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TIL that Riga built a community for blind people
TIL That for 30 years and through most of his acting career John Goodman was a raging alcoholic, saying “If I’d picture in my mind a drink—usually straight out of the bottle—I couldn’t not do it.” He’s been sober since 2007.
TIL of Paul Alexander, one of the last people living in an iron lung after he contracted polio in 1952 at the age of 6. Despite his disability, he is an author and practicing lawyer
TIL that most malaria nets are used exactly as intended, and charities that distribute them save lives much more cost-effectively than others that address issues like other diseases or hunger
TIL that the 9/11 Memorial's brass panels - on which victims' names are inscribed - have their own heating and cooling systems so that they are never too hot or cold to touch
TIL Tolar, NM has the distinction of being the only town in the USA to be bombed out of existence in World War II. Not that it was a large town at the time. The explosion from an accidental railroad disaster left a crater about 20-feet deep and 60-feet wide - the town was pretty much obliterated.