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    TIL about Repair Cafés where you can bring in broken household items and experts help you fix it for free rather than throwing the item out. /Link

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    TIL while animating Ratatouille, a Pixar employee jumped into a pool while wearing a chef’s outfit and hat to determine how it would cling to a character’s body and what parts would become translucent ... more /Link

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    TIL that Viggo Mortensen published a book of poetry called Ten Last Night before he became famous. He also speaks fluent Spanish, Danish, and French - and is also proficient in Catalan, Swedish, Itali ... more /Link

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    TIL the origin of the word "honeymoon" comes from the tradition of drinking mead, an alcoholic drink made from honey, for a whole lunar cycle after marriage to "ensure a fruitful union". /Link

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    TIL in 2011, a 75 year old Georgian woman accidentally cut off internet access to almost all of Armenia while scavenging for copper to sell as scrap /Link

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    TIL that humans can detect individuals that are blood-related kin through the sense of smell (Olfaction). This is thought to be an evolved defense against incest. /Link

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    TIL that in 1945, Kodak accidentally discovered the US were secretly testing nuclear bombs because the fallout made their films look fogged /Link

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    TIL the longest confirmed family tree records belong to Chinese philosopher Confucius, stretching over 2500 years and an estimated 3 million descendants. /Link

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    TIL in the 1980s Bayer knowingly sold medicine that carried a high risk of transmitting AIDS, infecting thousands of people around the world. After realizing their product was contaminated Bayer kept ... more /Link

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    TIL Werner Herzog once promised fellow documentary maker Errol Morris that he would eat his shoe if Morris ever finished his movie on pet cemeteries, because he found Morris to be incapable of ever fi ... more /Link

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    TIL that SOS messages have been found stitched in Primark clothing, allegedly from employees complaining of "sweatshop conditions" and being "worked like oxen" over 15 hour shifts. /Link

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    TIL Over a five-year period starting in 1968, commercial jets were hijacked nearly once a week in the United States. /Link

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    TIL that Mr. Rogers once convinced the Senate to fund PBS instead of the Vietnam war. /Link

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    TIL Water is used in rice fields to prevent weeds. Rice doesn't actually need that much water, but since it can thrive in such conditions, whereas weeds cannot, it's a natural protection against them. /Link

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    TIL of the speed camera lottery in Stockholm, Sweden. Drive at or under the speed limit and you'll be entered into a lottery where the prize fund comes from the fines that speeders pay. Average speed ... more /Link

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    TIL the word 'robot' comes from a Czech word meaning 'forced labour' /Link

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    TIL Most foods are safely consumable 2-3 years past their expiration date as the FDA has no regulation of these numbers. It's estimated that 40% of all the annual food waste in the USA is able to be h ... more /Link

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    TIL Grass Fed Beef is an over-used, nearly meaningless term in the food industry. Grass fed simply means it was once fed grass, then converted to a grain diet. If you are concerned about grass fed die ... more /Link

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    TIL American beer is generally bland because 19th-century brewers were trying to convince Prohibition supporters that beer was a healthier and cleaner drink than whiskey and other liquors /Link

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    TIL that on their 2000 album 'Hooray for Boobies', the Bloodhound Gang included a track called "The Ten Coolest Things About New Jersey". The song is just ten seconds of silence. /Link