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TIL for April Fools Day in 1998, Burger King took out a full-page ad in USA Today introducing a Whopper designed especially for lefties. The new burger would contain the same ingredients as the original, but rotated 180°. Thousands of customers swarmed BK restaurants requesting the "lefty" Whopper.

TIL for April Fools Day in 1998, Burger King took out a full-page ad in USA Today introducing a Whopper designed especially for lefties. The new burger would contain the same ingredients as the original, but rotated 180°. Thousands of customers swarmed BK restaurants requesting the "lefty" Whopper.

When I sold pizza and we'd get a lot of people who'd call in asking for half and half pizza like half meat lovers and half Hawaiian or whatever -- I'd always ask which side they wanted meat lovers and which side Hawaiian.

In three years only one guy called me on it. Everyone would pick a side for their shit. One woman called and complained when she ordered half Supreme/ half Meat that the meat was on the left side.

I asked her to go to the other side of the box and tell me which side it was on then.

She hung up.

Omg that's fucking gold.

Working in fast food for years, when people would eat inside, only twice have I had customers tell me it's stupid for me to ask them if they want a bigger cup because the refills are free if they're eating in.

Those 2 dudes got some extra fries from me.

Late night Taco Bell drive through I would ask "for here or to go?"

Most people would just say "to go", often after a slight pause. Some chuckled, One or two called me on it. one stoned guy said "here" seriously enough. He drove off that night with one of our black trays trying to balance his food on it. He seemed confused but pleased.

no one has to take the brunt of the joke.

Except for us lefties who had to eat a fucking normie whopper...

TIL that after uncovering the ruins of Pompeii, researchers discovered ancient graffiti including phrases such as: "Weep, you girls. My penis has given you up. Now it penetrates men’s behinds. Goodbye, wondrous femininity!"

TIL that after uncovering the ruins of Pompeii, researchers discovered ancient graffiti including...

Let everyone one in love come and see. I want to break Venus’ ribs with clubs and cripple the goddess’ loins. If she can strike through my soft chest, then why can’t I smash her head with a club?

Dude you ok

I study Latin and this is my favorite piece of graffiti!

Dolete puellae, paedicare volo, cunne superbe vale

"You girls grieve, I want to fuck man ass, goodbye overbearing cunts."

Sometimes even Latin can be delightfully vulgar (OP's translation was by someone trying to mask the dirtiness of this phrase)

Changing "overbearing cunts" to "wondrous femininity" is a rather generous leap.

This is new Taylor Swift song.

TIL Former US President Calvin Coolidge enjoyed "buzzing for his bodyguards and then hiding under his desk as they frantically searched for him"

TIL Former US President Calvin Coolidge enjoyed "buzzing for his bodyguards and then hiding under...

He was taciturn, known as ‘Silent Cal’; he enjoyed childish practical jokes such as buzzing for his bodyguards and then hiding under his desk as they frantically searched for him, presumably fearing him kidnapped.

"The President has been kidnapped!"

"Gotcha!"

The most relatable president ever!

"I wonder where he's gone this time..."

*Muffled snickers from under desk*

Worlds most powerful bamboozler

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TIL that mathematician Paul Erdös regularly took amphetamines, which worried his friends enough that one bet him $500 that he couldn't quit for a month. Erdös won the bet, but later claimed mathematics had been set back a month.

TIL that mathematician Paul Erdös regularly took amphetamines, which worried his friends enough that one bet him $500 that he couldn't quit for a month. Erdös won the bet, but later claimed mathematics had been set back a month.

"He would typically show up at a colleague's doorstep and announce "my brain is open", staying long enough to collaborate on a few papers before moving on a few days later."

Awesome.

That's funny, your mom told me to do her over the sink next time as well.

There's an Erdos biography titled "The Man Who Loved Only Numbers". It's a really good read. There are lots of interesting stories about the guy. He was mathematically brilliant but by some accounts never learned to tie his shoes. No one knows of him ever having a romantic relationship. There's a great story in the book of a time he was staying at a colleague's house and one morning the person woke to find a huge mess of juice on the kitchen floor. Erdos had apparently stabbed a juice carton to get juice out of it rather than open it. He couldn't be troubled with taking the time to uncap or didn't know how.

stabbed a juice carton to get juice out of it rather than open it.

I like the efficiency and mode of his methods. Just tried it myself, it's brilliant. My mom said to do it over the sink next time, though.

TIL that the Weezer song "Mykel & Carli", released in 1994, is about sisters Mykel and Carli Allan who established the band's fan club and are considered the band's biggest fans. Mykel and Carli, and younger sister Trisha, died in a car accident in 1997; members of Weezer attended their funeral.

TIL that the Weezer song "Mykel & Carli", released in 1994, is about sisters Mykel and Carli Alla...

Jeez, they were coming home from a Weezer show too. This is heartbreaking. I've been a fan of the band for quite some time, and I never knew this. Good one OP

I was actually at the show they were driving from. It was a show in Denver that Weezer was playing to make up for a performance that got rained out when they opened for No Doubt at Red Rocks. Mykel and Carli let us hang out and meet the band even though we weren't part of the fan club. It was probably the best concert memory I have from my teenage years. Weezer had only released the Blue Album and Pinkerton at that point, and they played both in pretty much their entirety.

It's sad they died, but at least it was after the show.

And before "Make Believe" came out

TIL when Han Solo said he did the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs he was not trying to describe how fast his ship was going. Instead he was bragging that he had done a shorter route of the Kessel Run. He did this by going closer to a black hole than most dared to go.

TIL when Han Solo said he did the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs he was not trying to describe how fast his ship was going. Instead he was bragging that he had done a shorter route of the Kessel Run. He did this by going closer to a black hole than most dared to go.
TIL when Han Solo said he did the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs he was not trying to describe how fast...

Revisionist history

The script said parsecs, because they had no idea that a parsec was a unit of distance, not time.

The explanation used to "fix" it was this.

Han didn't shoot first. That implies that Greedo fired second. He didn't, Greedo simply got shot and died.

Han murdered Greedo in pre-emptive self defense!

Yep, I'm pretty sure Lucas heard the astronomical term "parsec", assumed because of the "sec" bit that it was a measurement of time, and wrote an error into the script. This stuff about the black hole was just made up later to cover the error.

Think about it, Han is bragging about how fast his ship is. Would you brag about how fast you ran a marathon by saying you took a shortcut?

TIL that the Zildjian cymbal company is one of the oldest companies in the world, started in 1623 in Constantinople, making cymbals for frightening the enemies of the Ottoman Empire.

TIL that the Zildjian cymbal company is one of the oldest companies in the world, started in 1623...

The first Zildjian cymbals were created in 1618 by Avedis Zildjian, an alchemist who was looking for a way to turn base metal into gold; he created an alloy combining tin, copper, and silver into a sheet of metal that could make musical sounds without shattering.

He died thinking he was a failure.

I'm part of a proud tradition.

My freshmen year of high school, I used them to frighten girls.

Fuck that. The dude lived in the early 1600s and we're still talking about him. He's more immortal than 99.999999% of people who have ever lived.

Oh man, I had an opportunity to invest in them when they were just getting started, too. Really wish I would have.

TIL Madylyn Murray O'Hair, the Athiest activist who was responsible for prayer being removed from American public schools was, along with a son and granddaughter, murdered, dismembered, and buried on a Texas ranch in the 1990's after a kidnapping gone wrong.

TIL Madylyn Murray O'Hair, the Athiest activist who was responsible for prayer being removed from American public schools was, along with a son and granddaughter, murdered, dismembered, and buried on a Texas ranch in the 1990's after a kidnapping gone wrong.

Won't need to watch the Netflix movie now thank you.

I love that suit was dismissed by the Supreme Court for lack of jurisdiction.

She also tried to sue NASA because the crew of Apollo 8 read the first few verses of Genesis while orbiting the moon.

That was my reaction. "Someone's trying to turn a Netflix release into karma."

TIL that chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer literally spat on a US order warning him that a rematch in Eastern Europe would violate US sanctions. He played the match and then spent the next 16 years as a fugitive outside the US until his death.

TIL that chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer literally spat on a US order warning him that a rematch in Eastern Europe would violate US sanctions. He played the match and then spent the next 16 years as a fugitive outside the US until his death.
TIL that chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer literally spat on a US order warning him that a rematch ...

TIL the US will indict you for playing chess some place they don't like

Dude was also certifiably nuts by that point.

Yugoslavia was being sanctioned for genocide.

Bobby Fischer -- the famous anti-Semite -- decided he could ignore that.

He was fucking wrong, and he was a fucking idiot.

More like TIL The US doesn't like when you circumvent sanctions designed to punish genocidal countries.

TIL That a drug dealer was caught running from the cops in the woods because of his light up shoes

TIL That a drug dealer was caught running from the cops in the woods because of his light up shoes

The real question is -

Where can I find light-up shoes for adults?

Step 1: become a drug dealer

Never buy a pair of shoes that are brighter than you are.

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