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TIL of Charles Henry Turner. He was an African American scientist who earned his PhD in 1907. He discovered that insects could distinguish pitch, that cockroaches can learn by trial and error and that honeybees can see color.

TIL of Charles Henry Turner. He was an African American scientist who earned his PhD in 1907. He discovered that insects could distinguish pitch, that cockroaches can learn by trial and error and that honeybees can see color.

"Honey, leave those bees alone and come to bed!" "Dammit woman, I'm doing this for humanity!" The tagline for the movie about his life will be, "In a world divided by the color of men's skin, one man rose above bigotry to prove that bees could also see color."

"Honey where is my Beekeeper suit?"

From now on I will call "Trial, and Error" as "Roach Approach".

Starring Samuel L Jackson

TIL that Apatheism is the belief that if a god exists, or not, it does not matter, because the effect is the same. Therefore there is no point engaging in worship or even positing the question of existence of the god at all.

TIL that Apatheism is the belief that if a god exists, or not, it does not matter, because the ef...

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”- Marcus Aurelius

TL;DR:

-“God?

-Meh”

TIL I am an apatheist.

Thank you kind stranger!

/sub/apatheism As you'll find out in a second, the only posts are "Hey I'm glad I found this place!" and a whole lot of nothing else. There's simply nothing for us to discuss. Maybe God exists? Maybe he doesn't. W/e. It's the perfect sub; it sticks to its guns marvelously.

TIL after the band Three Dog Night covered Randy Newman's song "Mama Told Me Not To Come" and made it a No. 1 hit, Newman called the band's lead singer Cory Wells and said "I just want to thank you for putting my kids through college"

TIL after the band Three Dog Night covered Randy Newman's song "Mama Told Me Not To Come" and made it a No. 1 hit, Newman called the band's lead singer Cory Wells and said "I just want to thank you for putting my kids through college"
TIL after the band Three Dog Night covered Randy Newman's song "Mama Told Me Not To Come" and mad...

I have never seen it, but by all accounts it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific.

– Michael Caine regarding Jaws: The Revenge

I made a picture called Super Mario Bros., and my six-year-old son at the time — he's now 18 — he said, 'Dad, I think you're probably a pretty good actor, but why did you play that terrible guy King Koopa in Super Mario Bros.?' and I said, 'Well Henry, I did that so you could have shoes,' and he said, 'Dad, I don't need shoes that badly.'

Dennis Hopper

TIL the guy who writes all the songs for Pixar movies wrote "Mama Told Me Not To Come."

Check out his song "Short People".

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.

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