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Information is more widely accessible than ever, large in part thanks to the internet. Want to know which famous actor got their start in a low-grade horror film from 1988? That's well within your fingertips. Want to understand how a group of people online could completely tank the stock market just to prove a point while also learning what it means to "short?" You can also do that.

Want to learn how to make a big explosion using sugar? Well, sometimes it's not always a good feeling knowing the things you do.


Reddit user, u/Corinne_d, wanted to hear what feels wrong to know when they asked:

What's a piece of information you learned that feels illegal to know?

Let's Star This Party With A Bang

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How a nuclear bomb works.

Apparently it's just a uranium bullet being fired at another piece of uranium.

Sheriff_Papa

You have to fire them at each other really hard. If you try to just gently push them together, a small nuclear reaction will start that will heat the air enough to blast them back apart, but not a proper nuclear explosion. That's called a "fizzle". You fire the uranium bullet with enough force it pushes through that reaction and causes an even more extreme reaction. That's the big boom.

snapwillow

But not too hard otherwise the fission will blow the uranium apart before too much of it fisses, so you have to put some metals in the way to slow things down. I learned about this on an episode of Sliders.

666pool

Check Your Local Laws On This One

That ducks at my park are free

Death_Angel246

Depends where you live! In the US almost all birds you will ever see are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. However, Muscovy ducks are technically feral and exist in a gray area. I am constantly tempted by their presence...

Briggsnotmyers

First Hand Window Breaking Experience

If you put a wet jolly rancher on a cold window and let it freeze then pull, the window will break.

clockwork_skullies

This sounds like something you learned by accident

skyburnsred

Breaking The "Law," One Digit At A Time

Out of date now, but some users might remember the AACS encryption key controversy. Back in the HDDVD days, you couldn't just clone a disc to share a movie with someone else because you needed an encryption key. Someone figured the key out and put it on Digg (which at the time functioned a lot like Reddit), which then got a cease and desist order. That backfired, as users spread the encryption key far and wide. Sharing the key felt like you were participating in a huge crime network, even though there's nothing wrong with copying and pasting a hexadecimal code.

BTW, it's 09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0. This whole episode was the beginning of the end for DRM.

Morall_tach

Farther Than You Hoped, Closer Than You Think

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Even though the joke is 'tastes like chicken', humans actually taste like pork according to cannibals e.g. Arthur Shawcross.

Which made perfect sense to me when I found out. In med school we dissected cadavers including human muscle and fat, and xenografts (tissue transplants from one animal to another) are generally pig (or cow) e.g. porcine heart valves are still used for heart surgery in humans.

manlikerealities

You Horrid Monster!

You're allowed to rip the tag off your mattress.

NakedKittyAlucard

Lol yeah it's funny to me that people don't know this. They read "do not remove under penalty of law" but completely miss the "except by consumer" underneath it. Unless you're some kind of mattress middle-man who buys them up to re-sell to end users, you can take the tag off your mattress and it's perfectly legal. Source: I work for a bedding company and my job (supply chain) involves compliance/QA.

youstupidcorn

Bring This Whole System To Its Knees

Suppose you were a member of a jury.

If you were persuasive enough, you could convince your cohorts to render a verdict of "Yeah, well, the defendant totally did the thing that they're accused of having done... but they shouldn't get in trouble for it, on account of the law itself being stupid."

That's a bit of a dramatized oversimplification, but jury nullification is a real thing. It isn't illegal to discuss, but as you can imagine, there are quite a few folks in the legal world who would really prefer that jurors not know about it. For one thing, the knowledge has led to a recent rise in acquittals for drug-related charges... but more important still is the fact that people who bring up the practice tend to be – and this is a technical, legal term – annoying as all hell.

TL;DR: You can legally piss off judges and lawyers while freeing criminals.

RamsesThePigeon

Spinning Mice. Spinning Mice As Far As The Eye Can See.

If while handling laboratory mice during an injection or earmark or whatever, you accidently squeeze too hard for too long and the mouse starts dying of asphyxiation, you're supposed to helicopter them by the tail as a quick revival strategy.

Edit: no, this maneuver does not harm or kill the mice. To clarify, it's very mild and slow helicoptering, at 0.5 to 1 revolutions per second. Not rapid centrifugation.. And this should never be done to rats. Mice are light enough for this to be okay.

ahmadove

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