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14 "Nerdy" Facts We Learned Last Week (Thanks To Fans)

February 10, 2021 1.6k votes 231 voters 7.9k views14 items

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The internet is an amazing place where people go to share and learn strange facts about all manner of things. One of the best places to find these types of facts is the TodayILearned subreddit. Whatever facts happen to be of interest to someone tend to blow up on the page. This is especially true whenever they are the nerdiest and most fascinating, which means they can range from animals to space or movies and television and all things in between.

This list highlights some of the more interesting nerdy facts people noticed between Sunday, 31 January 2021, and the following Saturday,6 February 2021. Find the ones you consider to be the most interesting, and make sure to give them an upvote to see which one rises to the top!

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    Thomas Edison Indirectly Created Hollywood By Being A Monopolizing Jerk

    According to Redditor u/mcpopnfresh, Edison's influence helped create Hollywood:

    Modern Hollywood was started by a group of independent filmmakers who moved to California in the 1910s to get away from Thomas Edison’s total monopoly on all aspects (scripts, cameras, theaters, actors) of the early, east coast film industry.

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    A Young Hacker Figured Out How To Make Free Phone Calls In 1971

    Redditor u/goodcheapandfast explained how one young hacker used something peculiar to score a ton of free phone calls:

    In 1971, a young hacker named John Draper discovered that the toy whistles found in Captain Crunch cereal boxes were capable of mimicking the tones used by phone companies, allowing him to make free phone calls.

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    A Popular 'Next Generation' Character Was Created To Honor A Fan

    According to Redditor u/CyberSibey, a fan was the inspiration for Geordi La Forge:

    Gene Roddenberry created the Star Trek: The Next Generation character Geordi La Forge in honor of George La Forge, a quadriplegic fan of the original Star Trek series, who died in 1975.

     
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    Ironically, George Carlin's 'Seven Dirty Words' Helped Create More Censorship

    Photo: Kevin Armstrong / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 3.0

    According to Redditor u/mordeci00, George Carlin helped create the thing he was fighting against:

    When George Carlin created his "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" bit, the FCC didn't have the legal authority to ban dirty words from public airways. That bit, played uncensored by a NYC radio station, led to getting that authority.

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