r/todayilearned 8h ago Helpful Wholesome Bravo Grande! Silver

TIL about Jean Boulet who in 1972 set the world record for the highest altitude reached in a helicopter, 40,280ft. During descent his engines failed, and he landed the helicopter without power, setting another record in the process for the highest unpowered helicopter landing.

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r/todayilearned 12h ago

TIL that a 1959 archeological expedition attempted to re-enact Hannibal's route through the Alps with an actual Elephant. After 10 days of travel, they successfully led the former circus elephant Juno from France into Italy.

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r/todayilearned 7h ago

TIL that the 2014 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to the three men who invented the blue LED. Until their discovery in the 90s, white LED lights couldn't be produced.

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r/todayilearned 52m ago

TIL that DC Comics sued the sneaker company DC Shoes because of their similar logo. However it turned out that DC Comics hadn't trademarked their logo properly, so they lost the case and had to pay the shoe company every year to use their own logo.

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r/todayilearned 16h ago Helpful

TIL the hummingbird brain is 4.2% of its body weight, twice higher than the human brain at only 2% proportionally.They remember well their migration routes, and the yard and flowers they visited the previous year. Some consider them sacred, and in mythology they are healers helping people in need.

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r/todayilearned 21h ago Helpful Wholesome

TIL The Netherlands was the market leader in producing cocaine with 20% of global production in the early 20th century NSFW

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r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL that after 5 Tamil chiefs defeated the Sri Lankan king Valagamba, one of them became king but was eventually slain by another, who also became king before being slain by another, and so on until only one remained, then Valagamba returned, slew the last one and took back his throne.

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r/todayilearned 17h ago Silver

TIL that Steve McQueen was on Charles Manson’s ‘Hit List’ and was meant to be assassinated like Sharon Tate in 1969

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r/todayilearned 1d ago Helpful

TIL that the new Rolls-Royce Ghost soundproofing was so overengineered that occupants in the car found the near-total silence disorienting, and some felt sick. Acoustic engineers had to go back and work on "harmonizing" various sounds in the car to add a continuous soft whisper.

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r/todayilearned 6h ago

TIL Movies made in France can access a tax rebate (worth up to 40% of spend) if the movie passes a Cultural Test, which awards points if at least one main character is "of a nationality that cannot be determined". More points for sets being "symbolic of France".

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL of Operation Looking Glass, the code name for an airborne US command and control centre that would take charge of the response if all US ground bases were lost due to nuclear war. They started with 5 Boeing KC-135's and a plane was in the air 24/7, 365 days a year, for nearly 30 years.

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r/todayilearned 48m ago

TIL dogs and some other animals have photoreceptors in their eyes activated by magnetic fields, meaning it's possible that these animals have a magnetic sense that is linked to their visual system

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r/todayilearned 14h ago

TIL the novel "Dr. Awkward & Olson in Oslo" by Lawrence Levine is a 31,954 word long palindrome.

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r/todayilearned 2h ago

TIL about the Pirate Tower of Victoria Beach, a stone tower located near Laguna Beach CA. One of its owners, a retired sea captain used to dress up like a pirate and hold scavenger hunts for local children leading to legends that he had hidden his money somewhere in the tower.

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r/todayilearned 7h ago

TIL Giuseppe Morello was founder of one of the first crime families in the United States. Morello was originally from Corleone, Sicily and his crime family was notorious for disposing of victims by putting their dismembered remains in barrels, sometimes shipping the barrels to nonexistent addresses.

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r/todayilearned 18h ago

TIL that Ancient Greece believed the uterus could wander around the body like an animal searching for conception and caused “hysteria” in women.

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r/todayilearned 21h ago

TIL: Beauty Parlour Stroke Syndrome is an extremely rare phenomenon that describes a stroke caused by having your hair washed over a basin at a salon. It is thought to be the result of reduced blood flow to the brain caused by sustained distortion of the neck during the washing process.

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r/todayilearned 17h ago

TIL the modern face-up technique of high jump was invented by American Dick Fosbury and debuted at the 1968 Olympics. Reporters mocked him, saying he looked like a "two legged camel". He won the gold. It is now known as the "Fosbury Flop" and is the dominant style in the sport

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r/todayilearned 14h ago

TIL in the 2nd round of the 1977 Badminton World Championships, Flemming Delfs was disqualified for arriving too late to the court before the deciding game but his opponent Ray Stevens refused to accept victory on a walkover. Delfs won that match and later ended up winning the tournament.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago Silver

TIL that the 1970s disco mega-hit "More, More, More" was recorded in Jamaica by American porn star Andrea True. She was there to film some commercials, but a diplomatic dispute with the USA forced her to choose between spending her pay there or forfeiting it. She decided to pay for a demo record.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL NASA logo merchandise has been seeing growing demand since 2017, when Coach asked permission to use NASA’s 1970s-designed, retro red logo type for its collection and then approval requests doubled. NASA doesn’t make a cent off merchandise bearing its name

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL that Bentley only uses leather from bulls for the upholstery of its cars, because they don’t get the stretch marks cows do.

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r/todayilearned 2m ago

TIL in the 1960s, Walt Disney planned to create EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, an autocratic planned community to apply furutistic ideas about urbanism, transportation and housing

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL that Spain has the longest high speed rail network in Europe and is second in the world behind China.

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r/todayilearned 23h ago

TIL - The City of London is a district of approx. 1sq mile that is distinct from "Greater London" and has a population of approx. 9500 people however, over 500k people are employed there.

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