1 year ago
TIL that male adult whalefish can never open their mouths
TIL domestic cats stop meowing to communicate with other cats upon reaching adulthood, and only meow to communicate to their human
TIL that the checking account was invented by the Knights Templar in the 12th century. Crusaders would deposit their valuables with the Knights before journeying to the Holy Land, and would receive a certificate entitling them to items of equivalent value upon their arrival.
TIL American architect Henry Murphy was in charge of designing the capital of China in 1928. Murphy proposed a master plan for Nanjing at the heart of which lay an axis with the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, along with ‘Capitol Hill’ and a pagoda
TIL of Georg Ferdinand Duckwitz, a German diplomat who during WW2 warned Danish Jews of their impending deportation and organised their rescue to Sweden, resulting in 95% of Jewish Danes fleeing successfully.
TIL about Charles "Zimmy" Zibelman the Human fish, who swam for between New York and Albany for 148 hours straight. And he didn't have legs.