What Did You Learn Today? (49 PICS)

Posted in INTERESTING       19 Feb 2021       2918       3

1 What Did You Learn Today?

"After the 2011 Japanese nuclear plant in Fukushima was disabled by an earthquake tsunami double whammy, elderly Japanese people volunteered to do repairs to save young people from radiation exposure."

 

2 What Did You Learn Today?

"After Universidad del Mar was closed by Chilean government due to major financial irregularities, artist Papas Fritas managed to enter its vault and burn tuition contracts amounting to $500 million, making difficult to prove students owed the university this money"

 

3 What Did You Learn Today?

"The Curie family is the family with the most Nobel Prizes. Marie Curie won two Nobel prizes in physics and chemistry. Her husband Pierre Curie won a Nobel in physics. Their daughter Irène Joliot-Curie won a Nobel prize in chemistry."

 

4 What Did You Learn Today?

"Some elephants eat off a specific tree to induce labor - the same tree which kenyan women brew a tea of for the same purpose"

 

5 What Did You Learn Today?

"An 11 year old girl could not afford running shoes, so she wrapped her feet in tape and drew a Nike logo on it. She won several gold medals in local competitions."

 

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6 What Did You Learn Today?

"Elinor Powell was a black nurse who served during WWII. She was assigned to work at a POW camp, like most African-American nurses at the time, and fell in love with a German POW there. They married and had children despite it being illegal in both the U.S and Germany during this time period."

 

7 What Did You Learn Today?

"Genghis Khan would marry off a daughter to the king of an allied nation. Then he would assign his new son in law to military duty in the Mongol wars, while his daughter took over the rule. Most sons in law died in combat, giving his daughters complete control of these nations"

 

8 What Did You Learn Today?

"Whoopi Goldberg is the only person in the world to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony, and Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award"

 

9 What Did You Learn Today?

"In 1936 Orson Welles produced and directed a version of Shakespeare's Macbeth with an all-Black cast."

 

10 What Did You Learn Today?

"Penguins can drink saltwater because of glands near their eyes that remove salt from their bloodstream and then they can sneeze out the extra salt."

 

11 What Did You Learn Today?

"Aboriginal Australians often traveled to Indonesia for trade, and when British explorers first visited inland Australia they met an Aboriginal man who had already learned English from his visit to Singapore."

 

12 What Did You Learn Today?

"A species of Australian Nocturnal Ground Parrots thought to be extinct for 100 years were found by one man after 15 years of searching. His search began when he found one feather of this bird on a truck and traced it back to the farm of an Old Indigenous Gentleman."

 

13 What Did You Learn Today?

"Researchers found that a blood test called PanSeer detected cancer in 95% of patients up to 4 years before they got a conventional cancer diagnosis. The test determines if the DNA in blood plasma was shed by tumours based on precence of particular methyl groups."

 

14 What Did You Learn Today?

"In 2015, a plane made an emergency landing after the crew received an indication of smoke in the cargo hold. It turns out to be caused by the 2,186 sheep farting onboard."

 

15 What Did You Learn Today?

"The search to recover debris from the Challenger disaster in 1986 also resulted in the discovery of 13 shipwrecks, two lost airplanes and 25 kilos of cocaine"

 

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16 What Did You Learn Today?

"Apple's policy of refusing to repair phones that have undergone "unauthorized" repairs is illegal in Australia due to their right to repair law"

 

17 What Did You Learn Today?

"Paul McCartney let a stranger claiming to be Jesus Christ sit in on a Beatles recording session in 1967. McCartney figured, "Well, it probably isn’t. But if he is, I’m not going to be the one to turn him away""

 

18 What Did You Learn Today?

"New Zealand is not part of of any of the world's seven recognized continents, and is in fact situated upon the submerged continent of Zealandia."

 

19 What Did You Learn Today?

"The West Indie's top cricketer Kraigg Brathwaite was scrawny as a kid, and got bullied by his Combermere School (Barbados) bus mates. A girl, 4 years his senior, protected him. She beat up the bullies & took Kraigg on her lap. Her name: Robyn Fenty, a.k.a. Rihanna."

 

20 What Did You Learn Today?

"Theodore Roosevelt's daughter Alice had a pet snake named Emily Spinach. She liked to carry it around the White House in her purse and take it out at unexpected moments."

 

21 What Did You Learn Today?

"Agatha Christie is the third most widely published author of all time, outsold only by Shakespeare and the bible. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and a billion more in 100 different languages."

 

22 What Did You Learn Today?

"Whenever we sleep in unfamiliar surroundings, only half your brain is getting a good night's rest while the other half stands guard."

 

23 What Did You Learn Today?

"Oxford University is so old that they don’t even know when exactly it was founded and that the earliest evidence of teaching there goes back to 1096."

 

24 What Did You Learn Today?

"Aquariums aren't allowed to pay to get animals from other aquariums as it encourages poaching. So there is a barter system in place where they swap animals. A New England aquarium traded a dozen penguins for 800 mackerel and their basic unit of trade is the jellyfish"

 

25 What Did You Learn Today?

"Mexico was the only country to protest against the German annexation of Austria"

 

26 What Did You Learn Today?

"Payless once opened a fake luxury store called "Palessi" and invited influencers to see how much people would pay for $20 shoes. Top offer: $640. A markup of 1800%."

 

27 What Did You Learn Today?

"Babies can acquire sign language just like they would acquire any language and follows the same patterns as vocal language acquisition, where deaf infants (if exposed to sign language early) start to "babble" 1-2 sign sentences around the time their hearing counterparts start to "babble" words."

 

28 What Did You Learn Today?

"Eight years after JFK’s assassination, Jackie Kennedy avoided the public unveiling of their White House portraits, but the Nixons graciously agreed to a secret, private tour for her and her kids. It was her only return visit"

 

29 What Did You Learn Today?

"The USS New York is a ship in the US Navy forged partially from steel that was salvaged from the World Trade Center after it was destroyed in 9/11. The ship's motto is "Strength forged through sacrifice. Never forget.""

 

30 What Did You Learn Today?

"Poncke Princen, a Dutch anti-Nazi fighter who was later sent to Indonesia to suppress an anticolonial rebellion. Princen, after witnessing Dutch war crimes, defected to fight with the guerrillas in 1948. He later helped expose the anticommunist massacres of Indonesian dictator Suharto."

 

31 What Did You Learn Today?

"South Park co-creator Trey Parker begged his show's executive producer not to air one South Park episode because he was afraid it would ruin South Park. That episode was "Make Love, Not Warcraft" which received critical acclaim and earned a Primetime Emmy Award"

 

32 What Did You Learn Today?

"There is a clear ceramic made out of Aluminum that is stronger than bulletproof glass, and has a higher melting point than stainless steel. It is called ALON, and is used for armored windows"

 

33 What Did You Learn Today?

"An ancient Roman oracle once prophesied that "Caligula had no more chance of becoming emperor than of riding a horse across the Bay of Baiae". After becoming emperor, Caligula ordered ships to construct the largest pontoon bridge in history, and rode his horse across the Bay of Baiae"

 

34 What Did You Learn Today?

"The original drummer of The Offspring became a gynecologist, and during the initial stages of a malpractice trial, he performed CPR and used a defibrillator to save the life of a potential juror. The judge had to declare a mistrial because the rest of the jury would likely be biased in his favor"

 

35 What Did You Learn Today?

"Duct tape was invented by Vesta Stoudt, a factor worker during WWII and the mother of 2 sons in the Navy. When her supervisors at the factory dismissed her idea for a stronger cloth-based tape, she wrote a letter to President FDR, who then ordered Johnson&Johnson to manufacture her idea."

 

36 What Did You Learn Today?

"Surya Bonaly, a French figure skater, landed a backflip on one blade in the 1998 Nagano Olympics. This was banned in 1976 and Bonaly did it despite knowing that it would negatively affect her score. It has not been repeated in the Olympics since."

 

37 What Did You Learn Today?

"After denied rights to use "Another One Bites the Dust" for Rocky III, Sylvester Stallone hired Survivor to write an original song instead, which turned out to be "Eye Of The Tiger""

 

38 What Did You Learn Today?

"Ed Sheeran granted a dying fans wish, which was to hear him sing, by singing to her minutes before she died"

 

39 What Did You Learn Today?

"The skeletons of medieval English archers were deformed from years of archery. The high poundage of war bows, coupled with years of training in their use from a young age, led to skeletons having over-developed shoulder and arm bones to compensate for the growth of muscle around those areas."

 

40 What Did You Learn Today?

"Neil Armstrong's heart rate spiked to 150+ when NASA turned the control over to him for the moon landing."

 

41 What Did You Learn Today?

"Before proposing to Emma Wedgwood, Charles Darwin made a list of marriage pros and cons. Pros- better than a dog, charms of music & female chit-chat. Cons - Anxiety & responsibility, less money for books."

 

42 What Did You Learn Today?

"Koi carps bred outside of Japan live on average 15 years, while the average age of Japanese koi is 40 years and the oldest recorded lifespan is 226 years (the Koi named Hanako lived from 1751 to 1977)."

 

43 What Did You Learn Today?

"The Python programming language is named after the BBC show “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” and has nothing to do with reptiles."

 

44 What Did You Learn Today?

"When Don Cheadle was first offered the role of War Machine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he was told he only had an hour to decide on the 12-year commitment. When Cheadle responded that he was at his kid's birthday party, the Marvel rep said, "Oh! Oh, take two hours""

 

45 What Did You Learn Today?

"There's a spy themed restaurant called the SafeHouse. It was founded in 1966 and it has a hidden location with a secret entrance. A password is needed to enter and if it's not given, patrons will have to do silly tasks that are broadcasted to people inside the restaurant in order to enter."

 

46 What Did You Learn Today?

"To clean out the sewer pipes that tended to block, the mayor of the city of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe instituted a synchronized flush. Residents who did not comply were fined."

 

47 What Did You Learn Today?

"The former CEO of Coca-Cola, Roberto Goizueta, was the first person to become a billionaire by being an employee and not a company founder (or heir)."

 

48 What Did You Learn Today?

"The movie Independence Day still holds the record for most miniature models to appear in one film. Approximately 95% of the movie's special effects were shot using miniatures and due to the advances in digital technology this record may stand forever."

 

49 What Did You Learn Today?

"When Ratatouille was being animated, one of the Pixar employees jumped into a pool in a cook's uniform and apron so that the team could see how the clothing looked when wet."

 



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Hugh 1 week ago
#35 Not a photo of duct tape

#45 There may be many of them, but there was one in Madison, WI back in the 80’s.
       
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Prudence 1 week ago
Hugh,

I've been to the one in Milwaukee. Didn't know there was one in Madison as well.
       
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Stella 1 week ago
Prudence, You must be invited and have the password.
       
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