TIL Helen Keller was a socialist and one of the founders of the ACLU. After extensive travel, she said, “I had once believed that we are all masters of our fate…Now, however, I learned that the power to rise in the world is not within the reach of everyone.”
Submitted January 31, 2016 at 02:16PM by Thinkclass
TIL In 1980 after a simple miscalculation, a drilling company accidentally punctured the roof of a salt mine on Lake Peigneur, draining 2.5 million gallons in less than 3 hours. The whirlpool was so strong it sucked barges to the bottom and reversed the Gulf of Mexico.
Submitted January 31, 2016 at 12:04PM by RedWinget
TIL that in order to prevent everything from being named after mathematician Leonhard Euler, discoveries are sometimes named after the first person AFTER Euler to have discovered them.
Submitted January 31, 2016 at 11:13AM by ZwischenzugZugzwang
TIL one of Bernie Madoff’s ponzi scheme victims was a professor that wrote a book on gullibility and scams.
Submitted January 31, 2016 at 09:45AM by lazydracula
TIL the day before the 1996 US presidential election, the NYT Crossword contained the clue “Lead story in tomorrow’s newspaper” — the puzzle was built so that both electoral outcomes were correct answers, requiring 7 other clues to have dual responses
Submitted January 31, 2016 at 12:12PM by TangoZippo
TIL German Universities have FREE Tuition for International Students As Well
Submitted January 31, 2016 at 01:34AM by faerie87
TIL at its height in the early 00s, Blockbuster Video earned nearly $800 million through late fees alone, making up 16% of its revenue.
Submitted January 31, 2016 at 07:02AM by thewholebenchilada
TIL that in medieval Germany, married couples could legally settle their disputes by fighting a Marital Duel. To even the field, the man had to fight from inside a hole with one arm tied behind his back. The woman was free to move and was armed with a sack filled with rocks.
Submitted January 31, 2016 at 07:42AM by markhunt1980
TIL in 2008 four Scientologists held a woman captive for 6 weeks for ‘Introspection Rundown’, a Church treatment for mental health issues. Police rescuers found her traumatized, semi-nude in a room full of trash. Despite arrests, there’s no indication the Scientologists were convicted on any charges
Submitted January 31, 2016 at 06:53AM by tiptoptap35