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TIL that after tomatoes were imported to Europe they were deemed poisonous and only used for decoration. Eventually poor people ate them for their low cost and they became popular nearly 300 years after their introduction. by Red_Patcher in todayilearned

[–]whoami_whereami 714 points715 points 22 (0 children)

Please unlearn what you learnt, because it's patently false.

Italian physician Pietro Andrea Mattioli already mentioned in 1544 in a book that tomatoes were being eaten in Italy like eggplants "fried in oil with salt and pepper". That was only 17 years after Cortez first brought back tomatoes from the Aztecs in 1527. Source: https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/20101657#page/312/mode/1up

In 1597 british author John Gerard mentioned that tomatoes were being eaten in Spain, already describing a simple recipe for tomato sauce. Source: https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/20101657#page/335/mode/1up The Spanish and Portuguese also quickly spread the tomato throughout their asian colonies as a food.

It was mainly only the UK (and their freshly independent North American colonies...) that held out on tomatoes until around 1820.

TIL that giant panda is no longer 'endangered' species by Jeremy_Martin in todayilearned

[–]The1Ski 832 points833 points  (0 children)

If you were 7 years old in 1992, you damn well kept an eye out for quick sand.

TIL avocados evolved alongside extinct megafauna like giant ground sloths whose digestive system could pass the intact pit. Human cultivation saved the avocado. by gedaliyah in todayilearned

[–]GimpsterMcgee 743 points744 points  (0 children)

A guy walks into a bar with his pet monkey, orders a drink and while he’s drinking it, the monkey jumps around all over, grabs some olives off the bar, eats them, grabs some sliced limes, eats them, jumps up on the pool table, grabs a cue ball, sticks it in his mouth and swallows it whole.

The bartender screams at the guy, “Did you see what your monkey just did?”

The guy says, “No, what?”

“He just ate the cue ball off my pool table, whole!” says the bartender.

“Yeah, that doesn’t surprise me.” replied the patron. “He eats everything in sight. I’ll pay for the cue ball and stuff.”

He finishes his drink, pays his bill, and leaves.

Two weeks later he’s in the bar again and he has his monkey with him.

He orders a drink and the monkey starts running around the bar again.

While the man is drinking his drink, the monkey finds a maraschino cherry on the bar.

He grabs it, sticks it up his butt, pulls it out, and eats it.

The bartender is disgusted.

“Did you see what your monkey did now?”, he asks.

“Now what?”, responds the patron.

“Well, he stuck a maraschino cherry up his butt, then pulled it out and ate it!” says the barkeeper.

“Yeah, that doesn’t surprise me.” replied the patron. “He still eats everything in sight, but ever since he ate that cue ball he measures everything first!”

TIL When Bill Gates got married, he bought out all the available hotel rooms in Lanai to keep media from staying there & hired all the helicopters on Maui to keep photographers from flying over the wedding by Battle4Seattle in todayilearned

[–]KindaTwisted 40 points41 points  (0 children)

He concedes it’s such a stupid problem to have, but that has to fucking suck regardless.

I always recall the scene from Bad Boys 2 regarding the rats eating all the money.

"This is a stupid problem to have! But, it is a problem, nonetheless."

TIL that New York City has a sanitation police unit. The agency "primarily responsible for regulating, enforcing and investigating sanitation-related offenses within the City of New York." by TheNotSoFreshFeeling in todayilearned

[–]killowot 74 points75 points  (0 children)

In the criminal justice system, sanitation based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these viscous felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Sanitation Victims Unit. These are their stories.