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Today I Learned. A collection of interesting or unexpected facts.
TIL: Ponzo illusion
TIL: Euro banknotes had fictional bridges on them in 2002, when issued. After 10 years, they were not fictional anymore.
TIL: There is considerable overlap between the intelligence of the smartest bears and the dumbest tourists
TIL: Cleopatra lived closer to the moon landing than to the Great Pyramid of Giza
TIL: Most wines will last up to a week or more in the fridge
TIL: Regular afternoon naps linked to improved cognitive function (but only if less than 30 minutes)
TIL: 39% of American women have a tattoo, and 21% of American men
TIL: Marchetti's constant - the average time spent by a person for commuting each day, which is approximately one hour
TIL: How a secret experiment tricked psychiatrists into diagnosing sane people as having schizophrenia, and how it rocked psychiatry
TIL: Individuals who are told by the coin toss to make a change are much more likely to make a change and are happier six months later than those who were told by the coin to maintain the status quo
TIL: Expensive placebos work better
TIL: According to a study, there’s no proof that parachutes are effective in preventing death from falling.
TIL: Cold showers have a potential to treat depression
by Radek Sienkiewicz