People Share The Most Astounding Facts They've Learned Today.

People Share The Most Astounding Facts They've Learned Today.


They say you learn something new every day – but that doesn't mean it will be something interesting.

Here are some facts that are definitely going to have you saying, "Today I learned something INTERESTING today!"

1. Water as a herbicide.

Water is used in rice fields to prevent weeds. Rice doesn't actually need that much water, but since it can thrive in such conditions, whereas weeds cannot, it's a natural protection against them.



2. Going into deep cover to do what they loved.

50 years before women were allowed to enrol into medical school, Margaret Ann Bulkley dressed as a man for 56 years to study medicine and become her alter-ego, Dr James Barry. It was only when she died in 1865 that her secret was exposed after 46 years working as an army medical officer.



3. This is one way to characterize bad movies.

The "idiot plot". The term was popularized by film critic Roger Ebert, who defines it as "[a]ny plot containing problems that would be solved instantly if all of the characters were not idiots".



4. A duel! With musical instruments?

When Beethoven was challenged to an improvisation duel by one of his rivals named Steibelt, Beethoven took a piece of Steibelt's music, turned it upside down, played it, then improvised on that theme for over an hour. Steibelt simply left halfway through.



5. He must have had a lot of faith in his writing.

While penniless and dying, Ulysses S Grant wrote a book of memoirs so his wife could live off of the royalties. Mark Twain heard the best royalty offer was 10% and immediately offered Grant 75% (story continued on the next page...).

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