r/todayilearned 13h ago

TIL James Brady, who was paralyzed during the attempted assassination of Reagan, was allowed to keep his title of Press Secretary for the duration of the administration. He was considered to be on 'leave-of-absence'. His successor Larry Speaks used the title Acting Press Secretary for seven years.

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TIL Charles Schulz resisted adding a black character to Peanuts for fear of being perceived as patronizing. He changed his mind after MLK's death and a letter from a school teacher. In his introductory comic, Franklin meets Charlie Brown at the beach.

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r/todayilearned 8h ago

TIL that Supai, AZ is the most remote community in the contiguous US. It is 8 miles from the nearest road and is only accessible by foot, mule, or helicopter. It is the only place in the United States where mail is still carried in and out by mules.

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r/todayilearned 6h ago

TIL A 2017 study found that the introduction of iodized salt in 1924 raised the IQ for the one-quarter of the population most deficient in iodine.

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r/todayilearned 17h ago

TIL that In the 800 years since Genghis Khan’s death, no-one has found his tomb.

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r/todayilearned 9h ago

TIL some of the lyrics in Barenaked Ladies' "If I Had $1000000" are references to things Michael Jackson bought in the 1980s, including exotic animals, John Merrick's remains, a monkey and a green dress (for Elizabeth Taylor)

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r/todayilearned 6h ago

TIL that Frederick the Great had a special unit of super tall soldiers, and wished to breed them with tall women to create a giant army.

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r/todayilearned 8h ago

TIL that disgraced Subway Guy Jared Fogles Child pornography stash was found by a electronics sniffing dog.

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL about Typhoon Cobra, a powerful tropical cyclone that struck the United States Pacific Fleet in December 1944 during World War II. The typhoon sank three destroyers, damaged nine other warships, and killed 790 sailors.

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL the US Navy has a 'Fleet Admiral' rank which only four people have ever achieved. It includes the unique benefit of active duty pay for life.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL coconuts were "relatively common" in medieval England. In one instance from 1259, the Master of Sherborn Hospital willed a coconut cup to his niece.

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL our pee has been very useful throughout history, being used for tanning hides, cleaning clothes, making gunpowder, and brushing teeth to make them whiter.

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r/todayilearned 11h ago

TIL Cats Can Have Right or Left Paw Preference Similar to How Humans are Left-Handed or Right-Handed

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r/todayilearned 9h ago

TIL that Cholesterol is important for the human body and 80% of it is made by the Liver.

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TIL about the lia radiological accident, where three Georgians discovered two abandoned radioactive sources in the forest around which "there was no snow for about a 1 m (3.3 ft) radius, and the ground was steaming", they then decided to use them as heat sources for the night. One died.

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r/todayilearned 21h ago

TIL Idaho (a landlocked state) has an active seaport that is 465 miles (750 KM) away from the Pacific Ocean.

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r/todayilearned 9h ago

TIL: Beer Consumption Increases Human Attractiveness to Malaria Mosquitoes

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r/todayilearned 18h ago

TIL Dark Matter is only one possible explanation to the problem of why observations of galactic rotation do not match up with mathematical models. Modified Newtonian Dynamics is another explanation that solves some of the problems Dark Matter cannot explain. Neither explanation is perfect though.

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r/todayilearned 12h ago

TIL that astronauts in the ISS don’t shower for six months (or however long they’re up i space). Instead, they use damp towels and waterless shampoo to clean themselves.

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r/todayilearned 11h ago

TIL Jeepers Creepers (2001) is based on an episode of Unsolved Mysteries (S3E20 - 1991)

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r/todayilearned 16h ago

TIL: A Virginia Beach woman produced $31.8 million in counterfeit coupons. She was sentenced to 12 years in prison “perpetrating a counterfeit coupon fraud scheme”. Her husband was sentenced to 7 years in prison because he was aware of and profited from the scheme.

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r/todayilearned 7h ago

TIL that the Prussian commander at the Battle of Waterloo, Von Blucher was 73 years and in constant pain when he led his forces into battle to help defeat Napoleon.

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r/todayilearned 13h ago

TIL about the foreign accent syndrome (FAS), which is a speech disorder that causes a sudden change to speech so that a native speaker is perceived to speak with a “foreign” accent. FAS is usually caused by damage to the brain from a traumatic injury or a stroke.

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r/todayilearned 22h ago

TIL that among the thousands of fans who were in attendance for the Beatles iconic Shea Stadium Concert were Linda Eastman and Barbara Bach. Linda would later marry Paul McCartney in 1969, and Barbara would go on to marry Ringo Starr in 1981.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL about Operation Bernhard. During WWII, Germany attempted to bring about the collapse of the British economy by forging ≈£130 million in British bank notes. The notes are considered among the most perfect counterfeits ever produced, and are very difficult to differentiate from legitimate notes.

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