TIL there’s a mountain in Wales called Cnicht—a Welsh transliteration of the English word “knight”—which has retained the original pronunciation of the English word, featuring no silent letters.
TIL that in the 17th century, tulip bulb futures became incredibly valuable in the Netherlands. At the peak of the craze, a single tulip bulb sold for the value of a nice house.
TIL The Steve Wilkos Show is still on the air, and he's hosted almost as many episodes (2,964) as Jerry Springer hosted of his show (3,146)
TIL The Four Minute Men were American volunteers who gave propaganda speeches during the First World War. The speeches were four minutes long because they often spoke in movie theaters where it took four minutes to change film reels. Speakers also often modified the speech for the local audience.
TIL that the numerals that the majority of the world uses today were introduced from Béjaïa, Algeria to Europe via Italy through the Liber Abaci, a 13th century book written by Leonardo Fibonacci, who was introduced to them during his time in Béjaïa.
TIL that Barry Goldwater and some other senators sued Jimmy Carter over the normalization of relations with the People's Republic of China
TIL no child has been poisoned by Halloween candy. Exception, one by a family member.
TIL the microstate of Andorra gets visited by an amount of tourists equal to its population every three days on average.
TIL that the volleyball move of setting and spiking emerged in the Philippines and was called ‘bomba’ or ‘Filipino bomb’
TIL: Cats Can't Taste Sweetness
TIL that in the 17th century, tulip bulbs became incredibly valuable and were even traded on futures markets in the Netherlands. At the peak of the craze, some individual tulip bulbs were worth more than a house.
TIL Ray Chapman is the only baseball player to die directly from an injury received during a game. He was hit in the head by a pitch and died 12 hours later.