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TIL the founder of FedEx served two tours of duty in Vietnam, observing procurement and delivery procedures, fine-tuning his dream for an overnight delivery service. He was also awarded a Bronze Star, Silver Star, and two Purple Hearts.

64DQ TIL there is a waterfall called The Devil’s Kettle, a mystery to scientists because the western half of the water flows into a pothole. However, every attempt to trace the path of this half of the river once the water has gone into the pothole has failed.
R5rk6 TIL that the world's quietest room is located at Microsoft's headquarters and registers -20.35 dBA, making it quieter than a human heartbeat
rNl0y TIL that the Fukushima disaster would have caused far less months of life lost if the residents were instead sheltered in place because of the factors due to the displacement such as suicide, depression and stress causing more months of life lost in the process.
PKdn TIL when Columbian drug lord Pablo Escolar’s home was raided, the military released the dangerous hippos of his personal zoo, not knowing what to do with them. They now thrive in the Columbian rivers. This makes Columbia have the largest wild hippo population outside of Africa.
e0j0g TIL William Friedkin (Exorcist, French Connection) came upon the idea for the 'wrong-way chase scene' in To Live and Die in LA when he fell asleep at the wheel and woke up in the wrong lane with traffic heading straight for him. He spent the next 20 years wondering how he would use it in a film.