2 years ago
TIL there is a species of fungus over 23 000 different sexes
TIL that CJ Products, the producers of Pillow Pets, once hired private detectives to track down a warehouse where U.S. marshals seized 17,000 counterfeit pillows.
TIL of "peine forte et dure", a type of torture used in the common law legal system when a person remained silent upon questioning. It consisted of progressively heavier stones placed upon the chest until either a plea was entered, or the person died. It’s been legal for ~500 years, until 1772.
TIL actors Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt were temporarily blinded with 'burnt retinas' on the set of Twister (1996) by bright lamps used to make the sky look stormy.
TIL after his arrest, Serial Killer Rodney Alcala was discovered to have over a thousand photographs of various women and boys in his possession. In 2016, Alcala was charged with a 1977 murder after a dead woman was identified from one of the photos. Police are looking for help to ID more subjects.
TIL that in 1962 scientists injected an elephant with a dose of LSD that was 3000 times a typical human dose. Five minutes later the elephant trumpeted, fell down, shit itself, went into a perpetual brain seizure, and then died an hour and forty minutes later.