Scientists discovered sharks that are living in an active underwater volcano. Divers cannot investigate because they would get burns from the acidity and heat. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Larry David made a β€œno hugging, no learning” rule for the 1990's hit sitcom Seinfeld scripts. He didn't want the characters to have sentimental revelations. It was a show about four friends, none with particularly active goals, bantering in between moments of recognizable awkwardness. theguardian.com/tv-and-ra…
A German study found that wine tasted better if the drinker thinks it's more expensive. Subjects inside an MRI scanner tasted a $14 red wine 3x but were told each sip was from bottles costing $3, $7, & $21. The brain's motivation & reward center was more active for the "more expensive" wine. nypost.com/2017/08/15/you…
When Hitler was Chancellor Jewish orgs/papers said, "nobody would dare to touch Jewish constitutional rights", "forces are active that would turn against a barbarian anti-Jewish policy.", "It is a hopeless misjudgement to think that one could force a dictatorial regime upon the German nation." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
The American pencil manufacturer Dixon Ticonderoga was founded in 1795, making it 225 years old and one of the oldest actives companies in the U.S. wikipedia.org/wiki/Dixon_…
Around 15% of active Twitter accounts are social bots. This means there are nearly 48 million accounts that are not controlled by humans. cbsnews.com/news/48-milli…
Tennis athletes runs at least two times more distance than the most active American Football players in each of their respective matches. nydailynews.com/life-styl…
The U.S. Army promoted Donald Duck to the rank of Sergeant and retired him from active duty on his 50th birthday because Donald was never officially separated from service in any of his wartime cartoons or comics. headstuff.org/culture/his…
Real human skulls are traded on Instagram by a small but active underground collectors’ market. The skulls are decorated and sold by macabre enthusiasts. Some sell for tens of thousands of dollars. wired.co.uk/article/insta…
Psilocybin, the active compound in psychedelic mushrooms, is found only in the mushroom’s cap and stem and not in its spores. Since most drug laws prohibit psilocybin rather than the mushroom itself, this loophole makes the sale and possession of the spores legal in many countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psi…
Animals are increasingly shifting from day to night to avoid people. Even activities like hiking and camping can scare animals, causing them to become more active at night. phys.org/news/2018-06-ani…
A Giant Tortoise, the last confirmed sighting of which, was in 1906, was discovered in 2019. The female Tortoise was discovered on Fernandia, an active shield volcano on the Galapagos Islands. nationalgeographic.com/an…
Today I learned of Charles MCGEE a retired American fighter pilot who saw combat missions in World War II, Korean War, & Vietnam making him one of the longest active duty air force pilots in history(spanning 30 years). He is also one of the last living tuskegee airmen en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The US military has an Active Denial System aka Heat Ray used for crowd dispersal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Act…
Active since at least 1998, "in concert with the CIA and FBI, (NSA's) TAO is used to intercept laptops purchased online, divert them to secret warehouses where spyware and hardware is installed, and send them on to customers." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tai…
Today I learned about Peter Conover Hains, a US army officer who served in the Civil War, the Spanish American War, and World War I, the latter after being recalled to active-duty at the age of 77. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
A lake freighter launched in 1906 was in commercial service as a powered ship until 2013. The hull was then cut down to a barge and it is still active today, now in its 114th season. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
Chris Henry (former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver) represented the first case where an active player had died and was diagnosed with CTE. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
A fitness tracking app unknowingly revealed locations of secret US army bases. They released a map with over 3 million data points, showing popular running routes. Data shared by soldiers on the app was detailed enough to reveal sensitive information of users on active military service. theguardian.com/world/201…
In the original cut of The Santa Clause Tim Allen's character looks at a phone number and says "1-800-SPANK-ME. I know that number." This scene was cut from all home media releases after a kid in Washington called the number - which led to an active sex hotline - and racked up a $400 phone bill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In Japan, some 7.53 million computers at offices and local governments and 6.38 million at households were still using Windows 7 as of January 2020, comprising around 20 percent of all active Windows computers in the country english.kyodonews.net/new…
Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States and commander of all allied forces during WWII, never set foot on an active battlefield during his entire 27 year career in the army. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Chicago passed an Ugly Law that prevented anyone who was disabled, deformed, or an unsightly or disgusting object from exposing themselves to public view. Beggars were fined from $1.00 up to $50.00, or shipped to the poorhouse. This law was active in Chicago until 1974. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ugl…
The infamous 1971 D.B.Cooper plane hijacking remains the only unsolved case of air piracy in commercial aviation history. The FBI officially suspended their active investigation in July 2016. The 60-volume case file is open to the public to read. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._…
Siamese cats have their coloration due to the enzyme tyrosinase being mutated to be ineffective at body temperature but active in the tails feet ears and face where it’s cooler and can produce the dark pigment. ncdnaday.org/2016/08/siam…
A Russian lab housing biological weapons and pathogens accidentally released a deadly anthrax strain in 1979, killing an unknown number of people. The lab is still active. military.wikia.org/wiki/S…
As one of only a handful of equatorial states, Uganda is ideally cited for a spaceport to launch satellites into geostationary orbit, but this option has never been pursued. The only one ever active in East Africa, is the Broglio Space Centre located off the coast of neighboring Kenya unoosa.org/documents/pdf/…
In 1947 in India there were still 565 active "princely states" or principalities under a local or traditional ruler in a subsidiary alliance with the British rule in India. They covered 40% of India and ranged from large states of 16 million people, down to 10 sq. miles with populations of 3,000 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
In the United States, you can sell dietary supplements with no safety or efficacy testing at all if you don't "make specific medical claims" or use a known poison as an active ingredient. The FDA can only remove a product from market after "substantial" deaths or injury occur. fda.gov/news-events/press…
91 year old Jimmy Carter became cancer free after months of treatment for a deadly cancer that spread to his brain. His doctor said, "He's a physically and mentally active individual who's in the best health possible for someone in his age group..." cnn.com/2015/12/06/health…
Ecuador (GDP per capita is 1/6 of US) and Peru (GDP per capita is 1/4 of US) both maintain active research stations in Antarctica. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
- Bees don't buzz during an eclipse - Using tiny microphones suspended among flowers, researchers recorded the buzzing of bees during the 2017 North American eclipse. The bees were active and noisy right up to the last moments before totality. As totality hit, the bees all went silent in unison. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Ferdinand Porsche (The founder of the Porsche luxury car brand) gave up his Czechoslovakian citizenship in order to become an active Nazi Party member in the late 1930s. He then pushed for the utilization of Jewish slaves to mass-produce the then-new Volkswagen Beetle, aka "The People's Car" warhistoryonline.com/war-…
The "Colonel" of KFC fame is actually an honorary title. In 2008 there were about 103,700 active Kentucky Colonels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
Harrison Schmitt, an American geologist, retired NASA astronaut, and former U.S. senator, is often credited with capturing the famed photograph of the Earth know as The Blue Marble, and he personally collected rock samples that suggested the moon once processed an active magnetic field. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Today I learned of Archibald Hall who was a thief and serial killer active while working for the British aristocracy, stealing and killing several of his employers and fellow house staff. So yes, the butler did it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc…
Scallops are active swimmers, making them the only bivalve capable of migration. winemag.com/2017/03/03/ho…
Today I learned of United Airlines' executive flights, that were men-only. They surprisingly fun and very efficient. These flights were active from 1953-1970. viewfromthewing.com/unite…
The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress was first flown in 1952. There are still 58 in active service and the B52 is expected to remain in service into the 2050s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boe…
The Gray Eagle Award is presented to the Naval Aviator on continuous active duty in U.S. Navy or Marine Corps who has held that designation for the longest period of time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Radiological technologist Paul Bateson inspired William Friedkin to include a medical procedure in The Exorcist which Bateson performed in the film. Bateson, active in the gay leather scene, later committed a murder and was linked to a series of murders, inspiring Friedkin to make Cruising en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
In the film Osmosis Jones, Bill Murray's character mentions a "National Chicken Wing Festival" in Buffalo, New York. While the festival did not exist during the filming of the movie, this mention caused organizers to create an annual festival in Buffalo which has been active now for 16 years. buffalowing.com/festival-…
The Blind Boys of Alabama is an American gospel group started in 1939 that is still active today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In China, Knowingly Sleeping with the Spouse of an Active Service Member is Up to 3-year Jail Time fmprc.gov.cn/ce/cgvienna/…
Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula has the highest concentration of active (29) volcanos on Earth. Separated by only 180 kilometers (110 miles), 4 of them, Shiveluch, Bezymianny, Tolbachik, and Kizimen were all erupting simultaneously on January 11, 2013. earthobservatory.nasa.gov…
Today I learned of Redoshi, a woman believed to have been the last survivor of the transatlantic slave trade. She was captured in 1860 in West Africa at age 12 and worked on a plantation in Alabama. She died in 1937 and lived long enough to become acquainted with people active in the civil rights movement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
The Library of Congress has multiple crowdsourcing projects where anyone can help digitize historical documents. Active projects include transcribing letters and other writings from Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, and Walt Whitman. crowd.loc.gov/campaigns-t…
There are 11 active nuclear powered aircraft carriers in the world. One of them is French and the other ten are American popularmechanics.com/mili…
There is a volcano in Colorado which is likely to become active again---Dotsero, beside Interstate 70, last erupted only 4,200 years ago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dot…
Animals that are most active at dusk and dawn are crepuscular animals en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cre…
Rh-null, the rarest blood type of the world, has been called the "Golden Blood". This blood type is so rare that only 43 people in the world have it, and there are only 9 active donor. bigthink.com/surprising-s…
In the early 1920s, the KKK was very active in Chicago with 50,000 members in the city, the largest of any metropolitan area in the U.S. The group was driven from the city in 1925, when a Catholic organization, American Unity League, printed names, addresses, and occupations of Chicago Klansmen. encyclopedia.chicagohisto…
Senior citizens have WAY more sex than most people believe, to the point that it's actually caused STD problems among the older population (since everyone assumes new partners aren't sexually active). vocal.media/filthy/old-pe…
A painkiller works when the active site of the enzymes COX-1 and COX-2 which convert arachidonic acid to prostaglandins (pain causing substance) is blocked by the presence of the drug, eventually killing the sensations of any pain whatsoever. youtu.be/9mcuIc5O-DE
Before the persecution of the Jews became an active Nazi policy in 1933, there was a German Jewish organization that supported Adolf Hitler in the early years of Nazi Germany. Their goals were: assimilation of Jews, self-eradication of Jewish identity, and expulsion of Jews from Eastern Europe. wikipedia.org/wiki/Associ…
Pirates were generally considered by the English government to be reserve naval forces, and were sometimes given active encouragement such as knighthoods. Royal pardons were regularly issued and the public's opinion of pirates was often favorable, some considering them akin to patrons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
There are active subglacial tidal lakes under the ice in Antarctica. youtu.be/UpAd9XNF3F0
United States of America "is one of Earth's most volcanically active countries, having within its territory more than 10 percent of the known active and potentially active volcanoes." pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2018/51…
Brig. Gen. Jimmy Stewart remained active in the USAF after the second world war, and flew his last combat mission over Vietnam in 1966. thisdayinaviation.com/20-…
Jupiter's moon Io is our solar system's most active celestial body. It is also the only other body besides Earth with active lava volcanoes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Blood and semen type are generally the same, except for very rare cases. This is part of what caused the β€œButcher of Rostov” to be such an active killer in the 1980s, since his blood type didn’t match the semen found at crime scenes and no one knew at the time this was possible. cryobank.com/how-it-works…
Key's matchstick grasshopper, native to Australia, was rediscovered in 2019 after having not seen since 1967. It is flightless, and unlike most other grasshopper species, it is active during the winter. This insect's unique chromosomes were studied extensively by early evolutionary biologists. environment.nsw.gov.au/re…
Today I learned about Ama, female Japanese pearl divers that start diving at the age of 12-13, and are well active into their 70s. They endure freezing conditions and great pressure from deep sea depths to get pearls. They have a unique technique in which they release air in a long whistle as they resurface. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ama…
The largest submarine ever made is 175m long and was built by the Russians in 1980. It has a swimming pool, sauna and winter garden for its crew and is still in active service today. rbth.com/economics/2015/0…
Every eclipse belongs to a family of identical eclipses, separated by 18 years, 11 days, 8 hours. There are 40 active eclipse families (saros cycles). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
Santorini's volcano, which researchers believe annihilated the Minoan Civilization and inspired the myth of Atlantis in one of the greatest eruptions of all time (rated 7/7) , although dormant, is still active. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Former NBA star Greg Ostertag was the first player in NBA history to return to active playing after donating an organ. In 2002 he donated his kidney to his sister who was dying from kidney failure. wikipedia.org/wiki/Greg_O…
At the subatomic level, space is never truly empty. It is filled with a writhing, active population of "Virtual Particles" that pop in and out of existence. Physicists call this β€œquantum foam”. Physicists theorize fluctuations from this field of energy may have given rise to the Universe. pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article…
Adolf Hitler had a little sister, Paula Hitler. She was not politically active nor a nazi. When she died, she was the last surviving member of Hitler's immidiate family. mrtnthmsn.com
Brazil nuts can be 1000x more radio active than other foods mentalfloss.com/article/6…
During WW2 Churchill arranged for the four grandsons of former UK Premier David Lloyd-George to travel home from active service to attend his funeral. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owe…
Walter Breuning, once the world's oldest man at age 114, never took anything more than aspirin. It is thought his two meal a day diet, his active life, and his strong social bonds were enough to sustain him singularityhub.com/2011/0…
The reason the dolphins of the western Pacific are pink is not because they have naturally pink skin, but because their skin turns pink when the dolphins are highly active while feeding making their subcutaneous blood vessels swell and this process helps reduce their body temperature. abcnews.go.com/Internatio…
After being stung by the Warrior Wasp, sting pain index creator Justin Schmidt described the pain as, "torture, you are chained in the flow of an active volcano. Why did I start this list?" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
Prince Andrew was the first to be born to a reigning monarch for 103 years. He became the Duke of York and served for 22 years in the Royal Navy and saw active service in the Falklands War in 1982 bbc.com/news/uk-23272491
Today I learned of David Goggins, the only member in the U.S. Armed Forces to complete SEAL training, Ranger School and Air Force Tactical Air Controller training. Goggins retired from active duty as a Chief Petty Officer in 2016. He's also an ultra-athlete and held the world record for most pull-ups in 24hrs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
The world's most active volcano lost it's top spot in 2013 when scientists discovered a massive underwater volcano, but now that underwater volcano isn't even considered to be a volcano anymore. interestingengineering.co…
Passive internet use (looking at stuff but not posting) affects your well-being in a more negative way than active internet use (commenting and posting). ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2…
More high-ranking Nazi officers died in the Czechoslovakian car Tatra 77a and 87 than in active combat, prompting Hitler to ban his officers from driving them. It was nicknamed the "Czech secret weapon" by the Allied forces. telegraph.co.uk/culture/h…
Sweat glands mature during the first 2 years of life. So people who grew up in warm climates have more active sweat glands than people who grew up in a climate-controlled environment or in cold climates. www-m.cnn.com/2016/06/15/…
The draft (conscription) was active in the USA continuously from 1940 all the way through to 1973, meaning men were drafted into military service annually even when there was no significant active war being fought. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
The most successful submarine during WWII was the German u-boat U-48, which during two years of active service (September 1939 to June 1941) sank 55 ships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
In 1998 the Carolina Panthers needed a safety. They moved Ryan Sutter from the practice squad to the active roster. On the opening kickoff he went for a tackle, severely injuring his shoulder, playing only 5 seconds. He never played in the NFL again making his career the shortest in NFL history. portablepress.com/blog/20…
Japan sits 4 tectonic plates, which is why Japan suffers from many earthquakes and tsunamis, and is why Japan has 110 active volcanoes. pbs.org/newshour/science/…
Today I learned of Murry Dickson, one of only two active duty military personnel to play in a World Series baseballinwartime.com/pla…
Botulinum toxin, the active ingredient in Botox, is one of the most lethal toxins in the world, with a LD50 6,400,000 times smaller than cyanide en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Med…
In 1982, a Caltrans worker happened upon a wallet belonging to one of the Salomons alongside the Antelope Valley Freeway. A subsequent search turned up another wallet as well as photos and personal documents belonging to the couple. The case was reclassified as an active homicide investigation. lamag.com/citythinkblog/s…
In the 1940s and 1950s, hundreds of thousands of members of the US armed forces were exposed to ionizing radiation from nuclear testing during active duty. These "atomic veterans" were sworn to secrecy, and many received no treatment or compensation for the illnesses they later developed. nytimes.com/2019/02/12/op…
Prior to the invasion plans of Japan, General MacArthur was being considered for a promotion to "General of the Armies". A six star General which only two other people had acquired. John Pershing (active duty), and George Washington (posthumously). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
In the original contract for sale of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, the Wu-Tang Clan reserved the right to plan and execute one (1) heist/caper with no legal consequences. The only eligible thieves are active Clan members and/or Bill Murray. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onc…
There are now more active mobile devices than people on the planet. The number of SIM cards operating in the world surpassed the human population in 2014, and is growing over five times faster than we are. The number of mobile devices went from zero to over 7 billion in just three decades. cnet.com/news/there-are-n…
During the 2015 active shooter at the Navy facility in Chattanooga, TN, Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, one of four slain Marines, directed his junior troops to clear a nearby neighborhood park that was packed with children. They rounded up all of the children and hunkered down in a building nearby. marinecorpstimes.com/news…
Today I learned that, on a molecular level, prescription morphine becomes the EXACT SAME active molecule as heroin, where they cross the blood brain barrier bind the mu-receptors that inhibit pain. therecoveryvillage.com/he…
Queen Elizabeth of United Kingdom (then princess), joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) as a mechanic and a driver in 1945 and became the first female member of the Royal family to become an active full-time member of the armed services. royal.uk/queen-and-armed-…
There is only one active Shaker community still in existence. It is located at a village near Maine, USA, and has two members. The community is open to new members. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sab…
In 2012 police foiled an active plot to kidnap, castrate, and murder Justin Bieber. theguardian.com/music/201…
The longest active email address is 345 characters long laughingsquid.com/the-wor…
The method of pasteurizing grape juice to halt it from naturally turning into wine has been attributed to a British–American physician and dentist, Thomas Bramwell Welch. Welch was also active in the Underground Railroad and aided in the transportation of freed slaves to Canada. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wel…
Every year in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, there's a two-week long mock medieval war that draws so many participants, it has its own mayor and post office for the weeks it is active atlasobscura.com/places/t…
Ronald Reagan had planned an active post-presidency, but his Alzheimer's disease made him cancel those plans and spend less time on public appearances. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…

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