Mind = Blown: 10 Of The Very Best Facts Uncovered In TIL

by
Lauren Burgoon
These redditors go trolling through the Web for crazy facts so you don't have to.

When you discover something that blows your mind, all you want to do is let people know. A subsection on Reddit, called Today I Learned (TIL), lets users do just that.

While some of the posts have us wondering what exactly the kids are learning in school these days, others are chockfull of factoids we all simply need to know now.

The top 10 things we've learned from TIL are: 

1. TIL There is an Island in the Bahamas Inhabited Only by Swimming Pigs

"The pigs are said to have been dropped off on Big Major Cay by a group of sailors who wanted to come back and cook them. The sailors, though, never returned; the pigs survived on excess food dumped from passing ships."

 

2. TIL that the time difference between when Stegosaurus lived and Tyrannosaurus rex lived is greater than the time difference between Tyrannosaurus rex and NOW.

Redditor inhousegeek writes:

"Stegosaurus was extinct 150 million years ago.

Tyrannosaurus was extinct around 65 million years ago.

150-65 = 85 million years versus 65 million years.

There is a staggering difference of 20 million years!

Mind = Blown."

 

3. TIL that Nicholas Cage invented his own acting style, known as "Nouveau Shamanic". He plans on one day writing a book about the method.

 

4. TIL that in the United States, Alaska is the state that is farthest north, east, and west (due to the fact that the Aleutian Islands cross the 180° meridian of longitude).

Oil reserves, unparalleled natural beauty, Jewel: Is there anything Alaska can't do? 

 

5. TIL that a man called Captain Thunderbolt once escaped from a place called Cockatoo Island.

"Frederick Wordsworth Ward (aka Captain Thunderbolt) (1835–25 May 1870) was an Australian bushranger renowned for escaping from Cockatoo Island, and also for his reputation as the "gentleman bushranger" and his lengthy survival, being the longest roaming bushranger in Australian history."

 

6. TIL, when St Louis held the 1904 Summer Olympic Games, the events included greased pole climbing, rock throwing, and mud fighting. At this time the games were not judged by nations but mearly [sic] on the individual athlete competing.

"A Cuban postman named Felix Carbajal joined the marathon ... He stopped off in an orchard en route to have a snack on some apples, which turned out to be rotten. The rotten apples caused him to have to lie down and take a nap. Despite falling ill from the apples he finished in fourth place."

 

7. TIL that cyanide was named after the color cyan because it was originally isolated from the dye Prussian blue.

The more you know.

 

8. TIL if you have no debts and $10 in your pocket, you have more wealth than 25% of Americans

Perhaps even more alarming: Six people who owned Wal-Mart had more wealth than 30 percent of all Americans in 2007. Income inequality in the U.S. is staggering. 

 

9. TIL the average cloud weighs about 1.1 Million Pounds

"Scientists have measured the water density of a typical cumulus cloud (the white, fluffy ones you see on a nice day) as 1/2 gram per cubic meter—about a small marble’s worth of water in a space you and a friend could comfortably sit in."

 

10. TIL That I'll be a daddy for the first time. Any advice?

Aw. In the dog-eat-dog, cut 'em down with sarcasm world of Reddit, this one is a great TIL.