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TIL in 2002, a British woman was so annoyed by Jehovah Witnesses repeatedly knocking on her door, she waited until they were holding a service, then started pounding on the front doors of their church. Then, she tried to get them to change religions. After about a half-hour, she was forced to leave

TIL in 2002, a British woman was so annoyed by Jehovah Witnesses repeatedly knocking on her door,...

Fair play.

I've only had them come to my door once (I've told this story before), and it is one of my favorite times in life.

Knock knock, my first college JW experience. No idea who these people are. They are in our actual complex.

K, I open the door, and its a Mom and some embarrassed young girls. They start talking about Geebus, and I did not know what to do, so I looked at my roommate, who was casually lighting a cigarette.

He got up from the couch, grabbed the door, and closed it EVER so slowly right in their faces. It was amazing.

this ranks up there with the guy who foreclosed on a B of A branch

They were extremely tolerant by giving her a half hour to make her case.

TIL In 2013 a Republican Congressman from Florida was given a $350 fine and probation after buying Cocaine from an undercover cop. (The average prison sentence for possession of Cocaine is 3 years.)

TIL In 2013 a Republican Congressman from Florida was given a $350 fine and probation after buyin...

The rich and powerful play by different rules. Unfortunately it's always been that way everywhere.

What’s the average prison sentence for possession amongst gainfully employed adults with no priors?

Less than a month later, Radel pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of possession of cocaine and was sentenced to one year of supervised probation

Where does it say $350?

Most likely 0 years. I've known people arrested for possession of small amounts of cocaine and none did jail time. Fine and probation

TIL Gillian Anderson's performance as Dana Scully in The X-Files sparked a phenomenon called the "Scully Effect" where the character's prominence inspired a measurable increase in the amount of women entering the scientific, medical, and law enforcement fields

TIL Gillian Anderson's performance as Dana Scully in The X-Files sparked a phenomenon called the "Scully Effect" where the character's prominence inspired a measurable increase in the amount of women entering the scientific, medical, and law enforcement fields

It's almost like media representation matters.

The funny thing is the "Scully" also became an archetype of a super-pragmatic character facing supernatural situation and trying to rationnalize them as best as possible (like the cop woman at the begining of Signs).

I watched the X-Files when I was pretty young, I grew up watching the show with my mom. In 5th grade I declared at school that I wanted to do autopsies for the FBI. In high school I dyed my hair red and took all the advanced science classes I could. In undergrad I got my degree in Biology and focused on Pathology and human anatomy. I'm in graduate school now getting my Master's in Forensic Science, doing my thesis research in Forensic Anthropology. I'm due to graduate in 2 years and I plan on applying to the FBI laboratories. Dana Scully has always been a role model for me. As silly as it may be, the Scully Effect is true, I am a product of it, and my hair is still red.

Except in Signs it made sense to be sceptical. In X-Files, not so much. Scully saw things that were clearly supernatural in nature in every episode. Remaining sceptical in the face of this much evidence is irrational.

TIL on the set of The Princess Bride, André the Giant once "let out a 16 second fart and brought production to a standstill." Nobody said anything except director Rob Reiner, who said "Are you OK, André?" to which André replied, "I am now boss."

TIL on the set of The Princess Bride, André the Giant once "let out a 16 second fart and brought ...

So 16 seconds is impressive, but that got me thinking. What kind of volume of gas are we talking? Sure, he could have a tiny butthole and it could just be escaping a small amount per second over that time. This is Andre the Giant we're talking about, so I am assuming he's got a correspondingly giant anus. I am going to guess this guy was farting gallons.

The documentary on Andre that aired the other day had about 5 minutes of interviews with witnesses recounting his flatulence. That's when you know you are special... when you die and people continue to talk about the power of your farts. Absolute Legend.

I can't believe you've just typed what you've typed.

Imagine farting for so long that someone needs to ask if you're medically okay.

Edit: Your toot stories are all inspiring.

2edit2furious: My top comment is now about a long fart. Stahp.

TIL of Sergei Korolev, the man responsible for getting Yuri Gagarin to space, and who would've won the space race for Russia had he not died in 1966

TIL of Sergei Korolev, the man responsible for getting Yuri Gagarin to space, and who would've won the space race for Russia had he not died in 1966
TIL of Sergei Korolev, the man responsible for getting Yuri Gagarin to space, and who would've wo...

Arguably the Soviets won the space race, and subsequent to this the Americans put a man on the moon.

He and Von Braun never met one another, but had their own rivalry nonetheless from halfway across the globe.

He died because of complications from his days at the gulag. A man who started his career as being called an enemy of the state, was ultimately buried as a hero of the Soviet people in the Kremlin walls.

Very true, that’s why Russia controls most geosynchronous satellites and not the US.

TIL Cordyceps actually DOESN'T take over an ants brain like we thought, but actually weaves fibres through its body controlling it like a puppet and leaving the ant prisoner within its own mind... Which is far more horrifying.

TIL Cordyceps actually DOESN'T take over an ants brain like we thought, but actually weaves fibre...

I love how Joe Rogan was going on about how crazy this stuff is on his podcast, then one day he started selling a supplement that contains the Cordycepts mushroom. I'll always be at least partially convinced that he was infected and now the Cordycepts is controlling him and trying to spread itself to the rest of us....

The Last of Us just got more fucked up.

I imagine this is how human zombies would work. Some form of consciousness left, but the rest of the nervous system controlled by some type of pathogen.

Oh God. Does that mean the ones I killed in TLoU were begging for death or hoping I would save then from their prisons?

TIL that Mark Zuckerberg bought 700 acres of beachfront land in Hawaii. He built a wall around the property and then tried to force hundreds of Native Hawaiians to forfeit their gathering rights to the land by suing them

TIL that Mark Zuckerberg bought 700 acres of beachfront land in Hawaii. He built a wall around th...

Tom was my friend and i never read him doing this type of stuff.

Edit:I didn’t think I would wake to this! First time getting Gold! Thank you who ever gave it!

You know the more time goes on the more I think he is possibly the worlds biggest cunt

Tom has a legitimately interesting Instagram account. He travels a lot and takes excellent photos.

https://www.instagram.com/myspacetom/

He seems like a cool guy.

Wasn’t the whole Facebook movie basically a story about what a dick he is? Why are we all surprised 10 years later when we find out again he is a dick?

TIL a University that installed AdBlock Plus on all of its computers ended up saving 40% on network bandwidth

TIL a University that installed AdBlock Plus on all of its computers ended up saving 40% on netwo...

my adblock plugin stopped working randomly the other day, didn't realise at first, then about ten minutes later I was like "omfg, is this what the internet is really like?"

Adblock is shit now. Use uBlock Origin.

I know that feel all too well.

It's horrible really. I don't think those horrible ads are benefitting the site anymore; the way they are placed twisting the layout is just insane. I can't imagine any reason that would scare me away from a site forever more than those ads you can't disable and are placed in such prominent ways.

And mind you, I don't care about smart ad layouts; for an example those that pop up on reddit don't really bother me, the site still has its hundred percent functionality with them.

If they had installed one Pi-Hole instead they'd have also saved 99% of the effort needed to install multiple copies of ABP.

Also, don't use ABP as they've sold out. Use uBlock Origin instead.

TIL Dolly Parton gave each family who lost its primary residence in the 2016 TN fires $1,000 a month for five months. When she arrived to help dole out the final payments, she brought the nearly 900 families an unexpected bonus – another $5,000 each for a total of $10,000.

TIL Dolly Parton gave each family who lost its primary residence in the 2016 TN fires $1,000 a mo...

Wow she's very generous. Between this and what she does for kids, and all the other things she's been known to do she could be canonized

For those who don’t know, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program mails great, age-appropriate books to kids through age five across the US and abroad, for free. She now ships a million books a month and has given away 100 million since the program’s inception.

The more I hear about Dolly Parton, the more I appreciate her giving spirit. She's not hurting for money, sure, but she is always looking for ways to give gifts that grow to her Sevierville home.

Because she saw illiteracy as a problem - in general and in the area of Tennessee where she was born and raised -she has a program that delivers a book a month from birth to school age for every child in the Sevierville area.

Because she saw the move of mining and loss of industry create a lack of jobs driving the area even further into poverty, she created Dollywood specifically to provide jobs and attract tourist dollars to bolster the local economy.

"What good is wealth and fame. Fine clothes and diamond rings? It just don't mean a thing. If you ain't got love. " I'm a liiiiitle ashamed to admit how well I know the movie "The Beverly Hillbillies", but she sang this song in it, and it really seems to be her motto. Oh, she likes her sparkly clothes and "enhanced" look, but she loves her Sevierville home and the people there.

Apparently her net worth is half a billion USD, but $9m is $9m whichever way you look at it. Incredibly generous.

TIL Winona Ryder was beat up as a child by bullies for looking like a feminine boy and was then kicked out of the school instead of the bullies. She ran into one bully years later and the bully asked for her autograph, to which she gloriously denied.

TIL Winona Ryder was beat up as a child by bullies for looking like a feminine boy and was then k...

"I was wearing an old Salvation Army shop boy’s suit. As I went to the bathroom I heard people saying, ‘Hey, faggot’. They slammed my head into a locker. I fell to the ground and they started to kick the shit out of me. I had to have stitches. The school kicked me out, not the bullies..." As a result, Ryder ended up being home-schooled that year. "Years later, I went to a coffee shop and I ran into one of the girls who’d kicked me, and she said, ‘Winona, Winona, can I have your autograph?’ And I said, ‘Do you remember me? Remember in seventh grade you beat up that kid?’ And she said, ‘Kind of’. And I said, ‘That was me. Go fuck yourself.’

That's the kind of thing a bullied 7th grader remembers for life no matter how famous they get..

It's also the kind of thing a 7th-grade bully doesn't remember, apparently.

I think an M.Bison quote from the Street Fighter movie sums it up best.

"The day M.Bison graced your village was the most important day of your life. For me, it was a Tuesday."

For the person getting picked on, it sticks with them forever. For the bully, they most likely forget all about it after a while.

Nobody deserves that, even if she did look like she traveled to the future to play the son of her older self.

Nobody deserves that,

Try one of these subthreads