A place to share and discuss something you learned today.
TIL Garfield was never intended to be funny. It was a conscious (and very successful) effort to create a comic strip that would be marketable and make money, not laughs.
TIL Basil Zaharoff sold the Greek government a submarine. He then told the Turks that Greece had a submarine, so they bought two. Then he told the Russians the Turks had two submarines, so they bought two as well. None of the submarines worked.
Today, I learned that a K-Pop singer named Holland is the first openly gay Korean man and made a song called "Neverland." Awesome!
Kinda venting here but...
Now I fear that people on Tumblr will be like, "NO STRAIGHTS ALLOWED," or something like that, excluding straight people that do support LGBT and want to celebrate. I do believe that the horrid homophobia still exists but do not generalize all straight people as homophobic. You cannot fight fire with fire. Hatred will only lead to more hatred.
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." -Martin Luther King Jr.
TIL that there is a tribe so primitive they still act like cavemen
TIL Hitler's deputy Rudolph Hess spent the last 20 years of his life as the sole prisoner in a jail designed to hold 600 inmates
TIL as part of a program for improving community relations in the UK, The Avon and Somerset police department hired a race relations advisor to educate cops on race issues. He was later tased by officers after they mistook him for a wanted man.
TIL for the brutal Omaha Beach scene in ‘Saving Private Ryan’ Spielberg hired several dozen army amputees with prosthetic limbs so that he could have their arms and legs blown off in a more realistic fashion. More than $11 million was spent and 1,000 extras used for the infamous scene.
TIL when Spielberg showed John Williams the a cut of ‘Schindler’s List,’ the composer became so moved that he could barely speak and had to step out for a few minutes. When he returned, he told Spielberg the film deserved a better composer to which Spielberg replied, “I know, but they’re all dead.”
TiL Alan Alda has been married for 60 years and has three daughters. He met his wife at a mutual friend's dinner party; they bonded when a rum cake accidentally fell onto the kitchen floor and they were the only two guests who did not hesitate to eat it.
TIL M&M's were first made in 1941 during WWII and were sold exclusively to the military as an easy way to provide the troops with chocolate on the battlefield without it melting so easily. After the war, many troops were hooked on the candy and in 1946, the candies became available for civilians.
TIL that Gordon Ramsay once lost to a prison cook in an onion cutting competition. Ramsay offered him a job at one of his restaurants upon his release.
TIL Carrie Fisher revealed in her memoir, Wishful Drinking, that she once had a romantic relationship with U.S. Senator Chris Dodd. When Dodd was asked for a comment by a reporter he explained that "it was a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away."
Today (well, a few days ago), I learned that putting broken up words or letters in Somali to English in Google Translate can result in stuff from strange to creepy.
For example, I typed "oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo" and it came out as "of ours, and weep"
TIL the Mormon Church justified slavery, fought against Civil Rights, and excluded black people from the priesthood, due to a belief that “black skin was a curse,” an idea that “was not officially contradicted until 2013.”
TIL that the forbidden fruit in the Bible was not an apple. It only became known as an apple when the bible was translated into Latin in the 4th century, because the word "Malus" means both apple and evil.
TIL modern cruise control was developed by an engineer frustrated by his lawyer who kept speeding up and slowing down the car as he talked
TIL clocks run from left to right because in the Northern hemisphere that's how sundials cast shadows (bonus: in an attempt to recover their cultural identity, Bolivians installed an anti-clockwise clock in their Congress building)
TIL that after Korean soccer player, Ahn Jung-hwan scored the goal to eliminate Italy from the 2002 World Cup, his contract was cancelled by Perugia- the Italian club he played for, for ‘ruining Italian soccer.’