10 cool things you didn’t know about the world

There are a lot of great places to while away the hours on Reddit. “Today I Learned” is one of our favorites. On TIL users upload random information they learn, sourcing it back to where they learned it. As a service to GlobalPost readers, we’ve compiled some of the most interesting posts about the world. From illegal chewing gum in Singapore to the adoption of full-grown men in Japan, you’re bound to learn something, too. We promise.Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff

1. TIL that an Ethiopian girl was kidnapped and beaten until a pride of lions chased her attackers off, then the lions stayed and defended her until help could arrive.

Who says dogs are more loyal than cats? In Ethiopia, a group of men chase and beat a 12-year-old girl, trying to force her into a marriage. But a group of lions scared the men off and then stayed by the girl’s side until her family found her a few days later. Experts say the girl’s crying may have sounded to the lions like the meow of a young cub. But locals say it’s a miracle as the lions are often considered a serious threat to locals.Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff

2. TIL Norway has no minimum wage, but its McDonald’s workers make 16-24 US dollars an hour. 

Working at McDonald’s isn’t just for Norway’s dropouts. Norway doesn’t have minimum wage, but McDonald’s workers make the equivalent of 16-24 US dollars an hour depending on their age. Compare that to the $7.25 they’ll offer as minimum wage in the United States and it might be worth the investment to take those burger-flipping skills abroad. You’ll make more than twice as much.

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