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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 Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, who died at the age of 101 in 2002, had an older sister, Violet, who sadly died at the age of eleven, eight years before the Queen Mother's own birth. Which means that one sister died in the 19th century while the other died in the 21st century.

TIL: That Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, who died at the age of 101 in 2002, had an older sister, Violet, who sadly died at the age of eleven, eight years before the Queen Mother's own birth. Which means that one sister died in the 19th century while the other died in the 21st century.

How sad that as one of 10 children she lived without any siblings since 67, that's 35 years, so mad.

And the current queen will probably last till the 31st century AT LEAST...

Not only that but she also outlived one of her own daughters. Princess Margaret, the Queen's younger sister, died on the 9th February 2002. The Queen Mother followed her just a month later.

That was her title, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Of course she was just a Queen Consort married to a reigning King but still a Queen. Her name was also Elizabeth. The present Queen was named for her mother. Its confusing, I know but when the present Queen was born there was very little, if any, expectation that she would ever reign seeing as she was only a daughter of the heir to the thrones younger brother. The Abdication crisis changed all that.

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.

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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 2.1 million people still use AOL 56k dial-up in the US.

TIL 2.1 million people still use AOL 56k dial-up in the US.
TIL 2.1 million people still use AOL 56k dial-up in the US.

I own a computer repair company and I have lots of clients still using aol email. It also turns out I had several clients that were still paying for dial up even though they had cable/fios internet. They had no idea aol email was free now. Some of them were even paying for elevated services like McAfee and some AOL version of LifeLock identity protection. Like $35 a month. They had been paying this for years. All of a sudden the $100 an hour they were paying me seemed like a much better value. Old folks basically being preyed upon by AOL.

I own a computer repair company

I'm so sorry.

I'm a very patient person. I'm almost 20 years in now. You just have to know how to handle people.

I don't even know where you get a computer with a modem any more.

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 The Average Net Worth of Americans Ages 18-30 is -$17,612 in 2017

TIL The Average Net Worth of Americans Ages 18-30 is -$17,612 in 2017
TIL The Average Net Worth of Americans Ages 18-30 is -$17,612 in 2017

Average... what's the median and standard deviation for this?

Maybe you misread? The average net worth is a negative number so having 1/5 of that actually puts you in relatively good standing

Fuck, I'm close to the end of that bracket and maybe 1/5th of that net worth. TIL I am nearly worthless.

Uh. Or they went to college because every teacher and every family member they ever knew told them it was either college or $10/hr, so instead of getting certified in a trade by 20 years old and making $50k/yr at 25, they drop out with tens of thousands in debt and hate themselves and work in food and retail, slaving away until midnight on holidays in benefit-free jobs to take home, with constant overtime, $25k per year. STOP FUCKING TELLING KIDS ITS EITHER COLLEGE OR CRAP JOB.

TIL that because of an old superstition, several ravens are kept at the Tower of London at all times. These ravens are enlisted soldiers of the Kingdom, and have occasionally been dismissed for bad conduct. While wild ravens live for 10-15 years, Tower ravens can live past 40 years.

TIL that because of an old superstition, several ravens are kept at the Tower of London at all ti...

"Oi, what happened to Charlie?"

"Didn't ya hear? He got sacked last week."

"Oh, what for?"

"For bein' a raven lunatic."

"Their presence is traditionally believed to protect the Crown and the tower; a superstition holds that "if the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it""

The Raven stories are pretty adorable:

Most Londoners are fond of the ravens, but sometimes an individual bird will fall out of favour because of inappropriate behaviour. For example, "Raven George" lost his appointment to the Crown, and was retired to Wales for attacking and destroying TV aerials. A special decree was issued about the incident:

On Saturday 13th September 1986, Raven George, enlisted 1975, was posted to the Welsh Mountain Zoo. Conduct unsatisfactory, service therefore no longer required.[31]

Exiled to Wales? Truly a fate worse than death.

TIL that in 1981, a Turkish man shot Pope John Paul II four times but didn't kill him. After the Pope recovered, he visited the assassin in prison forgave him. The assassin was pardoned at the Pope's request and 33 years after his crime, he visited Vatican City and laid flowers on the Pope's tomb.

TIL that in 1981, a Turkish man shot Pope John Paul II four times but didn't kill him. After the ...

And whispered "checkmate motherfucker."

On May 2, 2008, Ağca asked to be awarded Polish citizenship as he wished to spend the final years of his life in Poland, Pope John Paul II's country of origin.[20] Ağca has stated that upon his release he wants to visit Pope John Paul II's tomb and partner with Dan Brown on writing a book

I'd actually like to read that book. He is either a conspiracy nut or is involved with a greater story

Successfully assassinated using bullets laced with aging

He is either a conspiracy nut or is involved with a greater story

You don't shoot the pope four times on a hunch.

Try one of these subthreads