TIL that when the USS Susan B. Anthony sank in 1944, after it was hit by a mine off the coast of Normandy, all 2,689 people aboard were saved. According to the Guinness world book of Records, this is the largest rescue of people without loss of life.

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Wouldn’t it technically be more accurate to say that the mine was hit by the ship? 🙂


So, Susan went down and not a single seamen was wasted?



TIL that since 2000, the book is now called simply Guinness World Records.


Should we organize a group and try to beat the record?


If i had a Carter Quarter for each life saved…


TIL A Royal Navy Sea Harrier once did an emergency landing on a Spanish Cargo ship and the crew claimed the fighter jet as legitimate salvage

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“If we don’t score a big haul this time, and I mean massive, we’re out of business by Monday morning.”

“Well then let’s get busy Captain, our fortune’s not just gonna fall out of the sky.”

*low wail of jet engine approaches from the distance*


They weren’t claiming salvage. They just redeemed all their Pepsi points.


>On his second approach, Watson landed the Sea Harrier on top of the shipping container, with only an estimated minute’s worth of fuel to spare. As he touched down the aircraft began to slide backwards on the wet surface. Watson attempted to retract the landing gear to arrest the slide but this failed and the aircraft slipped backwards off the container and onto the roof of a van parked on the deck.[citation needed] The van partially held up the fuselage and stopped a further slide.

All that slippage, and the pilot was called Ian ‘Soapy’ Watson.


The scrap value on a fighter jet should just about cover the cost of repairs for that van it landed on top of.


TIL In 2011 two Hollywood films opened just 5 months apart from each other that had the exact same runtime, exact same plot and same ending. “No Strings Attached” with Ashton Kutcher/Natalie Portman and “Friends With Benefits” with Justin Timberlake/Mila Kunis. They both grossed 150 million dollars.

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“Friends with no strings attached” staring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis would have done better IMO.


I KNEW there was a reason I could never really remember what movie I was talking about while referencing the trailers for those.


Not all that unusual.

1989, Deepstar Six and Leviathan.

1998, Armageddon and Deep Impact,

1998, Antz and A Bugs Life.

2005, The Descent and The Cave.

2006, The Illusionist and The Prestige.

2013, Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down


And to add to that Ashton Kutcher married Mila Kunis.


It’s a fairly common occurrence to have “twin movies” where two very similar movies come out around the same time. There are tons of examples.


TIL that children belonging to the Moken tribe of Thailand have perfect vision underwater. They do is by constricting their pupils and changing their lens shape, just like dolphins and seals. They use this ability to hunt for fish, clam and shells to eat.

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Also, when exposed to underwater environment enough at an early age – before ~5 years – this skill can be acquired.


I used to blow bubbles with my nose until one of them covered my eye(s), then I could see clearly through it. Only lasted a couple seconds but I felt like I was onto something.


Dry land is a myth.


Growing up I was able to see underwater, but I had terrible vision (-7.25,-7). It was interesting that I thought everyone else was able to see clearly underwater like me, but latter learned that is not the case. My vision went bad during my 2nd grade class, when all of a sudden everything became blurry as hell. Now that I had my vision fixed with Lasik, my ability to see clearly underwater has disappeared (I’ll have to double check).


Is it possible to learn this power?


TIL That only 14 years after almost the entire Choctaw population was forcibly relocated in the Trail of Tears, the tribe donated $170 (over $5,000 today) to victims of the Potato Famine in Ireland, creating a bond between the two peoples that lasts to today.

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Germans, for some reason, are fascinated with Native Americans. They’ve donated generously to museums and preservation and spend millions on tours. They even have strange Native American festivals, kind of like Burning Man.


“Your broken European culture infested both our peoples. Here’s to recognizing the shared origin of our suffering.”


I’ve hiked parts of the Trail of Tears, in the Ouachita mountains in SE Oklahoma and Arkansas. It’s difficult as hell and I couldn’t imagine forcing children on it. This particular region isn’t flat like central Oklahoma, or swampy like Mississippi, where the Choctaws started walking towards Oklahoma. The Ouachita and Ozark mountain ranges had to be traversed too


Recently, the Choctaw visited my home town Cork, Ireland to plant a peace tree.


>At the time, however, white Americans took the tribe’s generosity not as empathy but as a sign of the success of Christian evangelizing.

For fucks sake lol that was *not* your victory


TIL That the Navajo were not the only Code Talkers in WWII. In fact, the Comanche had their own Code Talkers that were used in Europe the same way the Navajo were used in the Pacific.

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Another interesting fact is that the Navajo language is actually part of the Dené language family, which originated in northern Canada and Alaska.

Typically seen as a southwestern culture, the Navajo actually have their roots in the Arctic. Apache, too.


Is there any way to hear a recording of Comanche and Navajo code talk?


Neither code was ever broken.


Code talkers were also used in a smaller capacity in WWI by the US Army, Choctaw, iirc.


Similar techniques are used by other counties too. The British used Welsh. They would even use guys from the same valley so that narrow phrases and dialect made translation difficult even by other Welsh speakers.

I wonder if the ANZACs used Maori or an Australian aboriginal language.


TIL Researchers have found that Inuit from northern Quebec are genetically distinct from any present-day population in the world. They compared the genetic profile of 170 Nunavik Inuit with “everyone possible” from Asians, Africans, and Europeans to North and South Americans

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>”They were very different, as was expected,” said Zhou.

>Then researchers compared the profile with those available from other Indigenous populations, from Greenlandic Inuit to Indigenous groups from North and South America, Alaska, and Siberia.

>”[Nunavik Inuit] were still … unique, because they are isolated, homogenous, and not known to have admixed with other populations,” said Zhou.

>”They do not share similar genetic components [or] genetic structure to any kind of present-day, worldwide populations.”

Would be very intrigued to see what the genetic profile of a people that were entirely untouched by the outside world would be like then. Like the Sentinalese people.


There’s a good chance they’re a relict population of the Dorset culture.


Did aliens in ancient times come to breed with our women to create a super species? Or could their motives have been more sinister? /s


Does this mean they were separated a few tens of thousand years ago or even further ?


I wonder what is unique about them. That’s pretty cool to be so different.


TIL only three people in the nation were qualified to hand-pack the parachutes for Apollo 15. Their expertise was so vital, they were not allowed to ride in the same car together for fear that a single auto accident could cripple the space program.

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*The Apollo computers were designed with a kind of memory called “core rope memory.” It was the densest computer memory available at that moment in time—between 10 and 100 times more efficient, in terms of weight and space, of any other memory available, absolutely essential on spacecraft where weight and space were always at a premium.*

*But core rope memory suffered from one small problem: It had to be made by hand.*

*Each wire representing a 1 or a 0 in the computer program had to be positioned with absolute precision, by a person, using a needle, and wire instead of thread. A wire threaded through the center of a tiny ring-shaped magnet was a one. A wire threaded to the outside of that magnet was a zero.*


>Finally, the parachutes were folded and packed by hand. During the Apollo missions in the 1960s and early 1970s, only three people in the country were trained, and then licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration, to fold Apollo parachutes—Norma Cretal, Buzz Corey and Jimmy Calunga —and they handled all 11 Apollo missions.

Why not just train and license more people then?


Out of curiosity, if it was such an important skill, how come only three people were trained to fold the parachutes and not more?


how about every other apollo? why is this only a problem for 15?


Didn’t 2 out of 3 of Apollo 15’s parachutes actually deploy?


TIL of the Texas City Disaster, the deadliest industrial accident in United States history. The explosion, caused by a ship full of ammonium nitrate catching fire, was so large that the ship’s anchor serves as a memorial to the explosion where it landed… a mile and a half inland.

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Jesus christ, that picture of the parking lot is insane.


I have some questions about the wording of this bit in the article;

“Two sightseeing airplanes flying nearby had their wings shorn off,[5] forcing them out of the sky”

It is technically accurate but it makes it sound like forced landings. From my history of working with aircraft I’m pretty sure having their wings shorn off causes a plane to do something that is normally described differently to this.


TIL that there’s a Texas City in Texas


I saw on a tv program years ago that 47 firemen rushing to the scene were cut in half by a piece of flying metal from the ship. What an awful disaster.


My grandmother lived in Galveston (just across the bay) at the time it happened. She said she thought it was the end of the world–huge boom, and black clouds, etc. She would have been about 12 at the time.


TIL of Cody Slaughter, who was so honest during his job interview with the Border Patrol, that he admitted to molesting a toddler, and having sex with various types of animals, offences the police were previously unaware of.

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Interviewer: And what would you say is your biggest weakness Mr. Slaughter?

Slaughter: Honesty. Also, bestiality and pedophilia.


>On July 2, Slaughter allegedly admitted to molesting a 2-year-old girl eight years ago, when he was 14, and having sexual contact with a dog, horse and pig. The alleged admission came in response to an interviewer’s question about any unreported criminal acts in the past.

>…was released from jail because no complaint was filed.

>The rest of us feel redeemed for any stupid answers we’ve given in a job interview.


“What the fuck? Dude! Why are you telling me this? With a background like that you should be applying for the real police, get on out of here and grab yourself a badge and a gun!”


Reminds me of that random border patrol agent who turned out to be a serial killer.


So my dad is a probation officer and one time administered a drug urine test to a criminal. The drug test comes back positive. My dad says to the criminal “do you have anything to admit to” and the criminal says “yeah I stole my neighbors Xbox”