World War I Winnipeg bear. Dove soap and chocolate. Taxi drivers in Ireland carry emergency services [r/TodayiLearned, Episode #2]

#1

TIL that only 14.5% of American men are 6 feet tall or taller. About 3% are taller than 6 feet 2 inches. Interestingly, however, 58% of CEOs in the U.S. are over 6 feet.

Users of Reddit are providing their height measures and say that they deserve higher salaries due to this research.

#2

TIL During World War I, a Canadian soldier made a black bear his pet and named her Winnipeg. “Winnie” was later a resident of the London Zoological Gardens where she was an adored attraction, especially to a boy named Christopher Robin. The boy even named his teddy bear after her.

Redditors remind that There’s a movie about this starring Michael Fassbender. And It’s very…interesting…

#3

The crew of Planet Earth II filmed the mass birth gathering of Saiga Antelope, only to witness a disease spread and wipe out more than 150,000 antelope within 3 days.

A member of the film crew said they journeyed deep into the plains of Kazakhstan in Central Asia to find the calving grounds of the Saiga Antelope, only to see thousands of them succumb to the disease.

Chadden Hunter, a producer of the Grasslands episode, said thousands of the animals were giving birth when a virulent disease hit the population wiping out 150,000 in days.

He said that the TV crew feared they were witnessing the extinction of the species.

He said:  “At the time we thought we were watching the greatest natural catastrophe that I’d ever heard of.

“We watched  150,000 of these magnificent animals die in front of us.

“At the time we didn’t know if it was the final extinction of the species, which was devastating for the crew.”

It was later established that, despite the mass deaths, there are still Saiga Antelope in the wild.

Users of Reddit Imagine if they’d included that in the show, or at least as a behind-the-scenes special. Would’ve left a significant imprint on people.

#4

TIL that the drink Crystal Pepsi was killed in the US due to a “kamikaze” marketing campaign by Coke. Coke created the drink Tab Clear, designed to be unpopular, and marketed it so that consumers would conflate the two drinks even though they were not similar. It worked and both were pulled in 1994.

Redditors admit that Tab Clear sounds like a computer command.

#5

TIL when Apple was building a massive data center in rural North Carolina, a couple who had lived there for 34 years refused to sell their house and plot of land worth $181,700. After making countless offers, Apple eventually paid them $1.7 million to leave.

The Fulbrights have used the proceeds of the sale to purchase a 4,200-square-foot house on a 49-acre property.

Users of Reddit joke that All the neighbors who sold out early are kicking themselves

#6

TIL that Dove chocolate and Dove soap are owned by different companies. Because they’re separated as different classes of goods/services, there is no trademark infringement.

Though both products share the same “Dove” name, both are registered trademarks owned by different companies. This is possible because the two trademarks are associated with different goods. One is associated with soap and beauty products, while the other is associated with chocolate. Thus they are registered to different trademark classes and there is no likelihood of confusion (it’s unlikely that one would mistakenly eat a bar of Dove Soap thinking that it is Dove Chocolate).

Therefore, trademarks with different goods/services can be registered as long as there is no likelihood of confusion. Suppose that there is an existing trademark for “Dell” in association with class #9 (computers) but no “Dell” trademark in association with any other class. It is possible to apply for and obtain a “Dell” trademark for class #25 (shoes).

Redditors say they never heard of Dove chocolate

And some user adds that it sold as Galaxy in the UK, Ireland, the Middle East, and India

The Galaxy brand was first launched in the UK in 1960. In 1986, the company was acquired by Mars, Incorporated

Ah, that explains it.

#7

TIL Taxi drivers in Ireland carry emergency service radios and defibrillators in their cars to tackle suicide in the country

Redditors think that It’s debatable.

They’re 66th highest on the list of suicides per capita, which is way better than the US, it’s better than France, and it’s comparable to Canada, so it seems alright. However, compared to the UK, who Ireland neighbor, and are culturally more similar to than other countries, they have a lot more suicide. Someone more educated than myself might be able to chime in and tell us why because I don’t have a clue!

Overall though, nah, Ireland’s ranking isn’t bad, taking into consideration other developed nations.