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TIL In '03, Mitsubishi offered a "0-0-0" deal in the US which offered a new car for 0 down, 0% interest and 0 payments for a year. Many buyers defaulted after the year leaving Mitsubishi with used vehicles for which they'd received no money and which were now worth less than they cost to manufacture

TIL In '03, Mitsubishi offered a "0-0-0" deal in the US which offered a new car for 0 down, 0% in...

This was available even in 1999 as I took advantage of it. In my case it worked out for them because there is no chance I would have bought the car otherwise. I still have it and it still runs great. As an aside I recall a late night talk radio show where a WW2 vet called in and found the ads (Zero! Zero! Zero!) offensive because Mitsubishi manufactured Japanese Zeros in WW2.

If you think that's bad, their 2005 campaign "Bataan Blowout" and 2007's "Systematic Genocide in China/Cheap Car Day" drew a lot of fire.

I can't believe people would want to ruin their credit over a car. Or I can't believe Mitsubishi would give this offer to anyone who didn't have excellent credit.

"We'll SNEAK ATTACK you with our sales!" "Don't let your old car TORPEDO your social life, buy a new car!" "Don't DROWN in debt, get a car for 0-0-0!"

TIL of Ricky Ray Rector who, after murdering a man in a nightclub, agreed to turn himself in. Instead, he shot the negotiating officer in the back, killing him. He then attempted suicide but failed, effectively lobotomizing himself. In prison he saved part of his last meal for "after the execution"

TIL of Ricky Ray Rector who, after murdering a man in a nightclub, agreed to turn himself in. Ins...

For anyone curious as to why he murdered the man in the nightclub:

When one friend who could not pay the $3 cover charge was refused entry, Rector became incensed and pulled a .38 caliber pistol from his waist band.

This piece of shit was fucked in the head before he tried to kill himself.

Rector agreed to surrender, but only to Officer Robert Martin, whom he had known since he was a child.[3]

Officer Martin arrived at Rector’s mother’s home shortly after 3 p.m. and chatted with Rector’s mother and sister. Shortly thereafter, Rector arrived and greeted Officer Martin. As Officer Martin turned away to continue his conversation with Mrs. Rector, Ricky Ray Rector drew his pistol from behind his back and fired two shots into Officer Martin, striking him in the jaw and neck. Rector then turned and walked out of the house.

Wow.

Reminds me a little of Joe Arridy, a man with an IQ of 40 who used to play with a toy train in his cell before he was executed by the State of Colorado. Arridy though was completely innocent of the crime he was convicted of and had been falsely accused.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Arridy

In front of his own mother☹️☹️

TIL that night vision goggles are green because the human eye can differentiate more shades of green than any other color.

TIL that night vision goggles are green because the human eye can differentiate more shades of gr...

It's also easier to look at green screens for long periods than to look at black and white ones (that's why early computer screens tended to be green).

Looking at a night sky through night vision is an incredible experience

It's doubly more incredible when you're driving through a war zone gazing at the sky and wondering about your place in the universe and the futility of armed conflict

My deployment did weird things to my brain

That must be why the VirtualBoy didn't sell.

There you go

TIL that John Scurlock, the man who invented safety air cushions to catch people jumping out of buildings during a fire, also invented the bouncy castle.

TIL that John Scurlock, the man who invented safety air cushions to catch people jumping out of b...

If a bouncy castle factory ever catches fire, they're pretty much all set.

Lol, I left out the pertinent information. Because of tax implications, all bouncy castle factories are on the moon where gravity is such that anyone who jumps off will land safely on the surface of the moon without injury.

This is probably where Michael Scott got confused and tried to jump off a building onto a bouncy castle.

But all the bouncy castles will be inside the factory, what would be outside of the building for them to land on?

TIL the first taxidermy walrus was much larger and smoother than a live walrus, as the taxidermist had never seen one before and overstuffed it to get rid of the wrinkles.

TIL the first taxidermy walrus was much larger and smoother than a live walrus, as the taxidermis...

Can confirm, a walrus has many wrinkles.

They are different than the wrinkles on an elderly person, which have fascinating stories behind them, and they are different than the wrinkles on a puppy dog, which show the promise of what the future it holds as it grows into its skin. No, the wrinkles on a walrus are far more...sexual in nature.

I remember the first time my parents took me to the zoo, I was a young boy of eight at the time. And while most kids love the gorillas, or the tigers, or maybe even the giraffes, I had a different favorite animal. The walrus. Seeing that magnificent creature for the first time awaked something in me. At the time, I thought maybe it was curiosity, or maybe admiration of such a perfect creature, but I soon realized what that feeling was as I grew into a man: lust. I wanted to feel those skinfolds running through my fingers, I wanted to run my hands down those long, hard tusks. I wanted to know the walrus, I wanted to be the walrus.

I visited that zoo every weekend for the next ten years, just to see that walrus. I didn't concern myself with extracurriculars in school, and I didn't focus on my grades besides doing enough to get my diploma. I didn't bother with friends or with girls. No, my heart and soul had already found its object of desire.

I applied to be the person that cleans up the animal cages at the zoo when I graduated high school, and with some luck, I got hired. They didn't know why I was so eager to clean up animal shit all day, and I wanted to tell them, but I couldn't, not yet. Not until I finished it. I took a page out of Andy Dufresne's book, and snuck out a little bit of walrus shit in my pockets every day. It was hard containing myself, but the fact I was making something with my life kept me in check. Plus I couldn't get fired, not yet.

Well the years went by, and eventually, I finished my life's work: a life-sized walrus sculpture made out of shit in my (parent's) basement.

And when I was making it, I remembered to put wrinkles on it, because I had seen one before. So I can understand where this guy made his mistake.

The swedes have a funky lion taxidermy for similar reasons 

https://am23.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2011/04/doofy-lion.jpg

The swedes have a funky lion taxidermy for similar reasons

That's fucking terrifying.

This was not the discussion I anticipated.

TIL that every year on 4/20 Canadians gather on the steps of parliament to smoke weed. Despite it not being legal in Canada yet, no arrests are made

TIL that every year on 4/20 Canadians gather on the steps of parliament to smoke weed. Despite it not being legal in Canada yet, no arrests are made
TIL that every year on 4/20 Canadians gather on the steps of parliament to smoke weed. Despite it...

That's pretty damn Canadian of them.

"Legalize it man!"

"OK, it's legal now."

"Ugh, alright then..."

I remember one year in Vancouver near the art gallery two cops were on horseback and there was a small group of stoners (red, glazed eyes, carrying bags of cookies and chips), just in awe of the horses and asking if they could pet them. One cop allowed it and the entire group was just amazed by how it felt and they talked in hushed tones because they didn't want to scare the horse.

The other cop looked amused by the entire situation but told them not to smoke near the horses, and the group actually shooed away a guy who was trying to light up because they were worried about the horses health and they didn't want to make the cops mad.

Then it will be a celebration. Nothing lost :)

TIL: In 2005, the BBC asked readers to vote for individual band members to create an "ideal supergroup." They voted for Led Zeppelin

TIL: In 2005, the BBC asked readers to vote for individual band members to create an "ideal super...

Contrary to popular belief, there are some things that occur across all known universes. Take, for instance, the band Led Zeppelin. While their occurrence in a specific universe has no pattern, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham always form a band called Led Zeppelin. With the exception, of course, of the Balphax-7 universe where they all had dyslexia, going by the name Del Pepzline.

That would be a cool Douglas Adams style fact about the multiverse. On every earth, for some reason or another, Led Zeppelin becomes a band with the same members.

The no2 Group would have been pretty amazing. Freddie Mercury, Slash, John Entwistle andNeil Peart

The type of music they play, the era they formed and the nation of the origin always differs but for some reason Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham always form a band called Led Zeppelin.

TIL that The parliament of Iceland, established in 930, is the oldest active parliament in the world.

TIL that The parliament of Iceland, established in 930, is the oldest active parliament in the wo...

It was however discontinued between 1800 and 1844 which means that Tynwald (parliament of the Isle of Man) is the oldest continuously operating parliament in the world.

Iceland also had the first democratically elected female and openly gay Prime Ministers.

There was a supreme emperor of Iceland.

We do not talk about those times.

TIL in 1851, we had measuring tools with a precision of one millionth of an inch.

TIL in 1851, we had measuring tools with a precision of one millionth of an inch.

Fun fact: It was invented because other instruments did not have the ability to measure OP's great great grandfather's pecker.

what's the application that if you're off by 1 millionth of an inch would be bad?

Back then I'm unsure. Modern times a lot of things. For example my day job is a CNC technician. I grind cutting tools for all sorts of applications. Some of these applications are for things like rivet holes on military grade planes and gun barrels for companies like Remington. Among many other applications. Our tools have to be damn near perfect.

That entire section lacks citation. Based on cursory research, Whitworth's "Millionth Measuring Machine" could compare the length of two rods with accuracy to a millionth of an inch, but there was no technology to create a standard rod of x" +/- 0.000001". That is, if you produced a metal rod that you deemed to be exactly 36 inches, the machine could be used to duplicate it to absurd accuracy, but you couldn't measure a piece of unknown length nor confirm the accuracy of your claim that it is exactly 36 inches with the machine.

ETA: Source (see 1st prargraph, p. 45).

ED2: Still an impressive piece of engineering.

TIL that 4 US states have completely banned billboards

TIL that 4 US states have completely banned billboards

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"A number of states in the US prohibit all billboards:

Vermont – Removed all billboards in the 1970s

Hawaii – Removed all billboards in the 1920s

Maine – Removed all billboards in the 1970s and early 80s

Alaska – State referendum passed in 1998 prohibits billboards

In 2006, the city of São Paulo, Brazil ordered the downsizing or removal of all billboards and most other forms of commercial advertising in the city."

Makes sense considering these states are known for their beauty. Especially for Hawaii and Alaska where tourism is an integral part of their economy- having a billboard covering a scenic view that visitors travelled to see probably would hurt more than a billboard would make money.

Yup. I'm in Hawaii, one of those states. It's very nice not seeing billboards - it would ruin the beautiful scenery we have.

We also have limits on how big a businesses sign can be.

And on at least one island (Kauai) there is a limit to the height of a building (can't be higher than the highest palm tree, which is written into the building code as 3 stories).

Many places in Europe ban them along highways for road safety, your attention should be on the road, not reading advertisements specifically designed to grab your attention...

Try one of these subthreads