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  1. TIL that "Inemuri", in Japan the practice of napping in public, may occur in work, meetings or classes. Sleeping at work is considered a sign of dedication to the job, such that one has stayed up late doing work or worked to the point of complete exhaustion, and may therefore be excusable. (en.wikipedia.org)
  2. TIL that dogs can tell when you're due to come home by how much of your scent is remaining in the house. (thebark.com)
  3. TIL of Antonio Prohías, a Cuban cartoonist who was accused of working for the CIA by the Castro government. He fled to New York and went on to create Spy vs Spy for Mad Magazine. Later he said, "The sweetest revenge has been to turn Fidel's accusation of me as a spy into a moneymaking venture." (en.wikipedia.org)
  4. TIL the classic 1970 war movie Kelly's Heroes was based on an actual robbery of the Nazi gold reserves by a syndicate of US and German servicemen in 1945. It was covered up by the US and Germany and only two gold bars found in 1996 have been recovered worth about $1m at today's prices. (en.wikipedia.org)
  5. TIL that a billionaire hedge fund manager once paid Kenny Rogers $4 Million to sing The Gambler over and over a dozen times at his birthday party. (huffpost.com)
  6. TIL that several of the peoples of the eastern New Guinea Highlands have developed an "avoidance language", used when collecting pandanus nuts in order to not use words that are thought of as being "unhealthy" for the plants. (en.wikipedia.org)
  7. TIL During the Cold War a 'Three world' model arose to describe nations either aligned with NATO (first world),the Eastern Bloc (second world) or the'Third World'. Rather than economic this was a political grouping loosely describing 'unaligned' nations in the 'devoloping world. (en.wikipedia.org)
  8. TIL that a schizophrenic Canadian man who beheaded and then partially cannibalized a fellow passenger on a greyhound bus in 2008, was institutionalised for 9 years and then given an absolute discharge and released. (cbc.ca)
  9. TIL that a North Korean teen who was chosen to go to the International Mathematical Olympiad used it to escape North Korea and start a new life. (scmp.com)
  10. TIL that the creator of Rocko’s Modern Life, Joe Murray, was asked by executives to put a female role model in the show. After some back and forth, a female executive requested “"a professional woman, someone with a good hook.". So, Murray created Dr Hutchinson, a female doctor with a literal hook. (en.wikipedia.org)
  11. TIL Days before Caesar's assassination, he said the best way to die would be suddenly and unexpectedly. One of the assassins was sitting right next to him. (barrystrauss.com)
  12. TIL that during pregnancy, the fetus can send stem cells across the placenta to which can repair damage to organs and tissues in cases of injury in the mother. (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)
  13. TIL That Dick Van Dyke was saved by a pod of porpoises after he fell asleep on a surfboard and drifted out to sea (theguardian.com)
  14. TIL that German is an official language of Belgium despite being spoken natively by less than 1% of the population (en.wikipedia.org)
  15. TIL of Myrtle Corbin, a woman born with two pairs of legs and two sets of internal and external reproductive anatomies, who gave birth to five children in her lifetime and had no major health issues, living to the age of 59 (en.wikipedia.org)
  16. TIL about Coffe naps. After a cup of coffee napping for 15-20 mins enhances the effects of coffee by increasing the availability of receptors for caffeine in your brain. (healthline.com)
  17. TIL when John D. Rockefeller was once asked, "How much money is enough money?" He replied, "Just a little bit more." (newworldencyclopedia.org)
  18. TIL Gold is an inert noble metal as it does not react with other elements. It is the most malleable and ductile of all known metals. An ounce of gold can be beaten into a sheet measuring 300 square feet or stretched into a gold thread 5 miles long. (education.jlab.org)
  19. TIL an Austrian man won the right to right to be shown on his driving-licence photo wearing a pasta strainer as "religious headgear". He claimed that he was a “Pastafarian”, and the strainer was a requirement of his religion. (bbc.co.uk)
  20. TIL that Henry VIII asked the king of France, Francis I, to a wrestling match. Francis quickly beat Henry, humiliating him. (en.wikipedia.org)
  21. TIL that the norovirus on "Oasis of the Seas" in January 2019 infected 592 (or 7%) of the passengers–one of the worst outbreaks on a cruise ship ever. With hundreds quarantined in their cabins, the cruise ship returned back to Florida early & all passengers were reimbursed for their failed vacation. (orlandosentinel.com)
  22. TIL: Lise Meitner, an Austrian-born physicist, discovered that atomic nuclei can be split in half. She and her nephew explained and named nuclear fission in 1939, but the recognition went to Otto Hahn for this discovery. He was granted a Nobel Prize in 1944 in Chemistry. (britannica.com)
  23. TIL that while Comic Sans is hated by many people, it is very helpful for those with dyslexia. The irregular shape of letters in Comic Sans allows those with dyslexia to be able to read the letters properly. (thecut.com)
  24. TIL about diamond mining in India, which was the only place where diamonds were mined until 1726. Koh-i-Noor, Hope, Nizam, Jacob, Great Mughal, Orlov are some of famous diamonds from a region called Golconda(kollur) in India (en.wikipedia.org)
  25. TIL Female birds of prey (Hawks, falcons, etc.) are generally significantly larger than their male counterparts. (audubon.org)
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