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TIL That when the physicist Murray Gell-Man was applying for PhD programs, he was denied from both Princeton and Harvard. Forced to attend his backup choice of MIT, he was so distraught that he considered suicide.

pkd8 TIL that a 19th century governor of Greece introduced potatoes to the country. Initially, he tried giving seed potatoes to skeptical farmers. When this failed, he piled them in public under guard, convincing people of their value. They stole the potatoes and planted them.
jN1YE TIL Why the buttons for girls and guys’ clothes are on different sides: when button up clothes were invented, wealthy women were dressed by their servants, and men dressed themselves. Having buttons on different sides made it easier for servants to button.
7NN7 TIL that Billy Mulligan, suffered from multiple personality disorder in most outstanding way, with world record of 24 personalities. Some of his personalities spoke languages that Billy never learned. They were aware of each other’s presence within Billy, and agreed to live together in cooperation.
v057 TIL That lightning comes in two kinds known as “positive” and “negative”. Positive is the more destructive of the two but is believed to make up only 5% of lighting strikes.
x6y8b TIL January 1, 1983 is considered the official birthday of the Internet. Prior to this, the various computer networks did not have a standard way to communicate with each other. A new communications protocol was established called Transfer Control Protocol/Internetwork Protocol (TCP/IP).