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today i learnedKirbyz2013

TIL that a couple days before the deadly eruption of Mt. Pelee in 1902, the town of St. Pierre was plagued by in invasion of giant centipedes and pit vipers, claiming the lives of 50 people.



TIL teenagers take more risk not only due to an undeveloped frontal cortex, but also due to higher dopamine response that provides greater rewards for novel activities



TIL after the massive success of his #1 hit “Somebody That I Used to Know”, Gotye stopped recording solo music, went back to his old band and hasn’t released a song under the Gotye name ever since


today i learnedKazamaSmokers

TIL the original John Hughes cut of “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” ran 3.5 hours because there was so much improv between Steve Martin and John Candy, and that that cut is probably lost forever.



TIL two thirds of Argentina’s population is of Italian heritage. They fled there for economic opportunities and to escape devastating wars. It is the only other country besides Italy with an Italian heritage majority population.



TIL that in 1924, a tunnel network was discovered underneath Washington D.C. Speculation behind the network’s origins included a Confederate hideout or a liquor depot for bootleggers; they were actually dug by the Smithsonian Institute’s entomologist Harrison G. Dyar, who ‘did it for exercise’.


today i learnedbehrkon

TIL Utqiagvik, Alaska. People often call the town “the top of the world,” When the sun sets on November 18, it will stay below the horizon until January 23, resulting in a polar night that lasts for about 66 days.



TIL that the most successful predator in Africa is the African wild dog. If a pack targets a prey, there’s an 85% chance they’ll bring it down successfully



TIL Elvis Presley Never Wrote Any of His Own Songs despite being one of the most recognizable musicians of all time.


today i learnedJohnSith

TIL Richard Scrushy, charged with masterminding $2.7 billion fraud case, came up with a novel strategy: “[play] the religion card” and become a televangelist to curry favor with jurors (the trial was held in Alabama). He was acquitted of all charges.