Hermann GΓΆring's brother strongly opposed the Nazi party, and forged his brother's signature so people could leave the country. Once, he joined Jews who had to scrub the streets, so the SS officer stopped the activity in order not to humiliate Hermann GΓΆring. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
The holes in honeycombs don't actually start out as hexagons. Bees create circular tubes staggered with one another. The heat formed by the activity of the bees softens the wax, which connects the gaps between the holes. Then the wax hardens into the the most energy efficient shape, the hexagon. discovermagazine.com/plan…
The term "420" was coined by five students in 1971 at San Rafael High School to signal a meetup at 4:20 p.m. by the campus’ statue of chemist Louis Pasteur to take a hit.They chose that specific time because extracurricular activities had usually ended by then. time.com/4292844/420-apri…
Despite what you've seen on TV countless times, you can't revive a flat-lining patient by shocking them. Defibrillation works but reorganizing the heart's electrical activity into a better rhythm, but a flat-lining patient doesn't have any electrical activity to organize. theconversation.com/monda…
Today I learned of Helen Foley, a 7th grade English teacher who encouraged the class clown to join public speaking activities. Rod Serling eventually joined the debate team, wrote for the school's paper, and went onto to have a career in early radio & TV pressconnects.com/story/n…
High doses of ketamine can temporarily switch off the brain. This pause in brain activity may correspond to what ketamine abusers describe as the 'K-hole' - a state of oblivion likened to a near-death experience, which is followed by a feeling of great serenity. medicalxpress.com/news/20…
Lion Feuchtwanger, an anti-nazi German author in exile, had applied for US citizenship but the Committee on Un-American Activities scrutinized him for being a "premature antifascist". The letter confirming citizenship reached him the day after his death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exi…
Elvis Presley died while trying to poop in his toilet: he had enlarged colon, which makes this activity harder. Due to rigor mortis, his body was found still in the seating position, but fallen forward on the floor, head down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elv…
Today I learned of William Colepaugh, who upon being discharged from the US naval reserve defected to Nazi Germany in 1944. Trained as a spy, he was landed ashore at Gulf of Maine by an U boat. He voluntarily surrendered after partying with the money meant for espionage activities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Ringo Starr contracted tuberculosis as a child and was admitted to a sanatorium for two years. During his stay the staff made an effort to stimulate motor activity and relieve boredom by giving him a makeshift mallet made from a cotton bobbin that he used to strike the cabinets next to his bed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rin…
During peak growing season for the Midwest US corn belt, the region undergoes more photosynthesis activity than anywhere else on the planet-- with levels up to 40% greater than observed in the Amazon. jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.ph…
In 2011, the State of New York proclaimed that wiffle ball, as well as kickball, freeze tag and dodgeball were "unsafe" for children, and that any summer camp program that included two or more of such activities would be subject to government regulation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wif…
A 1992 study looked into why obese people who reported eating less than 1200 calories per day failed to lose weight. The study found the group underreported their actual food intake by an average (Β±SD) of 47Β±16 percent and overreported their physical activity by 51Β±75 percent. (Corrected link.) nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056…
Amber Heard was sued for $10 million over her upcoming film β€œLondon Fields" in 2016 for rejecting to film nude scenes as part of her contract and also later not taking part in any of the promotional activities for the film as contractually obligated. thewrap.com/amber-heard-l…
Fish don't sleep but most fish do rest by reducing their activity and metabolism while remaining alert to danger. oceanservice.noaa.gov/fac…
Fudge-making was a popular activity in 19th century women's colleges. Some colleges even had their own unique recipes for fudge. Vassar College is known as the originator of the fudge-making trend though. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fud…
The first first-person shooter, Maze, was created in 1973. It included features like corner peeking, AI bots, and 8-player online play. In fact, it was so popular that DARPA had to ban it from ARPANET because half of all network activity for a month was between players at MIT and Stanford. polygon.com/features/2015…
During WWI, The British would send decoy Merchant β€˜Q-Ships’ to known areas of U-Boat activity. When the U-Boats surfaced, the β€˜crew’, would make a show of abandoning ship. Suddenly the Q-ship's panels would drop to reveal hidden deck guns, which would then open fire, sinking the enemy vessels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q-s…
A US IT worker outsourced is own job to someone in China at 1/5 the salary. He was only found out because a security audit discovered suspicious VPN activity. bbc.com/news/technology-2…
The Swiss Banking Act made it a criminal offense to disclose the account information and activity of Jewish clients to Nazi Germany affiliates during World War II en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fed…
The streets in medieval England where prostitution took place were called Gropecunt Lane to reflect the nature of the activity that took place there en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gro…
Silicon Valley's newest fad is dopamine fasting, or temporarily abstaining from "addictive" activities such as social media, music, internet gamingβ€”even food. medicalxpress.com/news/20…
Because the policies and activities of the Department of the Interior and many of its agencies have a substantial impact in the Western U.S., the Secretary of the Interior typically comes from a Western state; only three Secretaries have come from states east of the Misssipppi River since 1949 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
The Korean DMZ is an "accidental paradise" for endangered species. The zone, isolated from human activity, has permitted nature to make a comeback and reclaim the land. The DMZ is home to more than 5,000 species, 106 of which have protected status. cnn.com/2019/11/25/world/…
ToyVoyagers, a recreational activity where toys go to other countries by being passed from person to person. You can see where one has been through its "selfies" with famous landmarks, and can track its adventures through a site. It was inspired by the traveling gnome from the movie AmΓ©lie. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy…
Resting postures used before the invention of the chair, like squatting and kneeling, involve higher levels of muscle activity than chair-sitting. The Hadza hunter-gatherers in Tanzania tend to squat or kneel when they take a break. phys.org/news/2020-03-hun…
Shakespeare became wealthy by hoarding grain, and reselling at inflated prices during a period of famine. He used the profits for money-lending activity and was pursued by authorities for tax evasion and was prosecuted for hoarding grain. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
In Rome, a male slaves sexual activity was monitored and often restricted unless it was homosexual en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex…
How extreme isolation warps the mind ["in darkness most people eventually adjust to a 48-hour cycle: 36 hours of activity followed by 12 hours of sleep. The reasons are still unclear."] bbc.com/future/story/2014…
Today I learned about cross dominance where each hand is better at different activities. Ex: being a lefty when writing but preferring the right hand for throwing a ball etc. learningsuccesssystem.com…
Lice were so prevalent during the middle ages that delousing became a social activity. People would sit down and have a chat or gossip while removing eachother's lice. wellcomecollection.org/ar…
The U.S. Navy cooperated with Italian and Jewish crime families in New York City during World War II to help combat potential Axis activity along the East coast history.com/.amp/news/wha…
Today I learned of the Women's March on Versailles in 1789, when bread scarcity led to mass demonstrations interwined with the revolutionary activity. The women ransacked the armories and marched on the Palace, where they removed the royal family. Forlorn, the king requested the history of Charles I. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wom…
Legendary crime fighter Eliot Ness was promised by Al Capone that $2,000 would be on his desk every Monday morning if he turned a blind eye to his gang's bootlegging activities ( $33,000 a week in 2018 adjusting for inflation). Ness refused the bribe, was penniless when he died in 1957. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
While Mexico only drinks 50% more soda per capital than the US(100L & 150L respectively), the Mexican state of Chiapas drinks 820L per capital every year(2.2L per day) due to the drink being introduced into the religious activities of the Mayan people of the region themazatlanpost.com/2019/…
Mah NΓ  Mah NΓ , made famous on "The Muppet Show," was originally written for an Italian mondo film "Svezia, inferno e paradiso," a 1968 exploitation documentary film about wild sexual activity in Sweden. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mah…
Bonobos have sex all the time. Sexual activity generally plays a major role in bonobo society, being used as what some scientists perceive as a greeting, a means of forming social bonds, a means of conflict resolution, and postconflict reconciliation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon…
Today I learned about the celebration of Neewollah (Halloween spelled backwards) in Independence, Kansas. Originally started to provide alternative activities for children instead of Halloween pranks it evolved into a 10 day celebration consisting of parades, a carnival, a beauty pageant, and a musical. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nee…
: Sowing wild oats was originally a phrase to describe unprofitable activities en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ave…
When PokΓ©mon go was first released, the game improved the US’s activity levels by 144 billion steps in just 30 days healthcareitnews.com/news…
The word "Jedi" originated from the Japanese term "Jidaigeki," which refers to a drama set, set during the Edo period of Japanese history, when samurais were still in activity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jed…
In Jamaica, homosexual activity is punishable with up to a decade in prison. However, this law only applies to men, so lesbian activity is legal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGB…
Extreme embalming involves the practice of embalming a corpse in a lifelike pose where the deceased is seen as participating in an activity. abcnews.go.com/US/dead-pe…
Today I learned about Kessler Syndrome, a scenario that a chain reaction of exploding space debris can end up making space activities and the use of satellites impossible for generations. newsbreak.com/news/148118…
The left-brain/right-brain theory that each side of the brain controls certain functions and people’s abilities are based on their stronger side is actually a myth. Studies have shown that both sides of the brain collaborate to perform tasks, and that they perform equal activity on average. verywellmind.com/left-bra…
Brain activity could result in up to 6,000 calories burnt a day. cnbc.com/amp/2019/09/22/c…
Arthur Conan Doyle loosely based Sherlock Holmes on Dr Joseph Bell, a Scottish surgeon who was known for his skills in observation. Dr Bell would often pick a stranger, and by observing him, deduce his occupation and recent activities. He was considered a pioneer in forensic science. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
The song "If you're happy and you know it" was originally released in 1957 as part of a volume of "constructive recreational activities" for children. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_…
Rigor mortis in the dartos muscle in the scrotum may lead to post mortem ejaculation of semen and may get wrongly interpreted to sexual activity just before death. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NB…
A study showed that people who drank 32 ounces of energy drinks in an hour had abnormal electrical activity in their hearts and higher blood pressure four hours later. About 30% of Americans ages 12 through 17 regularly consume energy drinks, linked to increased emergency room visits and death heart.org/en/news/2019/05…

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