The Reddit community “Today I Learned” is a daily thread full of crazy facts – almost all of which are unique, little-known, and perfect for trivia nights! Here are 12 unbelievable facts shared there recently.
12. How Big Is Massachusetts?
“TIL [Today I Learned] that Massachusetts is larger than nearly 70 countries.
11. Zombie Apocalypse Defence Plan
“TIL [Today I Learned] that the US Department of Defense has a plan to defend against the Zombie apocalypse.
10. A Pyramid’s Being Built in Germany
“TIL [Today I Learned] there is a pyramid being built in Germany that is scheduled to be completed in 3183. It consists of 7-ton concrete blocks placed every 10 years, with the fourth block to be placed on September 9 2023.”
9. Adrián Beltré Had Some Funny Teammates
“TIL in 2009, a hard ground ball hit Adrián Beltré in the groin which landed him on the 15-day disabled list. In his first game after returning, teammate Ken Griffey Jr. conspired with those in charge of the PA system to have Beltré’s at-bat intro music be the opening march from The Nutcracker Suite.”
8. Varina Davis Doubted the Confederacy
“TIL that Varina Davis, the First Lady of the Confederate States of America, was personally opposed to slavery and doubted the Confederacy could ever succeed. After her husband’s death, she moved to New York City and wrote that “the right side had won the Civil War.”
7. Neil Armstrong Really Earned His Masters
“TIL Neil Armstrong completed almost all required coursework towards a master’s degree when he joined NASA in early 1960s. A semester short, he returned to USC after his moon landing in 1970 to give a one-hour seminar on the technical aspects of landing Apollo’s lunar module to receive his Masters.”
6. The Mariana Trench Was Unexplored Until Recently
“TIL 91% of all the dives to the bottom of the Mariana Trench occurred in the past 4 years. Before that, the only visitors were the original explorers in 1960, and James Cameron in 2012.”
5. Fungi Love Chernobyl
“TIL Fungi in Chernobyl appear to be feeding off gamma radiation and are growing towards the reactor core.”
4. Skeletons Were Found In Benjamin Franklin Secret Basement
“TIL in 1998, a preservation group began restoring Ben Franklin’s residence in London. During their rehabilitation work, they discovered a secret, windowless room under his garden containing the remains of 15 people.”
3. TLC Held Someone Hostage Over Money
“TIL: TLC was the first all-female group to sell 10 million copies of an album – CrazySexyCool. But they weren’t cool about making $50,000 each for the album while the record company got $75 million. So, they held Arista Records President Clive Davis hostage until the NYPD intervened.”
2. MTV Cribs Was Faked
“TIL that rapper Redman outed MTV Cribs as completely fake and revealed that MTV would routinely rent out mansions to make guests appear wealthier than they were.”
1. Mr. T Took Off His Gold Following Katrina
“TIL Mr. T stopped wearing virtually all his gold, one of his identifying marks, after helping with the cleanup after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He said, “I felt it would be insensitive and disrespectful to the people who lost everything, so I stopped wearing my gold.”
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