r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL Fender Guitars did a study and found that 90% of new guitar players abandon playing within 1 year. The 10% that don't quit spend an average of $10,000 on hardware over their lifetime, buying 5-7 guitars and multiple amps.

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r/todayilearned 6h ago

TIL a school social worker noticed a young Jimi Hendrix's habit of emulating a guitar with a broom and attempted to get school funding to buy him a guitar. Her request was denied

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r/todayilearned 14h ago All-Seeing Upvote

TIL a woman flying from Manchester to Florida had a heart attack during the flight and when the stewardess asked for help 15 cardiologists came to save her. They were flying to a cardiology conference.

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r/todayilearned 6h ago

TIL that one month after 9/11 a man stormed the cockpit of an airplane departing Chicago while screaming about crashing into the Sears tower. He was subdued by people onboard, and the plane was escorted back to O'Hare International Airport by fighter jets.

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r/todayilearned 9h ago

TIL every five seconds between lightning and thunder is about a mile of distance; it’s not true that each second between lightning and thunder means the storm is one mile away

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r/todayilearned 22h ago Gold

TIL Terry Crews said the reason Fox didn't promote idiocracy was because Mike Judge had companies pay for product placement and then he made them look bad (Starbucks gave out hand-jobs). The film tanked in limited release but made over 20 times its gross domestic box office revenue in DVD rentals.

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r/todayilearned 7h ago

TIL that Tom Cruise earns the most per word for his movies at $7,091 a word or around $205,609 for 10 seconds of work. Second is Kurt Russell who gets $5,682 per word, Johnny Depp comes in third at $4,877 per word.

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r/todayilearned 6h ago

TIL workers dismantling the wrecked MV Primrose off of North Sentinel Island were confronted by the isolated Sentinelese, but defused the situation by giving them bananas and letting them on board to acquire scrap metal. Workers were visited by the Sentinelese 2-3 times a month for 18 months.

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344 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 6h ago

TIL pigeons can be trained to diagnose cancer from biopsy images with the same accuracy as medical pathologists

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294 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 5h ago

TIL about the Kyujo Incident that occurred on Aug 14, 1945 where several Japanese officers occupied the Japanese Imperial Palace in an attempted coup of the Emperor to prevent him from surrendering to the Allies. They murdered several people and when their plot failed, they committed suicide.

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r/todayilearned 9h ago

TIL that an ankylosaur fossil was discovered in 2011 so flawlessly preserved that some of its skin, armor, and stomach contents were still intact.

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390 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL The entire Amazon basin is fertilized by diatom shell dust blown over the Atlantic from the Sahara desert

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r/todayilearned 1d ago Take My Energy Stone Face

TIL the USA was supposed to adopt the metric system but the ship carrying the standardized meter and kilogram was hijacked by pirates in 1793 and the measurements never made it to the States

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r/todayilearned 12h ago

TIL Gulf War Syndrome is not related to PTSD, but most likely due to sarin gas exposure

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562 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL that Haiti and Lichtenstein showed up to the 1936 Olympics with the exact same flag, which they had both been using for decades without knowledge of the similarity

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131 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL Manuel Noriega was a real person, a former dictator who sued Activision over using him in the game Call of Duty Black Ops II without his knowing and as a villain. He lost the case.

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r/todayilearned 20h ago

TIL in 2002, John Muhammad (41) & Lee Malvo (17) went on a random killing spree known as the D.C. Sniper Attacks. However, their rampage actually began months before on the West Coast. They murdered 17 people (injured 10) in Washington, Arizona, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, Virginia, & DC.

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r/todayilearned 1d ago

TIL In 2010, Mitchell Heisman shot himself in Harvard Yard in front of tourists, leaving behind a 1,905 page suicide note explaining in detail “Why life is truly meaningless”. The note is a work of five years with a 20 page bibliography and 200 references to Nietzsche.

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r/todayilearned 1h ago

TIL that humans naturally find mixed-race, tan-colored people to be more attractive than both pale-skinned and dark-skinned people.

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r/todayilearned 6h ago

TIL in Japan you can rent a Super Mario go kart and drive through the streets of Tokyo, whilst dressed as Super Mario characters.

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL that some artificial raspberry flavorings are harvested from the castor sacs of beavers, which are located near the beaver's cloaca (excretory opening), giving the flavoring the nickname "beaver taint".

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r/todayilearned 8h ago

TIL Nigeria is the third largest Guinness drinking nation, followed By the USA

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194 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 9h ago

TIL Sour Patch Kids are shaped as Martians and were initially called "Mars Men" back in the 70s to capitalize on the space enthusiasm of the time.

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210 Upvotes

r/todayilearned 17h ago

TIL that in the UK, the BBC has 'TV detector vans' to help enforce TV licensing fees from people who illegally receive a TV broadcast signal in their home.

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r/todayilearned 4h ago

TIL the British Empire almost federalized into an Imperial Federation. Proposed as an alternative to colonialism, the idea even had the support of the then-prime minister, but lost its momentum because of the first world war.

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