TIL Elephants skeletal structuring is not designed to carry weight on their backs, but rather weight from below. Many Elephants end up with deformed and broken backs as a result of years of long hours spent carrying tourists around.
TIL that in 1258 the Mongols destroyed Baghdad. Survivors said that “the waters of the Tigris ran black with ink from the enormous quantities of books flung into the river and red from the blood of the scientists and philosophers killed.” The siege marked the end of the Islamic Golden Age.
TIL that the Giant Tortoise failed to get a scientific name for 300 years after its discovery because it was so delicious that no one could bring a specimen back to Europe without eating it. This includes Darwin himself.
TIL that fingertips don’t “prune” when submerged in water because they absorb excess liquid, rather it’s a reaction that allows us to grip better underwater (fingertips with nerve damage don’t “prune”)