TIL Michael Jackson was a virtuoso composer, despite being unable to read music or play instruments well. He wrote the the parts to his songs by singing and beatboxing into a tape recorder. "“He would sing us an entire string arrangement, every part. Had it all in his head, harmony and everything."

Six months ago I posted on r/askmen asking how the single guys living alone were doing. I received many responses including a PM from r/Helenagrl asking how I was doing. We began messaging, texting, and eventually having phone conversations. Today we finally met in person in Long Beach California!

Kayaking instructor Naude Dreyer was driving along a beach when he spotted something moving on the sand. As he got close to it, he realized it was a young Benguela dolphin. The animal had washed on Paaltjies Beach near the Namibian city of Walvis Bay. He carried it to the sea and it swam away.

TIL When his owner died in August 1936, Shep the Dog followed the casket to the railroad station and watched it being loaded onto a train heading to the eastern US. For six years until his own death, he would greet every train that arrived each day, expecting his master to return.

TIL when former NFL safety Dave Duerson took his life he left a note that read, “Please see that my brain is given to the NFL’s brain bank.” He shot himself in the chest rather than his head so as to preserve his brain. Doctors confirmed that he was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy.