Provide them in this thread. The TIL Mod team appreciates your input.
Austria fought a war against Ostriches and won!
Australia fought a war against kangaroos and wo- oh wait we lost that one
Found the kangaroo.
Emeperor Caligula of Rome declared war on the ocean, and won
He also made his horse a Roman Senator
I would trust my horse with major decisions of a republic more than most people, to be fair
One of these is not like the others... EDIT: Yep, I'm an idiot.
I just saw that then... God I'm dumb (for anyone else, you can't cut your hand on water, it was Django Unchained, Steve was a firefighter and they just block off the pipe from your testes to penis rather than actual castration).
But I did cut my balls off to watch March Madness... I'm gonna miss those guys.
It was Django Unchained that Leo cut his hand on...maybe we should let that one stay?
Seth Macfarlane missed a flight on 9/11.
Albert Einstein offered the role of President of Israel but turned it down.
Wow, this is the most upvoted one in this thread and the only one I didn't know.
I've been on reddit for 6 years+ and subscribed to TIL during all that time and this may be the first time I've seen this TIL.
TIL Founder here - had not seen before.
There's no way you founded TIL
If you did that actually really cool. But to me it's much more likely that you're just some random redditor making a false claim.
Also, if you founded TIL wouldn't your name be green? I'm on mobile so I could be completely out of place
I don't distinguish my comments unless I'm trying to speak explicitly as a mod. Check out the sidebar for my name, and read the FAQ.
I've been on Reddit for 4 and seen it 100 times
That's why reposts can be okay, in my eyes. We aren't all on every day, and don't all view by month or anything. But if something is used almost every day, then yeah. Tear down that thing.
I've got a few suggestions to add in addition to what users have already posted.
Pablo Escobar had 4 hippos whose descendants are running amok in Colombia.
Pablo Escobar's cartel was spending $2500 a month on rubber bands to hold cash/they were losing 10% of the money to rats.
Hitler did methamphetamine during the war.
There is a city in Turkey called Batman/they want to sue Warner Bros.
The Nike slogan "Just Do It" came from the last words of a murderer on death row.
The national animal of Scotland is the unicorn.
The state vegetable of Oklahoma is a watermelon.
France used the guillotine as a method of execution until as recently as 1977.
Blockbuster had the opportunity to purchase Netflix but turned it down.
There is a yearly penis festival in Japan.
Brian May, the guitarist of Queen, has a PhD in astrophysics.
Richard Dawkins coined the word meme.
The sound of a whip cracking is actually a small sonic boom.
George Foreman has five sons all named George.
There's a city in Batman called Turkey
There's a turkey in Batman called city
There's a Batman in city called Turkey
There's a turkey in city called Batman
Woops. Thanks. Was doing way too many of these at once. I've fixed it.
I'm a vegetable!
TIL Napoleon Bonaparte's height was not below average. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_depictions_of_Napoleon
hmm, sounds recent...
http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/1rzu0t/til_worlds_deadliest_sniper_simo_h%C3%A4yh%C3%A4_has_505/ The world's deadliest sniper in history.
I think the all-time MOST FREQUENT reposts are:
OJ Simpson was supposed to be in the first Terminator movie, but wasn't considered to be believable enough as a cold-blooded murderer.
And: There have been many missing or shot-down commercial flights before MH370, the Malaysian one last year.
BOTH are mentioned in this title, which was a top link on July 20, 2015, with PLENTY of examples:
Mozart and scatological humor, specifically "leck mich im arsch".
Can the mods program the bot to autodelete any mention of Steve Buscemi?
Buscemi could still do interesting things with the rest of his life. John Cazale on the other hand, cannot be in any more Oscar nominated films.
That would eliminate many interesting TILs of Buscemi, we wouldn't want that.
Shut the fuck up Donny.
You're out of your element!
I thought about how you can automate this.
list out the top 20 websites for each of these TILs
when a post is submitted which matches one of those websites and the corresponding word (e.g. "Buscemi") it is automatically put on hold, and they get an automated message saying: We want to avoid too frequent repetitions, if your post is NOT about this/these TILs (A, B, C) then please respond with the single word "NO" and your post will be cleared for publish. It may still be subject to manual moderation as normally for posts.
I heard once that that guy helped out during 9/11 or something
They could just do that with Automoderator, but as stated, that'd removed a lot of interesting stuff.
Woody Harrelson's dad was a bad guy.
And all Natural Born Killer jokes that follow it.
Anything relevant to Debeers or diamonds:
each time it gets posted, its the same comments, and people upvote them because its the opinion that person formed last time they read the post. They seriously dont add anything
Anything that made its way on Adam Ruins Everything should pretty much be closed down.
Have I told you how much I love you, TIL mods?
Steve Buscemi was a firefighter and worked on 9/11 after he went back to his old firehouse.
Please make this TIL Stop being posted.
Omg thank you.
You're welcome and thank you.
It was the first time Reeves laughed since the accident.
Dolphins get high off puffer fish.
I find it INCREDIBLE to believe no one has mentioned the fucking helium posts.
http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/2x0pzs/til_that_while_abundant_in_the_universe_helium_is/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/40temu/til_helium_is_a_nonrenewable_resource_the_us_used/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/tvjlj/til_that_helium_is_collected_almost_entirely_from/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/lo4tp/til_that_the_earths_helium_supplies_will_run_out/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/3dy4nu/til_there_is_a_helium_shortage_in_the_us_32_of/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/qhue2/til_that_there_is_a_worldwide_helium_shortage/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/1ai09k/til_there_is_a_worldwide_helium_shortage_and_the/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/1d258i/til_the_united_states_national_helium_reserve/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/1dy1lx/til_the_usas_helium_reserve_accounts_for_30_of/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/x0zai/til_that_there_is_a_worldwide_helium_shortage_and/
They could never understand the funny high pitched voice.
Roland the farter or just the existence of professional farting.
TIL the scientific name for the Western lowland gorilla is Gorilla gorilla gorilla
TIL Weird Al requests permission from the original artist of every song he parodies(and respects their decision), even though he is not legally required to under the "fair use" provision
TIL to make one penny, it costs approximately 1.8 cents. The United States Mint said that “there are no alternative metal compositions that reduce the manufacturing unit cost of the penny below its face value.”
Make rocks into pennies.
They already do that... http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2011/02/15/131934618/the-island-of-stone-money
The island where money transfers you...
Rick Moranis retired from acting after his wife died, so he could raise his kids. I've seen it here more than anything other than Steve Buscemi. Here, here, here, here, here, here, here...
The one about Pope Francis once being a bouncer.
The one about Trent Reznor hearing Johnny Cash's recording of Hurt.
Van Halen requested a bowl of brown M&Ms on their rider to see if people were paying attention to their rider
Interestingly enough, many of these are new to me.
The system is broken!
TIL: Thomas Edison offered Nikola Tesla $50,000 to improve his DC motor. Upon completion, Edison failed to pay and scoffed, "You don't understand American humor."
Honestly, everything there is to know about Tesla has been posted at least twice.
TIL Keanu Reeves said the version of "Hurt" that Steve Buscemi recorded on 9/11 was so good that he decided to give away all the money he earned from the Nespresso adverts to fund a satellite to spy on South Sudan.
And everyone who voted for the satellite was instantly drafted into the Army.
The average ratio of a front page repost seems to be 3 or 4 old hands complaining about seeing it before, and 5,000 up voters enjoying an interesting fact for the first time.
Can think of bigger problems in the world.
Through slightly different links and various titles, I have learned a lot about Mr. T in this sub:
Mr. T. is really good at chopping down trees, both in the army and on his own property (posted >12x).
He also used to be a bouncer that wore patron's lost jewelry (posted >8x).
He also stopped wearing jewelry in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (posted >6x).
http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/3fr0g8/til_midway_through_the_great_irish_famineThe Choctaw Indians sending $710/170 to Ireland during the Great Hunger.
To be honest a lot of Potato Famine ones come up frequently, and more often than not the comments are bad. Racism (latvia jokes, dumb Irishman jokes), comments of genocide or not, IRA did nothing wrong etc.
Edit: More recent one, more about the monument though.http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/4b76au/til_in_a_small_town_in_county_cork_ireland_a/?ref=search_posts
I've seen the current number 1 TIL too many times - http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/4e4ysm/til_of_neerja_bhanot_a_22_year_old_indian_air/
John Tyler, 10th President of the U.S. has two living grandsons. http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/2w6s0b/til_john_tyler_the_10th_president_of_the_united/?
TIL The man who invented the K-Cup coffee pods doesn't own a single-serve coffee machine. He said,"They're kind of expensive to use...plus it's not like drip coffee is tough to make." He regrets inventing them due to the waste they make.
links: http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/4dygqj/til_the_man_who_invented_the_kcup_coffee_pods/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/42ysjh/til_the_inventor_of_the_keurig_kcup_pods_regrets/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/44x3hi/til_13_billion_keurig_kcups_went_into_landfills/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/3i9hq8/til_inventor_of_keurig_kcup_regretting
Hell, there is one right now, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Wahlberg#Arrests
Almost everyone who knows who Mark Wahlberg is knew he was a racist that beat up and blinded a Vietnamese man.
Anything having to do with the etymology of words or phrase; 99% of it is urban legend.
Anything with translation errors from one language to another, eg 'Got Milk' -> Spanish: 'are you lactating', as these are also 98% urban legends easily debunked by anyone fluent in the language.
Lol I speak Spanish. That not even what it translates to
Exactly. People people have posted that bullshit a bunch of times.
The Judy Garland/The Wizard of Oz were abused posts. http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/4eg6j2/til_judy_garland_was_put_on_a_diet_while_filming/
Keanu Reeves gave his earnings from The Matrix to all the stuntmen/special effects people.
Waffle House Index
Rest of the search results:http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/search?q=waffle+house+index&sort=new&restrict_sr=on&t=all
Jack Churchill, he used a bow during WW2
Steve. Fucking. Buscemi.
You wouldn't say that if only you knew how much he helped on 9/11.
TIL the bluetooth symbol is an old norse rune or something
http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/4bccf5/til_the_bluetooth_symbol_is_a_bindrune/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/2tyl9v/til_the_symbol_for_bluetooth_is_a_bind_rune_made/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/3lf3o7/til_that_bluetooth_is_named_after_10th_century/
The Gay Vietnam Veteran gets posted monthly by one user alone.
The one about the man who donated so much because blood is magical
Am I the only one who is learning a ton in this thread?
Brian May: astrophysicist. For a while it seemed to come up weekly. Now it's probably every month or two. http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/3u10q1/til_queen_guitarist_brian_may_is_an/?
George Clooney gives away his money from the Nespresso adverts to fund a spy satellite over South Sudan
He also once took a shit in a friend's litterbox
And played a gay dog called Sparky on South Park
My biggest pet peeves beyond the ones I see already listed here (including Steve Buscemi & 9/11, Pablo Escobar's rubber bands and hippos, Mozart's ass licking, president Einstein, Australia's emu war) are (most recent 5 posts of each):
The proteins Sonic Hedgehog and Robotnikinin exist: http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/471yow/til_there_is_a_gene_called_sonic_hedgehog_there/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/43oxbs/til_there_is_a_protein_involved_in_the_formation/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/3q0rf3/til_a_potential_inhibitor_of_the_sonic_hedgehog/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/3kptup/til_that_humans_contain_a_protein_called_sonic/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/3k0tha/til_that_there_is_a_protein_called_sonic_hedgehog/
A man robbed a bank with lemon juice on his face/Dunning Kruger effect: http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/4f5b4w/til_that_a_man_once_robbed_two_banks_with_lemon/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/4chnxp/til_that_the_dunningkruger_effect_based_off_of/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/426gws/til_that_a_bank_robber_covered_his_face_with/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/3skruv/til_that_mcarthur_wheeler_robbed_two_banks_after/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/3oofvq/til_as_lemon_juice_is_used_to_make_invisible_ink/
The Baader-Meinhof phenomenon: http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/4f3563/til_the_baadermeinhof_phenomenon_its_the_illusion/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/4f2659/til_of_the_baadermeinhof_phenomenon_which/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/49h4w1/til_of_the_frequency_illusion_also_known_as_the/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/49fhhb/til_of_the_frequency_illusion_also_known_as_the/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/3ouydo/til_of_the_baadermeinhof_phenomena_which_is_the/
After browsing through new posts, I have remembered a few more:
Banana equivalent dose can be a quantitative descriptor of radioactivity (and/or bananas are radioactive): http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/4f6e34/til_bananas_are_slightly_radioactive_and_the/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/4afmmb/til_a_crate_of_bananas_is_radioactive_enough_to/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/46ttt3/til_eating_80000000_bananas_would_give_you_a/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/4265c2/til_banana_for_scale_is_actually_used_in_ionizing/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/41gc2g/til_bananas_are_radioactive_if_you_ate_a_banana/
Cavendish bananas are genetically identical (and/or are in danger of becoming extinct): http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/4crysk/til_that_the_cavendish_banana_the_banana_variety/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/4bxdu9/til_that_all_cavendish_bananas_the_most_commonly/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/42g1lh/til_practically_every_banana_consumed_in_the/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/3y3mw1/til_the_banana_as_we_know_it_cavendish_may_become/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/3vjyut/til_the_worlds_most_popular_banana_is_in_danger/
(Also, bananas are berries even though some other things aren't, the once common now rare Gros Michel banana is the model for artificial banana flavoring, banana trees aren't really trees, and bananas are Walmart's no. 1 selling item: http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/49k5p4/til_bananas_are_berries_strawberries_are_not/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/4ayjn4/til_the_cavendish_banana_is_the_primary_banana_in/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/4djwbu/til_the_banana_tree_is_actually_not_a_tree_but/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/49mi7k/til_the_banana_is_walmarts_number_1_selling_item/ )
Blowing smoke up the ass was a treatment for drowning: http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/4e7ea2/til_tobacco_enemas_were_used_in_1774_for/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/4aq1l0/til_that_in_the_18_century_it_was_common_to/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/437kzg/til_that_the_term_blowing_smoke_up_your_ass/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/3k9dwg/til_blowing_smoke_up_your_ass_was_an_actual/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/3je945/til_that_blowing_smoke_up_your_ass_used_to_be_a/
Musical piece "as slow as possible" is a piece played very slowly (searched for "2640," which yields more results but may miss some): http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/4feh12/til_there_is_a_musical_piece_named_as_slow_as/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/3qvbzc/til_that_a_pipe_organ_in_halberstadt_germany_has/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/37ubfm/til_organ%C2%B2aslsp_is_a_musical_piece_by_john_cage/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/373fah/til_that_there_is_a_musical_piece_called_as_slow/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/32qyva/til_there_is_a_piece_of_music_which_began_playing/
The Cadaver Synod involved a corpse on trial: http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/42ubh6/til_of_pope_formosus_whose_successor_popes_dug_up/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/3vlvhq/til_of_the_cadaver_synod_dead_pope_formosus_was/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/3l1qlw/til_pope_formosus_body_was_exhumed_and_put_on/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/3hslr0/til_that_pope_stephen_vi_put_the_rotting_corpse/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/3ew4a2/til_in_ad_897_the_vatican_disinterred_the_corpse/
The mantis shrimp has a fast and powerful claw attack: http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/414xud/til_mantis_shrimp_punch_with_the_speed_of_a_22/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/3sr4j8/til_the_peacock_mantis_shrimp_can_punch_through/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/3habzc/til_the_mantis_shrimp_delivers_a_punch_faster/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/3g6c34/til_that_the_mantis_shrimp_strike_so_quickly_that/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/3da1b4/til_some_mantis_shrimp_are_capable_of_a_punch/
The mantis shrimp also has remarkable vision: http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/4exf8u/til_of_the_mantis_shrimp_an_exotic_crustacean/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/4ebhyy/til_the_mantis_shrimp_can_see_uv_and_infrared/ (A two-fer) http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/414xud/til_mantis_shrimp_punch_with_the_speed_of_a_22/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/3zbgyi/til_that_compared_to_the_three_types_of_colour/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/3lgrlm/til_that_while_humans_possess_three_types_of/
When Steve Jobs accused Bill Gates of stealing from Apple, Gates said, "Well, Steve, I think there's more than one way of looking at it. I think it's more like we both had this rich neighbor named Xerox and I broke into his house to steal the TV set and found out that you had already stolen it." Here, here, here.
A Japanese man single-handedly built a road through a mountain....
It's one of the worst offenders. Also, all the war TIL's about people calling in air strikes on themselves, or the Indian soldier with his machete defending a train.... ugh the list goes on
TIL that actress Hedy Lamarr was also a prolific inventor. One of her inventions allowed for guided torpedoes in WWII. But because the Navy wasn't receptive to ideas coming outside the military, it wasn't implemented during the war. Her idea went to later be basis for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, & CDMA.
I swear to god I see this Einstien one once a month.
Korean DMZ is unexpected wildlife refuge. http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/2wzrww/til_an_unintended_consequence_of_the_dmz_in_korea/
The first webcam
The first webcam was created to help people working in other parts of a building avoid pointless trips to an empty coffee pot.
The dancing plague. http://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/4fmri8/til_of_the_dancing_plague_of_1518_around_400/
The one that irks me the most is how frequently the Bugs Bunny/Nimrod one gets reposted.
This is just one of many. I have a whole list of these saved on my hard drive, just no links to any of them saved (I did a google search to get the previous links using the search terms "reddit", "bugs bunny" and "nimrod"). Top level comments are almost always a complaint about a repost.
Serious question: can we start banning for these sorts of low-effort posts? There's no excuse for reposting these serial TILs when the system warns you that there are similar threads that haven't even been archived yet.
Better yet, make an offshoot subreddit that works like Robot 9000 and will not let you post the same link twice ever. That way, there can still be reposts with the same title, but the OP needs to find a new source every time.
I would also argue that Wikipedia shouldn't be considered a good source, since it's literally a dump of information on any one topic. If TIL posts had no title like /r/truepics, half of the daily top submissions would literally just be a link to a random wiki article with no context.
Thank you mods.
I enjoy the odd repeat of a post - reminds me of things I have forgotten...am I the only one who thinks this?
This thread is the best thread in TIL by far. Some things are so interesting they bear repeating.
Do you mean here in this thread? Or as we see them come up going forward?
In this thread.
Doc Ellis pitched a no-hitter on LSD
This one has reached the front page twice in the last year: http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/38zh9h/til_that_mit_students_found_out_that_by_buying/ http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/40j0n2/til_that_mit_students_discovered_that_by_buying/
TIL that up until 1942, this is how kids saluted to the pledge of allegiance (en.wikipedia.org)
A couple foreclosing on Bank of America branch.
TIL the "cheerleader effect", the theory that girls look more attractive in groups has been scientifically proven
South park creators did acid at Oscars. Posted at least every 3-4 months.
TIL there is a small, one-story building in Wilmington, Delaware which serves as the official address of nearly 300,000 companies. Up to 200,000 are believed to be shell companies.
Seen this one posted alot in the 2 years I've been here. If only /r/music would do what you guys are doing.
OJ Simpson and Dominos Sales
John Fogerty was sued for writing a solo song that sounded like his previous CCR music.
An African grey parrot named Alex was the first to ask an existential question.
TIL Oxford University is older than the Pyramids.
TIL Police departments officially disqualify high-scoring applicants
Posted as a TIL at least 11 times
2016: https://redd.it/4jrw5r 2015: https://redd.it/3p2yr8 2015: https://redd.it/2e92fy 2015: https://redd.it/269322 2015: https://redd.it/3ebtdr 2015: https://redd.it/3hlqc5 2014: https://redd.it/1v0rk4 2014: https://redd.it/21ft8p 2014: https://redd.it/1hi065 2013: https://redd.it/18nue3 2012: https://redd.it/syjvd
 Whoops, I misunderstood. I thought you were asking for a list of the TILs that are most frequently reposted.
Yes we are, you had it correct the first time.
May I humbly suggest that this list be turned into a Wiki page, and a direct link added in the sidebar to 'common TILs for first-timers' or something?
Sometimes these things are posted frequently by people chasing karma, but they're also genuine TILs to others. It'd be kind of nice to have a page where new subscribers could go and spend an hour reading if they were curious rather than sparking off another round of 'use the search first!' responses.
But that is in fact a TIL, because though the general topic is the same as the frequent reposts, that one includes the fact that he was not a firefighter on 9/11. He just showed up the next day.
That damn guinea pig one, its on the damn page right now!
But Randy is the Man...dy?
TIL that there is a lightbulb that has been burning since 1901
Yeah, we get it.
The one about Trent Reznor hearing Johnny Cash's recording of Hurt. http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/4eg6j2/til_judy_garland_was_put_on_a_diet_while_filming/
TIL In 2005, Facebook hired graffiti artist David Choe to paint murals in their new office space; Choe accepted Facebook shares instead of a small cash payment of several thousand dollars, and when Facebook went public in 2012, his payment for the murals ballooned into a 200 million dollar payoff.
Peter Capaldi's role in World War Z
A guy robbed a bank covered in lemon juice thinking the juice would make him invisible to security cameras
THANK GOD! As much as I love seeing Steve Buscemi did 9/11, Leo cut his hand and bled out on the Titanic, or that guys cut their balls off to watch March Madness, I do want more new content
The 1953 Iranian Coup
There's evn more if this isn't enough...
I guess not. ONe from today
The one about the creators of south park going to the awards show in dresses and on LSD.
This has been posted four times in recent months with the same headline, word for word.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cliff_Young_(athlete) Cliff Lee old guy not wearing proper running attire won ultra marathon by not stopping while younger competitors slept. Lot of ultra marathoners now copy his shuffling style of run.
edit: forgot to post the til link, this is a search on just his name in this sub, comes back with ten hits. http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/search?q=cliff+young&restrict_sr=on&sort=relevance&t=all
That the stray dogs on the Moscow Metro have learned heir way around the city and know which passengers will be friendly.
That PETA euthanizes 96% of the animals they take in. I'm no fan of the organization, but do know they get stuck with a lot of unadoptable animals (e.g. Fighting dogs, feral cats) nobody else can handle.
New species of mushrooms from the grocery store
Can we all agree that we know that a guy traded from a paperclip all the way to a house. A quick search shows a consistent posting of this TIL over the last 8yrs at least.
TIL Only One Restaurant Gordon Ramsay Saved in 1st Two Seasons of Kitchen Nightmares is Still Open
longest sniper kill
Stanislav Petrov, the Russian dude who didn't fire his nuclear missiles.
Jim Carrey's torturous Grinch makeup
This one - it comes up at least every 6 months - sometimes far more frequently:
It's also the top "Hot" TIL today.
http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/4h4xb4/til_that_the_famous_flag_over_the_reichstag_photo/ The Khaldei's famous Reichstag photo was doctored: True. It was doctored because the soldier had a wristwatch on each wrist, indicating that he was looting: False.
MIT students figured out they could get 10-15% ROI if they bought $600K worth of lottery tickets. Most recently reposted 5/12/2016: https://redd.it/4j0u2o
People From Kenya Donated Cows to the United States After 9/11.
It can't be that hard to autodetect karma farming spam accounts and autoban them.
You're correct, this isn't an attempt to do that, rather gain some feedback from the /r/TIL community about content on this subreddit.
Can you also ban comic book posts? According to canon Santa Claus is the most powerful superhero blah blah blah. I don't care about some side-project in the 70s where a comic book was desperate for money and wrote an issue about Santa being a powerful super hero.
You learn something new every day; what did you learn today?
Submit interesting and specific facts about something that you just found out here.