Today we learned

TIL Shrek was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”

TIL that slaveholders in the US knew that enslaved people were escaping to Mexico, the U.S. tried to get Mexico to sign a fugitive slave treaty, but Mexico refused to sign such a treaty, insisting that all enslaved people were free once they set foot on Mexican soil.

TIL a fan drove three hours to deliver rapper, Boozie Badazz, a much-needed dosage of insulin. She refused to accept payment and instead asked for just a photo. On her way home, she stopped at a store, bought a scratch-off ticket, and won $10,000.

TIL In 1980 a dingo ate an Australian couple’s baby while camping, causing the mother to be sentenced to life in prison for murder. Three years later, the babies clothes were found near a dingo lair.

TIL Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has disdain for money and large wealth accumulation. In 2017 he said he didn’t want to be near money, because it could corrupt your values. When Apple went public, Wozniak offered $10 million of his stock to early Apple employees, something Jobs refused to do.

TIL that when filming the TV series “The Mandalorian” in 2019, the crew ran out of Stormtrooper costumes, so they reached out to the local branch of a Star Wars fan organisation, whose members came to join the filming in their own home-made Stormtrooper costumes

TIL Texas didn’t have safety regulations on natural gas until after a school blew up and killed hundreds of children. Nobody was held accountable, but they passed strict regulations afterwards. It was so bad that even Hitler sent a letter of condolence.

TIL Pope Benedict XVI resigned in 2013 but announced it in Latin. One reporter got the scoop and broke the story because she understood Latin. Most other reporters waited for official translations.

TIL The cast of FRIENDS each made $1M per episode in the final two seasons and now make $20M per year per cast member for reruns. The show still generates $1B/year for Warner Bros. All thanks to David Schwimmer encouraging the cast to negotiate as a team.

TIL that at the age of 17, Steven Spielberg directed a sci-fi film called “Firelight”. The budget was $500, and it was shown at a local cinema, with 500 people coming, and tickets cost a dollar each. However, one person paid $2, so the movie made $1, making it Spielberg’s first commercial success

TIL a Japanese man noticed food disappearing in his fridge so he set up a security camera and found out there was a homeless woman living in the top compartment of his closet and been there for more than a year.

TIL Costco’s hot dog has remained $1.50 since it was first introduced in 1984. After the company president complained they were losing money on it, CEO Jim Sinegal put his foot down. “If you raise [the price of] the effing hot dog, I will kill you,” Sinegal said.

TIL that William Whipple, one of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, freed his slave after signing it because he believed one cannot simultaneously fight for freedom and hold another person in bondage.

TIL many doctors have stopped calling cancer treatment a “fight” or “battle”. They argue these terms misrepresent how treatment works and if treatments fail, the patient is left with guilt and a false belief they didn’t “fight” hard enough.

TIL that everyone in Singapore above the age of 21 is automatically registered as an organ donor. Opting out from this Act will result in you being put at the very bottom of the organ priority list, should you need organ transplantation.

TIL “Military Grade” is just a marketing ploy. In the actual military, “military-grade” means “meeting the bare-minimum requirements of durability, while also costing the least.”

TIL It would take 375,000 Lego bricks stacked one on top of another to destroy the bottom brick. The tower would be nearly 12,000 feet tall.

TIL that the north star is 4000 times brighter than our sun. The light we see when we look at the north star was generated in the year 1587, and it has been travelling through space for 434 years to reach us.

TIL author H.P. Lovecraft was never able to support himself from his earnings as an author. His book “The Shadow Over Innsmouth”, written one year before his death, sold a meagre 200 copies. He died in poverty at age 46.

TIL that veterinarians kill themselves at rates 2.5 to 3.5 times the general population, due in part to online trolling and threats from pet owners who blame them for the death of a pet, and easy access to lethal medicines

TIL that monkeys in Japan learned to wash sweet potatoes in freshwater to clean them. They later switched to washing sweet potatoes in saltwater. It is theorized that this is because they like the salty taste more than plain potatoes.

TIL that when Medieval monks would fast for religious reasons they would sometimes drink lots of beer instead of eating food since drinking did not count as “food”.

TIL that a hairless cyclops deformed piglet was stillborn in 1642 and it looked so much like a local man, George Spencer, that he was brought before a magistrate on suspicion of unnatural relations. He confessed and recanted, but ultimately Spencer was hanged and the mother pig put to the sword.

TIL that rats left unaided in water will drown in a few minutes because they feel hopeless, but if they know there is the hope of being rescued they will last for days.