TIL that in 1976, the mummified body of Elmer Mccurdy was found in a funhouse in California. Mccurdy had died in a shootout in 1911 and his body had been used ever since as a sideshow attraction. His discoverers only realised it was a human body when his arm broke off, revealing bone and muscle.
Submitted October 31, 2015 at 03:24PM by MoonshineExpress
TIL that it is not uncommon for successful people to underestimate and devalue their own achievements, and even believe that their own success/competence/intelligence is fraudulent. This mindset is known as Impostor Syndrome.
Submitted October 31, 2015 at 11:54AM by narcolepsy_ninja
TIL that ETS, a “non-profit” organisation, has a monopoly over graduate testing, pays its CEO more than a million dollars a year, has 36 Senior VPs or VPs earning $400,000+ a year, made $7,000,000 in profits in 2009, and maintains a 360 acre campus with swimming pools, heliports and hotels.
Submitted October 31, 2015 at 01:30PM by IwantPuppies
TIL Bob Ross never received any money for his show, The Joy of Painting. His company, Bob Ross Inc., sold art supplies, how-to videos, and he gave art lessons.
Submitted October 31, 2015 at 01:28PM by Racker150
TIL in the 1600s, slavers from what is now Algeria and Morocco raided a village in Ireland, selling dozens into a life of slavery in Africa. The raid has been immortalized in the names of pubs like the Algiers Inn.
Submitted October 31, 2015 at 11:44AM by selfhatingyank
TIL despite 82.9% opposition the Swedish government switched the entire country from left-hand side to right-hand side driving in ONE DAY in 1967
Submitted October 31, 2015 at 11:12AM by tedyang
TIL A mysterious lake, over 10m deep, appeared overnight in the Tunisian desert.
Submitted October 31, 2015 at 09:54AM by oliviashanks
TIL that the U-bend (P-trap without a 90 degree bend) used in toilets and sinks to prevent sewage gasses from entering the house was invented by Thomas Crapper
Submitted October 31, 2015 at 08:56AM by Redrolla27
TIL a stray pit bull adopted an orphaned kitten and kept her alive by nursing her on her own milk. After being rescued the kitten was bottle-fed, but the dog refused to leave her side, howling if separated and licking her clean as she ate. Upon adoption from the centre, they came as a pair.
Submitted October 31, 2015 at 05:51AM by Ruthjacobs
TIL that because of cold war regulations, every street in China is in slightly the wrong place on Google Maps.
Submitted October 31, 2015 at 08:35AM by ravrahn