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TIL Johnny Appleseed planted apple trees in order to make booze for frontiersmen, as the type of apple he planted was almost inedible.

TIL Johnny Appleseed planted apple trees in order to make booze for frontiersmen, as the type of ...

Most apples we eat are from clones and cross breeding a few mutant trees. Apples naturally aren't edible.

Edit: most apples are naturally edible and just taste awful/are crabapples. The apples we buy in the store are from cloned trees.

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TIL that after his presidency, Harry Truman refused to join any corporate boards or do commercial endorsements, feeling that using the presidency for financial gain would diminish the integrity of the office. Congress eventually passed the Former Presidents Act to pay him a pension.

TIL that after his presidency, Harry Truman refused to join any corporate boards or do commercial endorsements, feeling that using the presidency for financial gain would diminish the integrity of the office. Congress eventually passed the Former Presidents Act to pay him a pension.
TIL that after his presidency, Harry Truman refused to join any corporate boards or do commercial...

The Act wasn't explicitly for Truman, but he was earning $112 a month from his Army pension, hadn't profited much from his memoirs, and had sold some family property, saying: "Had it not been for the fact that I was able to sell some property that my brother, sister, and I inherited from our mother, I would practically be on relief, but with the sale of that property I am not financially embarrassed."

The only other living former president at the time, Herbert Hoover, reportedly accepted the pension only to avoid embarrassing Truman.

TIL that during the Cold War, the USSR mapped the entire world to precise detail. The U.S State Department still uses the maps today due to their accuracy

TIL that during the Cold War, the USSR mapped the entire world to precise detail. The U.S State D...

The relevance of these maps isn't so much the dimensions of things, which can be replicated by aerial photography, but things like the load limit of bridges and other details which can only be found out by having someone on the ground.

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