Today I Learned ๐ŸŽ“

๐Ÿ’ก You learn something new every day; what did you learn today?

TIL 57.5% of College Graduates Don't Work in Their Field of Study [Source]

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TIL Agatha Christie wrote an unpublished book where she killed off Poirot because she hated him. [Source]

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TIL Coriander and Cilantro are from the same plant [Source]

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TIL that the Bald Eagle population has recovered! They are now fairly common birds to be seen in residential areas [Source]

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TIL in 2022, the DEA seized more than 10,000 pounds of Fentanyl and more than 50 million Fentanyl pills. This was more than double the amount seized in 2021 and enough to kill every person in the United States. [Source]

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TIL Public nativity scenes are often the victim of baby Jesus theft. Some churches have had to chain their baby Jesus down to deter theft while others have added GPS tracking to their baby Jesus. [Source]

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TIL that Flick from โ€˜A Christmas Storyโ€™ went into Porn in the 1990s [Source]

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TIL that in 2003, the chief officer of the German-owned cargo ship RMS Mรผlheim got into difficulties while on watch. His trousers caught in his chair mechanism and while trying to free himself he tripped and knocked himself unconscious. The ship grounded on rocks while he was out and later broke up [Source]

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TIL Sigmund Freud made the decision to flee Austria after his daughter Anna was interrogated by the Gestapo for nearly 12 hours. He was able to buy safe passage out of Austria just in time with 31,000 Reich marks in 1938 [Source]

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TIL in 1613, a Japanese daimyo sent an embassy to Rome, crossing both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and visiting the Philippines, Mexico, and Spain along the way [Source]

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TIL: A high school pitcher from Brenham, Texas won a record 53 straight games and, in 1989, was the first high schooler to make the cover of Sport Illustrated. His winning streak ended immediately after he appeared in SI. It was the only game he lost in his high school pitching career. [Source]

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TIL about Saturnalia - a Roman Holiday held between 17 - 23 December. The holiday was celebrated with a sacrifice at the Temple of Saturn, in the Roman Forum, and a public banquet, followed by private gift-giving, continual partying, and a carnival atmosphere. [Source]

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TIL that in 1931, a scientist tried to teach a baby chimpanzee human behavior by raising it alongside his human son. The chimpanzee never acquired language skills, and the experiment was called off when the human baby began imitating the chimpanzee's vocalizations. [Source]

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TIL that no Prime Minister of Pakistan has served a full 5-year term since their independence in 1947. [Source]

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TIL that yet another Christmas tradition, the burning of the Yule log for good luck, predates European Christianity and has its roots in paganism. Yule log burning is rooted in Germanic or Scandinavian paganism and associated with winter solstice rituals [Source]

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TIL Peter Billingsley who played Ralphie in โ€œA Christmas Storyโ€ also played the head elf in โ€œElfโ€. [Source]

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TIL that despite having a 95% Muslim population, Christmas is an extremely popular holiday in the west African nation of Senegal, which has a tradition of Muslims and Christians adopting each other's holidays [Source]

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TIL Elf on the Shelf, a "Christmas Tradition," didn't exist until 2005. [Source]

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TIL that because of their flexible ankles, red pandas are one of the few animals that can climb down trees head-first. [Source]

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Today I learned that in 1634 Massachussets Puritans made long hair illegal for males. [Source]

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