9 years ago
TIL 98% of Antarctica is covered by ice that is 1 mile thick
TIL: 1957 Chevrolets continued to be built for many years after 1957 - in Turkey
TIL before the electric telegraph, there was a system called the semaphore telegraph, where signals were communicated visually using a network of towers topped with pivoting blades and paddles that could be rearranged to indicate different symbols
TIL that according to a recent report from the FCC, the average cable bill rose four times the rate of inflation in 2012. More than three-quarters of American households have no choice in a local cable provider.
TIL Sacha Cohen, best known for his role as Borat, was initially going to play Freddy Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. He was dropped due to Cohen wanting to explore the raunchier side of the band, whereas the band members wanted to protect their legacy.
TIL that before being transferred to Alcatraz, notorious mobster Al Capone's mind had begun failing due to complications with syphilis. He was frequently bullied by his fellow inmates in East State Penitentiary and his cellmate feared that Capone would have a mental breakdown.