There is a community on Reddit Today I Learned (Today I found out), which has 26.8 million people.
Every day, participants from all over the world share little-known facts. Some of them seem unrealistic.
We offer you to get acquainted with the most interesting facts from this subreddit.
1. Unsafe cars
In 2014 General Motors withdrew 800 thousand cars (mainly Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5) due to ignition problems. The cars were switched off while driving, so the drivers could not control and brake them. The airbags didn’t work either.
The manufacturer has been aware of the problem since 2005 but never fixed the problem because it was “too expensive”.
Negligence led to the death of 124 people.
2. Neil Armstrong took an unusual thing to the moon
In 1969, when Neil Armstrong first set foot to the moon, in his pocket was a small piece of fabric from the left wing of a 1903 Wright Flyer.
It was created by the Wright brothers. Aircraft designers have greatly influenced world aviation. They managed to build the world’s first controlled aircraft.
3. How CGI appeared in Jurassic Park
In the early 90s, when the first Jurassic Park movie was filmed, the creators planned to use stop-motion animation.
But two artists secretly developed computer graphics of Tyrannosaurus Rex.
They discreetly inserted it into a video that producer Kathleen Kennedy was watching during a visit to their office.
A small passage convinced Kennedy, Spielberg, and the rest of the team to use CGI throughout the film.
4. Rolls Royce Ghost testers vomited in the car
It was so quiet inside the Rolls Royce Ghost prototype that the test drivers nausea during travel.
The engineers had to remove some of the noise insulation and create seats that vibrated at certain frequencies to add some noise to the cabin.
5. The crash of the Tu-134 in Kuibyshev
In 1986, aircraft commander Alexander Klyuev argued with the co-pilot that he will be able to land the plane “blindly”, focusing only on the readings of the instruments.
Before landing, he closed the cockpit windows with a curtain and took the liner to land.
Klyuev lost the bet. The plane crashed. Of the 94 people on board, 24 survived, the rest died.
6. Stars on the Paramount Pictures logo
Always on the Paramount Pictures logo It was 22 stars.
Thus, the film director and founder of the company Adolf Zukor noted 22 actors and actresses with whom he signed a contract in 1916.
7. History of Nike Cortez
The iconic Nike Cortez was originally supposed to be called Aztec (Aztec), but Adidas threatened legal action because it had the Azteca Gold model.
In response to Nike named sneakers in honor of Hernan Cortes, whose expedition led to the fall of the Aztec empire.
8. The most dangerous computer virus
The MyDoom mail worm was a computer virus that caused the largest monetary loss in history.
At its peak in 2004, it was present in nearly 25% of emails sent worldwide. The damage from the attack is estimated at about $38 billion.
9. Dolphins sleep with their eyes open.
Dolphins always are sleeping with one eye open, as they can only rest with half of their brain. When the right hemisphere of the brain sleeps, its left eye is closed, and the right eye is open, and vice versa.
Also, an open eye helps dolphins breathe on the surface and stay alert.
10. World fresh water reserves
Glaciers and ice caps occupy almost 10% of the land, mainly in Greenland and Antarctica. At the same time, they store 69% of fresh water reserves.
If they all melted, the world’s sea level would rise by about 70 meters.
11. Cup History
Most modern trophies are made in the form of cups, because before they and the bowls were used to drink wine during ceremonies.
In ancient times, when a man won a sporting event, he was given a cup to immediately celebrate his triumph.
12. Horror about Spider-Man
In the 1980s, The Cannon Group obtained the rights to make Spider-Man films.
Studio the hotel make a horror movie in which the main character turns into a giant spider.
Stan Lee didn’t like the idea and was able to convince The Cannon Group to drop it.
13. Slimming with Formula 1
Formula 1 drivers can lose 2-3 kg after each race.
Weight loss is mainly associated with intense sweating during races. The temperature in the cockpit can reach 50 °C, while the pilots sit in fireproof suits with gloves on their hands and a helmet on their heads.
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