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TIL that the word “Nimrod” was actually the name of very skilled hunter in the Book of Genesis. However, bugs bunny used the name sarcastically, which led to it becoming a common word to refer to someone with a lack of skill.

TIL that the word “Nimrod” was actually the name of very skilled hunter in the Book of Genesis. H...

I wasn’t implying he was a hero in any way. I simply stated that he was a skilled hunter, which is the opposite of what his name is now used to describe.

Nimrod always looked forward to wabbit season.

This has been reposted a lot lately...

You're reading what isn't there.

The original Nimrod was a skilled hunter - that is, a guy who was good at hunting. Nothing more is implied.

Bugs Bunny connected the name to a poor hunter instead. For people who didn't know the story of the original Nimrod, this was the only meaning they were aware of. The end result: Bugs Bunny popularized the exact opposite of what the name originally meant.

I don't know why you keep equating "good hunter" with "good person". That's not what the OP said at all.

TIL Botswana's flag was designed as a protest against South African Apartheid. Botswana's flag has a black stripe and white borders to signify unity between black and white Botswanans. They designed to contrast the old South Africa flag which had a single white stripe in the same area of their flag.

TIL Botswana's flag was designed as a protest against South African Apartheid. Botswana's flag ha...

You can't agree to hand over people when South Africa decides to invade and take them by force. They didn't give Botswana a choice.

South Africa had more military firepower and they straight up invaded and killed/arrested ANC members. Botswana wasn't in a position to agree to anything.

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

The old south African flag was just the old flag from the Netherlands republic, no racist or discriminatory intentions in that flag

https://nl.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prinsenvlag

When I visited the embassy in DC a few years ago for the Embassy Open House deal, they spent the whole time talking about how much better they were than the rest of Africa.

No there's not. Even though the racist goobers cry because they no longer rule.

TIL: The Golden ratio was discovered when Phidias heard the different sounds a blacksmiths hammer was making when different weights were used, he went on to discover one of the most important visual concepts in history without using his eyes.

TIL: The Golden ratio was discovered when Phidias heard the different sounds a blacksmiths hammer...

Yeah the title is a mess. The thing about anvils isn't even supposed to be connected to the thing about the golden ratio.

In fact it's interesting because it's as wrong as possible. The thing Pythagoras discovered was that notes sounded nice together when the sizes of the strings (or anvils) producing them were in simple ratios, like 1:2 or 3:4. Pairs of notes sound good when they are near these ratios and "dissonant" when they aren't. But it turns out that the Golden Ratio is the ratio that is furthest away from any of these simple ratios (see https://www.reddit.com/sub/askscience/comments/3fqvhd/how_is_the_golden_ratio_the_most_irrational... for an explanation). So it would make the worst sounding music!

I think you meant Pythagoras. Phidias is mentioned later in the same article you linked.

"important" visual concept.

Which is actually a myth.

most important visual concept

Citation needed.

TIL that the Berlin Wall stood for 10,316 days, and that 2/07/18 will be 10,316 days since it has been gone

TIL that the Berlin Wall stood for 10,316 days, and that 2/07/18 will be 10,316 days since it has...

about 28 years if anyone is curious.

About 8.83e+11 milliseconds if anyone is curious

Well split my dick and call me Caitlyn Jenner, TIL.

Wah, making me feel old. The wall coming down really doesn’t seem that long a go to me. I still clearly remember watching The Wall – Live in Berlin on TV, even though I was only 10 years old at the time.

TIL Samuel L Jackson was expelled from Moorehouse for holding up the board of trustees, including MLK Sr., at gunpoint until they agreed to hire more black staff. His mother, afraid of him becoming a POI for the FBI, sent him to LA where he began acting.

TIL Samuel L Jackson was expelled from Moorehouse for holding up the board of trustees, including...

I got in one little kidnapping and my mom got scared

And said "You're movin' with your auntie and uncle in LA."

So he's not acting in his movies?

Jackson was charged with and eventually convicted of unlawful confinement, a second-degree felony. Jackson was then suspended for two years for his criminal record and his actions. He would later return to the college to earn his Bachelor of Arts in Drama in 1972.

He actually went back to the same school and got his degree.

That 100% would not happen today.

TIL "Giraffe" is a relatively new term. Before the 1600s they were known as "Camelopards".

TIL "Giraffe" is a relatively new term. Before the 1600s they were known as "Camelopards".

So that’s why that constellation is called Camelopardalis. I just saw it recently at a planetarium and was going to look it up when I got home. Thanks for posting this and answering a question I forgot I had! : )

Wait, are you telling me there's a giraffe constellation?

This changes everything.

How is after the 1600s only "relatively new"? Languages have changed immensely since then. English has so many different words.

Everyone check out this rube over here that believes in stars he can't even see!

TIL James Buchanan was America's first (and only) bachelor President. His niece, Harriet, acted as First Lady

TIL James Buchanan was America's first (and only) bachelor President. His niece, Harriet, acted a...

If I recall correctly, it's also highly likely that he was our first and only homosexual president.

And he was known to occasionally greet guests to the White House wearing a kimono, so....

Okay who changed his Wikipedia page and said he is the winter soldier and bffs with captain America???

https://imgur.com/gallery/AD0Zv

It's very highly likely. As in almost for certain.

TIL following the Trinity nuclear test in New Mexico, a blind woman 150 miles from the site asked, "What's that brilliant light?".

TIL following the Trinity nuclear test in New Mexico, a blind woman 150 miles from the site asked, "What's that brilliant light?".

I might be wrong, but I thought certain blind could still see changes in light, while other can't.

You are correct, but even if she were completely blind, if you have high energy photons traveling toward you, they'll impact directly on the optic nerve and create light sources.

This happened actually to one of the Mercury 7 flights. They experienced balls of light out in space and reported back to NASA. Everyone was stumped, some people were like... wtf, aliens. Finally someone had the bright idea to tell them to close their eyes and report if they could still see the lights.

Indeed they could.

Radiation, you crazy.

I grew up listening to my grandpa tell the story of the Trinity bomb test. What will stick with me the most was how he described how bright it was, they were in a bunker miles away with a small window in which to see the explosion. He did as he was told and turned around with his hands covering his eyes, the flash was so bright he could see the bones in his fingers through his closed eyes facing away from the explosion. Still blows my mind to think about.

Wow, that makes me think as well. Cool story.

Reminds us that when we close our eyes, it's just a thin flap of skin, not some super light canceling magic thing in front of our eyes.

TIL in order to graduate from Cornell University you must pass a swim test.

TIL in order to graduate from Cornell University you must pass a swim test.

Andy Bernard never mentioned swimming. Bizarre.

to be fair, it's a skill that pretty much everyone should know

Steer clear Big Tuna, head for open waters.

Dartmouth, too. I think they told me it was because of soldiers who couldn't swim drowning during WWII.

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