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Humans are learning from the day they are born, with babies absorbing everything they see, hear, touch, and experience around them. This innate desire to learn doesn’t simply disappear when we leave childhood; it carries on well into adulthood, and, hopefully, until the day we breathe our last breath.

The Internet offers a golden opportunity to learn something new every day 6 Ways To Learn Something New Online Everyday 6 Ways To Learn Something New Online Everyday The Internet is a double-edged sword - it can be used to procrastinate the day away, or it can be used to learn something new everyday. Here at MakeUseOf, we're particularly focused on the latter.... Read More . From Wikipedia 7 Ways To Learn Something New Every Day With Wikipedia 7 Ways To Learn Something New Every Day With Wikipedia Wikipedia is packed full of content. At the time of writing there are over 4 million articles contained within the English language version, with more being added all the time. All of these pages are... Read More to Google mashups 8 Google Mashups To Have Fun With And Learn Something New About Our World 8 Google Mashups To Have Fun With And Learn Something New About Our World Let's just say, that Google developers are a thriving lot thanks to open APIs of many of its products from Google Maps mashups to YouTube. One of their online meeting places is the Google Developers... Read More , from subreddits 5 Best Subreddits To Learn Cool Stuff 5 Best Subreddits To Learn Cool Stuff Reddit is more than just a time sink where you can look at pretty girls, read about nerdy stuff, and procrastinate as you build a memory of random trivia. Reddit can be used to learn... Read More to blogs 4 Hilarious Blogs You Can Also Learn Something From 4 Hilarious Blogs You Can Also Learn Something From Laugh and learn by reading quick, to the point blog posts. A variety of blogs around the Internet are good not only for laughs but for learning valuable things about human nature and living in... Read More , there are an incredible range of tools available to those who want to learn. My personal favorite of all of these is one particular subreddit: Today I learned (TIL).

Today I Learned (TIL)

Today I Learned, or TIL for short, is a subreddit dedicated to disseminating interesting facts that would otherwise go ignored or unnoticed. These must be non-trivial facts backed up by a reliable source, with opinions and politics removed from the equation.

This section of Reddit is therefore full of interesting facts and intriguing stories which deserve to be more widely known than they are currently. A countless number of amazing facts have been shared to the Today I Learned subreddit over the years, but below are just 10 that have blown my mind and may blow your mind as well. All chosen to appeal especially to geeks 10 Famous Geeks Who Changed The World (Not Who You Think) 10 Famous Geeks Who Changed The World (Not Who You Think) If I have seen further it is by standing on ye shoulders of Giants. So, said the genius called Isaac Newton. What was true of one of the most brilliant minds of history should be... Read More .

Contract Killer

Today I Learned a guy faked his own death in order to get out of a Verizon Wireless contract. Unfortunately, the ruse failed, and Verizon got its money. But surely, as a corporation which care about its customers, if someone hates your service so much they’re desperate enough to draft a fake death certificate, you should take pity on them and cancel their contract. Nope. Because profits.

Running Out Of Steam

Today I Learned 37 percent of all registered Steam games have never been played. Which, at the time the original article was written, equates to 288 million of the 781 million games registered on the platform sitting untouched and unloved. Remember this statistic the next time you’re tempted to buy all the games during the Steam sales 5 Ways To Make Sure You Get The Best Deals On Steam Games 5 Ways To Make Sure You Get The Best Deals On Steam Games Steam is known for being super convenient for managing one’s video game library, and it’s also useful in a few other ways, but did you know that with a bit of effort you can obtain... Read More . You won’t play them all, so why bother?


Gaming The Cure

Today I Learned players of an online game called Foldit resolved the structure of an enzyme in just three weeks. The enzyme causes a nasty disease in monkeys, and researchers had been working on the problem for 13 years. There are other similar success stories in the original article too, so feel free to point naysayers in its direction the next time they condemn gaming as a waste of time and energy.

Neverending Nintendo

Today I Learned Nintendo has so much money in the bank it could survive until at least 2052 even if it made a considerable loss every 12 months between now and then. Nintendo has, or at least had (in 2012) $6.7 billion saved for a rainy day, which means that no matter how badly the Wii U Nintendo Wii U Review and Giveaway Nintendo Wii U Review and Giveaway Despite the increasing shift to mobile gaming, consoles are still very popular devices for playing immersive, graphics-intensive games; and that won’t change anytime soon as long as the major console makers continue to improve with... Read More sells — and it has struggled, quite frankly — Nintendo will be sticking around for a while to come. Which is heartening news for all those who love Mario, Zelda, et al.

Windows Pinball

Today I Learned Pinball was removed from Windows because it had a nasty bug that no one at Microsoft knew how to fix. Pinball was included as a free game in Windows 95 through to Windows XP. And then it disappeared. The 64-bit version of the game was broken, and uncommented code made it impossible to debug the program. So, Microsoft chose to simply drop Pinball instead. Unless you’re still using 32-bit Windows XP 4 Ways To Bulletproof Windows XP Forever 4 Ways To Bulletproof Windows XP Forever Windows XP is slated to be exterminated for good by Microsoft in April of 2014. It is the last stage of a multi-year effort to kill off the operating system. Windows XP is one of... Read More , of course.

Third Rock Radio

Today I Learned NASA has its own online radio station which plays rock, indie, and alternative music while updating listeners on the latest news from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. An inspired name, great music (if you like that sort of thing), and mission updates from NASA. What more could you possibly want?

Domain Trade

Today I Learned Microsoft traded the domain for the domain. The lucky recipient of the former was a guy called Bob Kerstein, who was using the latter to run a business. And why did Microsoft own the in the first place? Because of Microsoft Bob 3 Stupid Computer Inventions That Never Took Off 3 Stupid Computer Inventions That Never Took Off A stroke of genius can lead to ideas that may or may not work out when they hit consumers. iPods, Twitter, RSS, and so on, are some ideas that have flourished favorably in today’s world.... Read More , its short-lived and much-maligned graphical user interface.

Sleepless In Budapest

Today I Learned that a man survived for 40 years without sleeping. Paul Kern was a Hungarian soldier shot in the head during World War I. He survived, but lost part of his frontal lobe, and with it, the ability to sleep. Despite this abnormality, Kern moved to Budapest and lived out the rest of his life without incident. And watched a lot of Netflix. Probably.

Abandoned Supercollider

Today I Learned there is an abandoned supercollider in Texas. The idea to build a supercollider was first mooted in 1983, and construction began in 1991. The U.S. Government then chose to abandon the project in favor of funding the International Space Station (ISS), but not before a whopping $2 billion had been spent in Texas. Had it been completed, this would have been more powerful than the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Switzerland. So, the creation of a black hole capable of wiping us all out would have been even more likely than it is now.

Cunningham’s Law

Today I Learned that Cunningham’s Law states, “The best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question, it’s to post the wrong answer.” There isn’t much more to add to this one, except to say Ward Cunningham — a computer programmer famous for developing the first wiki — clearly understands the way things work online better than most.

What Have You Learned From Reddit?

These are just 10 of the many amazing facts disseminated via Reddit in recent years, but there are plenty more. Whether you’re a regular visitor to TIL or are only just discovering it now thanks to this article, please let us know in the comments below what you have personally learned from Reddit. Like you, we want to learn. So teach us.

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