TIL George Washington said he’d never set foot in London again, so when Virginia gifted a statue of the president to Great Britain they also sent dirt from Virginia to put under the statue.
Submitted March 31, 2016 at 12:25PM by CaptainHume
TIL there exists a psychological phenomenon in which perfectly sane people, with no desire to die, find themselves faced with a steep cliff and experience a strong desire to leap. This phenomenon is so common, in fact, that the French have a term for it: L’appel du Vide – Call of the Void.
Submitted March 31, 2016 at 12:03PM by Supernova6
TIL That Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla created one of the world’s first wireless remote controls, unveiled at Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1898
Submitted March 31, 2016 at 07:05AM by jmestrin
TIL that in South Asia widowed women were once routinely burned alive on their husbands’ funeral pyres. A British general outlawed it, saying “This burning of widows is your custom; prepare the funeral pile… But my nation has also a custom. When men burn women alive we hang them.”
Submitted March 31, 2016 at 12:04PM by robinpersae
TIL in 1954 the Soviet Union applied to join NATO… they were rejected
Submitted March 31, 2016 at 09:36AM by jjake101
TIL Elon Musk wanted Tesla’s Model lineup to spell SEX: Model S, Model E, Model X. However, Ford owns the term Model E, so Tesla opted for Model 3 to spell S3X
Submitted March 31, 2016 at 10:40AM by SIThereAndThere
TIL there are only two living people left in the world that were born in the 1800’s.
Submitted March 31, 2016 at 08:37AM by eldusto84
TIL the Roman Emperor Caracalla slaughtered 20,000 Egyptians because they made a play mocking him
Submitted March 31, 2016 at 10:19AM by BackLeap
TIL the “Door to Hell” in Turkmenistan is a natural gas field that collapsed into an underground cavern in 1971, becoming a natural gas crater. Wanting to prevent spread of methane gas, Geologists set it on fire expecting it to burn out in a few weeks- It has instead continued to burn for >4 decades
Submitted March 31, 2016 at 05:57AM by DrWeeGee
TIL A Mumbai thief was force-fed 48 bananas to make him excrete a stolen gold chain.
Submitted March 31, 2016 at 09:25AM by Miskatonica