today I learned: the first level of super mario bros (nes) was precisely designed so as to teach a new player that getting mushrooms was good, blocks could be hit, and that jumping on gumbas wouldn’t hurt you, by making these actions virtually impossible to avoid. also, pit bulls were once known as “nanny dogs” because of how kind and protective they were of children. next, the man who invented tang also invented cool whip, pop rocks, and quick-setting jello. finally, mississippi didn’t ratify the 13th amendment (abolishing slavery) until march 16th, 1995. yikes guys, yikes.


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