In 2018, doctors found that a patient, Kendra Jackson, had a leaky brain for 5 years. After an accident in 2013, she had a daily runny nose for years and suffered headaches. She lost half a pint of brain fluid a day through her nose. npr.org/sections/thetwo-wโ€ฆ
30 years ago you had 15-17 minutes to escape a house fire. Nowadays you only have 3-5 minutes (due to more plastics & petroleum-based products in the house as well as more open floor plans, bigger rooms, & higher ceilings). buyersask.com/interior/alโ€ฆ
The great smog of London in 1952 was so bad that pedestrians couldn't even see their feet. Some of the 4,000 who died in the 5 days it lasted didn't suffer lung problems โ€“ they fell into the Thames and drowned because they could not see the river theguardian.com/environmeโ€ฆ
The operation of the largest fraud in US history was fairly simple. Bernie Madoff deposited all his investors' money into his Chase bank account and paid them off as necessary. At its height his account balance was over $5 billion. The scheme collapsed when he ran out of money. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berโ€ฆ
In January 2015, Marshawn Lynch was threatened with a $500,000 fine by the NFL if he didn't make himself available for Super Bowl Media Day. He showed up, set a timer on his phone, answered 29 questions with some variation of "I'm here so I won't get fined," and left the podium within 5 minutes espn.com/nfl/playoffs/201โ€ฆ
Eminem broke the "Fastest rap in a #1 single" world record three times in a row - after having set the record with 6.46 words per second in "Rap God", he then broke it in "Majesty" at 6.5 wps and later broke it once again by rapping at 7.5 wps in "Godzilla". guinnessworldrecords.com/โ€ฆ
When Die Hard was finally made, Bruce Willis was mostly known for TV. His $5 million fee was seen as a huge risk. The film ended up taking at least $140 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dieโ€ฆ
Vietnamese farmers after the war repurposed external fuel tanks jettisoned by American planes into river canoes, which have lasted for nearly 5 decades. theaviationist.com/2013/0โ€ฆ
Today I learned of 67 yr-old 4'10" 100 lb Lorenza Marrujo, aka โ€œLady Ninjaโ€ who has a black belt in jiujitsu. When she saw a 5'9" 170 lb man attacking her friend, Lorenza bent his fingers back, hit him twice with her elbow in his sternum, and pinned him to the floor with knees on neck & chest till help arrived. usatoday.com/story/news/nโ€ฆ
In an effort to avoid raising the nominal price of 5 cents, Coca-Cola had vending machines that would not dispense a coke one out of nine times a nickel was put in. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fixโ€ฆ
When Princess Diana died in 1997, the funeral's broadcast attracted an estimated 2.5 billion people worldwide. Which makes it one of the biggest televised event in history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funโ€ฆ
Ants sleep by taking about 250 one minute naps throughout their day. It totals just under 5 hours of sleep. This allows for 80% of their colony to be awake, working and prepared at any given moment. kingstownelawn.com/blog/dโ€ฆ
In 1990, a man named Iben Browning predicted a massive earthquake would hit New Madrid, Missouri on December 3rd. The prediction sparked a panic. Schools in 5 states closed, and over 200 media outlets sent reporters to the area. Browning had no seismology expertise, and nothing happened. stltoday.com/news/local/hโ€ฆ
George foreman made more from selling his George Foreman Grills than being a boxer. At his peak, he was earning $4.5 million a month from sales of his grill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoโ€ฆ
A 3000 mile long fiber-optic cable called Project Express was installed between London & New York in 2012. At a cost of $300 Million, the line was designed to shave 5 milliseconds from financial trades between the two cities. bloomberg.com/news/articlโ€ฆ
Contract killings made up 5% of all murders in Scotland from 1993 to 2002 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conโ€ฆ
Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi" was sold at auction in 1958 for ยฃ45, and again in 2005 for under $10,000. In 2011, it was authenticated as a Leonardo original. It was then sold in 2013 for $75 million, sold again for $127.5 million, and later sold at auction in 2017 for $450.3 million en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salโ€ฆ
When an inmate enters San Pedro Prison they have to purchase a cell. They can purchase a cell from the prison mayor or freelance agents who typically advertises avaliable cells in restaurants and bulletin boards. Housing in the prison varies between $20 and $5,000 depending on the quality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanโ€ฆ
American currency went as high as $10,000, with $5,000, $1,000 and $500 bills also in circulation. They were discontinued in 1969 for โ€œlack of use.โ€ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larโ€ฆ
Homo erectus stood about 1.79m (5'10"). Only 17% of modern male humans are taller - Their fossils were the oldest known early humans to have possessed modern human-like body proportions. And they are the longest lived human species around 9 times as long as our own species H.Sapiens. humanorigins.si.edu/evideโ€ฆ
Dragonflies are older than dinosaurs and used to have a wingspan of 2.5 feet abcnews.go.com/Technologyโ€ฆ
In 1995, an inmะฐte sued himself for $5 million, saying that he was drunk at the time of the crั–me, which caused him to violate his religious beliefs and civil rights by getting arrะตsted. He reasoned that as a ward of state, and unable to work, the state should pay him the money on his account needles.com/learning/blogโ€ฆ
A physics paper published in 2015 had 5,154 authors, breaking the record for largest number of contributors to a single research article. Only the first nine pages of the paper describe research on the size of the Higgs boson, while the remaining 24 pages list the authors and their institutions. nature.com/news/physics-pโ€ฆ
Due to relativity the core of the earth is 2.5 years younger than the crust sciencemag.org/news/2016/โ€ฆ
A stolen 9.5 million dollar Stradivarius Cello was nearly turned into a fancy CD rack news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/ameriโ€ฆ
America's top five most dangerous jobs are (1) logging, (2) fishing work, (3) aircraft pilots/engineers, (4) roofers, and (5) recycling workers. A worker dies roughly every 99 minutes. bls.gov/news.release/cfoiโ€ฆ
A dragonfly can live for 5 years but only develops wings in its last 2-4 months of life. During its second stage of life, the nymph lives a water-bound existence where it molts (sheds skin) up to 12 times before developing wings. sciencing.com/life-cycle-โ€ฆ
The female of the mayfly species Dolania dies within 5 minutes into their adult lives, just enough time to mate and lay eggs. Males fare better, drowning from exhaustion in 30 minutes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolโ€ฆ
Honeybees can recognize human faces. Whereas before it was thought that only large brained mammals could distinguish faces, but honeybees can do this as well! They see faces in a compilation of 5,000 individual images โ€“ kind of like pixels. scientificamerican.com/arโ€ฆ
On Disneyland's opening day in 1955, an invitation-only crowd of 15,000 was expected, but thanks to counterfeit tickets, 28,154 entered the gates. A few more even scaled a fence, using a ladder erected by an entrepreneur who charged $5 a head. On the Santa Ana Freeway, there was a 7-mile backup history.com/news/disneylaโ€ฆ
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is one of the few diseases with no cure and a 100% fatality rate. It is the human equivilant of Mad Cow disease and 70% of people with it die within a year. Nobody has lived past 2.5 years after the symptoms set in. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creโ€ฆ
Golden rice is a variety of rice produced through genetic engineering to biosynthesize beta-carotene. It is intended to be consumed in areas with a shortage of dietary vitamin A. Vitamin A deficiency each year is estimated to kill 670,000 children under the age of 5 wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldenโ€ฆ
The Dingo Fence is a 5,614 kilometer fence built in Australia during the 1880s to keep dingoes out of the relatively fertile south-east part of the continent to protect the sheep flocks of southern Queensland. It is one of the longest structures in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Tanzanian man Saniniu Laizer: a small-scale miner who found 3 rare Tanzanite gemstones which he sold to the government for 12.44 billion Tanzanian shillings. ($5.35 million USD). Laizer, who has 30 children, said it won't change his lifestyle of caring for his 2,000 cows. usatoday.com/story/news/wโ€ฆ
The Chinese Army has been training 10,000 pigeons to provide support to the military's communications in the event that war renders its modern technology unusable. The pigeons, flying at speeds of up to 75 miles (120 km) per hour, are being trained to carry loads of up to 3.5 oz (100 g) content.time.com/time/worโ€ฆ
At least 3.3 million Soviet POWs died in Nazi custody, out of 5.7 million, primarily through deliberate starvation. This figure represents a total of 57% of all Soviet POWs. This is compared with 8,300 deaths (3.6%) out of the 231,000 British and U.S. prisoners. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerโ€ฆ
Up to 1980 there were only 5 English medieval longbows known to still exist. In 1980, 137 longbows in excellent condition were recovered from the wreck of King Henry VIII's naval ship, the Mary Rose, which had capsized in the 1500s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engโ€ฆ
Chuck Yeager enlisted as private, was an aircraft mechanic before becoming a pilot, got shot down over France but escaped, had 11.5 aerial victories, broke the sound barrier and multiple speed records as a test pilot, and retired from the US Air Force after 34 years as a brigadier general. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuโ€ฆ
Great Britain's Houses of Parliament is riddled with asbestos, at constant risk of flood or deluge of sewage, furnished with steam pipes that can explosively fail at any moment, catches fire so often a safety team is on patrol every hour of every day. Repairs will cost ยฃ3.5 billion (2015). theguardian.com/news/2017โ€ฆ
Mark Wahlberg got paid $1.5 million extra for 'All the Money in the World' reshoots because he had final say over his costars and allegedly refused to approve Christopher Plummer to replace Kevin Spacey. usatoday.com/story/life/pโ€ฆ
A California HS teacher designed an experiment/demonstration to explain how the German population could accept the actions of the Nazi regime during WWII. It lasted 5 days and grew from just his class of 30 to over 200 students. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theโ€ฆ
Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin spent not 1, not 5, but 21 hours, 36 minutes on the moon's surface, after a rest period that included seven hours of sleep. nasa.gov/mission_pages/apโ€ฆ
Cheerios dollars are a variety of the 2000-P Sacagawea Dollar coin (only 5,500 minted) with boldy detailed tail feathers on the eagle on the reverse of the coin. They were randomly given as prizes in Cheerios cereal boxes. Today, they typically sell for $5,000-25,000 depending on their grade. thesprucecrafts.com/cheerโ€ฆ
As of the last count in 2018, there are still around 100,000 pay phones remaining in the U.S., with about 5% of those located in New York City money.cnn.com/2018/03/19/โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Byford Dolphin diving bell accident, where a human error caused an explosive decompression, killing 5 people. One of the divers was forced through a 60 centimetres (24 in) diameter opening created by the jammed interior trunk door by escaping air, violently dismembering him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byfโ€ฆ
Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota has some of the oldest rocks in the US, dating back to 2.5 billion years old, which is even older than some geologic formations in the western US! nps.gov/articles/nps-geodโ€ฆ
Researches at Uni. of Oklahoma injected almost 300 MG of LSD into a male Indian elephant in 1967. Within 5 minutes he collapsed; slightly under two hours later he was dead. illinoisscience.org/2016/โ€ฆ
On a visit to Constantinople Samuel Colt gave a custom gold inlaid revolver to the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire and informed him that the Russians were buying his pistols. The Turkish ordered 5,000 pistols. Colt neglected to tell the Sultan that he had used the same tactic with the Russians. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samโ€ฆ
Brittany Murphy died of pneumonia in December 2009 and her husband also died of similar circumstances just 5 months later in May 2010. It was ruled even though that Brittany was only 32 she died of seemingly natural causes. biography.com/news/brittaโ€ฆ
175 quadrillion (175,000,000,000,000,000) Zimbabwean dollars was exchanged for 5 US Dollars when Zimbabwe was phasing out its local currency in 2015. bbc.co.uk/news/world-afriโ€ฆ

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