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TIL when John White was nine a teacher told him he would grow up to be a garbage man. When John's dad found out, he told his son to grow up to be his best, look for the best in others, and it was ok if he was a garbage man. John White grew up to become Pulitzer Prize photojournalist.

BrRmx TIL Despite having little demand for whale products, Soviet whaling fleets illegally (and secretly) killed over 180,000 whales, driving several species to the brink of extinction.
6jw7 TIL that the only reason that the United States has the same Stop Sign design as the rest of the world is because the UN adopted the USA standard. The US never signed the UN convention that made it standard.
06Dy TIL a man faked mental illness to escape jail, was sent to an asylum and has been trying since to convince doctors he’s sane. He’s been diagnosed a psychopath ‘cause in part, “Faking mental illness to get out of a prison sentence is exactly the kind of manipulative act you’d expect of a psychopath.”
gw4X TIL that the average scalp has 100-150 thousand hairs. Hair is so strong that if you made all of your hair into a rope, it could hold 10-15 tons…
8a6R8 TIL that in the 1952 polio epidemic in Denmark, mortality was over 85 per cent due to a shortage of respirators. Dr Bjorn Ibsen invented a new kind of ventilator, proved it worked and then recruited thousands of volunteers to hand-pump them for weeks (they were fully manual). Mortality fell to 26%.