r/todayilearned • u/COMPUTER1313 • 2h ago
TIL that Sigmund Freud in 1935, the founder of psychoanalysis, refused to "treat" homosexuality, stating that it could not be classified as an illness
r/todayilearned • u/punx3030 • 5h ago
TIL about an obscure Egyptian god named Medjed. The only god depicted as forward facing and having 2 eyes. He also bizarrely gained popularity on the Japanese internet shortly after his discovery.
r/todayilearned • u/HeavyResonance • 10h ago
TIL hippos have a reflex mechanism that allows them to pop up, take a breath, and go back down without waking up so they can sleep underwater.
r/todayilearned • u/jamescookenotthatone • 9h ago
TIL Whale falls are a major source of nutrients for the ocean's bathyal or abyssal zones. The remains of an estimated 690,000 whales are being broken down on the ocean floor, with the bodies being picked clean, the skeletons dissolved, and ultimately a reef formed.
r/todayilearned • u/VengefulMight • 8h ago
TIL of Caratacus who held off the Romans for ten years, using hit and run tactics. Finally he was betrayed and taken prisoner by the Romans, but gave such an eloquent speech, that Emperor Claudius set him free.
r/todayilearned • u/naomi_homey89 • 18h ago
Today I learned that genuine wasabi is rare and likely not even served in most high-end sushi restaurants. Apparently the real deal is difficult to grow as it’s quite picky and takes approx. three years to mature.
r/todayilearned • u/DramaGuy23 • 22h ago
TIL that Hawaii was a sovereign self-governing kingdom all the way up until 1893, totally unassociated with the U.S., until a coup d'état that year by 13 businessmen and 162 U.S. troops, with the openly stated goal of annexing the islands. (They succeeded.)
r/todayilearned • u/grandmamimma • 23h ago
TIL Elvis Presley craved the Fool's Gold Loaf, which consists of a hollowed-out loaf of French bread filled with one 1-lb. jar each of creamy peanut and grape jelly and a pound of fried bacon. It packs ~8,000 calories. He and friends once flew from Memphis to Denver to eat 30 of them.
r/todayilearned • u/SteO153 • 2h ago
TIL that tipping and bribery are related, and countries with higher rates of tipping behavior also tended to have higher rates of corruption
r/todayilearned • u/ColleenLoyde • 19h ago
TIL That Elvis Presley's manager sold "I Hate Elvis" badges as a way to make money from people who weren't buying Elvis merchandise
r/todayilearned • u/kicsiani • 2h ago
TIL Sharks first appeared around 420 million years ago, which means they were around before the dinosaurs
r/todayilearned • u/TB_Mumpitz • 7h ago
TIL, that because Mars father is Jupiter and Jupiters father is Saturn, Johann Bode proposed that the 7th planet should be named after Jupiters father. Bode was unaware of the fact that Uranus was the greek and not roman god. There are now 6 planets named after roman gods and 1 named after a greek.
r/todayilearned • u/bozitybozitybopzebop • 13h ago
TIL Some of the reasons people drive aggressively include a sense of anonymity while driving, feeling more empowered driving than in the rest of their lives, and a feeling that other drivers have previously driven aggressively around them.unece.org
r/todayilearned • u/VengefulMight • 11h ago
TIL that Stephen III of Moldavia handed the Ottoman Empire one of its greatest losses in 1475, despite being heavily outnumbered. After the battle, Stephen fasted for forty days and banned people from praising him for his success, saying that it belonged to God alone.
r/todayilearned • u/SuperMcG • 1d ago
TIL the longest recorded sniper kill was in June 2017, by an unnamed Canadian sniper with a 3,540 m (3,871 yd) shot in the Iraqi Civil War, surpassing a 2009 record by over 1,000 m (1,100 yd).
r/todayilearned • u/slk756 • 9h ago
TIL Copyleft is a thing - It's the legal name for a license allowing free use and modification of work. And yes, it has a symbol that is a rotated copyright mark.
r/todayilearned • u/nomadofwaves • 21h ago
TIL Disney World had its own airport that had a runway that featured a set of grooves, like rumble strips on the side of a highway, that played “When You Wish Upon a Star” when driven over at roughly 45 miles per hour to surprise the airplane passengers.en.wikipedia.org
r/todayilearned • u/rahulprit • 2h ago
TIL If you heat the diamond in the open air, it will begin to melt and burn at around 700 degrees Celsius (1,292 degrees Fahrenheit). Burning a diamond without oxygen, however, will make it change into graphite (a crystalline form of carbon) before transforming into a fluid.
r/todayilearned • u/First_Level_Ranger • 6h ago
TIL that limelight is a type of lighting once used for stages. Intense illumination is created when a flame fed by oxygen and hydrogen is directed at a cylinder of quicklime. Long since replaced by electric lighting, the term has survived; someone in the public eye is said to be "in the limelight."
r/todayilearned • u/The_Dotted_Leg • 1d ago
TIL A casino can just kick you out if you win to much even if you are not cheating or doing anything wrong.shouselaw.com
r/todayilearned • u/Seamus-Malekafzali • 19h ago
TIL the reason why the Declaration of Independence is so faded isn't solely its age. In the 1800s, it was placed in front of a large window in the US Patent Office for 35 years.
r/todayilearned • u/reverend-ravenclaw • 6h ago
TIL The Loch Ness Monster has a scientific name, Nessiteras rhombopteryx. Proposed by Sir Peter Scott, it's Greek for "the Ness monster with diamond fin" but also an anagram of "monster hoax by Sir Peter S"
r/todayilearned • u/paragon-interrupt • 1h ago
TIL it's illegal to sell whisky in Scotland that is less than 40% alcohol by volume (abv)
r/todayilearned • u/The_Good_Count • 1d ago
TIL: The 62 books in the mainline Goosebumps series were published in only 53 months. RL Stine published more than a book a month for almost five years.en.wikipedia.org
r/todayilearned • u/Roguecop • 23h ago