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TIL in 1987, in Brazil, a ship carrying 22tons of weed in 3lb cans dumped all of it in the sea after being chased by Brazilian authorities. The cans were carried to the coastline by the tides, and most ended up being found (and used) by locals. This event came to be known as "The Summer of the Cans"

TIL in 1987, in Brazil, a ship carrying 22tons of weed in 3lb cans dumped all of it in the sea af...

22 tons of weed in 3lb cans? That's over 14,000 cans of weed. It must have looked like they went on forever into the horizon. Like some sort of Can Abyss.

Once the news spread, most cans didn’t even reach the sand – fishermen, surfers and some adventurers (and the police) would pick them up at sea.

As the load dropped at sea was immense – the estimated 22 tons would be enough to fill about 15 thousand cans – and the Federal Police seized only 2,563 cans throughout the country, people definitely had a lot to share.

That's a lot of happy fishermen.

The first time anyone has ever welcomed sea weed.

Holy shit is this actually happening? I can't think of anything witty to say but look at my username.

TIL Brazilian Doctors are Experimenting with Using Tilapia Skin Instead of Human Skin Grafts for Treatment of Severe Burn Victims

TIL Brazilian Doctors are Experimenting with Using Tilapia Skin Instead of Human Skin Grafts for Treatment of Severe Burn Victims
TIL Brazilian Doctors are Experimenting with Using Tilapia Skin Instead of Human Skin Grafts for ...

But not as grafts, as bandages

It is in use in the US.

Yup my wife’s niece had a terrible burn on her arm in Georgia and they used Tilapia skin

they still use leaches when trying to reattach fingers and what have you.

They work better than anything modern science has come up with..

TIL that Canada declared war on Japan in response to the attack on Pearl Harbor before the United States declared war the next day.

TIL that Canada declared war on Japan in response to the attack on Pearl Harbor before the United...

TIL Canada is our ride or die homie.

Canada's declaration had more to do with Japan attacking the British Empire, including Canadian soldiers defending Hong Kong:

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

Yes I’m glad someone pointed this out. Very few people seem to be aware of the scale of the Japanese attacks on the 7th/8th of December and how Pearl Harbour was bombed at the same time as Hong Kong, Malaya, the Philippines and many other Pacific islands were being invaded.

The co-ordination of these operations were pretty astounding for the first couple of weeks and I would contend they were more impressive in some ways than what the Germans did with Blitzkriegs in Europe. Especially considering these were nearly all seaborne invasions which required far more planning and organisational skill.

In the Philippines, Malaya and the Dutch East Indies the defenders all had a big initial advantage in terms of size of defending forces but the Japanese onslaught managed to overcome these.

What is a hat, without a head to rest on?

-Jayden Smith Canada

TIL Pearl Jam discovered Ticketmaster was adding a service charge to all their concert tickets without informing the band. The band then created their own outdoor stadiums for the fans and testified against Ticketmaster to the United States Department of Justice

TIL Pearl Jam discovered Ticketmaster was adding a service charge to all their concert tickets without informing the band. The band then created their own outdoor stadiums for the fans and testified against Ticketmaster to the United States Department of Justice
TIL Pearl Jam discovered Ticketmaster was adding a service charge to all their concert tickets wi...

I believe that “outdoor stadium” was at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, and basically became Coachella

Holy shit you're right. I just looked it up!

TIL in my own TIL

Fuck Ticketmaster.

Ticketmaster is cancer, they charge a convenience fee when you have no other options to buy tickets.

TIL Southwest Airlines flew a plane full of puppies to help them escape from Hurricane Harvey

TIL Southwest Airlines flew a plane full of puppies to help them escape from Hurricane Harvey
TIL Southwest Airlines flew a plane full of puppies to help them escape from Hurricane Harvey

*this sounds like a Barney Stinson pickup persona.

Woman: hey, nice to meet you what do you do for a living.

Pilot: I fly planes full of puppies away from danger.

Woman: do you want to get out of here?

End scene

studio audience goes fucking insane

I'm afraid of flying, but I would gladly take the risk for this plane ride!

I adopted a rescue puppy from hurricane Harvey. She was driven up north for like 3 days before she got to the humane society. Now she enjoys very warm cuddles and play time with my other dog.

TIL the birth rate in Japan is so low, and the boom of senior citizens so huge, that adult diapers have outsold baby diapers for the last 6 years.

TIL the birth rate in Japan is so low, and the boom of senior citizens so huge, that adult diapers have outsold baby diapers for the last 6 years.
TIL the birth rate in Japan is so low, and the boom of senior citizens so huge, that adult diaper...

Japan has the worlds gloomiest millennials. They're headed for future with a lot of struggle.

Learned about this in a case study for school just last week. This article says that 37% of them expect to work until they die, by far #1 in the world. http://money.cnn.com/2016/05/26/pf/millennials-work-japan/index.html

Pretty high suicide rates among the young too. :-(

My sister married a japanese man. His brother had to work overtime for three weeks to justify taking 3 of his vacation days to fly over for their wedding. Like most in his company, he has 4 weeks paid vacation, and doesnt take a single day of it most years. Japan is a fucked up place.

TIL that in the 1930's a flute player released his pet lyrebird into the wild, which was able to mimic certain phrases of the man's music. The bird has shared the music with other lyrebirds and the same melodies are still sung by these birds today.

TIL that in the 1930's a flute player released his pet lyrebird into the wild, which was able to mimic certain phrases of the man's music. The bird has shared the music with other lyrebirds and the same melodies are still sung by these birds today.
TIL that in the 1930's a flute player released his pet lyrebird into the wild, which was able to ...

Now THAT is a legacy.

Right? Pretty sure my legacy will pale in comparison to this bird’s.

Memes for birds.

this

I was skeptical when I first saw Attenborough's piece on the lyrebird years ago, I thought it was a little audio trickery for the sake of a joke, but after watching , I'm convinced. They're incredible.

TIL this famous photo called "Lunch atop a Skyscraper" wasn't the unfinished Empire State Building, it was 30 Rockefeller Center.

TIL this famous photo called "Lunch atop a Skyscraper" wasn't the unfinished Empire State Building, it was 30 Rockefeller Center.
TIL this famous photo called "Lunch atop a Skyscraper" wasn't the unfinished Empire State Buildin...

What is also known is that a completely finished floor was likely beneath the workers, just a few feet below.

Interesting.

OSHA has a heart attack should be the photo title.

I’m a structural ironworker in NYC. If you look in the bottom left corner you can see steel on planks that is referred to as the “Derrick floor” (before cranes they used guy derricks to erect the building). The Derrick floor is the highest planked over floor that you put iron on to set higher floors. The planks are there so they can pour concrete later (basically just concrete forms that the Ironworkers put in). Now we use metal decking instead of planks. So basically if they fell into the building the most they could fall is two stories because we set two stories of steel at a time before we plank/deck over a new Derrick floor. However if they were on the perimeter of the building they could’ve fallen outside the building in which case you fall to the street.

Not too many in the Empire State Building construction (5), but 60 workers died during the construction of the World Trade Center in the 70s, which is insane. OSHA was founded during construction, but I’m guessing hadn’t implemented enforceable policies yet.

TIL Americans Spend More On Lottery Tickets Than On Movies, Video Games, Music, Sports Tix And Books Combined

TIL Americans Spend More On Lottery Tickets Than On Movies, Video Games, Music, Sports Tix And Bo...

I worked at a convenience store in high school and it was absolutely crazy how much people would drop on lotto tickets and scratch offs. I would see the same four or five people spending hundreds several times a week.

Growing up, my parents always told me that lotteries are a tax on people that are bad at math.

The American Dream: throw all of your money away on the < 1% chance of hitting it big.

You're about 6 orders of magnitude too lucky for the lottery

TIL that the autistic spectrum and the distinction between "high functioning" and "low functioning" autism was discovered by Hans Asperger in an attempt to save children in his clinic from the Gestapo during World War 2, who killed disabled children in preparation for the Holocaust.

TIL that the autistic spectrum and the distinction between "high functioning" and "low functioning" autism was discovered by Hans Asperger in an attempt to save children in his clinic from the Gestapo during World War 2, who killed disabled children in preparation for the Holocaust.
TIL that the autistic spectrum and the distinction between "high functioning" and "low functionin...

I can't imagine the how much he must have struggled with these decisions. There didn't seem to be much in this article about the specifics, but here's what it looks like his thought process was:

1) People are coming to kill all of these children.

2) If I can show that some of the children can function in society, they may be spared.

3) I can't say that all of the children can function in society, since this is obviously not true and they will all be killed.

4) I must create two groups: Those who will live, and those who will die.

Fuck. Imagine examining some kid right on the line, right between the two groups. You'd have to consider that if the 'death' group isn't large enough it will look like you're lying to save the kids, so maybe this one should be added to the 'death' group for a little extra padding.

Well.

Think I'll just back to bed now!

You forgot the word 'go'. The death group for you!

So if Asperger's is named after Hans Asperger, then where did the name "autism" come from? Just curious, since I see that Hans Asperger discovered the autistic spectrum and the difference between high- and low-functioning autism.

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