• a tilthat
TIL that during American Civil War some
soldier's wounds glowed blue; soldier's whose
wounds glowed had a better chance of
surviving, and so the glow was called "Angel's
Glow". Now it is known that the luminescence is
due to bacteria that produce antibiotics and
that live in nematodes
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@roccondil
I love how fantasy-world and mythological this
sounds.
Any time somebody says your writing is
unrealistic or full of major plot points you just
pulled out of your ass, just remember that in
the middle of one of the messiest and most
agonizing wars in human history at one point all
the wounded soldiers just started glowing blue
and failing to die.
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    • This is true! Also, the bacteria normally can’t survive in the temperatures of the human body, but when soldiers were left outside at night in the cold, wet air, their hypothermia made them suitable hosts!! They were saved by hypothermia!!!
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    • I think you mean it's caused by Element 115
      OlleyOwl 21 jul
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    • I’m taking microbiology right now, and so far I’ve learned that there’s a bacterium or microbe for everything. There’s even one microbe that lives in a paper wasp’s nest that makes beer.
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    • The battle this happened at was a low lying area and it was in the low 40s which was the ideal temperature the bacteria
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    • That’s just the lizard people who decided to fight with the humans. The bacteria thing was just made up by them. The blue wounds was just their regeneration ability working. They are ancestors to some people alive today
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    • Imagine you got shot and expected to die, but you started glowing and somehow lived
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    • InfoChecker I’m gonna need a fat check on this one my guy
      AcidHead 21 jul
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    • This is true! High school student Bill Martin learned about this and decided to track down the cause of it along with his mom, a microbiologist. The soldiers were all wet because they had had to run through the river during the battle, and at nighttime, the cold temperatures combined with their...
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    • This is true, noticed during the night of the 1862 battle of Shiloh. It was dubbed the Angel's Glow.
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    • Truth is stranger than fiction; Because reality, unlike fiction, is under no obligation to make any bloody sense.
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    • This is what happened to my ancestor, Chapman. He was one of Jackson's calvarymen.
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    • I'm not infochecker so no one cares but it's true
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    • Ah yes... you know we’ve been blessed when soldiers start leaking red white and blue.
      HaremHero 21 jul
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    • Wasnt there some special dirt that would help people heal and it was near an abbey? They trsted it and there was something in the dirt that genuinely helped or am I having a fever dream.
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    • That’s a lie, those soldiers use stormlight to heal their wounds. Duh.
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    • Nematodes? The mfs that drank Spongebob’s house?
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    • Bioluminescence is so cool!
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    • Twilight zone had an episode about this
      eewalktub 21 jul
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    • I went to Gettysburg for a little family trip a few years ago and one of the tour guides said most of the deaths during the civil war weren’t actually on the battlefield but from infection and disease. Anybody want to confirm or deny this?
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    • Soldiers were told to lay down in the mud which had the bacteria in it, they didnt know it was there but they knew it worked. No one knew exactly how true this was until some high schoolers did an experiment by cutting their hands and putting them in mud. They won an award or something
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    • If you clutch the gulag you get the blue glow
      Bumberman 21 jul
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    • Pffft you believe in the moon?
      ToxicRice 21 jul
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    • Black ops zombies
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    • Wasn't it discovered by some teenagers or something
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    • Yeah, that was God giving out 1UPs to everyone that beat JC in DanceDanceRevolution when they arrived
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    • Okay, y'all might find this crazy but I've never been on reddit. Now my question is what the fuck does TIL stand for?
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    • Photorhabdus luminescens
      Bravohalo 21 jul
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    • Shiny blood
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    • It’s true I was the bacteria
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    • Well of course people believed in crazy shit with things like this... what other explanation would they have come to?
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    • I am currently donating blood while typing this. Also tickle my cock and give me top comment
      Corziba 21 jul
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    • A bacteria that makes antibiotics? HMMM
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    • Messiest and most agonizing wars in human history? Nah man, maybe u.s.a. history, that i would give you.
      danidanfm 24 jul
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    • Their team medic with full ubercharge
      Hasazino 24 jul
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    • Civil war was brutal. You’re scared in a trench, cannons are going off in front of you. Then, the enemy starts screaming, and they’re fucking charging you. You pop up, only to have a Springfield musket ball turn your arm into soup
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    • Element 115 about to cause the apocalypse
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    • Actually union glowed blue and confederates glowed red. This was thought to be attributed to confederates fighting for immoral practices such as slavery.
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    • How have I never heard of this
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    • Is this from some kind of book?
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    • But what if this was just from demigods eating ambrosia and that just happened to be a side affect
      deboyates 23 jul
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    • "Medi-gel"
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    • Imma try and write a book about it. And civil war wasn’t really one of the “most horrifying conflict in human story”
      DumbGuy 23 jul
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    • When the DM had to step in and save your party because you fucked up so bad
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    • Smurfin'
      Real4Real 23 jul
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    • So the blue man group is immortal?
      jjesus 23 jul
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    • I thought that was WW1
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    • Wow, soldiers actually got plot armor!! Finally!!
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    • Can’t something just be magic and unable to be explained by science
      TurdIe 22 jul
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    • those fuckers ate my man spongebob's pineapple
      ratx2 22 jul
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    • Definitely not one of the worst wars in human history, but no war has ever been pretty and organized.
      MrSauce3 22 jul
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    • What does “TIL” mean
      I_FILTH_I 22 jul
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    • 15 tumblr features in a row
      Kaiau 22 jul
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    • Being a soldier in the civil war would have sucked some major ass.I read some accounts from the battle of Antietam about the gunfire being so thick thay every stalk of corn was cut down and the fields just stacked with bodies.
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    • Bro shut the fuck up
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    • The american are the avatar we just glow blue and fight hard
      pyrof1re 22 jul
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    • Sum half-life shit, bouta squish a bug for dem bacteria
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    • Magic and myth is simply science we don't understand yet
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    • Huh
      Dom8474 22 jul
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    • Heres me sh00ting my civil war revolver. Love this gun. You don't even need a permit for it
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    • This tells me we need another bloody war, now that we have taken out all the people with weak immune system, now let’s get rid of all the weak people by throwing them into a conflict where they can cower and die or they can become strong and stand up and fight.
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    • 'Messiest and agonizing' yeah right.
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    • Couple of college kids figured out the real reason
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    • The 19th century is so fucking cool but history nerds only ever want to talk about WWII. Like bruh
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    • Was it actually the bloodiest and most agonizing battle in human history? I'm sure there were worse ones.
      CKent 22 jul
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    • There will be another American Civil War in 2037, five years into a large-scale global conventional war. It will be devastating. No nuclear weapons will be involved in this global war.
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    • Pseudomonas aeroginosa if I'm not mistaken.
      Axelll 22 jul
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    • We need this healing potion
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    • So... They got ubercharged by some fuckin bacteria?
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    • I did a history project on this. It’s pretty fascinating
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    • This is true - I competed against this team at the 2001 International Science Fair. Look up the Battle of Shiloh
      mhmiller 22 jul
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    • Kept passing death saving throwa
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    • What does TIL mean ?
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    • That's how religion works
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    • Having to google what a nematode is cause you have no idea...
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    • Imagine you see a bloody man. The gash of a bayonet wound glowing. His skin lit with strange blood like blue magma seeping from his skin. His trenchgun stained red with the blood of your friends. He is death incarnate. An angel in mens clothing. Fear the angels glow. Some men do not die.
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    • Lmao "Most messiest and agonizing war in all human history". Yea ok.
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    • Quit lying
      dandjman 21 jul
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    • You know, after so many years of reading tumblr posts. I still have no fucking clue what TIL means. I think today is the day I want to ask what it means :/
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    • Wtf does TIL mean
      ABitNutty 21 jul
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    • Wasnt it also in the trenches of ww1?
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    • what does TIL mean
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    • My fantasy worlds are dull compared to how weird and magical real life is
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    • Wasn’t this near Shiloh?
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    • Theses union boys really bleed blue
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    • The US calling one of their most stupid and pointless conflicts one of the most agonizing wars in human history really says something about the US
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    • Very cool
      Noah4675 21 jul
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    • Americans do bleed red white and blue
      CoolKD21 21 jul
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    • Imagine civil war era taking a bullet to the arm and living. But that wound would be so gross.
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    • Writing only needs to be realistic if you claim that it takes place in a realistic world. Otherwise it just needs to remain consistent and believable in relation to other events and characters in your world
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    • "messiest and most agonizing wars in human history" really? REALLY?
      BD_1Droid 21 jul
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    • Yea this happened sci show did an episode on it
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    • This is the definition of god helping out, but the atheist still won’t believe a miracle if Jesus walked on water in front of them
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