In 1939 a 24 year old Orson Welles attempted to adapt Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' but had to cancel due to budget constraints. The studio asked him for a more conventional project. He suggested a B film of his, an exploration of a newspaper tycoon’s rise and downfall. He called it Citizen Kane. oneroomwithaview.com/2015…
Sony needed military export permits from the Japanese trade ministry for the export of PlayStation 2s. The PS2 was so good at processing high quality images quickly that the Japanese government believed it was possible to adapt it for use in missile guidance systems. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
William "Billy" Mitchell was an US army general who was an outspoken proponent of air power and its ability to defeat battleships. Due to his unrelenting criticism of high command's refusal to adapt, he was demoted and court martialed. Today he is regarded as the father of the US Air Force. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
Chameleons don't usually change colour to camouflage. They actually do so to express their current mood or to adapt their body to the outside temperature since they're cold blooded reptiles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
When Orson Welles got his RKO movie deal, he wanted to adapt Joseph Conrad's novel, Heart of Darkness. It was going good until the budget grew too high. Cancelled, Welles encountered Herman J Mankiewicz's screenplay, American, renamed to Citizen Kane, which became a landmark cinema film. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Director Adam Rifkin bought the movie rights for Peeps Candy. Rifkin planned "to adapt Peeps into a Lego Movie-esque family epic set the night before a Peeps diorama contest, when a wayward Peep gets misplaced and must adventure through the fantasy lands of different-themed dioramas" deadline.com/2014/04/peep…
Hitchcock wanted to adapt a Boileau-Narcejac novel, but HG Clouzot had already bought its rights, so he adapted the authors' next novel instead. Clouzot made Diabolique, among The Guardian's 25 best horror films of all time & Hitchcock made Vertigo, voted greatest film of all time by Sight&Sound en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ver…
Keiko, the orca who played Willy in "Free Willy", was actually "freed" in 2002. However, he died the following year. Most sources conclude that he had become too reliant on humans to be able to integrate with other killer whales, and could not therefore adapt to life in the wild. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kei…
Domestic pigs will quickly adapt to living in the wild if set free. They become extremely aggressive, and their physiology will change and resemble that of feral swine (bristly hair, tusks, increased muscle mass) within a matter of months. mlive.com/flintjournal/ou…
Colombian author Gabriel GarcΓ­a MΓ‘rquez turned down a lucrative offer to adapt his books, explaining that he has a desire for direct communication with his readers - by means of the letters he writes they can imagine the characters to be as they wish, and not as the borrowed face of an actor tvguide.com/news/one-hund…
-In 1973, 2 European Garden spiders went into low earth orbit as part of the Skylab 3 mission.Both spiders took a long time to adapt to their weightless existence.It was discovered that the webs that were spun in space were finer but also inconsistent compared to earth spun webs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
Today I learned of the Lake Taal snake, a species of marine snake that evolved to adapt to a freshwater environment. It is found in a single Phillipine lake that was cut off from the sea less than 500 years ago. This means that the snake evolved into a new species in just a few centuries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyd…
In the 1700's the Mysore Army was using rocket artillery. The weapon was for long distance and against masses of soldiers throughout the Anglo-Mysore Wars. The First Duke of Wellington personally experienced the weapons and the English would adapt them for fighting in the Napoleonic Wars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mys…
Beethoven has "curious tempo selections" in his works that musicians today generally adapt the tempo from what was written. Historians believe in 1815, a deafening Beethoven was gifted an inaccurate early metronome by J. MΓ€lzel that is likley to have been sabotaged/broken in a fit of rage. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The Boreal Chickadee adapts to cold climate by lowering its body temperature from 108Β°F (42Β°C) to 85Β°F (29Β°C) in order to conserve their fat storage. audubon.org/news/how-does…
Keiko, the male orca who portrayed Willy in the 1993 film Free Willy was eventually freed in Iceland but did not fully adapt to the wilderness and shortly after died in Norway. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kei…
In 1949 a journalist of Quito (Ecuador)made a radio program were he adapts the novel "War of the worlds" like it was happening in quito. He wanted to be a experiment, so he didn't tell it was a novel. People believed it was trully the end of the world. 6 persons died. eltiempo.com/mundo/latino…
Research shows distinct changes in the brains of London taxi drivers throughout the process of acquiring 'The Knowledge' (memorising the 320 routes within 6 miles of Charring Cross). An increase in grey matter and better memory "proved the brain could adapt to new tasks, even in adulthood." bbc.co.uk/news/health-160…
Viruses evolve differently to adapt to their mode of transmission. A water-borne virus (e.g. cholera) is virulent because fecal matter can transmit to care-givers. OTOH, droplet-borne viruses (flu, SARS) become less virulent over time to create more ambulatory carriers for transmission. evolution.berkeley.edu/ev…
The loss of earthworm species during the last ice age left northern woodlands in the USA to successfully adapt to conditions without them, making the ones we see today invasive species that can actually destroy forest floors more than help them. animals.howstuffworks.com…
George R.R. Martin made Game of Thrones show creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff correctly guess the identity of Jon Snow's mother before he allowed them to adapt his novels ibtimes.com/game-thrones-…
The Bramble Cay Melomys is among the first mammals to disappear because of failure to adapt in the modern era. Some time between 2009 and 2014 the last of this species died, probably drowning in a storm surge on an island off the coast of Australia where it had thrived for thousands of years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
Keiko, the killer whale from "Free Willy," was released into the wild after public demand. He died after one year of failing to adapt to the wild. digitalcommons.unl.edu/cg…
Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman struggled to adapt the book "The Orchid Thief" into a film so instead he wrote a screenplay about himself struggling to adapt the book into a film which became "Adaptation". sfgate.com/entertainment/…
Ursula K. Le Guin once rejected an offer from Hayao Miyazaki to adapt her Earthsea series for the screen, but changed her mind after watching Miyazaki's film My Neighbor Totoro en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urs…
Warren Zevon's famous "Werewolves of London" was the product of Phil Everly jokingly telling Zevon to adapt the title of the film Werewolf of London into a song and dance craze. Zevon and others wrote the song in 15 minutes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wer…
Ridley Scott had plans to adapt the dystopian novel Brave New World into a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Ridley Scott ultimately had trouble doing the book justice and stated, β€œI don’t know what to do with Brave New World. It’s tough….when you reanalyze it, maybe it should stay a book". syfy.com/syfywire/ridley_…
Bill Gates founded a nonprofit ed-tech initiative that created peer-reviewed, openly licensed textbooks, which are available in free digital formats and for a low cost in print. Instructors are free to use, adapt, and remix the content of those textbooks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Today I learned of the Hedonic Treadmill: after tragedy or good fortune, you will adapt toward okay-ness. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hed…
'Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality' is a 661,619 word book which adapts the story of Harry Potter by attempting to explain wizardry through the scientific method. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Saban, the group that popularized Power Rangers in the West, tried to adapt Sailor Moon into a live action/animated hybrid show youtube.com/watch?v=A9dio…
The peripheral vision of humans is more sensitive to detecting motion then the center field of vision, especially adapt at detecting β€œbiological motion” and has been employed by the military as a technique for sentries and guards when visually scanning for intruders. arl.army.mil/arlreports/2…
Orangutans can learn sign language and even adapt it to reflect their understanding of the world better. One orangutan, Chantek, even referred to an orangutan he'd never met before as an "orange dog", and for his contact lens solution as "eye-drink" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
There is a book called "Becoming Batman: The Possibility of a Superhero" written by a neuroscientist, which covers in detail how much an ordinary person would need to train and adapt to become Batman. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bec…
When introducing Golf to India, the British were angered by monkeys running onto the course & playing with their balls. When all attempts to stop the monkeys failed, they decided the game needed to adapt. To do so they introduced a new rule: "Play the ball where the monkey drops it." dailyom.com/library/000/0…
In 1971 there was a failed attempt to adapt Dune to film. It would have included Salvador Dali, Orson Welles, and Mick Jagger acting with music by Pink Floyd. Its failure caused the SFX head to go into a psychiatric hospital where he later wrote the script for "Alien". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dun…
When Martin Scorsese read the book Wiseguy, which he would eventually adapt into the classic mob film Goodfellas, he called author Nicholas Pileggi and said, "I've been waiting for this book my entire life" to which Pileggi replied "I've been waiting for this phone call my entire life." en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/G…
It only took 70 years for the lizards in parts of the USA to adapt to fire ants – they now have longer legs and new behaviors that aid them in escaping from the danger en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
Steven Spielberg tried to adapt Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats as an animated film but later abandoned after his animation division of his production company closed down. io9.gizmodo.com/stunning-…
Today I learned of the McCollough effect, a visual phenomenon which, if induced for 15 minutes, can alter your color perception to adapt to colors not actually present for over 3 months. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McC…
Keiko the Orca, of Free Willy fame, died after only about a year and a half after being fully released due to a failure to adapt to life in the wild. The project to free him cost roughly US$20 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kei…
Stephen King has a policy stating that any aspiring filmmaker can adapt his short stories for $1. imdb.com/title/tt0111161/…
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Starlight Express evolved from a failed attempt to adapt The Railway Series. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
A mothers milk will change in composition and even colour to adapt to her babies needs parents.com/baby/all-abou…
Paramount Pictures wanted to adapt Avril Lavigne's Sk8er Boi into a movie billboard.com/articles/ne…
Every autumn Black-capped Chickadees allow brain neurons containing old information to die, replacing them with new neurons so they can adapt to changes in their social flocks and environment even with their tiny brains. allaboutbirds.org/guide/B…
A species of Mexican cavefish can develop eyes when embryos develop in non-cave conditions and visa-versa, allowing fish to adapt from generation to generation. nature.com/scitable/blog/…
Stephen King only charges $1 to adapt his short stories into films. He calls them "dollar babies". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dol…
In '91, 8 people were sealed inside a 3 acre dome. The sealed structure housed 7 ecosystems: ocean, desert, savannah, rainforest, marsh, an area of intensive agriculture and a human habitat. The project was designed to see whether humans could survive and adapt. biospherics.org/biosphere…
George R. R. Martin let D.B. Weiss and David Benioff adapt the books after they correctly guessed "Who is Jon Snow's mother?" youtube.com/watch?v=xrtwR…

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