TIL that during a dissection of a mother tiger shark, a scientist was reaching into the birth canal and was bitten by a tiger shark embryo, which are notoriously cannibalistic. This is the only recorded instance where someone was bitten by an unborn animal
Art by Russian painter Vasily Vereshchagin (1842-1904) who traveled all over the world, saw things that few men of his generation did, and painted them without apology. Top to bottom: In Jerusalem, Royal Tombs; Arab on a Camel; Sunset in Himalayas; Mausoleum of Shah-i-Zinda in Samarkand; Taj Mahal, Evening; Fire of Zamoskvorechye; In Defeated Moscow; The three main gods in a Chingacheling Buddhist monastery in Sikkim; Present Trophies; and Defeated, Requiem, a scene from the Russo-Turkish war in which a priest waves incense over the dead on the battlefield.
Possibly one of the more underrated painters of modern history.
TIL that during the Cold War America used bears to test their ejector seats in supersonic jets.
TIL up to 100,000 people in Hong Kong live in “Cage Homes” - a 6ft x 2ft metal cage covering a bed
TIL that Kellogg’s corn flakes were actually created to help control sexual urges