (searched for "2640," which yields more results but may miss some): https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/4feh12/til_there_is_a_musical_piece_named_as_slow_as/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/3qvbzc/til_that_a_pipe_organ_in_halberstadt_germany_has/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/37ubfm/til_organ%C2%B2aslsp_is_a_musical_piece_by_john_cage/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/373fah/til_that_there_is_a_musical_piece_called_as_slow/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/32qyva/til_there_is_a_piece_of_music_which_began_playing/

The Cadaver Synod involved a corpse on trial: https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/42ubh6/til_of_pope_formosus_whose_successor_popes_dug_up/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/3vlvhq/til_of_the_cadaver_synod_dead_pope_formosus_was/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/3l1qlw/til_pope_formosus_body_was_exhumed_and_put_on/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/3hslr0/til_that_pope_stephen_vi_put_the_rotting_corpse/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/3ew4a2/til_in_ad_897_the_vatican_disinterred_the_corpse/

The mantis shrimp has a fast and powerful claw attack: https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/414xud/til_mantis_shrimp_punch_with_the_speed_of_a_22/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/3sr4j8/til_the_peacock_mantis_shrimp_can_punch_through/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/3habzc/til_the_mantis_shrimp_delivers_a_punch_faster/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/3g6c34/til_that_the_mantis_shrimp_strike_so_quickly_that/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/3da1b4/til_some_mantis_shrimp_are_capable_of_a_punch/

The mantis shrimp also has remarkable vision: https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/4exf8u/til_of_the_mantis_shrimp_an_exotic_crustacean/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/4ebhyy/til_the_mantis_shrimp_can_see_uv_and_infrared/ (A two-fer) https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/414xud/til_mantis_shrimp_punch_with_the_speed_of_a_22/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/3zbgyi/til_that_compared_to_the_three_types_of_colour/ https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/3lgrlm/til_that_while_humans_possess_three_types_of/

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u/codeverity Apr 08 '16

When Steve Jobs accused Bill Gates of stealing from Apple, Gates said, "Well, Steve, I think there's more than one way of looking at it. I think it's more like we both had this rich neighbor named Xerox and I broke into his house to steal the TV set and found out that you had already stolen it." Here, here, here.

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u/[deleted] Apr 09 '16

A Japanese man single-handedly built a road through a mountain....

It's one of the worst offenders. Also, all the war TIL's about people calling in air strikes on themselves, or the Indian soldier with his machete defending a train.... ugh the list goes on

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u/sillybandland Apr 12 '16

TIL that actress Hedy Lamarr was also a prolific inventor. One of her inventions allowed for guided torpedoes in WWII. But because the Navy wasn't receptive to ideas coming outside the military, it wasn't implemented during the war. Her idea went to later be basis for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, & CDMA.

https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/4eg0m7/til_that_actress_hedy_lamarr_was_also_a_prolific/

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u/Keinichn Apr 14 '16

https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/4eqibk/til_the_first_webcam_was_created_to_help_people/

The first webcam was created to help people working in other parts of a building avoid pointless trips to an empty coffee pot.

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u/AntiTheory Apr 21 '16

The one that irks me the most is how frequently the Bugs Bunny/Nimrod one gets reposted.

https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/1877cf/til_that_bugs_bunny_accidentally_transformed_the/

https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/1nnpgs/til_in_the_bible_nimrod_was_a_mighty_hunter_but/

https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/2cm6yx/til_when_bugs_bunny_calls_elmer_fudd_a_nimrod_his/

https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/3mbe7c/til_the_word_nimrod_comes_from_a_biblical_figure/

https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/3bz5z2/til_that_nimrod_doesnt_officially_mean_moronidiot/

This is just one of many. I have a whole list of these saved on my hard drive, just no links to any of them saved (I did a google search to get the previous links using the search terms "reddit", "bugs bunny" and "nimrod"). Top level comments are almost always a complaint about a repost.

Serious question: can we start banning for these sorts of low-effort posts? There's no excuse for reposting these serial TILs when the system warns you that there are similar threads that haven't even been archived yet.

Better yet, make an offshoot subreddit that works like Robot 9000 and will not let you post the same link twice ever. That way, there can still be reposts with the same title, but the OP needs to find a new source every time.

I would also argue that Wikipedia shouldn't be considered a good source, since it's literally a dump of information on any one topic. If TIL posts had no title like /r/truepics, half of the daily top submissions would literally just be a link to a random wiki article with no context.

Thank you mods.

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u/Jemworld Apr 27 '16

I enjoy the odd repeat of a post - reminds me of things I have forgotten...am I the only one who thinks this?

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u/[deleted] Apr 28 '16

This thread is the best thread in TIL by far. Some things are so interesting they bear repeating.

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u/MileHighBarfly Apr 06 '16

Do you mean here in this thread? Or as we see them come up going forward?

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u/[deleted] Apr 06 '16

In this thread.

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u/skyfucker6 Apr 08 '16

Doc Ellis pitched a no-hitter on LSD

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u/SMILN4U222 Apr 13 '16

http://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/gdz97/_/

TIL that up until 1942, this is how kids saluted to the pledge of allegiance (en.wikipedia.org)

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u/[deleted] Apr 18 '16

TIL the "cheerleader effect", the theory that girls look more attractive in groups has been scientifically proven

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u/[deleted] Apr 22 '16

TIL there is a small, one-story building in Wilmington, Delaware which serves as the official address of nearly 300,000 companies. Up to 200,000 are believed to be shell companies.

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u/[deleted] Apr 22 '16

Seen this one posted alot in the 2 years I've been here. If only /r/music would do what you guys are doing.

https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/40095w/til_at_84_years_old_harvard_professor_tom_lehrer/?sort=top

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u/Das_Mime May 03 '16

https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/4his55/til_in_1985_john_fogerty_of_ccr_was_sued_for/

John Fogerty was sued for writing a solo song that sounded like his previous CCR music.

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u/[deleted] May 05 '16

An African grey parrot named Alex was the first to ask an existential question.

https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/search?q=parrot+alex&restrict_sr=on

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u/dpotter05 16 May 18 '16

TIL Police departments officially disqualify high-scoring applicants

Posted as a TIL at least 11 times

2016: https://redd.it/4jrw5r 2015: https://redd.it/3p2yr8 2015: https://redd.it/2e92fy 2015: https://redd.it/269322 2015: https://redd.it/3ebtdr 2015: https://redd.it/3hlqc5 2014: https://redd.it/1v0rk4 2014: https://redd.it/21ft8p 2014: https://redd.it/1hi065 2013: https://redd.it/18nue3 2012: https://redd.it/syjvd

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u/shaunc Apr 06 '16 edited Apr 06 '16

[edit] Whoops, I misunderstood. I thought you were asking for a list of the TILs that are most frequently reposted.

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u/[deleted] Apr 06 '16

Yes we are, you had it correct the first time.

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u/[deleted] Apr 08 '16

May I humbly suggest that this list be turned into a Wiki page, and a direct link added in the sidebar to 'common TILs for first-timers' or something?

Sometimes these things are posted frequently by people chasing karma, but they're also genuine TILs to others. It'd be kind of nice to have a page where new subscribers could go and spend an hour reading if they were curious rather than sparking off another round of 'use the search first!' responses.

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u/[deleted] Apr 06 '16

But that is in fact a TIL, because though the general topic is the same as the frequent reposts, that one includes the fact that he was not a firefighter on 9/11. He just showed up the next day.

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u/EasterlyOcean Apr 09 '16

That damn guinea pig one, its on the damn page right now!

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u/CygnusX-1-2112b Apr 13 '16

But Randy is the Man...dy?

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u/[deleted] Apr 10 '16

TIL that there is a lightbulb that has been burning since 1901

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u/[deleted] Apr 15 '16

TIL In 2005, Facebook hired graffiti artist David Choe to paint murals in their new office space; Choe accepted Facebook shares instead of a small cash payment of several thousand dollars, and when Facebook went public in 2012, his payment for the murals ballooned into a 200 million dollar payoff.

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u/TYPICALSJD Apr 18 '16

THANK GOD! As much as I love seeing Steve Buscemi did 9/11, Leo cut his hand and bled out on the Titanic, or that guys cut their balls off to watch March Madness, I do want more new content

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u/skizfrenik_syco 6 Apr 18 '16

The one about the creators of south park going to the awards show in dresses and on LSD.

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u/j0m1n1n 468 Apr 18 '16

https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/4fdd3n/til_that_hitlers_doctor_injected_him_with_a/

This has been posted four times in recent months with the same headline, word for word.

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u/wildbill185 Apr 18 '16 edited Apr 19 '16

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cliff_Young_(athlete) Cliff Lee old guy not wearing proper running attire won ultra marathon by not stopping while younger competitors slept. Lot of ultra marathoners now copy his shuffling style of run.

edit: forgot to post the til link, this is a search on just his name in this sub, comes back with ten hits. https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/search?q=cliff+young&restrict_sr=on&sort=relevance&t=all

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u/[deleted] Apr 20 '16

https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/4fp3eg/til_peta_euthanizes_96_of_the_animals_is_rescues/

That PETA euthanizes 96% of the animals they take in. I'm no fan of the organization, but do know they get stuck with a lot of unadoptable animals (e.g. Fighting dogs, feral cats) nobody else can handle.

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u/raymondspogo Apr 22 '16

https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/2a2q4q/til_from_20052006_in_only_14_trades_a_man_turned/.compact

Can we all agree that we know that a guy traded from a paperclip all the way to a house. A quick search shows a consistent posting of this TIL over the last 8yrs at least.

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u/[deleted] Apr 23 '16

TIL Only One Restaurant Gordon Ramsay Saved in 1st Two Seasons of Kitchen Nightmares is Still Open

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u/FuckCazadors Apr 28 '16

Stanislav Petrov, the Russian dude who didn't fire his nuclear missiles.

https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/search?q=petrov&restrict_sr=on&sort=relevance&t=all

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u/BGPhilbin 1 Apr 29 '16

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u/BGPhilbin 1 Apr 29 '16

It's also the top "Hot" TIL today.

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u/ff0000_herring May 01 '16

https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/4h4xb4/til_that_the_famous_flag_over_the_reichstag_photo/ The Khaldei's famous Reichstag photo was doctored: True. It was doctored because the soldier had a wristwatch on each wrist, indicating that he was looting: False.

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u/dpotter05 16 May 12 '16

MIT students figured out they could get 10-15% ROI if they bought $600K worth of lottery tickets. Most recently reposted 5/12/2016: https://redd.it/4j0u2o

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u/depleteduraniumftw Apr 06 '16

It can't be that hard to autodetect karma farming spam accounts and autoban them.

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u/[deleted] Apr 06 '16

You're correct, this isn't an attempt to do that, rather gain some feedback from the /r/TIL community about content on this subreddit.

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u/twerky_stark 80 Apr 12 '16

Can you also ban comic book posts? According to canon Santa Claus is the most powerful superhero blah blah blah. I don't care about some side-project in the 70s where a comic book was desperate for money and wrote an issue about Santa being a powerful super hero.