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TIL former president of Liberia Charles King holds the Guinness World record for the most fraudulent election ever having won the 1927 election with 234,000 votes in a country of 15,000 voters

TIL former president of Liberia Charles King holds the Guinness World record for the most fraudul...

Results:

Charles D. B. King - True Whig Party - 243,000 - 96.43

Thomas J. Faulkner - People's Party - 9,000 - 3.57

Not even close!

Faulkner had the last laugh. After losing the election, he accused the government of using slave labor for the construction of public works. The League of Nations established a commission to investigate the issue, and they found that the charges were true. King had to resign in 1930.

Imagine if he works as hard as being president as he does as fixing elections

How ironic, the country of free slaves using slavery for public works.

TIL a bidet is considered a key green technology and uses significantly less water, electricity, and wood than a single roll of toilet paper

TIL a bidet is considered a key green technology and uses significantly less water, electricity, and wood than a single roll of toilet paper
TIL a bidet is considered a key green technology and uses significantly less water, electricity, ...

I held in a shit for two hours at work because I wanted to use my bidet at home. Ended up using the side of the freeway.

uses significantly less wood

mind. blown.

If you've never experienced the gentle ministrations of a bidet on your nether regions after a sloppy dump, you're really missing out.

You need one of those Dyson air katana things to ass blast yourself into submissive dryness

TIL That wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube men are banned in houston for being a "blight on the aesthetic environment".

TIL That wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube men are banned in houston for being a "blight ...

Lived here nearly all my life; this is the first I've heard about Houston having an aesthetic or an environment.

Before airdancers were banned, we used to shoot them. I suspect that's the real reason.

Huh. Ya know... That actually sounds like pretty good target practice.

...including but not limited to the following devices: banners; cut out figures; discs; festooning, including tinsel, strings of ribbons, and pinwheels; inflatable objects, including balloons; non-governmental flags; pennants; propellers; steam- or smoke-producing devices; streamers; whirligigs; wind devices; blinking, rotating, moving, chasing, flashing, glaring, strobe, scintillating, search, flood or spot lights; or similar devices, any of which are located or employed in connection with the conduct of a commercialbusiness.

How do used car dealerships do business in Houston?

Hi, I'm Al Harrington, President and CEO of Al Harrington's Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Man Emporium and Warehouse! Thanks to a ban in Huston for being "blight on the aesthetic environment" I am now currently overstocked on wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube men, and I am passing the savings on to you!

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TIL Highway hypnosis is a mental state where a person can drive a vehicle great distances responding to external events in the expected safe & correct manner with no recollection of having consciously done so. Partial or complete amnesia related to the time spent driving can develop for the driver

TIL Highway hypnosis is a mental state where a person can drive a vehicle great distances respond...

Who hasn't pulled into their driveway without really remembering the drive home? We were simply on auto pilot why we were thinking about other things.

If you have never experienced this, drive on I-70 from Columbus, Ohio to Indianapolis, Indiana. 4 hours of nothing.

My bus driver in middle school ended up quitting because he started getting this. It started mostly in his routes in the countryside, then he started doing it in town. Fortunately, he realized the problem of zoning out while driving a busload of kids and decided to quit.

Yeah, this seems like a normal thing for me. It's like walking - you don't think about where you put your foot down each time you take a step.

TIL after JFK was prescribed use of a rocking chair to ease back pain, he enjoyed them so much that he would give rocking chairs as gifts to friends, family, and heads of state.

TIL after JFK was prescribed use of a rocking chair to ease back pain, he enjoyed them so much th...

I find rocking chairs to be therapeutic.

it's like being rocked by your mother except without them being resentful or overtly disappointed by your poor financial decisions

Seriously though, I'd love to receive one on my birthday. I enjoyed the rocking chairs in some if my friend's houses but we were always in financial problems to buy one (my mother's logic was, there are more important things to buy than that)

This man and his goddamn rocking chairs. Christmas, Easter, Birthdays, Weddings..everyone goes home with a rocking chair. I have a whole attic full of his fucking rocking chairs. And every time he comes over I have to set em' all up on the lawn, because they sure as shit won't all fit in the house. And he's the President for Christ's sake, I can't be rude and not put them out. I'm going off my rocker.

TIL Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Retired From the Supreme Court to Take Care of Her Husband With Alzheimer's. Shortly After Forgetting His Family, He Fell in Love With Another Woman at the Nursing Home. Instead of Sad, O'Connor was "thrilled," He Was No Longer Spending His Days in Depression.

TIL Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Retired From the Supreme Court to Take Care of Her Husband With Alzheimer's. Shortly After Forgetting His Family, He Fell in Love With Another Woman at the Nursing Home. Instead of Sad, O'Connor was "thrilled," He Was No Longer Spending His Days in Depression.
TIL Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Retired From the Supreme Court to Take Care of Her Husband With A...

"Her husband can't remember her. It's not as though he chose to leave her; he has no memory of her. But his desire for love continues. At the same time, her willingness to sacrifice and care for him remains."

It would be heart breaking to see your spouse with another person like that but also pretty relieving to see them have joy after suffering for 20 years.

That's really interesting. I tend to be pretty neurotic in relationships, always afraid to some degree that my partner is going to leave or cheat. Partly that's because I've been cheated on once, but I also think I just drew the short straw when it comes to temperament.

Anyway, inexplicably, the thought of this happening doesn't bother me as much as I would have expected. I mean, the thought of someone being unfaithful to me because they've lost their mind isn't as painful as the idea of someone cheating or breaking up with me while fully lucid. I suppose that's something worth thinking about.

You'd have to be so emotionally evolved, good on her.

Geez that is so beautiful and so sad that I can't believe it's not actually the plot for a Nicholas Sparks book/movie

TIL Dr. Seuss's editor bet him $50 that he couldn't write a children's book in 50 words or less. Dr. Seuss won the bet with his book Green Eggs and Ham.

TIL Dr. Seuss's editor bet him $50 that he couldn't write a children's book in 50 words or less. ...

With 50 words or less, not in 50 words or less.

The 50 words, by the way, are: a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you.

I think it goes something like this order:

I am Daniel

I am Sam Sam I am

That Sam-I-am That Sam-I-am! I do not like That Sam-I-am

Do you like Green eggs and ham

I do not like them, Sam-I-am. I do not like Green eggs and ham.

Would you like them Here or there?

I would not like them Here or there. I would not like them Anywhere. I do not like Green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam-I-am

Would you like them In a house? Would you like them With a mouse?

I do not like them In a house. I do not like them With a mouse. I do not like them Here or there. I do not like them Anywhere. I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam-I-am.

Would you eat them In a box? Would you eat them With a fox?

Not in a box. Not with a fox. Not in a house. Not with a mouse. I would not eat them here or there. I would not eat them anywhere. I would not eat green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam-I-am.

Would you? Could you? In a car? Eat them! Eat them! Here they are.

I would not, Could not, In a car

You may like them. You will see. You may like them In a tree?

I would not, could not in a tree. Not in a car! You let me be. I do not like them in a box. I do not like them with a fox I do not like them in a house I do not like them with a mouse I do not like them here or there. I do not like them anywhere. I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam-I-am.

A train! A train! A train! A train! Could you, would you On a train?

Not on a train! Not in a tree! Not in a car! Sam! Let me be! I would not, could not, in a box. I could not, would not, with a fox. I will not eat them with a mouse I will not eat them in a house. I will not eat them here or there. I will not eat them anywhere. I do not like them, Sam-I-am.

Say! In the dark? Here in the dark! Would you, could you, in the dark?

I would not, could not, In the dark.

Would you, could you, In the rain?

I would not, could not, in the rain. Not in the dark. Not on a train, Not in a car, Not in a tree. I do not like them, Sam, you see. Not in a house. Not in a box. Not with a mouse. Not with a fox. I will not eat them here or there. I do not like them anywhere!

You do not like Green eggs and ham?

I do not Like them, Sam-I-am.

Could you, would you, With a goat?

I would not, Could not. With a goat!

Would you, could you, On a boat?

I could not, would not, on a boat. I will not, will not, with a goat. I will not eat them in the rain. I will not eat them on a train. Not in the dark! Not in a tree! Not in a car! You let me be! I do not like them in a box. I do not like them with a fox. I will not eat them in a house. I do not like them with a mouse. I do not like them here or there. I do not like them anywhere!

I do not like Green egss And ham!

I do not like them, Sam-I-am.

You do not like them. So you say. Try them! Try them! And you may. Try them and you may I say.

Sam! If you will let me be, I will try them. You will see.

Say! I like green eggs and ham! I do! I like them, Sam-I-am! And I would eat them in a boat! And I would eat them with a goat. And I will eat them in the rain. And in the dark. And on a train. And in a car. And in a tree. They are so good so good you see!

So I will eat them in a box. And I will eat them with a fox. And I will eat them in a house. And I will eat them with a mouse. And I will eat them here and there. Say! I will eat them anywhere!

I do so like Green eggs and ham! Thank you! Thank you, Sam-I-am

That's the list of all the words in the story in order from which they were written.

"In 50 words or less" means the length of the story is fifty words or less.

"With 50 words or less" means the story, regardless of its length, uses 50 or less unique vocabulary words. It could be 1000 words long as long as only 50 unique words are used.

He was challenged to use a limited vocabulary not a limited length.

So not the same fucking thing at all.

TIL of Angel's Glow, a condition observed in soldiers at the Battle of Shiloh, when their wounds began to glow blue and heal faster. In 2001, a 17yo discovered it was caused by nematode vomit, the beneficial bacterium Photorhabdus luminescens.

TIL of Angel's Glow, a condition observed in soldiers at the Battle of Shiloh, when their wounds began to glow blue and heal faster. In 2001, a 17yo discovered it was caused by nematode vomit, the beneficial bacterium Photorhabdus luminescens.
TIL of Angel's Glow, a condition observed in soldiers at the Battle of Shiloh, when their wounds ...

The article is only like 4 paragraphs long, but:

The boys learned that P. luminescens live inside nematodes, tiny parasitic worms that burrow into insect larvae in the soil or on plants. Once rooted in the larvae, the nematodes vomit up the bacteria, which release chemicals that kill the host larvae and any other microorganisms living inside them.

Fake news, nematodes only live in bikini bottom

Can you imagine that shit, though? I'd seriously question my lack of faith if that crap happened.

There's something extremely comical about the idea of questioning a lack of faith.

TIL that Comcast sent bills and eventually collection notices to customers that lost their cable, phone, and internet equipment due to Hurricane Ike. The largest reported charge was $1000, but that bill was reduced to $931 to make up for the interruption of her phone service during the storm.

TIL that Comcast sent bills and eventually collection notices to customers that lost their cable,...

Comcast responses differed after the storm, with some Customer Care agents telling customers to file with their insurance providers, and other agents advising customers to return their equipment, even if it was ruined or moldy.

It's depressing to think those "customer care" agents were likely in India with no real authority to do anything.

This would be correct.

The loss of the equipment would be claimed in their insurance claim but it doesn't absolve them from their contract with Comcast.

The insurance claims adjusters would investigate the merits of a claim, Comcast is not going to handle it.

That would be like renting a U-Haul truck and having it get destroyed in a hurricane and then saying you don't owe U-Haul any money because the truck was destroyed while you were leasing it.

Make the poor polite Canadians deal with the pissed off American.

Does Comcast's evil have no limit?

Try one of these subthreads