TIL the farthest a person has ever fallen and survived is at least 33,330 feet. Serbian flight attendant Vesna Vulovic was blown out of a plane when a bomb went off in its baggage compartment in 1972. She had no memory of the event and wasn’t afraid to fly afterward.

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TIL that during the Middle Ages, members of guilds were referred to as “masters.” Artisans who wanted to join a guild were required to prepare a “master piece” to be judged for qualification. If the masters approved of the piece, that artisan would be accepted into the guild.

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TIL: When city council denied a permit to build on empty lot, a London man applied for a permit for a tank. Thinking it was a water storage container, council approved. Instead the man bought a Russian T-34 tank, parked it on his property and pointed the gun towards the city planning office.

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TIL – When Mount Everest was measured in 1854 the exact value was 29,000 feet. Despite being accurate, Andrew Waugh published the value as 29,002 feet to avoid the public assuming it was merely a rounded estimate. Thus he was known as “the first man to put 2 feet on top of Everest”.

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TIL The worlds largest book was lost by the city of Cleveland. It was called The Golden Book of Cleveland; and it was as large as a mattress. It was misplaced in 1936.

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TIL of the Minneapolis Skyway System, a system of footbridges that connects shops, restaurants, and residential buildings over an area of 80 full city blocks. It allows residents to live, work, and shop without ever leaving the Skyway system.

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TIL: 5% of people do not experience a headache in their lifetime.

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TIL An abusive relationship with a narcissist or psychopath tends to follow the same pattern: idealisation, devaluation, and discarding. At some point, the victim will be so broken, the abuser will no longer get any benefit from using them. They then move on to their next target.

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TIL that a Calvin and Hobbes comic from 1992 referred to the start of the universe as the Horrendous Space Kablooie, saying that “The Big Bang” was too boring. The term Horrendous Space Kablooie (or HSK) has since become popular among scientists, and has been used in books and university courses.

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TIL that, due to him being unable to celebrate his bar mitzvah at the age of 13 due to World War I, Yisrael Kristal celebrated his bar mitzvah on his 113th birthday instead. Kristal was already the world’s oldest living man and the world’s oldest living Holocaust survivor during this time.

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