TIL of J.I. Rodale, an early supporter of organic eating and farming. While on the Dick Cavett show, at the age of 72, Rodale said "I've never felt better in my life" and "I'm going to live to be 100..." Minutes later Rodale died on the couch while the next guest was being interviewed by Cavett.
TIL Your pup can pick up on subtle changes in your scent, which can help him figure out how you are feeling — such as by smelling your perspiration when you become nervous or fearful. It’s also likely how dogs can detect certain diseases or know that a household member is pregnantIn
TIL the largest tumor successfully removed from a human patient was a multicystic mass of the right ovary weighing 303 lbs (137.6 kg). The 6-hour operation took place in 1991 at Stanford University Hospital where the patient lay on her side, so as not to be crushed by the 3-ft diameter growth.
TIL: The Nuremburg Code stipulates "voluntary, informed consent" for research participants, and experiments that might lead to death/disability are unacceptable. U.S.A. violated The Code throughout the 1950-70s w/ large scale releases of bacteria in NYC subway, on PA Turnpike, and National Airport.
TIL in 1958 CIA reported that subliminal messaging can make people act abnormally, based on James Vicary's reported claims of his subliminal cinema ads test increasing sales. In 1962, Vicary admitted his report was a fake gimmick, and 30 years later, the cinema owner said they never had such a test.
TIL on July 7, 2017 a flight landing in San Francisco descended to an altitude of 25m and as close as 9m laterally to four planes waiting below before aborting. 1,000 passengers were at imminent risk and with only seconds to spare, narrowly avoided "the greatest aviation disaster in history"
TIL that the 5,500 year-old Ġgantija temples of Malta are purported to be the 2nd oldest man-made structure, built during the Neolithic period. Constructed in the shapes of clover leaves, their intricate design is all the more remarkable as the islanders had no access to wheels or metal tools.
TIL about "Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management," an extensive guide to running a household in Victorian Britain, published in 1861. It recommends boiling pasta for an hour and forty-five minutes and states that potatoes are "suspicious; a great many are narcotic, and many are deleterious."
TIL of 'St Paul's heights' which is a planning rule used to protect the existing veiws of St Paul's cathedral in London. One example of this is from King Henry VIII’s Mound over 10 miles (16 km) away and created in 1710, this view frames the cathedral through a special gap in holly hedging.
TIL In 1897 England it was possible to park your carriage or car in a multi-story vehicle repository. At this time there was accommodation on the ground floor for 150 horses and 20 dogs in addition to shops, offices, harness rooms and a caretaker's room with a lift to the top floor for carriages.
TIL that airplanes can honk. They actually have a horn.
TIL that there is a 10% chance a credit cards pin is 1234
TIL David Joyner, one of the actors who physically portrayed Barney the Dinosaur, runs a Tantric Sexual Healing Business that calls for him to “unblock the spiritual energy” of at least two to four ladies a week. He also cites Tantra as the main reason behind his energy during his years as Barney.
TIL that we say "redhead" since red was the only relevant color word in Old and Middle English. Oranges arrived in England after 1300 AD and only became a color descriptor after 1540. Carrots arrived in 1530 but were purple and yellow at the time, as orange carrots were only popularized after 1600.
TIL that the term "Hail Mary" became widespread after a December 28, 1975 NFL playoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Minnesota Vickings, when Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach said about his game-winning touchdown pass to wide receiver Drew Pearson, "I closed my eyes and said a hail mary."