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[–]XYZ-Wing 85 points86 points  (10 children)

http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/4dnz4s/til_albert_einstein_was_offered_the_role_of/

Albert Einstein offered the role of President of Israel but turned it down.

[–]OneAnimeBatman 49 points50 points  (9 children)

Wow, this is the most upvoted one in this thread and the only one I didn't know.

[–]ShibaHook 27 points28 points  (8 children)

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.

[–]wacrover 9 points10 points  (5 children)

TIL Founder here - had not seen before.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (4 children)

There's no way you founded TIL

[–]wacrover 4 points5 points  (3 children)

OK?

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

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

[–]wacrover[M] 16 points17 points  (1 child)

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.

[–]Lysergic-acid 12 points13 points  (0 children)

rekt

[–][deleted] 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I've been on Reddit for 4 and seen it 100 times

[–]CedarCabPark 4 points5 points  (0 children)

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.

[–]gutpocketsucks 77 points78 points  (6 children)

[–]Noremac812 14 points15 points  (4 children)

There's a city in Batman called Turkey

[–]georgeo 9 points10 points  (2 children)

There's a turkey in Batman called city

[–]Noremac812 5 points6 points  (1 child)

There's a Batman in city called Turkey

[–]Lobo_Z 1 point2 points  (0 children)

There's a turkey in city called Batman

[–]gutpocketsucks 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Woops. Thanks. Was doing way too many of these at once. I've fixed it.

[–]ExplosiveWatermelon 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I'm a vegetable!

...Shit.

[–]PikaXeD 76 points77 points  (1 child)

TIL Napoleon Bonaparte's height was not below average. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_depictions_of_Napoleon

[–]ibarabi10001[S,M] 11 points12 points  (0 children)

hmm, sounds recent...

[–]tellman1257 36 points37 points  (0 children)

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:

http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/2b8qjm/we_get_it_oj_was_considered_for_the_part_of_the/

[–]j0m1n1n468 32 points33 points  (8 children)

Can the mods program the bot to autodelete any mention of Steve Buscemi?

[–]latenightnerd 16 points17 points  (0 children)

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.

[–]ibarabi10001[S,M] 10 points11 points  (4 children)

That would eliminate many interesting TILs of Buscemi, we wouldn't want that.

[–]vertigo01 34 points35 points  (2 children)

Shut the fuck up Donny.

[–]ibarabi10001[S,M] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Dude!

[–]Haberdashed 8 points9 points  (0 children)

You're out of your element!

[–]dingoperson2 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I thought about how you can automate this.

How about:

  • 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.

[–]brackfriday_bunduru 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I heard once that that guy helped out during 9/11 or something

[–]Madbrad200 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They could just do that with Automoderator, but as stated, that'd removed a lot of interesting stuff.

[–]XYZ-Wing 28 points29 points  (1 child)

[–]FX114Works for the NSA 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And all Natural Born Killer jokes that follow it.

[–]blast4past 23 points24 points  (1 child)

[–]CedarCabPark 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Anything that made its way on Adam Ruins Everything should pretty much be closed down.

[–]drakesylvan 18 points19 points  (0 children)

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.

http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/4cuf8w/til_that_steve_buscemi_was_a_volunteer/?

[–][deleted] 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Omg thank you.

[–]ibarabi10001[S,M] 9 points10 points  (0 children)

You're welcome and thank you.

[–]GonkGeefle 10 points11 points  (0 children)

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...

[–]MichaelOChE 12 points13 points  (0 children)

The one about Pope Francis once being a bouncer.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Francis#Early_years

[–]dingoperson2 7 points8 points  (0 children)

http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/4dt6g0/til_van_halens_no_brown_mms_clause_was_to_check/

Van Halen requested a bowl of brown M&Ms on their rider to see if people were paying attention to their rider

[–]manInTheWoods 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Interestingly enough, many of these are new to me.

[–]StrangeYoungMan 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The system is broken!

[–]sillybandland 9 points10 points  (1 child)

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."

http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/4ef42n/til_thomas_edison_offered_nikola_tesla_50000_to/

[–]sgtpepper_spray40 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Honestly, everything there is to know about Tesla has been posted at least twice.

[–]FuckCazadors 10 points11 points  (1 child)

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.

[–]a-memorable-fancy 4 points5 points  (0 children)

And everyone who voted for the satellite was instantly drafted into the Army.

[–]SwissJAmes 10 points11 points  (0 children)

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.

[–]Plainchant 7 points8 points  (0 children)

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).

http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/4a2j3a/til_that_when_mr_t_was_in_the_army_he_was_told_to/

He also used to be a bouncer that wore patron's lost jewelry (posted >8x).

http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/3tal2j/til_that_mr_ts_wearing_of_gold_chains_and_other/

He also stopped wearing jewelry in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (posted >6x).

http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/2subyi/til_mr_t_stopped_wearing_his_gold_chains_after/

[–]Niall_Faraiste 8 points9 points  (0 children)

http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/3fr0g8/til_midway_through_the_great_irish_famine
The 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

[–]DonRobeo 6 points7 points  (1 child)

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.

[–]twerky_stark80 5 points6 points  (2 children)

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.

[–]Fermats_Last_Account 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Lol I speak Spanish. That not even what it translates to

[–]twerky_stark80 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Exactly. People people have posted that bullshit a bunch of times.

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

[–]Eagle694 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Steve. Fucking. Buscemi.

[–]georgeo 3 points4 points  (0 children)

You wouldn't say that if only you knew how much he helped on 9/11.

[–]sgtpepper_spray40 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The Gay Vietnam Veteran gets posted monthly by one user alone.

[–]randomsubguy 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Am I the only one who is learning a ton in this thread?

[–]hecticengine 1 point2 points  (0 children)

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/?

[–]lolno12 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Omg thank you.

[–]cute_things_are_cute 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Thanks, mods!

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/

[–]cute_things_are_cute 2 points3 points  (0 children)

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/

[–]codeverity 3 points4 points  (0 children)

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.

[–]einperson 1 point2 points  (0 children)

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

[–]sillybandland 2 points3 points  (1 child)

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.

http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/4eg0m7/til_that_actress_hedy_lamarr_was_also_a_prolific/

[–]Whatsuplionlilly 2 points3 points  (0 children)

There seems to be a bot that posts monthly about the girl who fell from an airplane into the Brazilian rainforest and walked out.

[–]Keinichn 2 points3 points  (0 children)

http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/4eqibk/til_the_first_webcam_was_created_to_help_people/

The first webcam was created to help people working in other parts of a building avoid pointless trips to an empty coffee pot.

[–]AntiTheory 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The one that irks me the most is how frequently the Bugs Bunny/Nimrod one gets reposted.

http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/1877cf/til_that_bugs_bunny_accidentally_transformed_the/

http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/1nnpgs/til_in_the_bible_nimrod_was_a_mighty_hunter_but/

http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/2cm6yx/til_when_bugs_bunny_calls_elmer_fudd_a_nimrod_his/

http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/3mbe7c/til_the_word_nimrod_comes_from_a_biblical_figure/

http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/3bz5z2/til_that_nimrod_doesnt_officially_mean_moronidiot/

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.

[–]Jemworld 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I enjoy the odd repeat of a post - reminds me of things I have forgotten...am I the only one who thinks this?

[–]ewa50 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This thread is the best thread in TIL by far. Some things are so interesting they bear repeating.

[–]MileHighBarfly 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Do you mean here in this thread? Or as we see them come up going forward?

[–]ibarabi10001[S,M] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

In this thread.

[–]skyfucker6 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Doc Ellis pitched a no-hitter on LSD

[–]SMILN4U222 1 point2 points  (0 children)

http://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/gdz97/_/

TIL that up until 1942, this is how kids saluted to the pledge of allegiance (en.wikipedia.org)

[–]ewa50 1 point2 points  (0 children)

TIL the "cheerleader effect", the theory that girls look more attractive in groups has been scientifically proven

[–]ewa50 1 point2 points  (0 children)

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.

[–]cnot30 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Seen this one posted alot in the 2 years I've been here. If only /r/music would do what you guys are doing.

http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/40095w/til_at_84_years_old_harvard_professor_tom_lehrer/?sort=top

[–]Das_Mime56 1 point2 points  (0 children)

http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/4his55/til_in_1985_john_fogerty_of_ccr_was_sued_for/

John Fogerty was sued for writing a solo song that sounded like his previous CCR music.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

An African grey parrot named Alex was the first to ask an existential question.

http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/search?q=parrot+alex&restrict_sr=on

[–]dpotter0516 1 point2 points  (0 children)

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

[–]shaunc 0 points1 point  (3 children)

[edit] Whoops, I misunderstood. I thought you were asking for a list of the TILs that are most frequently reposted.

[–]ibarabi10001[S,M] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Yes we are, you had it correct the first time.

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

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.

[–]ewa50 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

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.

[–]EasterlyOcean 0 points1 point  (1 child)

That damn guinea pig one, its on the damn page right now!

[–]CygnusX-1-2112b 0 points1 point  (0 children)

But Randy is the Man...dy?

[–]ewa50 0 points1 point  (0 children)

TIL that there is a lightbulb that has been burning since 1901

[–]ewa50 0 points1 point  (0 children)

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.

[–]TYPICALSJD 0 points1 point  (1 child)

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

[–]skizfrenik_syco6 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The one about the creators of south park going to the awards show in dresses and on LSD.

[–]j0m1n1n468 0 points1 point  (0 children)

http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/4fdd3n/til_that_hitlers_doctor_injected_him_with_a/

This has been posted four times in recent months with the same headline, word for word.

[–]wildbill185 0 points1 point  (0 children)

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

[–]GenerationSelfie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/4fp3eg/til_peta_euthanizes_96_of_the_animals_is_rescues/

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.

[–]raymondspogo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/comments/2a2q4q/til_from_20052006_in_only_14_trades_a_man_turned/.compact

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.

[–]ewa50 0 points1 point  (0 children)

TIL Only One Restaurant Gordon Ramsay Saved in 1st Two Seasons of Kitchen Nightmares is Still Open

[–]FuckCazadors 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Stanislav Petrov, the Russian dude who didn't fire his nuclear missiles.

http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/todayilearned/search?q=petrov&restrict_sr=on&sort=relevance&t=all

[–]BGPhilbin1 0 points1 point  (1 child)

[–]BGPhilbin1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's also the top "Hot" TIL today.

[–]ff0000_herring 0 points1 point  (0 children)

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.

[–]dpotter0516 0 points1 point  (0 children)

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

[–]depleteduraniumftw -2 points-1 points  (3 children)

It can't be that hard to autodetect karma farming spam accounts and autoban them.

[–]ibarabi10001[S,M] 9 points10 points  (2 children)

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.

[–]twerky_stark80 1 point2 points  (0 children)

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.