2 years ago
TIL: That hops and cannabis are closely related
TIL before the launch, one of the scientists took Laika home to play with his children. In a book chronicling the story of Soviet space medicine, Dr. Vladimir Yazdovsky wrote, “I wanted to do something nice for her: She had so little time left to live.”
TIL that Cunningham’s Law states, “The best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question, it’s to post the wrong answer.”
TIL that in the 20th century, native New Guineans were devastated by an incurable fatal degenerative brain disease called Kuru, "the shaking death." It was caused by eating cooked brain tissue during ritual cannibalism. Victims also laughed uncontrollably.
TIL that Hershey's designed a customized chocolate bar for the troops during WW2 called "D ration bar". It was so thick that soldiers had to shave slices off with a knife before chewing on it. By the end of the war, more than 3 billion ration bars had been produced.
TIL that a sailor, Gonzalo Guerrero, shipwrecked in the Yucatan years before Cortez began his conquest of Mexico. He eventually became a respected warrior among the Mayans and even led military campaigns. On his suggestion, native tribes ambushed and crushed Spains first expedition into Mexico.