TIL when Professor Robert Goddard proposed using rockets to send men to the moon the New York Times ran a scathing editorial questioning his credentials, his chair at Clark College and intelligence. In response to Apollo 11 they printed one of the most famous retractions in history.
Submitted August 17, 2019 at 04:06PM by Ferretfacefive
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TIL of Oak Ridge, a city built in the U.S. in 1942. 100,000 people lived and worked there doing very specific tasks, most of whom with no idea of what they were working towards. In 1945 they saw news reports of the atomic bombings of Japan and realised they’d been working on the bombs all along
Submitted September 11, 2018 at 08:30AM by autonova3
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TIL during WW2, captured German officers were sent to Britain as POWs and lived in luxury in Trent Park to make them feel relaxed. However, they were being listened to by 100 ‘listeners’. They revealed secrets about the holocaust, events in Berlin, Hitler’s madness and V2 rocket bases.
Submitted July 05, 2018 at 11:51AM by LaDiDaDiDaSlobOnMeKn
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TIL Margrethe II, the queen of Denmark, felt compelled to draw illustrations for The Lord of the Rings in the 70s and sent them to Tolkien himself. He noted her style was quite similar to his own. Her drawings were used as a basis for the illustrations in the Danish translation of the books.
Submitted June 11, 2018 at 06:56AM by Vilkans
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TIL that a British POW started a hobby of stitching while in captivity. His work was so good it was hung on the wall by the German guards, not realising the secret message stitched on it. The message ‘God Save The King’ and ‘F— Hitler’ was stitched in Morse code.
Submitted April 09, 2018 at 06:52AM by RobotsDick
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TIL of Emma Morano, the last survivor of the 19th century. She died in 2017 at the age of 117.
Submitted January 08, 2018 at 02:25PM by EtOHMartini
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TIL Dick Bass, the first person to scale the seven summits, was on a flight when he deluged his seatmate for hours with details of his treks on all seven continents. Before they landed, he realized he hadn’t asked his new friend anything about himself. “That’s OK,” the man said, “I’m Neil Armstrong”
Submitted December 30, 2017 at 07:19PM by YLthrowaway
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TIL the first ever aerial photograph of an American city is of Boston in 1860. The photo, made from a hot air balloon, is titled: “Boston, as the Eagle and the Wild Goose See It”
Submitted December 28, 2017 at 02:51PM by raleighwood
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TIL The film version of George Orwell’s book Animal Farm was secretly funded by the CIA.
Submitted September 17, 2017 at 01:25PM by CapitalismMustFall
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TIL that HP Lovecraft wrote nearly 100,000 letters in his lifetime, the second most number of letters written by anyone in recorded history; the first was French writer Voltaire. Lovecraft said, “I write [letters] exactly as easily and as rapidly as I would utter the same topics in conversation.”
Submitted July 31, 2017 at 09:36PM by pondji
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