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TIL photographer Mathew Brady captured over 7000 photos of the US Civil War (including the portrait of Lincoln that would be used for the $5 bill), which have become the most important visual documentation of the period. He died in debt after the US gov’t did not buy his master-copies after the war.

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TIL photographer Mathew Brady captured over 7000 photos of the US Civil War (including the portrait of Lincoln that would be used for the bill), which have become the most important visual documentation of the period. He died in debt

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TIL: In an effort to fight oil well fires, Hungarian engineers recycled a Russian T-34 tank, and replaced the gun turret with two Mig-21 jet engines. The team would inject water into the exhaust of the engines and literally blow an oil well fire out. They called the device Big Wind.

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TIL: In an effort to fight oil well fires, Hungarian engineers recycled a Russian T-34 tank, and replaced the gun turret with two Mig-21 jet engines. The team would inject water into the exhaust of the engines and literally blow

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TIL Residents of the US, particularly those living near the Mexican border, now routinely cross the border into Mexico for medical care. Mexican dentists often charge 20 to 25 percent of U.S. prices, while other procedures typically cost a third what they would cost in the US

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TIL Residents of the US, particularly those living near the Mexican border, now routinely cross the border into Mexico for medical care. Mexican dentists often charge 20 to 25 percent of U.S. prices, while other procedures typically cost a third

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TIL a child that was Bart’s age when The Simpson’s first premiered would now be the same age as Homer.

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TIL a child that was Bart’s age when The Simpson’s first premiered would now be the same age as Homer. submitted by SashaTheBOLD [link] [1210 comments] Source: top scoring links : todayilearned

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It’s accepted that Alcohol dehydrates you, but would you really die of dehydration if given only Liquor?

It’s accepted that Alcohol dehydrates you, but would you really die of dehydration if given only Liquor? Hearing stories of people shooting film in a shithole nation, and being the only one on the cast that did not get sick

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TIL the Pyramids were ordered to be disassembled and their blocks used to build dams on the Nile. The chief architect personally opposed, but knew he’d be replaced if he defied orders. So he prepared a false cost analysis showing that freshly quarried stone would cost less: thus saving the Pyramids.

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TIL the Pyramids were ordered to be disassembled and their blocks used to build dams on the Nile. The chief architect personally opposed, but knew he’d be replaced if he defied orders. So he prepared a false cost analysis showing

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If you placed all the noodles in a standard pack of ramen end on end, how long would it stretch?

If you placed all the noodles in a standard pack of ramen end on end, how long would it stretch? And how did you find out the answer? submitted by whathits [link] [6 comments] Source: reddit answers: a knowledgebase built

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TIL a 1913 survey of US children working under difficult conditions in factories found that 412 out of 500 would rather work in sweatshops than the “monotony, humiliation, and cruelty” of school.

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TIL a 1913 survey of US children working under difficult conditions in factories found that 412 out of 500 would rather work in sweatshops than the “monotony, humiliation, and cruelty” of school. submitted by c10layman [link] [582 comments] Source: top

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TIL of “SLAM”, a cancelled nuclear ramjet missle that could carry up to 16 thermonuclear warheads, travel for months nonstop, spew radiation wherever it went, and flew at tree top levels, killing anyone it would fly over

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TIL of “SLAM”, a cancelled nuclear ramjet missle that could carry up to 16 thermonuclear warheads, travel for months nonstop, spew radiation wherever it went, and flew at tree top levels, killing anyone it would fly over submitted by AtomizedApple

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TIL rats who were trained to press a lever for their food would stop pressing the lever once they saw that it would electrically shock other another rat

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TIL rats who were trained to press a lever for their food would stop pressing the lever once they saw that it would electrically shock other another rat submitted by dasfiskitak [link] [300 comments] Source: top scoring links : todayilearned

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