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TIL that in Pittsburgh in 1850, a 14-year-old girl escaped from her owner, a businessman from Arkansas, by simply walking out of the luxury hotel they were staying at. No records of her life after her escape exist. by Russian_Bagel in todayilearned

[–]KRB52 87 points88 points  (0 children)

Teen girl learns she can be free here and the family isn't paying attention to her? No wonder she vanished without a trace. I hope she went on to have a long and happy life of obscurity.

TIL a suicide bomber with explosives in his laptop boarded the Somali owned Daallo Airlines in 2016 intending to blow the whole aircraft. Twenty minutes after the takeoff, the bomb exploded, creating a hole in the plane, and the suicide bomber was sucked out of the plane. He was the only fatality. by qasqaldag in todayilearned

[–]rozzy 157 points158 points  (0 children)

The difference isn't really the guns, many terrorist attacks outside the US use the same kind of firearms. It generally comes down to the US not having a good enough first response to these attacks.

School resource officers running away from a school shooting instead of stopping the shooter, police piling up and sitting outside a club while people inside are being executed, police themselves opening fire on a criminal on the highway and killing innocent bystanders... We put our trust and security into a group of people that don't even have a legal obligation to protect us, and we act surprised when they don't do it.

The problems in the US have much deeper roots than our gun culture, it's just that mixing those problems with guns makes it a hell of a lot worse.

TIL Häagen Dazs’s name doesn’t mean anything - its founder wanted a Danish sounding brand name, as Denmark was known for its dairy products, despite the fact that such a word does not and cannot exist within Danish’s spelling system. by reddit_user-exe in todayilearned

[–]Rammerator 172 points173 points  (0 children)

Honestly, as a kid my mom told me it was German for "Happy Days", and being a kid I believed her (bc I obviously didn't know any better), and ended up saying it to everyone thinking I was wishing them a good day, and everybody just thought I wanted ice cream all the damn time. Lol.

TIL that a man in the UK grew tired of cold callers to his phone line, so he set up his own phone line as a premium rate number. When cold callers phoned him, he would be making money by keeping them talking. by slyfox1976 in todayilearned

[–]Pootabo 502 points503 points  (0 children)

I answer them, and hold the phone away from me and talk really quietly. When I get the inevitable "Sorry sir I can hardly hear you, can you be louder?" I hold the phones mic up to my mouth and just scream as loud as possible. Theyve usually turned up the volume on their end so it should be extra loud. Guranteed hangup within 2 seconds or your money back!

TIL that both a human and a dog's blood pressure decrease while the human pets the dog. by TheSilentRonin23 in todayilearned

[–]Astark 324 points325 points  (0 children)

The air grows heavy with a palpable sexual tension. Both of your pulses race, as the dog locks his deeply soulful eyes into yours, giving you a hungry stare that seems to whisper, "Get the peanut butter."

TIL that during WW2, Canada gave out buttons to people who tried to enlist but were refused due to medical reasons to show their willingness to fight. by JF_112 in todayilearned

[–]Loki-L68 5028 points5029 points  (0 children)

Imagine it from the perspective of those boys who were shamed into volunteering.

Imagine seeing your older brother of to war with all his chums. The entire group of young men from your street all volunteered together and went to France in the same company. Then one day the company ceases to exist and there are a lot of really sad people in your neighborhood.

You are a patriotic lad, but you are stating to have second thoughts about going to war at this point. You think maybe it might be better to not volunteer when you come of age.

But then a group of women and girls go around and call you a coward and a chicken. they say you are not man and make fun of you. You try to bear it as long as you can but eventually that bullying gets to you. You don't want to die, but you also can't take being bullied like this any longer. So you volunteer to escape and maybe you will be lucky and survive.


That whole white feather thing was basically a large scale organized version of that girl who bullied her classmate into committing suicide.

TIL that during WW2, Canada gave out buttons to people who tried to enlist but were refused due to medical reasons to show their willingness to fight. by JF_112 in todayilearned

[–]Isnotanumber 168 points169 points  (0 children)

Women in Britain gave total support to the war effort as a means to finally push through suffrage. The white feather movement is probably the most extreme version (and sadly misguided) of that support. Propaganda in general from WW1 had a lot of sexual overtones too - go be a REAL MAN and fight, and the idea of protecting women from the “sexual violence” of the Germans.

In any case, the overall means to an end worked - women “stepping up” in support of total war saw a lot of the major powers that fought in WW1 pass women’s suffrage legislation late in the war and in the years soon after.