Have you ever seen the Reddit community called “Today I Learned”? It’s packed full of fun bits of trivia that people have stumbled upon and wish to share. In this series, we’re rounding up its 10 most surprising facts of the day! Welcome to the first installment of things you probably never knew ‘til now…
1. The Search for the Titanic Wasn’t What It Seemed
From Reddit user: Arb0k
“TIL [today I learned] the search and discovery of the Titanic was only allowed as to cover for searching for 2 US nuclear submarines that sunk in the 60s”
2. The Finnish Bible Had No Word for Lion
From Reddit user: Fellowshipbook
“TIL that when the Bible was first translated into Finnish, there was no word for lion since nobody had ever seen one. The translator instead used the word “jalopeura” which means “noble deer””
3. The US Age of Consent Used to Be 7 to 12y/o
From Reddit user: SilentWalrus92
“TIL: In 1880, the average ages of consent in the US were set at 10 or 12 years old in most states, with the exception of Delaware where it was 7l”
4. The UK’s Plague Had Its Perks
From Reddit user: TheMadhopper
“TIL the Black Death contributed greatly to the rise of the British Pub and pub culture. Thanks to the plague, scarcity of labor greatly improved the standard of living for peasants, who in turn spent their extra money on beer.”
5. A Shipwrecked Samurai Was One of the First Japanese People to Visit the US
From Reddit user: InmostJoy
TIL of Nakahama Manjirō, a 14-year-old fisherman who was shipwrecked on an island with four friends. They were rescued by an American whaleship, who took them to Honolulu, where his friends stayed. Manjirō continued on to Massachusetts and become [one of*] the first Japanese person to land on mainland USA.
*Added after we checked the source
6. Cats Lower Your Blood Pressure
From Reddit user: Opening-Cal5703
“TIL it has been scientifically proven that stroking a cat can lower one’s blood pressure.”
7. NYC’s Subway Stops More Than Any Other
From Reddit user: Short59
“TIL that the New York City Subway has the most stops of any metro system in the world.”
8. Cologne Cathedral Contains the Bones of the Three Wise Men
From Reddit user: Triviafrenzy
“TIL the Cologne Cathedral in Germany has the “Shrine to the Three Kings” that is believed to contain the bones of the Three Wisemen who brought gifts to the newborn Jesus. They also have three crowns that they supposedly wore.”
9. Brunei Has Weird Weekends
From Reddit user: Nulono
“TIL that Brunei is the only country to observe a non-contiguous weekend, taking Friday and Sunday off.”
10. Sweden Has over 267,000 Islands
From Reddit user: Livebeam
“TIL that Sweden has 267,570 islands, the most of any country in the world.”
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