Hot Reddit todayilearned post: TIL that in the late 1800's, Doctors would infect sick patients with a secondary disease, in order to cure them of the primary one eg. a patient with syphilis would be injected with malaria, to give them a fever and thus, cure them (Most prominently by Dr. Julius Wagner-Jauregg)
Hot Reddit todayilearned post: TIL that A.C.Gilbert's science based toys were so popular that he was called 'the man who saved christmas' by the papers.For a year, his company sold a kids 'atomic energy lab' complete with Geiger counter, mini cloud chamber, and samples of several radioactive elements.
Hot Reddit todayilearned post: TIL that a breed of Scorpion-Eating Mice Feel No Pain. Instead of causing pain, the scorpion venom blocks it, a fact that could lead to the development of new pain-blocking drugs for people.
Hot Reddit todayilearned post: TIL the Iraqi government spent $78m on bomb detectors that turned out to be glorified dowsing rods. The director of the UK-based company behind the devices was jailed for 10 years.
Hot Reddit todayilearned post: TIL "Great Scott" may have referred to US General Winfield Scott, who at 6'5" remains the tallest man to receive a US presidential nomination
Hot Reddit todayilearned post: TIL the phrase "Don't mess with Texas" has nothing to do with Texan toughness, but was invented by the Texas Department of Transportation to fight littering
Hot Reddit todayilearned post: TIL bananas are actually used for scale... for measuring radioactivity
Hot Reddit todayilearned post: TIL that someone did a nutritional analysis on Crayola crayons, which contain 8g fat and 150 calories.
Hot Reddit todayilearned post: TIL Listerine was sold as a cure for gonorrhea in the 19th century. But it wasn't a success until the 1920s, when it was pitched as a solution for bad breath. Listerine's ads featured women turned off by their mate's bad breath. Until that time, bad breath was not considered such a catastrophe.
Hot Reddit todayilearned post: TIL three LEGO figurines representing Galileo and the gods Jupiter and Juno were sent aboard the Juno spacecraft on a mission to Jupiter.