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TIL about the Oyster Wars, a series of sometimes violent conflicts that lasted almost 100 years between the states of Maryland and Virginia against 'Oyster Pirates' who illegally dredged the Chesapeake Bay for oysters

p8YQN TIL about Operation Looking Glass - a 24-hour a day, continuously airborne command center capable of directing all of the United States' nuclear assets as backup, should SAC's ground facilities be destroyed. Taking turns, the airplanes stayed continuously staffed for 29 years.
BrWnW TIL that this is the 100th anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre where the British gunned down 1500 peaceful Indian protesters in 10 minutes. Colonel Dryer, the man who ordered the massacre said he “wanted to punish Indians for disobedience.”
p8ym4 TIL that starting in June 1965, Angus Barbieri fasted for 382 days. He lived on tea, coffee, soda water and vitamins, living at home Scotland, and frequently visiting a hospital for medical evaluation. He lost 276 pounds (125 kg), reached his 180 pound goal weight, and started eating again.
KEbG TIL the two biggest money losing movies in history were both produced by Disney for a total loss of $336 million
EgPed TIL that the reason crystals and rocks feel cold to the touch is that they have "high thermal inertia". In other words, a rock that sits on a table in a 24°C room will want to take in heat from our 36.8°C bodies,.. and that feels cold. Once it has gained that 12.8°C it does not feel cold any more.