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TIL People can keep their amputated limbs. A woman requested to keep her leg before being amputated due to cancer. Now she and her leg travel the world, posting photos of their adventures on Instagram.

QJKkX TIL of Lee Hyeon-seo, a North Korean defector who escaped and then went back for her mother and brother. After a long journey, her family was arrested. Lee didn’t have the money to free them. An Australian noticed her and gave her enough money to free them and two other North Koreans.
V7RZ TIL that Eddie Vedder wrote ‘Jeremy’ after reading a brief newspaper article about a 15-year-old boy in Texas who brought a gun to class and shot himself, in front of his teacher and thirty students. Vedder wanted to show how even such a dramatic gesture would only get a few words in the daily news.
gpBX TIL: A caterpillar basically turns into a soupy liquid while in the pupa state before it rearranges itself and turns into a butterfly. The butterfly also retain some of its memories of things learnt as a caterpillar.
QJmmL TIL that during the Soviet imposed agricultural collectivization of 1932-33, an estimated 5.7-8.7 million people died from starvation, the vast majority of which were from Ukraine (4-7 million). This led to the event being called the Holodomor, which means “to kill by starvation.”
7rvZp TIL that the most remote inhabited place on earth, the island of Tristan da Cunha, is 1250 miles from the next closest inhabited location. With no airstrip and out of civilian helicopter flying range, the fastest way to travel to it is a 6 day boat journey from South Africa.