15 Random But Interesting Facts You’ll Want To Tell All Your Friends


You learn something new every day; what did you learn today? Here are 15 fun facts we compiled from Reddit's TIL (TodayILearned) section where users submit interesting and specific information they found out!

Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/

1. Pioneering British Army surgeon Margaret Ann Bulkley successfully fooled Victorian society and disguised herself as a man for 46 years.

In the early 1800s, women were not admitted into medical school, so Margaret Ann Bulkley dressed as a man throughout her entire life to become her alter-ego, Dr. James Barry.

It was only when she died in 1865 that her secret was exposed after 46 years working as an army medical officer.

2. There are 39.6 million Americans who claim Irish heritage. That number is almost seven times larger than the entire population of Ireland (6.3 million).

3. 70% of millionaires do not consider themselves "wealthy."

4. A "Black Widow" suicide bomber planned a terrorist attack in central Moscow on New Year's Eve of 2011 but blew herself up when an unexpected text message set off her bomb too early.

A spam message from her mobile phone operator wishing her a happy new year received just hours before the planned attack triggered her suicide belt, killing her but nobody else.

5. The average life expectancy of individuals with Down Syndrome was only 12 years in 1912. It rose to 25 by 1980. Today it's 60 years.

6. There are dry counties in in the United States, whose governments forbid the sale of any kind of alcoholic beverages. However, dry counties have almost 3.5 times more alcohol-related traffic fatalities per capita than completely wet counties.

7. Freddie Mercury spent his last 6 months recording as many vocals as he could for the rest of Queen to finish after his death.

8. An Armorer at Barrett Firearms once received a call from US Marines while they were engaged in a firefight and their Barrett rifle was malfunctioning.

He explained to them how to repair it over the phone, enabling them to engage their enemies.

9. Steve McQueen's infidelity saved his life.

He was supposed to attend the dinner party where the Manson family murdered Sharon Tate and others, but skipped it after he "ran into a chickie."

10. Part of the reason why the Allied Secret Services could fool the Nazis many times is that the deputy head of the German Abwehr, Hans Oster, actively sabotaged the Nazi war effort.

11. The United States consumes 80% of the world's opioids.

12. 65-85% of all white cats born with two blue eyes are deaf, and if a cat is born with just one blue eye, only the hearing on that side is impaired.

13. A man bought a golden Faberge egg for $13,000 dollars at a sale; turns out it was worth over $33 million.

14. Winston Churchill was prescribed alcohol to get around American Prohibition.

15. IBM had to delete 'Urban Dictionary' data from the Watson Supercomputer System because the machine started cursing.

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