Benjamin Wade, a 19th century "Radical Republican", earned praise from Karl Marx in the preface of Das Kapital for his open criticism of capitalism dailytarheel.com/article/…
In 1914 Arthur Machen wrote "The Bowmen" a short story about angels aiding at the Battle of Mons. It was reprinted as a factual event, leading many to believe the war had divine providence. Machen published a version with an extended preface to stop the rumors, but it inspired more stories. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
Chinese has so many characters that even China’s standard dictionary once forgot to include 30 already used in its preface en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
The culture of the People's Republic of China before 1978 was highly influenced by the personality cult of Mao Zedong. Most people were required to recite the Quotations of Chairman Mao and printed material at that time usually quoted Mao's words in bold as well as in the preface en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
George Orwell had difficulty finding a publisher for 'Animal Farm.' It was rejected because it was critical of the Soviet Union. Written during WWII, it was feared that it might hurt relations between Britain and the USSR. When it was finally published the preface about censorship was omitted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ani…
In 1890 a nine year old girl wrote a novel that would become a critically acclaimed success. (the book even received a preface from the author of Peter Pan.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of the roughly 270 U.S. area codes, 710 stands apart. The non-geo-specific preface is a dedicated line of the federal government. motherboard.vice.com/2011…
In 1993 a Japanese writer wrote a "Complete Suicide Manual". Link is to the translated preface web.archive.org/web/20120…
Preface your phone calls with *67 and your caller ID shows up as "Private Call"

Useful for illicit affairs, drug deals, prostitutes, and probably a few other things too.

There was a preface written for Animal Farm that is not present in almost any publication of the book, to this day. home.iprimus.com.au/korob…
Warner Bros held two test screenings of its animated movie "Thumbelina". The first time around, the audience reaction was flat. For the next test, they prefaced the exact same footage with the Walt Disney logo. The test scores soared articles.latimes.com/1997…
Mark Twain prefaced what he considered to be a perfect yet absurd book which concerns the bad translation of Portuguese idioms into English. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eng…
Paperman (The short animation prefacing Wreck it Ralph) is actually a combination of 2D hand drawn animation with 3D CG. youtube.com/watch?v=TZJLt…
: The idea of Gravity was first suggested by Indian Astronomer Brahmagupta in the year AD 628. He called it Gruhtvaakarshan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
At John Kennedy's inauguration, Robert Frost was to read a new poem he wrote called, "Dedication." But when the glare prevented him from seeing the words clearly enough, he recited another poem from memory, "The Gift Outright." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ina…
The Priory of Sion, a secret organization dedicated to installing a Merovingian dynasty on the thrones of Europe, was actually a hoax concocted by one wily Frenchman in 1956 to steal the crown of France. Dan Brown featured the Priory, presented as fact, in "The Da Vinci Code." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
After publication of the Far Side cartoon where one chimp finds a human hair on the other and says, "Conducting a little more 'research' with that Jane Goodall tramp?" The Jane Goodall Institute's lawyers almost called it an "atrocity", but were stymied by Goodall herself, who found it amusing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
You can take a web app class from the creator of Reddit! udacity.com/overview/Cour…
Ronald Reagan voted for FDR all four times

Reference: top of page xiv of the preface to FDR by Jean Edward Smith

A Proposal for Submission Guidelines to todayiLEARNED. (there is a /r/trivia, you know)

I really believe this could be one of the most interesting subs in reddit, but the major issue I have with a lot of the submissions is that I really wouldn't say I learned anything. I will preface by saying that there is an /r/Trivia, and I would like to propose the following guidelines to help you decide whether to post there or here.

  • Post here if you learned How or Why, but post to Trivia if you found out What, When, Who, or Where.
  • If the thing you learned requires nothing more than the title of the submission, post to Trivia.
  • Only post here if you would actually bring up this information in a face-to-face situation with someone you didn't know well and about which you would enjoy having a discussion, otherwise: trivia.
  • Generally keep in mind: Trivia is directly related to Trivial. If you post that Brittney Spears likes to eat cottage cheese for breakfast, or that (not to point fingers) Jon Stewart proposed to his future wife through a personalized crossword puzzle, has anyone really learned anything?

I realize I may be kicking against the pricks here, and that it's probably too late to stem the tide, but a fully functioning TIL and Trivia separation would be the bees knees to me. If you think like me and it looks like this plea won't work maybe we should make /r/TILhoworwhy and start from scratch.

Please discuss.

Edit: Based on up/down count vs. comment content I've come to two conclusions:

1.) A little more than half of TIL's subscribers agree with me.

2.) Those that agree with me are not the ones who actually contribute or discuss in it.

And so I say: "Farewell, TIL, it was nice while it lasted."

To which the commenters reply: "Good riddance, pretentious Fucktard."

And then I'm sure I made the right decision.

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