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Request for identification of frequent TILs reposts. Provide TIL reddit link as a top-level comment.

Provide them in this thread. The TIL Mod team appreciates your input.

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Austria fought a war against Ostriches and won!

Australia fought a war against kangaroos and wo- oh wait we lost that one

9 points · 2 years ago

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

6 points · 2 years ago · edited 2 years ago

One of these is not like the others... EDIT: Yep, I'm an idiot.

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6 points · 2 years ago

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.

-4 points · 2 years ago

It was Django Unchained that Leo cut his hand on...maybe we should let that one stay?

81 points · 2 years ago

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.

11 points · 2 years ago

TIL Founder here - had not seen before.

1 point · 2 years ago

There's no way you founded TIL


2 points · 2 years ago

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

Moderator of r/todayilearned, speaking officially17 points · 2 years ago

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.


9 points · 2 years ago

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.

There's a city in Batman called Turkey

9 points · 2 years ago

There's a turkey in Batman called city

There's a Batman in city called Turkey

2 points · 2 years ago

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!


73 points · 2 years ago

TIL Napoleon Bonaparte's height was not below average.

Moderator of r/todayilearned, speaking officiallyOriginal Poster11 points · 2 years ago

hmm, sounds recent...

38 points · 2 years ago · edited 2 years ago

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:

30 points · 2 years ago

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.

Moderator of r/todayilearned, speaking officiallyOriginal Poster13 points · 2 years ago

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

Shut the fuck up Donny.

Moderator of r/todayilearned, speaking officiallyOriginal Poster9 points · 2 years ago


You're out of your element!

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.

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.

Works for the NSA
2 points · 2 years ago

And all Natural Born Killer jokes that follow it.

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

19 points · 2 years ago · edited 2 years ago

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.

16 points · 2 years ago

Omg thank you.

Moderator of r/todayilearned, speaking officiallyOriginal Poster11 points · 2 years ago

You're welcome and thank you.

11 points · 2 years ago

Huh. TIL.

2 points · 2 years ago

They could never understand the funny high pitched voice.

3 points · 2 years ago

Make rocks into pennies.

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.

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).
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.

6 points · 2 years ago

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 it's not like drip coffee is tough to make." He regrets inventing them due to the waste they make.

Hell, there is one right now,

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.

Steve. Fucking. Buscemi.

6 points · 2 years ago

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

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

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.

3 points · 2 years ago

Omg thank you.

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:

A man robbed a bank with lemon juice on his face/Dunning Kruger effect:

The Baader-Meinhof phenomenon:

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):

Cavendish bananas are genetically identical (and/or are in danger of becoming extinct):

(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: )

Blowing smoke up the ass was a treatment for drowning:

Musical piece "as slow as possible" is a piece played very slowly (searched for "2640," which yields more results but may miss some):

The Cadaver Synod involved a corpse on trial:

The mantis shrimp has a fast and powerful claw attack:

The mantis shrimp also has remarkable vision: (A two-fer)

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.

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

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 I the only one who thinks this?

2 points · 2 years ago

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?

Moderator of r/todayilearned, speaking officiallyOriginal Poster2 points · 2 years ago

In this thread.

Doc Ellis pitched a no-hitter on LSD

TIL that up until 1942, this is how kids saluted to the pledge of allegiance (

2 points · 2 years ago

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

2 points · 2 years ago

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.

2 points · 2 years ago

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

2 points · 2 years ago

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

2 points · 2 years ago

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


2 points · 2 years ago

TIL Police departments officially disqualify high-scoring applicants

Posted as a TIL at least 11 times

2016: 2015: 2015: 2015: 2015: 2015: 2014: 2014: 2014: 2013: 2012:

1 point · 2 years ago · edited 2 years ago

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

Moderator of r/todayilearned, speaking officiallyOriginal Poster2 points · 2 years ago

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

4 points · 2 years ago

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.

0 points · 2 years ago

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?

1 point · 2 years ago

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

1 point · 2 years ago

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.

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

1 point · 2 years ago

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

1 point · 2 years ago · edited 2 years ago 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.

1 point · 2 years ago

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.

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.

1 point · 2 years ago

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

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

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

1 point · 2 years ago

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

Moderator of r/todayilearned, speaking officiallyOriginal Poster9 points · 2 years ago

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.

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