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TIL That pounds are officially weighed in kilograms
TIL that in the 18th century medical professionals used tobacco smoke enemas to treat ailments from the cold to cholera. Before the use of bellows became the norm the people administering the procedure needed to be careful if they started coughing and accidentally inhaling enema particulates.
TIL With 25 billion hours (2.85 million years) of total game playtime, people have played call of duty for longer than the course of human existence.
TIL from 1851 to 1856, Utah's territorial capital was the town of Fillmore in Millard County. The town and county were so named to flatter then-President Millard Fillmore.
TIL some people can voluntarily equalize the pressure in their ears by ‘flexing’ open their eustachian tube.
TIL the warning tones played before an Emergency Alert Broadcast contain information and automatically activate the system by audio alone. Playback of the recorded tones (like in an an ad) over TV or radio can kick the actual system online, resulting in heavy fines.