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TIL cheetahs cannot roar but instead meow like house cats

TIL cheetahs cannot roar but instead meow like house cats

Well that is fucking adorable.

Cheetahs purr.

Cats that can purr can not roar. Cats that can roar can not purr.

A child, to feed to my pet cheetah!

Cheetah's are actually remarkably tame and safe if raised from "kittens". The size difference is big enough with an adult that they don't see you as prey. But yes you would never let a child interact with a fully grown one. https://pethelpful.com/exotic-pets/about-pet-cheetahs

TIL there is a breed of pig in Hungary that is fleecy like a sheep, with reddish meat like a cow, created by breeding together a wild boar and a pig bred especially for lard. It is also, apparently, delicious.

TIL there is a breed of pig in Hungary that is fleecy like a sheep, with reddish meat like a cow, created by breeding together a wild boar and a pig bred especially for lard. It is also, apparently, delicious.
TIL there is a breed of pig in Hungary that is fleecy like a sheep, with reddish meat like a cow,...

If you're wondering why it's not much more prevalent, it comes down to cost:

[...] Mangalitsas are even more expensive to produce than other heritage breeds such as Berkshire and Ibérico pigs. They take a long time to grow to a hefty 300 to 350 pounds — about one year, versus six months for most commercial breeds.

They DO market it properly. Mangalitsa bacon, sausages and lard are much more expensive than the regular pork. More than double price. And they are in high demand here in Slovakia. Hungary is our southern neighbor.

I use Mangalitsa lard a lot for cooking. Very delicious. And it is supposed to be cholesterol free. Not that I care about dietary cholesterol.

Someone just needs to market it properly.

OP's username literally translates to "My pussy" in my language. Just came here to say that.

TIL that in 2008, Italy spent $65,000,000 to bail out the Parmesan cheese industry

TIL that in 2008, Italy spent $65,000,000 to bail out the Parmesan cheese industry
TIL that in 2008, Italy spent $65,000,000 to bail out the Parmesan cheese industry

Big Parma strikes again

I don't care what anyone says, that was the right choice. Ney - the only choice.

If anyone is interested this is touched on in the first episode of Chef’s Table on Netflix.

A Swiss Bank.

TIL a 13-year-old Canadian girl once ran the fastest marathon by a female, knocking more than four minutes off the previous world record. While running she was beaming and saying, “gee, this is great!" Two minutes after the race, a doctor declared that her heart rate had already returned to normal.

TIL a 13-year-old Canadian girl once ran the fastest marathon by a female, knocking more than four minutes off the previous world record. While running she was beaming and saying, “gee, this is great!" Two minutes after the race, a doctor declared that her heart rate had already returned to normal.
TIL a 13-year-old Canadian girl once ran the fastest marathon by a female, knocking more than fou...

A high school girl in a town in Vermont was asked by the Cross Country coach to fill out the team in a meet. She was a soccer player at the time. She broke the state record and got a full ride scholarship to Stanford as a runner.

Nobody, including her, knew she was good at long distance running late before that.

She probably ran between 5 and 8K in every game she played. She didn't know it, but she'd been training for it by playing soccer - http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/sports-run-stats-show-burns-shoe-leather-article-1.1...

Unfortunately, she wasn't officially recognized for the record. Reaction to her run was far more controversial and negative than congratulatory, as told by newspaper clippings at the time:

“Little Maureen Wilton, 13 years old and 80 pounds, has started a giant controversy by setting the world’s best time for the unofficial women’s marathon…track officials are saying the exertion will harm such a young girl.”

“Maureen’s feat won’t receive official recognition because women and even young boys are not recognized in marathon competition.”

“[Jim] Bistry’s marathon win overshadowed by bid of 13-year-old girl”

No, it's "Nice Breasts, David"

TIL Brazil will offer inmates in its crowded prison system a novel way to shorten their sentences – cutting four days for every book they read.

TIL Brazil will offer inmates in its crowded prison system a novel way to shorten their sentences...

Better take a speed reading course asap.

First novel on the reading list: War and Peace.

This article is 5 years old, any reports on the success or failure of this?

Novel way to shorten their sentences

I see what you did there

TIL Ben Schulz (more infamously known as Leeroy Jenkins) had a written role in the script for the Warcraft movie. Pvt Jenkins was to break rank "with a zealous battlecry" and be immediately cut down by orcs. The part was ultimately cut from the movie.

TIL Ben Schulz (more infamously known as Leeroy Jenkins) had a written role in the script for the...

A gaming reference in a gaming movie? Nah, too far fetched. People won't get it.

That would've made the movie way better in my opinion. It wouldn't have affected much, but damn it would've been funny

They could have at least filmed it and put it as a special on the BR release.

"Those Skyrim film goers will never understand an arrow to the knee bit."

TIL instead of donating money, Toyota helped the NY Food Bank by increasing efficiency, cutting line wait times from 90 to 18 minutes.

TIL instead of donating money, Toyota helped the NY Food Bank by increasing efficiency, cutting line wait times from 90 to 18 minutes.
TIL instead of donating money, Toyota helped the NY Food Bank by increasing efficiency, cutting l...

Instead of a check, Toyota offered kaizen.

A Japanese word meaning “continuous improvement,” kaizen is a main ingredient in Toyota’s business model. It is an effort to optimize flow and quality by constantly searching for ways to streamline and enhance performance. Put more simply, it is about thinking outside the box and making small changes to generate big results.

Toyota’s engineers went to work. The kitchen, which can seat 50 people, typically opened for dinner at 4 p.m., and when all the chairs were filled, a line would form outside. Mr. Foriest would wait for enough space to open up to allow 10 people in. The average wait time could be up to an hour and a half.

Toyota made three changes. They eliminated the 10-at-a-time system, allowing diners to flow in one by one as soon as a chair was free. Next, a waiting area was set up inside where people lined up closer to where they would pick up food trays. Finally, an employee was assigned the sole duty of spotting empty seats so they could be filled quickly. The average wait time dropped to 18 minutes and more people were fed.

I used to work in the development group for a major national restaurant chain, and one year they had the facilities team effectively redesign and remodel a local food bank. You could tell the difference it made, not only to those who relied on the meals served, but also to the volunteers.

Practical and helpful. I like it.

Toyota stepped in and added some common sense to their practices.... 10 at a time, honestly? Meanwhile, if only 9 seats are free, you all must wait outside!?

Edit : Next improvement, for me, would be to open at 8am if financially viable. People need to eat throughout the day.

TIL Disney quietly cut ties with McDonalds in 2006 so as not to be associated with childhood obesity

TIL Disney quietly cut ties with McDonalds in 2006 so as not to be associated with childhood obesity

Disney has a lot of anti-obesity measures. Such as making a hamburger cost 27 dollars.

The corn dogs are $9.25, thankyouverymuch.

(P.S. they are the best corn dogs in all of history)

That makes sense, I loved the little toys they use to give us (at least in Chile) but somehow they stopped using those cool toys and now they're tiny and ugly.

Came here to say this. My first thought. This. So much this. +1. Have my upvote. Take my updoot. And my axe. This should be higher. 100%. Rick and Morty reference. Mulan reference. Binging with Babish episode link. Reddit Szechuan sauce recipe link. OP edit: thanks for the gold, kind stranger!

TIL that the once-thought useless human appendix has evolved at least 29 times, and been lost a maximum of 12 times--but evolution keeps bringing it back, possibly due to it having an important role in immune function.

TIL that the once-thought useless human appendix has evolved at least 29 times, and been lost a maximum of 12 times--but evolution keeps bringing it back, possibly due to it having an important role in immune function.
TIL that the once-thought useless human appendix has evolved at least 29 times, and been lost a m...

In different mammals not in humans.

You are correct; to anyone reading these comments, the title should read "mammals" instead of "humans". The article discusses appendix evolution within general mammalian lineages, and then goes on to discuss the hypothesis of a human appendix-and-immune-function relationship. I was thinking about humans at the time of uploading and must have typed my thoughts. Thanks!

lowers pitchfork

Well mine tried to murder me sooo

TIL that Rolex is owned by a non-profit trust which gives Nobel type cash awards for worthy innovative business ideas.

TIL that Rolex is owned by a non-profit trust which gives Nobel type cash awards for worthy innovative business ideas.
TIL that Rolex is owned by a non-profit trust which gives Nobel type cash awards for worthy innov...

Although the brand is owned by a non-profit, the non-profit structure appears to be an elegant way to dodge taxes. I'm not saying they don't donate to charity, but from the looks of it, it's not purely filantropical. It is still really cool that they find this project though!

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolex "The company is owned by the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation, a family private trust which does not pay corporate tax."

"Rolex SA is owned by the private Hans Wilsdorf Foundation, which is registered as a charity and does not pay corporate income taxes. In 2011, a spokesman for Rolex declined to provide evidence regarding the amount of charitable donations made by the Wilsdorf Foundation."

it's not purely filantropical.

philanthropic

Thanks, non-native speaker here. Always willing to learn.

I submitted an article about that engineer who is making glaciers in the desert yesterday, fascinating stuff. Awesome of Rolex to give him this recognition.

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