r/todayilearned 3h ago

TIL that Rebecca Black, the creator of the infamous 2011 song Friday, not only still makes videos but has also drastically changed her style and presentation, such as dressing differently and switching to the genre hyperpop.

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r/todayilearned 3h ago

TIL The body associates quality non-alcoholic beer with the flavour and smell with full-strength beer. This leads it to produce dopamine, giving you the same feelings of reward as full-strength beer

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128 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 14h ago

TIL Aztecs felt a responsibility to sacrificed everyday, letting blood and cutting hearts to keep the sun in motion. Those sacrificed thought they would come back as hummingbirds.

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132 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 8h ago Take My Energy

TIL that Prince Philip's 'affectionate' nickname for queen Elizabeth was 'cabbage.'

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20.2k Upvotes

r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL there is a place in Alberta Canada called Bad Heart, which used to be called Wicked River

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15 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL about Nicole Camphaug, a Canadian Inuk fashion designer who promotes Inuit culture by creating contemporary Inuit fashion items. A pair of her sealskin high-heeled shoes are held at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto.

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170 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 16h ago

TIL Royal Blue, a messenger pigeon of King George IV, later on would get a medal in World War II.

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57 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 20h ago Helpful Wholesome Gold

TIL that dandelions are edible and are actually really nutritious and can be eaten raw

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30.7k Upvotes

r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL - The Airbus A380 has flown on 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel made from cooking oil and waste fats. The flight lasted 3 hours and used only 1 engine.

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58 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 3h ago

TIL the word "jumbo" comes from the name of a famous giant elephant in P.T. Barnum's touring 19th century circus. Jumbo was killed by a train at age 24, supposedly while saving the life of Tom Thumb, a younger elephant.

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39 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 14h ago

TIL there are 21 sovereign states that do not have an official army

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117 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 13h ago

TIL The first military plane ever was used in 1909 and had 40 hp.

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r/todayilearned 13h ago

TIL That the term 'Jadotville Jack' was used to describe members of A Company 35th Batallion Irish Army. The term was in reference to the unit's forced surrender after a siege from a numerically superior mercenary force and the Irish government/UN's refusal to decorate any survivors of the battle.

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273 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 11h ago Helpful (Pro)

TIL about cold reading, a technique used by mediums and psychics in which the reader, through strategic questioning, gets the subject to reveal information, and through clever psychology convinces them the information actually came from the reader rather than themselves.

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2.2k Upvotes

r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL A Brinks Trucks driver, Joseph Trombino was hit in the head with a bullet, survived the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing and died during September 11th. All while working for Brinks.

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239 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 16h ago Wholesome Silver

TIL El Chapo’s wife Emma Coronel was sentenced to 3 years in prison for assisting her husband in his criminal enterprise. A minimum sentence of 10 years was originally planned. Government rumours assure her cooperation. Her life is now at risk, as the cartel does not forgive traitors or suspectes.

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r/todayilearned 13h ago

TIL about the Sumela Monastery. Built nearly 4,000 feet up the side of a cliff, it was founded in the 300s. Destroyed and rebuilt several times, mostly during the Byzantine Era, it was emptied and abandoned in the 1920s. Taken over by the Turkish government it has been restored for tourism.

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306 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 6h ago

TIL the first indoor mall in the US was opened in 1955 in Wisconsin

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117 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL Celine Dion once said she got along more with older children and adults while as a child, preferring to not go to school due to being bullied; her brother would eventually introduce 12-year-old Celine to 38-year-old Rene, who would be her career manager and eventual husband.

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2.3k Upvotes

r/todayilearned 17h ago

TIL that cannabis and hops both belong to the same family, Cannabaceae.

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3.1k Upvotes

r/todayilearned 1d ago Helpful

TIL: The USA Declared the Marianas trench a National monument

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460 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 3h ago

TIL that an average wind turbine produces enough energy to power 940 average U.S. homes

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698 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 14h ago

TIL that the last American pilot to become an ace (score 5 or more air-to-air combat kills) was Richard Stephen Richie. He scored his 5th kill in August, 1972. Since him, no American pilot has more than 3 kills.

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5.0k Upvotes

r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL about David Cox, a former US Marine whose court martial was the inspiration for the play and film A Few Good Men, and whose murder in 1994 remains unsolved

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67 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 15h ago

TIL about Bhutanese talking stamps, which you can play on a record player to hear folk songs and learn about the history of Bhutan

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392 Upvotes