The technical term for wood and metallic powder, shavings, filings and other byproducts from machining or working such material is called "Swarf". This is comprised of everything from metal shavings after a cut, to sawdust from cutting, to metallic powder from sharpening. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swa…
A young Tina Fey provided voices for a pinball machine called Medieval Madness in 1997 as two princesses, the dialogue for the game was written by future 30 Rock co-star Scott Adsit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Med…
Today I learned of Henry Gunther, an American soldier who charged a German machine gun nest trying to regain his rank after being demoted. He was reluctantly killed by them at 10:59am on November 11th, 1918. One minute before the Armistice took effect. Making him the last soldier killed in World War I. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
During WW2, Ernest Hemingway used his fishing boat named after his ex-wife (Pilar) to hunt German U-boats in the Caribbean armed only with Thomson machine guns and hand grenades. He was given unlimited gasoline by the US government. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pil…
With 5 million vending machines nationwide (that's 1 vending machine for every 23 people) and natural disasters commonplace, Japan has specialized vending machines that have a backup battery and dispense free drinks and food in the event of a major emergency. inventorspot.com/articles…
In 1851 because it was too expensive to import ice from the United States and Norway, an Australian man invented an ice-making machine and its first application, aside from making ice, was to cool beer. He was James Harrison, "the father of refrigeration" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Today I learned of Mariya Tsukanova, a Soviet medic during WW2. She saved dozens of lives, and took up a machine gun, firing until she lost consciousness from injuries. Being outnumbered, she was brutally tortured and executed by the Japanese and killed. She was named "Hero of the Soviet Union." posthumously. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
That, when Don Cheadle was first offered the role of War Machine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he was told he only had an hour to decide on the 12-year commitment. When Cheadle responded that he was at his kid's birthday party, the Marvel rep said, "Oh! Oh, take two hours." hindustantimes.com/hollyw…
Today I learned about Mariano Martinez. A man who in 1971 modified an ice cream machine to create the first frozen margarita machine. He did this to meet demand for a popular margarita recipe he was serving at the time. You can find his invention on display at the Smithsonian Museum for American history. wikipedia.org/wiki/Marian…
A Vickers Heavy Machine Gun could fire 5 million rounds near continuously and remain within specification forgottenweapons.com/paea…
The first steam turbine was invented in the 1st century by Greek engineer Hero of Alexandria, along with the first wind organ, vending machine, and piston pump. Most of his works were written off as party tricks or display relics for temples. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
In 2015 Comedian Will Ferrell played in the MLB for Spring Training, playing for 10 teams and was once traded to the Cubs for a washing machine. baseball-reference.com/pl…
From the late 1950s to the early 1970s, one man was solely responsible for the laugh tracks heard on television sitcoms. Charley Douglass and his family operated a mysterious tape loop machine, nicknamed the "laff box," that you'd play like a keyboard to create unique laugh tracks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lau…
In 2009 John Kane found a vulnerability in video poker machines that would allow him to cash out winning hands at a much higher bet amount than he actually wagered. Since it was determined that he was simply pressing buttons that he was allowed to press, he was able to keep the money. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Earl Simmons (DMX) got his name from an instrument he had used at Children's Home he stayed in as a boy, the Oberheim DMX drum machine; it later was also interpreted as 'Dark Man X'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DMX…
The Victorians had a machine for making fresh ice cream in under 10 minutes, patented by the 'Queen of Ices' in 1885 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agn…
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/Fix…
MRI machines must be keep the cooling system running even during delivery, as the magnet will be damaged or destroyed, if it is not kept near absolute zero. prizmedimaging.com/pages/…
There are only two Aaron Spelling Stern pinball machines in existence. The game is full of pictures of his family and quotes from his shows. Spelling's wife wanted to make one for his B-day, and Stern Pinball quoted her a 250k pricetag. She said, "I'll take 2." youtu.be/sDDB7B3HZMc
Marine Cpl. John H. Pruitt was posthumously awarded both the Army and Navy Medal of Honor for capturing two machine guns and 40 Germans on October 3, 1918. He was killed the next dayβ€”his 22nd birthdayβ€”by an artillery shell. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The US portion of the ISS was built in imperial units while the rest of the station was in metric. NASA seriously thought of building the whole thing in metric, but decided it would increase cost by a lot, because all of their contractors would have to switch to new machines and diagrams. airspacemag.com/flight-to…
The first ever IoT device was a 1980's vending machine at Carnegie Mellon University. ibm.com/blogs/industries/…
Today I learned about pinball prohibition, pinball was banned in most major cities from the early 1940s to the mid 1970s because it was considered a game of chance and therefore gambling. history.com/news/that-tim…
Using sausage casings, soda cans, and a washing machine, Dr. Willem Kolff made the world’s first life-saving dialysis machine in 1943 during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. wikipedia.org/wiki/Dialys…
In the β€œThe Wizard Of Oz” movie, the Tin Man cried chocolate syrup instead of actual machine oil as the oil didn’t show up well on film today.com/popculture/wiza…
Today I learned about "Token Suckers" - Back when the NYC subway system used tokens people called "token suckers" would jam token slots with paper and suck out the tokens with their mouth. to prevent this, some attendants would sprinkle chili powder in the slots alltop.com/viral/disgusti…
Professional basketball player Marvin Barnes, once refused to board a plane from Louisville to St. Louis. Because the flight was scheduled to arrive (Central Time) before its departure time (Eastern Time), Barnes famously said, "I ain't getting in no damn time machine." He rented a car instead en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Elmer Doolin, the inventor of Fritos also invented Cheetos when an animal feed manufacturer in Wisconsin changed up their machine cleaning technique. They placed moist corn on a grinder and found the grain puffed up when it came out. Doolin took this, seasoned it, and invented the "Cheeto" chonday.com/chetointe18/
The director of the film adaptation of The Time Machine (2002) was H.G. Wells' great-grandson. He was also a consultant for the future scenes in Back to the Future II. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
A Dentist Invented the Cotton Candy Machine en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Due to a design flaw, when Apple III owners had problems (like garbled data) they were instructed to "lift the machine 3 inches and drop it in order to re-seat the chips on the logic board". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/App…
Today I learned of the β€œFruit Machine”. In 1961 the Canadian government hired a university professor to develop a machine to identify gay people. It was at the height of the Cold War and homosexuals were thought to be more susceptible to communism. ottawasun.com/2016/04/08/…
Today I learned of the 1835 assasination plot on the French king. The corsican Giuseppe Fieschi had bulit a "Machine infernale" that unleashed a simultaneous volley of 25 guns strapped on a wooden frame. Once fired it killed 18 and wounded 22, but it also exploded severly injuring Fieschi. The king survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Planes in WW1 used a "Synchronization Gear" to prevent the bullets fired from the machine gun mounted behind the propeller from hitting it popularmechanics.com/flig…
Today I learned about "The Turk". An 18th century fake chess-playing machine that beat both Napoleon and Benjamin Franklin. A chess master secretly operated the machine from the inside. wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tu…
The equivalent of the English-language idiom "comparing apples and oranges" in Serbian is "grandmothers and toads"; in Romanian it's "the grandmother and the machine gun" or "the cow and the longjohns"; and the equivalent Danish idiom is "What is highest, the Round Tower or a thunderclap?" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/App…
Vitamix makes their Mix'n Machine for McDonald’s and you can buy one for $500-$600. Getting the spoons are about $150 for 500. vitamix.com/us/en_us/comm…
Since Jason Alexander (George Costanza) is a trained Broadway singer, he had to re-record the famous George answering machine song because he sung it too well; Larry David wanted him to purposely sing terrible to make it sound believable. thecrimson.com/article/20…
Macaroni and cheese originated in the 14th Century. A Middle English recipe describes it as "Take and make a thynne foyle of dowh. and kerve it on pieces, and cast hem on boiling water & seeΓΎ it well. take cheese and grate it and butter cast bynethen and above as losyns. and serue forth." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
The iconic riff to Rage Against The Machine's "Killing in the Name" was conceived while guitarist Tom Morello was giving a student a guitar lesson. He then stopped the session to record the part. abc.net.au/triplej/hottes…
When klf was awarded Best British Group at Brit awards in 1992, they decided to collaborate with a metal band to perform a death metal version of their dance song, put a dead sheep outside the venue and firing blanks from a machine gun at the audience, their award was found near stonehenge en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
In 2011, Purdue University students shattered the Guinness World Record for the largest Rube Goldberg machine ever with a 244-step juggernaut that destroys the planet several times over before restoring hope by watering and growing a flower purdue.edu/newsroom/stude…
A teasmade is a machine for making tea automatically, which was once common in the UK. They generally include an analogue alarm clock and are designed to be used at the bedside, to ensure tea is ready first thing in the morning. Crude versions existed as far back as Victorian times. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea…
Mark Twain made a substantial amount of money throughout his career but lost most of it. He lost the equivalent of $9,000,000 on a typesetting machine investment, his publishing company failed after selling only 200 copies of one of his books, & he was forced to sell his house in Connecticut. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned about Ada Lovelace, an English mathematician born in 1815, regarded as one of the first computer programmers. She was the first to write a set of instructions - "notes" - intended to be carried out by a machine. She was a friend with Charles Babbage and other important scientists of the time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada…
WWI Metal of Honor; Jake Allex, alone and exposed, ran directly towards machine gun fire, neutralizing the turret. Out of bullets, he used his bayonet to kill five soldiers before it snapped. He then used his rifle butt to subdue the rest of the nest, capturing 15 prisoners, all by himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jak…
Today I learned of the "God Committee," a group of 7 American citizens chosen in 1961 to decide which patients needing dialysis received it. A lawyer, minister, banker, housewife, state official, labor leader, and surgeon had to chose who in their community would live as dialysis machines had just been invented healthaffairs.org/do/10.1…
In the early days of WW1 aircrafts didn't have machine guns, enemy pilots would shoot at each other with pistols. Usually, with the US .45 cal M1911 pistol with a cage that prevented the spent shells from ejecting onto the floor and interfere with the foot controls. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avi…
For the movie Godzilla (1998), Rage Against The Machine was commissioned to contribute to the original soundtrack. The resulting track, "No Shelter", explicitly trashes the movie and Hollywood in general en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_…
A man managed to buy a Playstation 4 for only Β£8 by weighing the console under the fruit and veg section on a self checkout machine. He was only caught when he tried doing the scam again. independent.co.uk/news/wo…

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