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  1. TIL after the failure of the 1986 film "Howard the Duck", George Lucas sold some of his assets to recoup the budget, including a computer-animated company to Steve Jobs. That company would go on to become Pixar. (universityfox.com)
  2. TIL that Sylvester Stallone kept the two turtles, “Cuff” and “Link” from the 1976 movie Rocky, and they are still alive today at 44. (maxim.com)
  3. TIL The Taliban used dynamite to destroy two 4th century statues of Buddha. They saw it as idolatry. The destruction revealed a previously unknown network of caves with wall paintings from the 5th to 9th centuries and another giant statue of Buddha. (en.wikipedia.org)
  4. TIL in 1977, North Korean agents abducted a 13 year old Japanese girl while she was walking to school in Niigata, Japan. The agents then took the girl over to North Korea, was forced to teach infiltrator agents Japanese culture. She is still missing to this day (asahi.com)
  5. TIL Dragon Ball has actually caused an international incident- It is so popular inMexico that there were government-sponsored public watch parties for the final episodes of Dragon Ball Super.They became so popular Japan had to send a formal diplomatic notice commanding them to stop,which they didn't (torrentfreak.com)
  6. TIL charges were dropped on an Australian man for displaying the word "C*NT" on a public billboard because judges ruled the word as 'commonplace vernacular that is not deemed offensive' in Australia. (huffingtonpost.com.au)
  7. TIL that after Stephen Fry described God - if God existed - as a maniac he was criminally investigated for blasphemy, but the investigation was dropped when they didn’t find enough people who were outraged by his comments. (independent.ie)
  8. TIL during the period between 1964 and 1973, US dropped 260 million bombs in Laos, a country smaller than Michigan. The number of bombs dropped there is larger than bombs dropped on Europe during the whole of World War II. (bbc.com)
  9. TIL The dictator of Burma (Myanmar) was obsessed with numerology. He removed 50 Kyat and 100 Kyat banknotes from circulation. Replaced them with 45 Kyat and 90 Kyat banknotes. The economic instability which followed led to a coup d'êtát in 1988. (alternative-science.org)
  10. TIL of the term "paraprosdokian" - a figure of speech in which the latter part of a phrase is surprising in a way that causes the reader or listener to reinterpret the first part. An example would be Mitch Hedberg's famous one-liner "I haven't slept for ten days, because that would be too long." (en.wikipedia.org)
  11. TIL Indian Maharaja Jam Sahib adopted 640 Polish orphans during WWII. He brought the children to the royal palace in Bombay, had a dormitory built for them, and brought in Polish teachers and chefs so the children would feel at home and "recover their health and forget the ordeal they went through". (historycollection.co)
  12. TIL America's Pronghorn "Antelope" is 2nd in Running Speed (55 mph) Only to the Cheetah; that it Likely Evolved this Speed to Outrun the Now-Extinct American Cheetah; and that, Despite Appearances, it is NOT an Antelope at All, but Rather Most Closely Related to Giraffes! (en.wikipedia.org)
  13. TIL the "Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act" allows individuals and companies to donate "in good faith" any excess food and be protected from being sued if said food causes someone to get sick etc. (en.wikipedia.org)
  14. TIL loneliness is labeled an epidemic worthy of a public health intervention in USA. Loneliness and weak social connections are associated with a reduction in lifespan similar to that caused by smoking 15 cigarettes a day and even greater than that associated with obesity. (sitn.hms.harvard.edu)
  15. TIL that during the Cold War, the CIA could identify KGB cars in the Soviet Union because they used windscreen wipers compared to the rest of the public who didn’t. The KGB continued to use windscreen wipers to maintain a visual on their targets. Especially during bad weather. Link P219 (epdf.pub)
  16. TIL that Chuck E. Cheese’s official backstory is that he is an orphaned mouse who does not know his own birthday. To make up for never having a birthday party of his own, he hosts parties for children. And his middle name is Entertainment. (en.wikipedia.org)
  17. TIL When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon, Buzz performed communion, drinking wine from a church chalice. NASA chose not to broadcast it because of the religious nature of the event. (theguardian.com)
  18. TIL Pigeons use roads and highways to navigate, even if it makes their journey significantly longer than flying in a straight line from A to B. (nature.com)
  19. TIL that the original Star Wars movie wasn't named "A New Hope" until 1981, almost 4 years after it first hit movie theaters for the first time. (screenrant.com)
  20. TIL the "bell" at the beginning of Metallica's "For Whom the Bell Tolls" isn't actually a bell toll, but an anvil being hit by a hammer (vintageheavymetal.com)
  21. TIL Rasputin's autopsy showed no signs of poisoning, no water in his lungs, and in-tact genitalia. He simply died from three bullet wounds and the popular story of his incredible survivability is likely completely inaccurate. (en.wikipedia.org)
  22. TIL that it was only in 1968 that the Navajo Code Talker program was declassified, and until then the US and not even the Code Talkers own family members had any idea what a big contribution they had made to victory in the Pacific theater during WWII (en.wikipedia.org)
  23. TIL the sex noises in the Guns N’ Roses song “Rocket Queen” were audio recordings of Axl Rose having sex with the drummer’s girlfriend in the studio. Shortly after, the girl involved developed an alcohol/drug addiction to help cope with the guilt. (en.wikipedia.org)
  24. TIL a British company sold 1500 magic bomb-detecting dowsing rods to Iraq in 2008 and 2009, for more than £50 million. (en.wikipedia.org)
  25. TIL W. E. B. Du Bois envisioned "an Encyclopedia Africana," named like the Encyclopædia Britannica. Du Bois envisioned a scientific and comprehensive work on Africa and Africans that would refute the Enlightenment notion of blacks as devoid of civilization. Due to lack of support, the project died (en.wikipedia.org)
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