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TIL In an effort to reduce the high number of suicides on South Korea's Mapo Bridge, it was unofficially renamed the Bridge of Life. It was decorated with positive affirmations and even sympathetic sculptures. Suicides increased sixfold the following year.

TIL In an effort to reduce the high number of suicides on South Korea's Mapo Bridge, it was unofficially renamed the Bridge of Life. It was decorated with positive affirmations and even sympathetic sculptures. Suicides increased sixfold the following year.
TIL In an effort to reduce the high number of suicides on South Korea's Mapo Bridge, it was unoff...

Probably raised awarness about the bridge and it being a suicide spot. More people know it's a thing so they go there to do it.

I feel like "positive affirmations and sympathetic sculptures" is part of this huge misconception people seem to have about suicidal people. These are people who fully intend to take their own lives, and yet regular folks seem to think that some completely impersonal, generic feel-good fluff is going to deter them.

It strikes me as more of a political show of accomplishment to decorate the bridge and say "look, we're combating suicide!" If they were really serious about it, they'd put that money towards hiring professionals to patrol the bridge. That would undoubtedly be far more effective.

LPT: make it the last item on your bucket list.

positive affirmations

"God dammit. I hate my life, I'm such a failure...I'm gonna jump off that bridge over there"

"Okay, here goes nothing...fuck you life...you suck...oh man...I'm having second thoughts...I don't know if I can do this..."

looks around, sees signage and artwork

YOU CAN DO IT

WE BELIEVE IN YOU

YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES

EMBRACE OPPORTUNITY

YOU'RE STRONGER THAN YOU THINK

DON'T LIVE WITH REGRET

sniff "Thanks bridge, at least you understand me."

jumps

TIL In 2003, Juan Catalan was cleared of murder charges, after outtake footage shot for "The Car Pool Lane" episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm showed him and his daughter attending the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves baseball game some 20 miles from the crime scene at the time of the murder.

TIL In 2003, Juan Catalan was cleared of murder charges, after outtake footage shot for "The Car ...

Melnik later learned that HBO had been at the stadium the night of the killing to tape an episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," a self-deprecating comedy starring "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David. The lawyer found what he was looking for in footage that had not made the final cut.

"I got to one of the scenes, and there is my client sitting in a corner of the frame eating a hot dog with his daughter," Melnik said. "I nearly jumped out of my chair and said, 'There he is!"'

Damn, Jaun is probably one of the luckiest people alive to have a lawyer this smart.

He's definitely...

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Juan in a million.

His daughter said he was with her at a game and he has ticket stubs but someone said they saw him somewhere else and that's enough to try him for murder and possibly be put to death?

I call bullshit on those lazy prosecutors that had no interest in finding the real killer. They just wanted to close the case.

This is the most Curb Your Enthusiasm thing that has ever happened.

TIL in 1981, a 27 year old James Cameron was working as a director on Pirhana II, when he was fired for failing to get a close-up of the lead actress. He then got food poisoning and during his illness had a nightmare about a robot sent from the future to kill him - the idea for The Terminator

TIL in 1981, a 27 year old James Cameron was working as a director on Pirhana II, when he was fir...

one time when my wife had food poisoning she was shitting and puking at the same time in the hotel bathroom. then we had to wake up to catch an early flight, and that's it. that's the end of the story. no career making dreams.

He then got food poisoning and during his illness had a nightmare about a robot sent from the future to kill him and then he read a short story by Harlan Ellison which gave him - the idea for The Terminator (en.wikipedia.org)

FTFY

There is a movie in there somewhere. Maybe google "tubgirl" and see what comes up

Bullshit. He out and out stole the idea from an episode of The twilight zone written by Harlan Ellison. Ellison sued and settled out of court for a relatively small sum [$60,000 if memory serves]

TIL that nobody was sure if Michael Cera was actually acting or if he really was that awkward during the filming of Arrested Development.

TIL that nobody was sure if Michael Cera was actually acting or if he really was that awkward during the filming of Arrested Development.

Not even Michael Cera knows.

I'm a fan of the theory that Michael Cera isn't even an actor by choice. He landed his first acting roll because people assumed he wanted to do it and he was too unassertive to say anything about it.

That "go fish... uno" line was my favorite line for the longest time. It makes me laugh so hard and it just perfectly captures the essence of the character

and then proceeds to drink from the cup instead of the straw and the straw awkwardly grazes his forehead

TIL that the Eiffel Tower still exists today because Choltitz, a German infantry general, refused direct orders from Hitler to destroy it

TIL that the Eiffel Tower still exists today because Choltitz, a German infantry general, refused...

He wasn't the only one. Hans Speidel (Erwin Rommel's chief of staff) got a call from Hitler directing them to attack Paris. He simply hung up and pretended he never got the order.

He survived and escaped a Gestapo prison after being arrested for being part of the assasionation attempt on Hitler, then became a school teacher after the war.

Years later he was reactivated by the new German military and became the first German Supreme Commander of ground forces in NATO.

The French let him use a palace in Paris as his headquarters.

This is why we don't assume kids

The Eiffel tower had several "close calls" during it's its history, it was only meant to be temporary after all, and was actually considered very ugly when it was first constructed. Eiffel had to fight to keep it in place, and find good reasons to justify its presence in the parisian landscape

In Blankenberge Belgium a german sergeant got orders to blow up the beatifull tourist pier.

Instead he strapped al available explosives to the walkway and only blew part of the walkway. Making the pier unusable to land ships. But in one piece.

Years later he came back on holiday every year. And in 1994 he got the keys to the city as a "thank you" ceremony.

https://nl.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pier_van_Blankenberge

TIL that in 1958 two pilots flew an aircraft for more than two months without landing, refueling by matching speed with a truck driving down a road. Their record has not been broken.

TIL that in 1958 two pilots flew an aircraft for more than two months without landing, refueling ...

That's pretty cool. Keeping a piston engine in the air for over 1400 hours without maintenance is a pretty gutsy move.

Engine oil was added by means of a tube from the cabin that was fitted to pass through the firewall. Only the pilot's seat was installed. The remaining space was used for a pad on which the relief pilot slept. The right cabin door was replaced with an easy-opening, accordion-type door to allow supplies and fuel to be hoisted aboard. Early in the flight, the engine-driven electric generator failed. A Champion wind-driven generator (turned by a small propeller) was hoisted aboard, taped to the wing support strut, and plugged into the cigarette lighter socket; it served as the aircraft's source of electricity for the rest of the flight.

The pilots decided to end the marathon flight because with 1,558 hours of continuously running the engine during the record-setting flight, plus several hundred hours already on the engine beforehand (considerably in excess of its normal overhaul interval), the engine's power output had deteriorated to the point at which they were barely able to climb away after refueling.

One of the pilots had this to say upon landing:

"Next time I feel in the mood to fly endurance, I'm going to lock myself in our garbage can with the vacuum cleaner running. That is until my psychiatrist opens up for business in the morning."

TIL the original Obi-Wan Kenobi cloak, worn by Alec Guinness in A New Hope, was misplaced after filming and discovered 30 years later in at a costume shop in London having been rented out for fancy dress parties.

TIL the original Obi-Wan Kenobi cloak, worn by Alec Guinness in A New Hope, was misplaced after f...

In 2005, a clerk performing a stock check on monk costumes in the warehouse of a London based costume retailer noticed one of them had a rather oddly shaped hood, so he immediately put it on and showed his manager. To both of their glee it became quite apparent what they had discovered was the legendary Obi-Wan Kenobi robe, missing for nearly 30 years.

Amusingly the company was using the cloak for all of that time, but nobody knew its true value. It was used by Universal in their 1999 movie ‘The Mummy’ for a background character and was even rented out to the general public as a monk costume for Halloween parties. In 2007 the cloak was put up for auction and sold for £54,000 (equivalent to about $102,000 at the time).

beacuse it goes from £54,000 or about $102,000. conversion from british pounds to US dollars you ninny

It wasn't 'misplaced' so much as "returned to the costume shop." After filming, but before release, Star Wars wasn't some big deal. It was just one more churn-em-out flick. The robe was just tossed into the turn to be recycled, as it was. If memory serves, it also appears in Willow.

And Angels of London isn't exactly your local Party City. They're a professional costume house. They're kind of the professional costume house. They've outfitted the "Best Costuming" oscar-winner movie something like 40 times since the 1940's.

And the pound was worth significantly more ten years ago /cries in Brexit

TIL the Aztecs followed Spaniards around with incense burners when they came to the Americas. The Spaniards believed this to be a divine honour, however it was actually a necessity due to the wide gap in hygiene between the two peoples. The Aztec found their stench unbearable.

TIL the Aztecs followed Spaniards around with incense burners when they came to the Americas. The...

Back in the day when Europe used perfume INSTEAD of bathing.

Just like middle school

I used to think that nobody in the world showered very often back then. I learned about a year ago that the Aztecs were really similar to modern 1st world countries with their hygiene expectations: daily showers.

Vikings also bathed a lot when compared to the rest of Europe. Though they only bathed around once a week. Still better then couple times a year the Anglo-Saxons practiced during that period. Also the Scandinavian words for Saturday (laurdag / lørdag / lördag) literally mean "Washing day". Also the most common artifacts found from the Viking period are combs, razors, tweezers, etc.

Once the Vikings settled in around other Europeans there are some accounts about some European nobles complaining about these pretty boy Vikings getting all their women because they always wear clean clothes and bathe so often.

TIL a Chinese father hired a 'hitman' to kill his son's character in online games so that he would stop playing games and get himself a job.

TIL a Chinese father hired a 'hitman' to kill his son's character in online games so that he would stop playing games and get himself a job.
TIL a Chinese father hired a 'hitman' to kill his son's character in online games so that he woul...

Mr Feng hired high-level players to kill his son's character every time he went online to play in the hopes that this would see him tire of playing.

So those other "hitmen" actually got a job by playing video games so much.

The younger Mr. Feng learned of the plot when he started getting targeted while playing and asked why...

So one of them told the kid that they were hired by his dad? Imaginary or not, that's a shitty hitman.

yeah but the hitmen's fathers had to hire more hitmen to make them stop playing

ah, the military industrial complex

TIL that the morning after Muhammad Ali lost in a fight against Larry Holmes, a 14 year old Mike Tyson promised him that when he "got big" he would take down Larry Holmes for him. 6 years later, Tyson fought against Larry Holmes and won.

TIL that the morning after Muhammad Ali lost in a fight against Larry Holmes, a 14 year old Mike Tyson promised him that when he "got big" he would take down Larry Holmes for him. 6 years later, Tyson fought against Larry Holmes and won.
TIL that the morning after Muhammad Ali lost in a fight against Larry Holmes, a 14 year old Mike ...

A Tyson always pays his debt

he's a big kid.

I have a feeling that 14 year old Mike Tyson was already pretty big.

Found a video of him when he was 15 years old, and...

*A Tython alwayth payth hith debth.

Larry Holmes does not get the credit he deserves sandwiched between Ali and Tyson. That jab he had was a killer.

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